Halifax, NS – East Coast rapper Quake Matthews was just announced as a Top 5 finalist for Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program 2016.
The Artist in Residence Program is a collaborative effort between Music Nova Scotia and Casino Nova Scotia. The program provides $20,000 to the finalist in assistance with career development. For artists on the come-up, a chunk of change that big allows for investment in areas that often get cut when you’re operating on an indie musician shoestring budget (recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities, management, etc).
Quake will advance to the performance round of the selection process which takes place on Jun. 10. You can put in your vote online from May 26 though June 9 to help Quake place as the finalist. So go vote for him now.
Vancouver, BC – It’s been four years since independent Seattle emcee, Macklemore, performed in Vancouver. August 12th, 2012 saw the send-off show for his North American Tour at the Vogue Theatre, only one week after the initial release of his Grammy Award winning album The Heist. It was a sold-out show, and a challenge to find last-minute tickets for those hoping to catch a glimpse of an artist who was about to take off to increasing heights. The energy was unforgettable, and so was his performance that evening. To this day, it remains one of the best live shows that I’ve ever seen – and the cause of my (and many others) anticipation of his eventual return.
Four years later, and the emcee made his final return to our city this last Wednesday evening and again chose Vancouver to be the first stop on his new North American tour. This time he returned with his new album This Unruly Mess I’ve Made under belt, and accompanied by a much larger show in tote. A sold-out crowd of 5,000 people was a deserving jump in capacity that left the PNE Forum packed from front to back. These numbers well-reflected the exponential amount of growth in international support that we’ve witnessed the rapper navigate over these last few years. And on Wednesday evening, the rapper fully stepped into his own to embrace his current state of success with another live performance and memorable show that hinted at even further creative progression.
Vancouver, BC – If cleanliness is next to godliness consider Snak The Ripper the devil’s sidekick. From his upcoming and widely anticipated album From The DirtSnak brings out the goon squad for a full out party in the mud. Stuey Kubrick directs the visuals for the album’s title track “From The Dirt”.
From The Dirt is set to release mid June and will hold features from the likes of Crooked-I, Ill Bill, Outlawz, Dope D.O.D and Stealth Bomb mates Merkules and Jaclyn Gee. Peep the video below.
London, ON – Following the release of the Wake Up mixtape, KIV teamed up with Thomas to release this double video drop for “Flying High” and “Wake Up.”
The duo teamed up with director-videographer Koel Anderson (from OMG 519) for a two-parter video shot entirely inside a storage unit. The duality of these two songs makes for a very heavy viewing experience.
Here’s how KIV explained it to me: “When Thomas and I are working on tacks we spend a lot of time throwing around ideas and opinions on what we’ve seen in the news, or things we’ve both experienced in everyday life….and then try to incorporate the interesting topics into songs. “Flying High/Wake Up” is basically a brain storming session we would have over a beat.”
Vancouver, BC – Long weekends are always an excuse to throw a good party, and the Alexander Gastown hosted a memorable one this past Thursday. Vancouver has seen some new musical energy invigorate our scene, and Sunday, May May 22nd was an excuse to celebrate the new wave that we’ve been experiencing. The evening included performances from a variety of notable young creatives, such as: Freeman Young, Isaac Shah, Raiel, DJ Cherchez and Julez. But the focal point of the evening was undoubtedly on newcomer, ninetyfour, who stole the show as the most engaging and impressive act I’ve seen out of Vancouver in a minute. Whether you came out to support the acts, or just for a good time, an evening of great music and good artists was the best way you could’ve spent your long weekend and the Alexander achieved that on Sunday.
Edmonton, AB – No stranger to consistency and hard work, E-Town’s very own Dizzy returned to the lab fresh off of his Fall 2015 release Been Dizzy.
