Toronto, ON – DJ Lighter, Plain English, Riddim, Mega and Sickman from the crew British Man Dem were recently featured on popular music publication Noisey. The group has moved from London, UK to Toronto and Noisey is documenting their efforts to see the grime scene grow in North America. Check out the video below and look for more info after the jump.
Toronto, ON – On Dec. 23 2016, Toronto artist Sean Leon blew up the Internet by releasing an incredibly in-depth interview with himself..
With a new album set to release soon (I Think You’ve Gone Mad), Sean decided to give us a glimpse into his artistic mindset, as well as to clear up a few questions or misunderstandings people may have about his work. After causing a shit storm on Twitter and taking stabs at the media, he (obviously) opted to interview himself. Because if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.
The entire interview runs just under 30 minutes in length, and is a very necessary listen. In addition to talking about his daughter Xylo, and touching on mental health issues, Sean delivers a brash, unfiltered commentary on the state of the Canadian rap. He also gives us the backstory behind his Jazz Cartier diss track, and how he almost decided to quit rap in 2016.
In case you haven’t caught a minute to listen to the interview yet you can stream it via SoundCloud below. And if you don’t have the time for that, we’ve also put together a transcription of the interview for you to read after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Don’t miss the new Xplicit Films-directed “Told Myself” from Toronto’s Dre Barrs and Kareem Siyad. It was inspired by the 1979 cult classic, The Warriors and features footage from the film throughout the storyline.
The video was released on Tuesday and since then Barrs has uploaded different freestyles to two different outlets including the “Westside Gunn” freestyle which also featured Siyad (SoundCloud), and the “No Heart Freestyle” (YouTube). Consistency has been a trademark of Barrs’ for a minute now and it seems he’s changed up his routine for the new year. Don’t be surprised if even more new music comes out in the coming days.
“Told Myself” is HipHopCanada’s Video of the Day. Check it out below!
Toronto, ON – Following the release of their new “Told Myself” video, M3G’s Dre Barrs and Kareem Siyad keep the working coming with the new “Westside Gunn” freestyle. Barrs also released a solo freestyle called “No Heart.” You can check them both out below.
Dre Barrs – Westside Gunn (Freestyle) ft. Kareem Siyad
Brampton, ON – In celebration of his birthday today, Brampton-based Paranoia World artist Bane linked with Ty Senoj and Edeez for this new record titled “Blood On My Hands.”
Sticking to his dark, murky M.O., Bane delivers a slapper of a song to show us what he’s gearing up for in 2017. This is on some lone wolf, solo dolo mentality. Bane’s got his knife and fork ready and he knows that he can’t trust anybody at this point. Ty Senoj makes his appearance on the ad-libs, but the rest of the track is all Bane.
Listen to the premiere of “Blood On My Hands” below, and scope our Q&A with Bane after the jump. Make sure you go wish the guy a happy birthday, too!
Toronto, ON – Check out the title track from the new Rochester EP, Cowabunga. Juice uploaded the radio edit of the “Cowabunga” single earlier today as promo for the 8-track project continues. You can check out the tune below along some more track featured on the EP, the Hooks-assisted “Boost” and the Boi-1da-produced “Grateful.” Click here to take in the entire EP.
Rochester – Cowabunga
Toronto, ON – It’s always great to see an artist that was around during our earlier stages still going strong so many years later. There’s no denying Rochester’s dedication to the culture and his craft. He was dope when we first met him – he went by Juice then – and his new material could be his best yet.
Released towards the end of 2016, Cowabunga is the latest project from Toronto vet; an 8-track EP featuring the likes of Boi-1da, The Maven Boys, Big Pops, DZY, Hooks, Staasia Daniels, Emg and Lgiano. Popular Toronto commercial radio station Z103.5 got behind the project’s release party and it saw some early success as the single “Boost” landed on Apple’s Hot In The Six chart. Cowabunga is available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.
Toronto, ON – Yesterday Toronto artist 11:11 premiered new visuals for his track “Proposal (Let’s Get Married)” off his recently released 11/11 EP. The 11/11 EP is the ultimate cuffing season soundtrack and “Proposal (Let’s Get Married)” topped it all off as the grand finale final track on the project.
The video kicks off with a guy proposing to his girl. And then the video flashes back to four years prior when the guy met the girl for the first time and paid for her coffee and asked her on a dinner date. From there we watch their whole love story unfold as they fall in love and decide to get married.
“Proposal (Let’s Get Married)” was produced by Keith Bell, and the video was directed by Zeckoj. Check it out below and go download 11/11 ASAP if you haven’t done so yet.
Toronto, ON – Going back on some dope releases we missed last year. Toronto’s N-Rimes released the Kay Jones-assisted “Fall Back” mid-2016 with video direction handled by Aaron Burnett; shot and edited by DNA Cinema. “Fall Back” was produced by ShaThaFuture. Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – Looks like T-Minus is making beats again. Him and Michael Lantz team up a HOT new record by Jazz Cartier set to appear on his next album, Fleurever. After ending the year off with “Pree,” Jacuzzi started off 2017 by premiering “Tempted” with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio as the first World Record of 2017. Jazz must be pleased with the response so far considering the SoundCloud upload alone has over 50K streams. That doesn’t factor in additional spins coming from streaming services like Spotify where “Tempted” is already available.
“The new project is called Fleurever. There’s no date, just trying to expand my sound and reach as many people as possible,” Cartier told Lowe while revealing he hadn’t recorded much in 2016 due to his hectic tour schedule.
Jordan Darville at The FADER describes “Tempted” as a Cartier mixing drinks while being on the hunt for someone to end the night with. “As Cartier jumps between crooning and spitting about his search for sex in a club, you might recognize the phrase ‘tempted to touch’ from Rupee’s 2004 hit. But this classically steely new track, which is taken from his upcoming project Fleurever, doesn’t ride rap’s current wave of dancehall-inspired directions in the slightest.”