Vancouver, BC – Where It’s At Entertainment and Cariboo Brewing present Women of the Underground, a hip-hop showcase which is set to expose some of the rising female emcees that Vancity is cultivating. The event is going down on Friday June 17th at LED club from 9pm to 1am, and features various emcees such as Bona Fyde, Baby C, and Myztique, among many others.
Vancouver, BC – Brevner draws inspiration from the same beat used on 2Pac’s “Shorty Wanna Be A Thug” and Kanye’s “Drive Slow” to drop an appropriate tribute to Makaveli on his birthday. The saxophone’d out sample originates from Jazz musician Hank Crawford’s 1973 hit “Wildflower” and was also used by the likes of Eminem and J. Cole.
But right now this is about Pac…and Mr. Brevner celebrating what would have been his 45th birthday. “MATTKAVELLI (Blow Up / Drive Slow)” is the result of an 80’s baby’s hip-hop influences coming together on one track and the personal crossroads of an artist who has two options… “to blow up or drive slow.” Stream the track on Soundcloud below.
Vernon, BC – BC hip-hop vet TassNata has been on our radar now for more than a decade, but lately he’s been pushing the boundaries of success like we haven’t seen before. Namely, his new upbeat single “Let’s Go” featuring Naturally Born Strangers members Rich Kidd and Tona has been picking up steam, and fast. The Tone Mason-produced record was one of 3 indie joints to recently make it onto Spotify’s Hip Hop Central list and the song been showcased on various blogs and music websites.
“Let’s Go” is actually being performed live for the first time at the HipHopCanada-sponsored #BigTicket event, taking place June 24 inside Toronto’s Revival Bar (783 College Street). All 3 artists will be on hand to perform the song since Naturally Born Strangers are the headline for the evening. Click here for more details about the event and check out “Let’s Go” below.
Toronto, ON – Monthly hip-hop series #BigTicket returns next Friday, June 24 inside Toronto’s Revival Bar. The headline is JUNO Award-winning trio, Naturally Born Strangers (Adam Bomb, Tona & Rich Kidd) with an incredible opening line-up to start the show. NBS will be performing tracks from their debut, as well as new material live for the first time.
If that isn’t enough, the night is also set to feature Toronto vet Rochester (aka Juice) who will be celebrating the release of his new project, Cowabunga. Vernon BC’s own TassNata will be coming to The 6 to perform his brand new summer anthem “Let’s Go” (feat. Tona & Rich Kidd) for the first time live, and Dusty Wallace will be showcasing tracks off his forthcoming project, Reality Cheque. On top of that, T. Gramz and Dre Barrs will be rocking the stage together as M3G while female MCs Maizy F, Rootz K, Haviah Mighty and Little T will be spitting hot 16s in the next Queens Of The Game cypher. And, last but certainly not least, the award-winning DJ Law will be holding down the music for the evening.
Aside from the musical acts, #BigTicket is set to feature the launch of DSXIII Clothing which likely means there’s a chance you’ll be going home with some giveaways – keep your eyes peeled!
Whitehorse, YT – On Jun. 15, the annual Polaris Music Prize (presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media) Lost List announcement was made at the Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse, Yukon in association with the Yukon Film & Sound Commission and the assistance of Music Yukon.
The Polaris Music Prize is an annual, Canadian juried award given to a Canadian artist for album of the year. This award is based purely on artistry, as opposed to sales, and is determined by a jury of journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada.
This year’s long list includes some solid hip-hop representation from both Drake (VIEWS) and Jazz Cartier (Hotel Paranoia). Toronto vocalist Daniel Caesar also made the cut for his masterpiece EP, Pilgrim’s Paradise. The Weeknd also made the list for Beauty Behind the Madness. And OVO Sound’s own Majid Jordan placed for their self-titled Majid Jordan album. Another artist we’re super excited to see on the list is Montreal’s Kaytranada for his just-released 99.9% album.
The Polaris Music Prize grand prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the album of the year. The remaining short listed artists will each receive $3,000, courtesy of Slaight Music.
Toronto, ON – Up-and-comer Ls (aka Lone Soja) lets off a new project inspired by the infamous serial killer in John Carpenter’s slasher film series, Halloween. It’s Michael Myers with a hip-hop twist… Mic Myers. The project contains 28-tracks, giving listeners plenty of opportunity to see what Ls is all about.
“I grew up in foster homes and music is my life… I was born to do this and I will never stop. Thanks for listening.”
Toronto, ON – Following the release of his EP, New ID, MostHigh Collective’s Leoh Davis drops off new visuals for the Daniel Worthy and Tony Kaine-produced single, “Cash.” The video was directed by Brandon Jordan and 88 Films and comes just in time to heat up the summer – check it out after the jump link below.
Toronto, ON – Today’s Song of the Day is the latest (stunning) visual release from young phenom Raz Fresco. Presented by The Black Light Conglomerate and directed by ABSTRAKTE, “Swervin In BAPE” features JUNO-nominee Tre Mission and can be found on Raz’s hot new project, Pablo Frescobar, which you can download here. Check out “Swervin In BAPE” after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – West Coast rapper SonReal just announced the release of his forthcoming EP titled The Name. The EP is set to release on August 12 via Black Box Recordings/ Universal Music Canada.
We’ve already heard the EP’s first single “Can I Get A Witness” and I’ve been bumping that steady over the last few months. The song is already on heavy rotation on the radio and has reached over 2-million streams on Spotify.