Montreal, QC – Last month Montreal up-and-comer CJ Flemings hit us with a fresh new track release titled “Pleasure.”
This track is a poppy dance jam with a down-tempo BPM. The beat was produced by Sorena, and features a minimalistic vibe of keys laced over a subtle drumline. CJ straddles the line between R&B and rap by delivering his verses over one hella catchy hook: “I ended up realizing/ How could this all be surprising/ Oh I got it/ But you can get all of this here/ Call and prepare to be balling this year.”
While the song’s title might suggest more of a sexual kind of “pleasure,” this song is actually just straight up about the universal concept of pleasure; it’s an encouragement to find what pleases YOU as a listener. Because that’s what will lead to your success.
Toronto, ON – Shouts to our good friend Ryan Metcalfe for dropping off the latest visuals from his La Famili crew-mate, Prime.PSL.
The high-energy “Pull Up,” produced by Taz Taylor, is the second single off the Scarborough MC’s Loyalty EP which is absolutely worth taking in. The release is mostly produced by Taylor but there’s also a solid contribution from SeveNVeeTwo and Bay Campbell on “What’s In My Cup.” Both Campbell and SeveNVeeTwo are also listed as two of the project’s guest appearances along with Lee Lee F.PSL, Swayzekeep6, Reefer Mitche and Done Da Talk.
Check out the “Pull Up” video below or click here to stream the entire Loyalty release.
Toronto, ON – For some, loyalty is everything. In fact, 19th century American philosopher Josiah Royce presented loyalty as “the heart of all the virtues, the central duty amongst all the duties” and “the basic moral principle from which all other principles can be derived.” It’s the glue that holds things together, and when it gets weak things tend to fall apart.
When it comes to the subject of loyalty, Prime.PSL has seen it all. His new EP summarizes this very topic while representing his own loyalties – specifically his devotion to his La Famili crew.
Loyalty was mostly produced by Taz Taylor but has additional contributions from producer-MCs, SeveNVeeTwo and Bay Campbell. Both La Famili members are also featured on the project’s list of guest appearances along with Done Da Talk, LeeLeeF.PSL, Swayzekeep6 and Reefer Mitche.
Loyalty is available to download and stream now via La Famili’s SoundCloud profile. We just made the second single, “Pull Up,” our Song of the Day. Check out the new video to see what La Famili and Loyalty are all about.
Toronto, ON – After starting to get his name out through working with Kardinal Offishall, Dartmouth singer-songwriter Chaisson returns with a new song, “Caught Up In Darkness.” The single features Melly.D and pays tribute to their mutual friend, Nathan, who passed away on Easter Sunday (although it is unclear which year). Check it out now after the jump.
Montreal, QC – Fresh off a trip to the mecca that is Montreal, BBC Radio 1’s Benji B dedicated an entire show to Montreal on Mar. 17 and it was one of the greatest things ever. The three-hour-long show (which you can peep over here) included an interview with Montreal production kingpin Kaytranada, as well as interviews with Lunice and Jacques Greene. The show also included guest mixes, courtesy of A-Trak and Tommy Kruise.
The playlist for the show included a monstrous line-up of some of our favourite artists. On the production side of things, we got to peep music from Kaytranada, Da-P, A-Trak, Lunice, Shash’U, High Klassified, Pomo, Jacques Greene, and Dear Lola.
We also got a listen in on some of our favourite MTLien rappers including The Posterz, Jai Nitai Lotus, CJ Flemings, CeasRock, and more. The programming also included the track “Montreal” by The Weeknd…because of course it did.
Oh…and Kaytrana dropped a world premier from his new LP; a sweet little collaboration with Karriem Riggins and River Tiber titled “Bus Ride” (which you can listen to over here).
Calgary, AB – With JUNO Week well underway in Calgary, HipHopCanada was treated to a behind-the-scenes media tour this morning (courtesy of the good folks over at CTV). We got a sneak-peek into the set-up at the Scotiabank Saddledome, as well as a backstage tour (which – I should mention – definitely included a peep at the artist dressing rooms and seating arrangements).
Towards the end of the tour, we got a few minutes to chop it up with one of the most influential figures in the Canadian music industry: Allan Reid, the current president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the JUNO Awards and MusiCounts.
It’s not every day that you get a chance to chat with someone so important to the growth of music within Canada. So we jumped on the opportunity and spoke with Allan about the push to spotlight genres like rap and R&B, as well as the JUNO effect on Calgary. Allan also took the time to plug the MusiCounts charity; a CARAS affiliated initiative that provides children with access to music within schooling and community programs.
After our interview wrapped, Allan disclosed to us that although it hasn’t yet been announced, Canadian rap O.G. Kardinal Offishall is going to be making a surprise appearance during the JUNO Awards broadcast on Sunday.
While Allan couldn’t confirm whether or not Kardi would be performing, he did confirm that Kardi has some sort of surprise cooked up that we’ll get to see during the broadcast this weekend. Stay woke!
Photo courtesy of CARAS
“When the JUNOs come to a city, there’s this giant spotlight that comes with it. All the industry comes and all the artists are here. So smart cities use that as a way to kick off a culture strategy” – Allan Reid
Quesnel, BC – Fresh off tour and riding off the buzz from his previous project The Dirty One EP, Dirty Frazier hits hard with the latest video from his recent project Hooks EP. Teaming up with Starving Marvel the pair bring the grimy and hard-hitting visuals for “Make A Couple Dollars” breathing some real life into the phrase “fuck you, pay me”.
Calgary, AB – Today is the official kick-off to JUNO Week in Calgary, which all leads up to the 2016 JUNO Awards on Sunday, Apr. 3.
We’re super stoked to announce that HipHopCanada’s own Sarah Jay and Rosa Jason will be live at the JUNO Awards this year, bringing you coverage of everything hip-hop related. We want to send a huge thank you to the JUNO Awards for allowing us to be a part of the festivities this year.
If you’re going to be in Calgary this week and want to get your fill of hip-hop during JUNO Week, we’ve put together this handy-dandy guide for you to check out.
We combed through the JUNO schedule to find the must-attend events for Canadian hip-hop fans – whether you’re a die-hard Stealth Bomb Records devotee, a SonReal superfan, or a day one follower of E! and MUCH host Tyrone “T-Rex” Edwards (who – need I remind you – is one of the most important pillars in Canadian rap); you’ll find that this year’s JUNO Awards actually have quite a few things to offer us Canadian hip-hop fans.
Los Angeles, CA – Coming in support of The Eh List Volume 4, Divo and GMJ release new visuals for “Angels Fly Remix,” which is featured on the mixtape. The record is a more laid back version of the original and offers hope to those dealing with the loss of a loved one.
And while Divo is originally from the Kitchener-Waterloo region of Ontario, he traveled to the other side of the continent to get the video made:
“Because the song is titled ‘Angels Fly’ it made sense that I shoot the video in the City of Angels,” said Divo who also directed and produced the music video through his own creative agency Artesano Studio.
Check out “Angels Fly Remix” after the jump, or click here to check out The Eh List Volume 4, presented by our good friends at Bring Ya Eh Game.