Disclaimer: It’s been a minute since we’ve run a #DearRappers column here on HipHopCanada. But a lot of you cats have been asking @KassKills and myself to revive the defunct column. So we’re bringing it back for you.
This column is an essential rap game education for struggle rappers on the come-up. I’ve realized that a lot of industry etiquette and protocol that I see as OBVIOUS isn’t actually that obvious to some artists. I know you guys don’t intentionally act like goons. But sometimes you miss the mark and f**k yourselves over without even realizing it. So that’s why this column exists – so that y’all can stay properly informed.
Calgary, AB – Today I need to talk to you guys about something on #DearRappers that I hate to have to talk to you about. But apparently some of y’all still don’t get it. In lieu of the recent passing of the late Shane Redway (R.I.P), there’s something I need to get off my chest:
#DearRappers it’s NOT OKAY to post a link to your hot new release in response to any media coverage honouring the life of a deceased rapper. It’s NOT OKAY to use the death of a peer as a platform to plug your own music. If you do this, you are a terrible human being and the scum of the earth.
Edmonton, AB – Summer maybe winding down, but the music festival circuit is still going strong. The Edmonton Reggae Festival will be hosting it’s second year at Edmonton’s Louise McKinney Riverfront Park, on Saturday, September 5. Our friends at Eiffel Tower Entertainment will be hosting the festival’s official after party at the YEG Event Centre, featuring Jamaican reggae artist – I-Octane.
Nichola Lorimer, Marketing Director for Eiffel Tower Entertainment, has been so kind to provide their official press release on behalf of the team. For more details on the Edmonton Reggae Festival and the official after party, click the jump link below.
Toronto, ON – We’re in for a treat tomorrow – and what better way to spend a Sunday? The 2015 Canadian DMC Battleground Toronto Regional DMC DJ Competition goes down inside The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West) with an onslaught of incredible turntablists.
For just a $10 admission fee, you’ll be treated to high tempo Skratch Battle and special performance by New York City’s own, DJ Shiftee – the 2009 DMC World Champion and 2007 DMC World Supremacy Champion.
Along with Shiftee, the event will feature a special guest showcase by the incredibly talented, and Canadian, DJ Vekked – 2015 DMC World Online Champion, 2012 DMC World Supremacy Champion and 4 x DMC National DJ Champion.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Click the jump link below to see the official flyer. Shouts to the good people at DMC Canada for their efforts to keep competitive DJing alive.
Mississauga, ON – On Aug. 6, John River paid his respects to the late Shane Redway by releasing a legacy tribute track titled “BLVD.” The track was produced by FrancisGotHeat, and without a doubt – it is the most important song I have heard all summer.
Early last Saturday morning, the hip-hop community lost one of its finest when Shane died in a single vehicle car crash. The Mississauga-Toronto artist of BLVD (The Belief Leading Visions & Dreams) passed around 4 a.m. on a Hwy. 427 ramp to Hwy. 401.
Grief poured out on social media as everyone took the time to pay their respects. And when I say “everyone,” I really do mean EVERYONE. Redway touched so many lives and took the time for so many people. But hashtags on Twitter and photo posts on Instagram aren’t enough. That’s why we’re lucky to have John River on the scene. He walks the talk.
Instead of running his mouth on the Internet with a few IG pics or a lazy hashtag tweet, John made a tribute track. He took the time and poured all of the words that can’t be confined to Twitter’s 140-character limit into AN ACTUAL SONG. This is the proper way to remember Redway; with the music that he put his all into. This is important. Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – F-You: The Forgiveness Project is focused on asking the question, what does forgiveness mean to you? They have had over 100 events, two books, and countless speakers and attendees.
Now, F-You presents their biggest event to date! Their very first photo exhibit titled #triggers will be on display between August 28th to 30th. The groundbreaking exhibit showcases stories of pain, forgiveness, strength and resiliency.
