Hamilton, ON – SmashMouth Entertainment producer M Mac has linked up with Some Kind of Music Blog to release an exclusive mix. The mix features unreleased production and remixes courtesy of M Mac, along with other contributions from his SmashMouth labelmates. Check it out after the jump.
Toronto, ON – The Lucid Dreams series with The OG Mattress Company and The Bass6 returns with Volume 6 featuring the likes of DillanPonders, Jahkoy, Doja Cat, Ab-Soul, Team Sesh and more!
“Its hard to believe we are six volumes deep into our Lucid Dreams Series with The Bass6 but after a week off we are back with a mix fitting of the OG status. With jams from Sango, DillanPonders, Dave Luxe, Ab-Soul, Goldlink, Father, Devontee and many more we are proud to have 6 volumes of beautiful weekend starting turn up jams for you. Don’t sleep.”
St. Catharines, ON – Week 7 of the visual side of the #ThisWasMyShit series is here! In “Comfortable,” Sese goes in on the instrumental off Lil Wayne’s 2008 multi-platinum album, Tha Carter III. The video was directed by NV.
“During the year 2008, one would say it was hard for anyone in the hip-hop stratosphere to down play the impact of a budding icon by the name of Dewayne ‘Lil Wayne’ Carter. Just a few years before that, the self-proclaimed ‘Best Rapper Alive‘ would start an assault on the mixtape circuit that would commence his ascension into hip-hop royalty. For this weeks #TWMS release, Sese goes in over Lil Wayne’s ‘Comfortable’ instrumental off his critically acclaimed album, Tha Carter 3. Listen as the rapper also known as Sayzor Ramone shows his listeners and fans as to why he is so comfortable behind the microphone. Here is #TWMS WEEK 7 release ‘Comfortable.’”
Halifax, NS – East Coast R&B songstress, Kirsten Olivia, just dropped the lead single from her soon-to-be released EP, The Here And Now (T.H.A.N). The track, “Stay Away” features a warm introduction and rap verse from HipHopCanada regular, Kayo. Kirsten even spits a couple bars herself!
“The song is a really fun summer jam, influenced by 90′s hip-hop/R&B. Yogi (Da Producer) was able to really capture the vibe I wanted,” said Olivia. ”His skill, combined with a Timbaland drum sample brought me to my happy place! Kayo’s verse added the perfect touch and really completed the track.”
Kirsten Olivia will release The Here And Now via digital download on July 4. The six-track EP features the production of Johann “YogiDaProducer” Deterville, as well as artwork by Seamz, and photography by Kay Dorrington. ”The project is an ode to the past, learning from it, leaving it where it belongs, and experiencing the present in a positive light,” said Olivia. Check out “Stay Away” below.
Vancouver, BC – Juno award winning singer JRDN is about to take over the West. The East Coast crooner will hit Shine Nightclub in Vancity on July 9 with a handful of dates surrounding.
Along for the ride emcees Ghetto Child, JC Subliminal, Chaisson, RS Smooth, Samson T, X.E.X and DJ C-Stylez will also be in the cut so this is the place to be if you want to get in that mood. Plan a date with that special someone, then cop tickets at bplive.ca and get ready to make some babies. See full tour dates below.
Vancouver, BC – The real hip-hop heads were in the building at Venue nightclub this past week for the legendary Pharoahe Monch. Producer extraordinaire 9th Wonder was also in the cut with fierce female Rapsody and you best believe they all went hard with the beats and rhymes.
A handful of Vancity locals got the spot nice and warm at the #BlueprintLive event. Emotionz, ILL-Legitimate, J. West, Coner, A-Ro and DJ Praiz repped for the V before Rapsody murdered the mic with 9th on the 1′s and 2′s. Monch got the PTSD joints poppin’ and kept the crowd moving into the early hours. Check the photo gallery below shot by our guy Jamie Sands.
Banff, AB – On July 1, the good people over at the Banff Centre kick off the annual Banff Summer Arts Festival with a massive Canada Day show featuring Shad; A Tribe Called Red; and the live-elctro band, Holy Fuck. The concert is hosted by Steve Jordan – who you may recognize as the founder and executive director of the Polaris Music Prize. Holy f**k is right; am I right? Some of our favourite Canadian cats are all coming together for a monstrous Canadian music celebration. That, and Banff is probably one of the most beautiful places in the world.
So here’s the deal: it all goes down at the Shaw Amphitheatre, with gates opening at 4 p.m. Music performances start at 5 p.m. Admission is $30, but children under the age of two are admitted for free. So bring the entire “Fam-Jam” (that was a reference to a Shad song, FYI; a really great Shad song off of Flying Colours). And revel in the greatness that is Canadian music. Tickets are available for purchase online. Or you can call the Banff Centre box office at 403-762-6301 or 1-800-413-8368. Check out the official event flyer after the jump, and head on over to www.banffcentre.ca for more details.
Los Angeles, CA – From one inspiring track to the next, AV8ERS rapper DUBB releases the heartfelt “Believe.” Check it out below.
DUBB is in Philly tonight with Devin Miles for their Fly High tour and will bang out 4 more dates in July including Cleveland (July 2), Denver (July 13), San Diego (July 14) and Los Angeles (July 15). Click the jump to peep the flyer.
Winnipeg, MB - Originally published June 18, 2014 – The good news just keeps rolling in. Our pals at Timbre Concerts are giving up a pair of tickets to both Canadian Wu-Tang dates in Winnipeg and Vancouver.
The Clan will be at Burton Cummings Theatre on June 27th and Orpheum Theatre on June 28th with after parties hosted by GZA to follow (hit the jump for more details). Wanna know how you can cop tickets to the show AND the after party? We got you.
Toronto, ON – Yesterday, SmashMouth Music Group’s own DillanPonders debuted new visuals for his track “Drown” via Noisey. Dillan hits us with that signature drug-saturated flow and invites us to come “drown” with him. DP is one of few who manages to take stoner rap to a whole other level. Instead of flaunting a lifestyle of tokes and smokes, he brings us into this eerie chemical-saturated world that’s full of spacey trap beats, deep emotional voids, lots of pills and powders, and plenty of willing women.
The video was directed and edited by Rajeevan Nithiyananthan, and produced by Brenden Hewko and Michael Goitanich. The audio was produced by Tay Lewis (another member in the SMMG posse). DillanPonders is gearing up to drop his highly anticipated The Boy Who Lived project on Aug. 13. So check the visuals below, and keep it locked on that album drop.