His new project Been Dizzy 2: Double Vision shows off the MC’s vast improvement in such little time. The concept of the title refers to a progression of dizziness (Dizzyness). The first installment was Been Dizzy. The next installment, Been Dizzy 3: Blackout will finalize the process and the series. With DJ Johnny O and DJ Grizz working the production there is no shortage of banging instrumentals. The tape also features collaborations with Ace Hood, Krayzie Bone, Kurupt, Justina Valentine, Caine, Kevin Cossom, Deuce Fantastick and Rome Angel…a noticeable increase from “Been Dizzy”.
East Rutherford, NJ – Hot 97‘s annual hip-hop festival, Summer Jam, takes place at MetLife Stadium on June 5. As usual they’ve delivered a star-studded lineup with Stadium Stage performances by Future, G.O.O.D Music with Pusha T & Big Sean, DJ Khaled & Friends, A$AP Rocky & A$AP Ferg, Bryson Tiller, Travi$ Scott, Young Thug, Tinashe, Kid Ink, and Fat Joe & Remy Ma with the Terror Squad reunion.
Beginning in 1994, the New York hip-hop radio has turned Summer Jam into the largest hip-hop festival in the world and has become known for it’s surprise guest appearances year after year. With the list of this year’s headliners, I can only imagine what’s to be expected! For example; this week’s release of Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s “All The Way Up (Remix)” featuring Jay Z, could be a tell-tale sign that we may graced with an appearance of Hov, himself on that Stadium Stage. “DJ Khaled & Friends?” The possibilities are endless!
Brampton, ON – Earlier this week, Van Hill released his latest single on us titled “Prove That.” It’s been almost half a year since we last heard from the B-Town up-and-comer, but it sounds like he’s back to stay for a while.
“Prove That” is a record that stems from a 2015 tweet Van sent out that read: “You don’t gotta prove it but you gotta prove that.” The idea is that you have to prove you got nothing to prove. It’s an attitude that’s not seen as often; but it’s the kind of attitude that separates the boys from the men.
This track features a filthy beat (courtesy of Q6), along with Van’s signature dark murky bars. The release of this track also coincides with the launch of Van’s conceptual website, The Nude Galleria. So check that out, listen to “Prove That” below, and peep our Q&A with Van after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Timbre Concerts is bringing the flames to Fortune Sound Club on May 31st as The Smoker’s Club Tour hits the West Coast. The lineup is stacked: Cam’ron, The Underachievers, G Herbo, Smoke DZA and Nyck Caution all blazing sets under one roof.
HipHopCanada is proud to be sponsoring this event so expect our coverage of the event. VIP and general admission tickets available online here. Doors at 8pm. Hit the jump link below for contest rules on entering to win a pair of tickets to the show.
Toronto, ON – On May 20, k-osreleased his second ever mixtape titled Views From The Stix. The project is 15 tracks long, and consists of freestyle verses that k-os recorded over demos he made at his family home north of Whitby, Ontario. It’s arguably k-os’ most experimental body of work to date.
The Stix introduces us to the newly formed KEVIN duo of k-os and Kaytranada (aka: Kevin Brereton and Louis Kevin Celestin), along with a list of production and features exclusively provided by Canadian artists (Boi-1da, Saukrates, Kardinall Offishall, Choclair, King Reign and Shad).
While the tape’s title is a reference to Drake’s recently released VIEWS album (which was originally set to be titled Views From The 6), The Stix isn’t actually even about Drake. It’s about the alternative lane of Canadian hip-hop that k-os has paved over the years.
“The Stix” is a term used in association with suburbia; the area away from any major city or metropolis. And that’s exactly the breed of hip-hop k-os has been making over the years. It’s a brand of music so far removed from the pilfered OVO sound that’s (unfortunately) become almost synonymous with “the 6ix.”
“Kaytranada is one of the only producers whose work I don’t mess with. I don’t add instrumentation or even re-arrange what he sends me. I just jump on it and eat the beat… it awakens the beast. Which is why I want to make more music with him. ”