The photos are of individuals who have been through trauma and found forgiveness. They are taken back to the place of their emotional drama and photographed while facing their trigger for the first time since the trauma. The photos are powerful and provocative.
The exhibit will include commentary from the subjects themselves, provocative conversations, and performances. This project has been extremely private and this will be the first showing.
You will never see the city of Toronto the same. It all goes down inside The Richmond, located at 477 Richmond Street West. Click the jump link below for more details.
Toronto, ON – WaenGang’s Tha Real K.I.D. drops off his new freestyle rapping over the “Back To Back” instrumental. The accompanying video was shot by Smurf and is available for viewing after the jump link below.
Toronto, ON – The 20/20 Project trio (D-Squared, Idrees, and DJ Unknown) recently released a fresh new track on us titled “Spit.” This track is the second single from the crew’s forthcoming Tapes and Crates EP (due out later this summer).
This song is a nod to the classic ’90s hip-hop sound (aka: the height of boom-bap). So OF COURSE Tupac is featured on the song’s cover art because… you gots to. And even though the production is a total throwback, D-Squared and Idrees keep things reppin’ for the GTA (circa 2015) by going hard with their lyrics: “I aint never goin’ to stop/ I am hip-hop/ Spittin’ acapella when the beat don’t drop.”
Ottawa, ON – New visuals from Kurdish-Canadian rapper Dillin Hoox.
“Peshmerga (Those Who Face Death),” directed by Concrete Films, pays tribute to the military forces responsible for defending the land, people and institutions of the autonomous Kurdistan Region. Peshmerga literally translates to “one who confronts death.” Officially, they are the military force of Iraqi Kurdistan and pledge their allegiance to the Kurdistan Regional Government
Most recently, the peshmerga forces have made international headlines by from being embroiled in a fight against ISIS (aka Islamic State) militants in both Iraq and Syria, and have seen an increase in global support as a result. Earlier in the year, even Akon went over to the ancient city of Erbil, Iraq to perform a charity concert that would benefit the peshmerga forces.
“Peshmerga” was produced by Hoox’s own Diract Beats production company and the song is available for purchase on iTunes. Check it out now after the jump link below.
Toronto, ON – This video examines the impact Maestro Fresh Wes’ self-help book Stick To Your Vision had on the NSCC (Nova Scotia Community College) Akerley Campus’ Adult Learning Program. The video was created by students of the Applied Media and Communication Arts program at the NSCC Waterfront Campus in Dartmouth, NS. Shouts to Laura Thibault, Alex Barnes, Hannah Scott, and Heather McKay for the great work.
Stro’s book, Stick To Your Vision, is named after his 1998 2 Rude-produced single by the same name which was the first single off his fifth studio album, Built To Last. It was the first Maestro single to hit Canadian charts since his 1991 banger, “Conductin’ Thangs,” produced by K-Cut.
The book, officially titled as Stick To Your Vision: How to Get Past the Hurdles and the Haters to Get Where You Want to Be was released August 2010 and is available for purchase on Amazon and other book stores.
Hamilton, ON – A few days ago, I found out that the Bo$ Clique split up and released their last video ever for “Like A Drug.” Huge shout-out to homie Primitive Mike for keeping me in-the-loop. Mike’s been directing the Bo$ videos for a minute, now. So he hit me up to tell me he’d done his final video release for the guys.
“Like A Drug” was actually released way back at the beginning of the year, but the video is only now surfacing as the Clique’s final mark on the scene. The video foreshadows the inevitable break-up with a Brady Bunch-style grid set up. The Bo$ boys don’t actually interact with one another at all during this video. They’re just each vibing with the ladies in their own little grid boxes. See? It’s foreshadowing.
I remember back when a Bo$ Clique video was all about the fam. They would spit bars in the cold empty streets or have street parties. Those were the days when the Clique was one and everything was done together. Now they don’t even share the same video screen anymore. R.I.P. Check it out after the jump.