Toronto, ON – Don’t miss the official new studio project from WaenGang’s own Tha REAL K.I.D. The 8-track Yuh Yuh is limited to just one guest appearance (Tye) and is available now on Apple Music, iTunes and other digital outlets. Check below for the newly released single “For Life,” which also serves as the project’s introduction.
Ottawa, ON – Budding Canadian rap star Peter Jackson will be live in concert on Nov. 9 inside Ottawa’s City Nightclub (222 Slater St.) PJ is set to perform his new single “Vacation” which features Ottawa’s own Chrissy Spratt. Get your tickets now at TicketScene.ca. Click the jump below for the official flyer.
St. Catharines, ON – Veteran lyricist Sayzee keeps the momentum building with the release of a brand new Kevin Rolly-powered single. “Panama” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day and available now on iTunes and Spotify. Stream it now below via SoundCloud and stay tuned for more new music from Sayzee (formerly Sese).
Halifax, NS – Neon Dreams has released Wolf, Princess & Me, their new EP available today at all digital retailers and streaming services via Dreaming Out Loud/Warner Music Canada. Wolf, Princess & Me is a six-song concept EP exploring the arc of a turbulent romantic relationship in lyrically and musically compelling fashion.
Call it a musical fairytale for millennials – a love triangle featuring the lead character, Neon Dreams singer Frank Kadillac, a Princess and the Wolf. Together, the six songs connect to tell a complete story of love and betrayal, tracing the emotional highs and lows of a complicated entanglement.
Brampton, ON – Versatile Brampton artist 5HEV pronounced (SHEV) returns with his second release following the Murda Beatz-produced “Politics.” His recent visual release “What’s Poppin” features two members of his collective – For The Moment.
“What’s Poppin” essentially knocks at the door of Toronto’s music scene and puts forth the crew as competitors that the community should take note of. With Phlo Chambers on the hook and Zone23 on the intro, the abhi nator-produced single is the first introduction to the other members of the crew but certainly won’t be the last. Watch “What’s Poppin” below which features some strong silhouettes of each artist.
Toronto, ON – George Stroumboulopoulos and The Strombo Show welcomed DMC (of the legendary Run-DMC) for an intimate and explorative conversation about everything from discovering that he wasn’t from Hollis, Queens to his obsession with comic books.
He revealed stories behind his battle with alcoholism, overcoming depression, suicide and his internal struggles within Run-DMC, including the religious tones. He also remembers the time he was working with Sebastian Bachand received a phone-call from Axl Rose.
Click the jump link below for photos (by Vanessa Heins) of Strombo hosting DMC, or click here to listen their conversation.
Oakland, CA – After an extensive promotional campaign, budding West Coast artist Lafa Taylor will finally be releasing his new Ridin Slow EP tomorrow, Sept. 22.
“Criss-crossing the intersection of intelligent Hip Hop, R&B, and Electronic Dance Music, Lafa’s gritty, sexy, bass heavy beats confidently blur boundaries and captivate listeners with diverse musical tastes. His collage of multi tempo music keeps people dancing.”
With a vocal style that ranges from smooth melodies to tongue twisting rhymes, Lafa’s music carries a message of inspiration while staying relatable and realistic. Drawing on his Costa Rican / American heritage and world travels, Lafa’s songs often have an international flavor spiced with Spanish, Patois and even Japanese lyrics. A masterful beat boxer, Lafa often creates loops on the spot to add to the mix. He is frequently accompanied by backup singers and/or a cast of live musicians.
Check out the EP’s title track below, produced by 15-year-old star in the making, Ordnry Yngstr.
Toronto, ON – Budding artist KHEM is working on a forthcoming EP titled JINZO and now delivers a new KenKenKiltIt-produced single called, “Down Down.”
KHEM had this to say about the release:
“‘Down Down’ was a product of those late nights, speeding on the highway, headed downtown. Seeing the flashing lights… reflections. It puts you in that mood. When I get time to reflect and paint pictures in my head, my mind goes crazy. I had the concept of ‘Downtown,’ – relationships, triumph, heartbreak, and I just wanted to tie that whole scene together. As soon as I heard the beat I said, ‘Yeah, I know you cool, but is you down down?’ over and over again. After that, the song just wrote itself.”
“Down, Down is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. Stream it now below or via iTunes. JINZO is on the way.
Toronto, ON – After dropping “Cuz of You” and “Hell Naw” in the past 2 months, MĪRAJ continues his consistent rise with his latest single. “Used To Me” is produced by frequent collaborator and Vaughan-based producer/engineer INK and reflects on how the people around him are slowly starting to grasp onto him as an artist.
MĪRAJ takes the opportunity to show appreciation for his earliest supporters and signals that he isn’t going anywhere. He sings, “Come and get used to me, baby get used to me/ They getting used to me, they never needed me til’ as of right now.“
Stream the new single below and keep an eye out for a new promising voice out of Toronto.
Surrey, BC – While Vancouver is considered one of the most popular destinations in Canada, there are actually very few occasions for the West Coast community to come together for larger festival experiences with international artists. The cancellation of Pemberton Music Festival in May left most fans disappointed but the space vacated left room for a greater opportunity for local event planners. Blueprint Events raised the bar with their third year of FVDED in the Park – a festival set in the heart of Holland Park in Surrey, British Columbia that took place back on July 7th and 8th.