Toronto, ON – On Sunday, Aug. 1, I attended Drake and Future’sSummer Sixteen concert in Toronto, as part of Drizzy’s OVO Fest.
The concert took place at the Air Canada Centre for the first time since the inception of OVO Fest, and I found the ambiance to be one of excitement, but far removed from the louder, open air, festival vibes of the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.
My theory is that the dark ambiance of the ACC, the incredibly structured seating, the lack of sunlight, the lack of vitamin D, and the lack of an open-air atmosphere caused the Summer Sixteen crowd to be more docile in comparison to previous OVO Fest crowds.
Toronto, ON – Coming in support of his Dot Life Vol. 1 mixtape, Pelham Park up-and-comer Nightmare drops new Zar Billions-directed visuals for the J Bizo-produced single, “When I Wake.” Check it out after the jump.
Houston, TX – We had to know this was coming. On the heels of their remix to Kanye’s album, The Chops of Pablo, OVO’s OG Ron C and The Chopstars of Houston release their Codeine Views remix project – Chopped Not Slopped!
OVO posted it to their blog on Friday via an Discotopia stream which we’ve got for you below. You might remember their insane Take Care remix, Chop Care, available on Dat Piff.
Toronto, ON – The rumour mill has been running rampant this past week over alleged beef between Eminem and Drake. It started mid-week when Hot 97 radio host Ebro Darden detailed a backstage conversation he had with Drake where Drizzy allegedly announced that if Eminem were to diss him, he’d be ready for him. Drake was responding to Ebro’s suggestion that Eminem was going to diss Drake on his next album, after the Toronto rapper had engaged in a feud with Shady Records artist Joe Budden.
“I told Drake I heard the rumour was that Eminem was gonna gear up to come after him,” said Ebro. “And [Drake] laughed, and he said, ‘That’s not gonna happen. He’ll never do that. And if he did I got something for him, too.’”
College Park, GA – Drake took to Twitter on Saturday to share his new collaboration with Tity Boi ake 2 Chainz. “Big Amount,” produced by Buddah Bless, is featured on the new 2 Chainz tape, Daniel Son; Necklace Don.
After less than a day, the song has already surpassed 100K plays on SoundCloud and has received some great feedback from fans like: “Drake really murked, I got my eyebrows raised and grinding teeth after hearin that verse,” or “Drake actually #Shnapped.”
In his verse, Drake goes in on haters and fake friends, pays homage to Atlanta, brags about his lifestyle and pays respect to fallen ATL rapper Bankroll Fresh who was shot and killed back in March. Daniel Son; Necklace Don features 10-tracks with production from TM88, DJ Spinz, C4, Dun Deal, and more. “Big Amount” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.
Lexington, KY – The Only Crew may not be a Canadian group, but they’re setting their sights on making international waves and their new EP Amusement Park is a worthy attempt. Comprised of Jay Elly, Cub Capulet, and Kicksit, the Kentucky-natives have a sound that is balanced with professional level production. Props are warranted to producer, Juicebox who gave this EP the respectable soul and dance-influenced treatment that makes it so great. The 5-track project blends wordy bars with catchy choruses. While most rappers sway in one direction or the other, the variety of voices and personas offers a bouquet of tones that make it an interesting listen.
Victoria, BC – It wasn’t that long ago that Victoria emcee Discreet released his last project Victoria’s Secret. We recently reviewed the solid project from the rapper and were able to shed a little bit of well-deserved light on the smaller rap community of Victoria that Discreet is helping to keep alive. The project was a thorough and elaborate attempt which was backed by a wide range of topics and material (and more than we’ve gotten from any other artist).
For this reason, it was even more impressive when he came back to us and delivered another new project which boasted an even more extensive track-list. This guy truly doesn’t stop – and the dedication to providing his fans with quality, honest projects is admirable. We’re here to break down Under the Influence with the same dedication that he brought to this latest album.
Vancouver, BC – There’s been some new energy and subsequent projects brewing out here on the West Coast, and Vancouver based alternative/electronic artist, Chelsea Grimm has certainly been busy. He recently released the Sam Lucia-directed visuals to accompany his first single, “Busshead.” We were amped to feature his introductory track here on HipHopCanada, and we’ve been waiting for this follow-up ever since. Courtesy of Owake Records, the music video for “Busshead” follows Grimm (or whoever is holding the camera) through his explorations in a secluded forest.
Miami, FL – If you’re into hip-hop vlogs, you might be familiar with a US head named Too Blunt regularly dropping his opinion on new music and happenings to his 59K+ subscribers. Last November he discovered the UK scene and has recently dedicated a lot of screen-time to reviewing the scene’s releases as well as gauging reactions from the US public, among other things.
Too Blunt recently teamed up with the good people at Link Up TV to reveal his Top 5 UK Songs Of July. And since several members of the HipHopCanada team are also big on what the UK has to offer, we decided to share it with you here. It’s a great chance to get caught up on what’s going on across the pond.
Recently we’ve featured some dope videos from USG Entertainment’s K Koke (who has worked with Canadian artists like Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge) and Brixton Hill crew, 67. Check out the video below and click here to check out Too Blunt’s main channel. Definitely worth subscribing!
Toronto, ON – Earlier this week, Toronto artist Arys Déjan released a new “BullsEye” freestyle over top of “The Season” by Anderson .Paak.
I’m not usually a fan of freestyles over industry beats. I’ve become jaded by the 432,286,543 or so Canadian rappers who have spammed me with Drake freestyles over the years. But I have a huge appreciation for the guys who know how to pick a beat proper, and slaughter it. And that’s exactly what Arys did here.
While Arys admittedly isn’t necessarily a huge Anderson .Paak fan, I am. And I been listening to Malibu over and over and over again lately. “The Season” was produced by the god 9th Wonder. It’s a crazy beat, and a completely unexpected beat choice for a freestyle. But I love how Arys spun it. Check out “BullsEye” below, and peep our Q&A with Arys after the jump.