Toronto, ON – Up-and-coming Toronto rapper Michael Hearts enlisted Luigi to produce his new single, “No Bad Vibes.” Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – Back in March, Toronto artist Keffaleng unleashed his sophomore release; a seven-track EP entitled Not So Famous.
Not So Famous is a cohesive, and all-too-relatable body of work that plays out as an emotionally volatile rollercoaster ride. Downtempo, slower jams like “Lucid Dreams” balance out the more charged tracks like “Anything” and the title track “Not So Famous.” The 22-minute project has one lone feature courtesy of Def Jam artist Amir Obè, along with production credits courtesy of Yani, Davinci, EhCee, CVRE, Nahum, and Keffaleng.
This project came as the follow-up to Keffaleng’s 2016 released debut Still Shanti EP. Still Shanti was a much darker body of work focused on the importance of riding out life’s waves and remaining calm. But since he was able to get through that darker period in his life, Keffa was forced to switch up his sound and approach for Not So Famous.
Keffa’s approach to this EP was to dispel the misconceptions about fame, and to remind us that fame is actually a very dangerous substance. It’s addictive, it’s unpredictable, and it’s something that affects everyone to some extent. The album also serves as a marker for where Keffaleng is at right now in life. There’s a much more balanced emotional spectrum this time around (and quite a few more songs for us females).
HipHopCanada recently caught up with Keffaleng to discuss the dangers of fame, working with Amir Obè, and how Kid Cudi has influenced Keffa over the years. Check out our in-depth interview after the jump, and make sure you take in Not So Famous ASAP if you haven’t done so yet.
“Fame is like a toxic drug in gas form. It affects any and everyone.”
Mississauga, ON – A few weeks ago I was putting together one of my weekly Spotify playlists when I came across an artist out of Mississauga named Dhamiri. Dhamiri is Canadian, part-Lebanese, part-British, and has quietly been honing in on his own breed of Canadian grime for a few years now.
As the UK begins to infiltrate Canada, we’ve seen several Canadian artists (not naming names, here) try their hand at replicating the grime genre… which honestly usually just results in some guy trying to spit his usual flows over some 140 BPM beat. It’s an effort – sure. But all too often, it comes off as a quick-stunt hype attempt.
Grime is a culture and a way of life. And without that understanding or background, attempting to replicate grime is disastrous. So of course after my first listen to Dhamiri’s SoundCloud, I had to find out what his deal was. Because “Run Up” was a meticulously executed track.
In turn, Dhamiri wound up giving me the breakdown of the grime culture within Canada (far beyond the scope of “Shut Down” by Skepta, the BBK hype, and Giggs’ surprise appearance on More Life).
“I think it can be as big as any Migos song right now but the mentality has to be there. And right now the mentality is to not support and go out and support grime from Canada.”
Toronto, ON – Up-and-coming Toronto rapper Webz teams up with director Kavin Roberts to create his new video for “Cash Calling.” Check it out below.
Ottawa, ON – Rap artist Kool Krys (aka Christina Devine) will be releasing her fourth album FEMINUM, produced and arranged by JUNO-nominated producer and Chops Mag Creator, Bix. The project will be released officially on Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m. inside Ottawa’s popular Kinki Lounge and Kitchen.
Kool Krys’ FEMINUM album is a tribute to female empowerment and Wonder Woman legacy, aligning with the June 2nd release of the Wonder Woman movie in theatres – the first major studio film featuring a female superhero, directed by female director Patty Jenkins.
Toronto, ON – Up-and-comer Dyces Trench calls on Prince Beatz to direct his new video for “Long Walk.” Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – Young Gods on the come up. KR Productions presents the latest visuals from a trio of young Toronto talents. This is “She Says” by Spadez, K.$ and Twin.
If you’re thinking, “this track feels an awful lot like another big Toronto single that dropped earlier in the year,” you’re not alone. The YouTube comments are flush with people comparing the song (and visuals) to “My Phone,” another Kavin Roberts-directed video by 3 other young Toronto artists: LB, LD Bandz and G Boy. “My Phone” has been viewed over 300K times and is definitely worth checking out. We’ll let you decide how similar it is to “She Says.” Check it out below.
Los Angeles, CA – Lonzo Ball, who could be a top 3-5 pick at the 2017 NBA Draft in June, has decided to push his rap career forward while he waits for pro ball to get underway. The UCLA Bruins star point guard made headlines late last week after Slam magazine unveiled his first signature sneaker, “The ZO2,” made by Lonzo’s father LaVar Ball’s company, Big Baller Brand. But it was the steep $495 price tag that got most people talking about the shoe.
Nonetheless, with his fashion game in full-swing, Lonzo has tapped into his inner-Drake by releasing his new DC The Don-assisted “Free Smoke” remix, going by Z02 as his rap moniker. It’s unclear if this is just PR move to further the reach of his shoe, or if he’s got an actual interest in pursuing a music career. It’s also not the first time he’s showed off his bars. Back in August of 2016, a video was uploaded that featured Lonzo rapping in a car with his brothers, LaMelo and LiAngelo.
Bleacher Report’s Tyler Conway noted that ZO2 is at least more skilled than most sports-first MCs: “It helps that he’s rapping over a stellar “Free Smoke” instrumental, but Lonzo has more skill than an average athlete attempting to make music. This is far more Damian Lillard than Kobe Bryant, in other words.”
On Monday evening, ZO2 tweeted out yet another collab with DC; “Strav Mode,” produced by Young Forever. Check out both songs below.
Toronto, ON – The Los Poetas movement continues to build with the arrival of their new DJ Grouch-produced single, “Tronco,” which features budding star ShaqIsDope. The song is the first of several songs that the group will put out leading up to the May 26 release of their new mixtape, Cartas Volume 1.
“On May 26 we drop our new mixtape Cartas Vol. 1 and every Friday leading up to this event we’ll release a new single off the tape. This is the first single, Tronco feat ShaqIsDope prod by our very own DJ Grouch.”
Toronto, ON – Caribbean vocalist Michael Robinson recently enlisted fellow Saint Lucian, and Toronto-based recording artist, Kayo Guevarra, for “More To You,” a dope and “vibe-heavy record which is featured on Robinson’s new EP, Shades. Take a listen below.
Kayo spoke about the new song on Facebook: “My G Michael Robinson Just released his debut EP! I been waiting on this for a minute now. Big up everyone involved in this project. Check out Michael’s SHADES EP here! I’m featured on one of my all time favorites, More To You!”