Brampton, ON – Dope tune from the OBCS camp. This is the Papi and CenturyStan-assisted “NuuWave” by Flexx Jasper. Peep it below.
Vancouver, BC – Originally published Jan. 27, 2017 – Earlier this week Vancouver artist Immerze released a brand new two-part visual for his records “2 Cents” and “Black Bond” off the Before I Go EP.
Immerze starts off by giving us his “2 Cents” and then putting it all into action during “Black Bond.” I’ve become a huge fan of Immerze’s video releases lately because he always releases such fun videos.
For this one, Immerze spends the duration of the video flashing and throwing his own “2 Cents” bills (which you’ll recognize from the “2 Cents” cover art). While the concept for this video is pretty simple, it allows for the music to speak. Giving your “2 Cents” is one thing; but actions speak louder than words. And sometimes you gotta go into Bond mode to make things come to fruition for yourself.
The video was directed by GenreShoots and Immerze. Check it out after the jump, along with our Q&A with Immerze (spoiler alert: new EPs and albums coming soon!).
Vancouver, BC – Originally published Jan. 25, 2017 – While the West Coast music scene is heavily filled with trap-influenced R&B, there are few artists who are confidently executing other avenues of the genre without falling to the tempts of conformity. As he’s continued to work quietly under the radar this last year, singer/songwriter Raiel released his debut EP just shy of a year ago.
Muse did something that not many other R&B projects were able to accomplish, and delivered emotionally vulnerable and introspective reflections that broke away from current genre trends. The subject matter was more personal, the music was more melodic, and it comfortably embraced its’ obvious uniqueness. Until recently there was little known about the man behind the madness (and what he had brewing for 2017). We had a chance to catch up with the Vancouver artist to talk about his identity, his creative motivations, and how he’s kept a strong focus on originality and authenticity in his music.
Toronto, ON – Speng Don, a business man before anything else, started out managing artists before deciding to hone his own rap career.
The CEO of Real Estate Music (R.E.M) was born and raised in Rexdale near the Mount Olive and Kipling Ave. community. Growing up with a single mother as one of seven siblings, Speng’s hip-hop education initially came through the influence of his immediate family, his aunt and his friends from the neighbourhood.
The interest in creating music, however, was ignited by listening to his late father’s dancehall/reggae music collection, which was one of the only memories left behind.
Speng left home at just 16 years of age and ventured out into the world on his own. He’s been pursuing his music industry goals ever since – in one form or another – and using music to reflect life as he’s experienced it. After an unfortunate legal setback, Speng is back with a vengeance, unleashing his debut single “Swish” which you can check out below. The video will be dropping in the near future along with more new material from the Toronto artist. Stay tuned.
Toronto, ON – Toronto up-and-comer Jordan Rivers recently dropped a new video single titled “Going In” (produced by BDM) off the forthcoming new Finding My Way EP.
“Going In” is a track about the importance of putting your all into whatever you’re doing. It’s a go-hard-or-go-home thing. You’ve got to stop looking for life’s loopholes and trying to take the easiest route. This song serves as a motivation to find what drives you, and to throw yourself head-first into it.
The song itself is on some laid-back vibes, with a floaty instrumental-driven beat. There’s a very freeing undertone to this record. Check out the video (directed by Joe Cash Productions) below, and check our short little Q&A with Jordan after the jump.
Winnipeg, MB – Originally published Jan. 18, 2017 – Toronto and the West Coast generally get the most credit for giving rise to promising rap talent, but Winnipeg’s Myazwe is making a smooth entry into the industry as one of the few from his location. Myazwe’s newest release “Right My Wrongs” weaves memorable and bars around listeners as he raps, “It sucks when it’s the right girl, wrong time.” The lingering reflection is a sentiment many can relate to, and ties in his quickly spit witticisms with an overarching theme that many listeners will embrace.
Myazwe’s voice is considerably unique from other sounds in the current industry, and his approach follows the same independent suit. From his experiences growing up around other notable rap creatives and cousin, Allan Kingdom, it’s no surprise that Myazwe learned how to stand out from his peers with quality music early on. And as a self-produced artist, he credits his musical independence as the “millenial way” – referring to the new generation of artists who are taking the reigns and responsible for most of their own production that’s been self-taught.
Catch our conversation below where we talk about “Right My Wrongs”, his upcoming project, and what it’s like to be a rapper from the prairies.
Toronto, ON – Since Drake and Skepta’s allegiance has come to light in the past couple of years, there’s been an increasing amount of collaborations between artists from Canada and the UK. In particular, artists from Toronto and London. Both cities are more influential than ever when it comes to the international hip-hop sphere as a whole. Even Swizz Beatz was telling BBC Newsbeat reporter Nesta McGregor back in December that he felt US hip-hop artists needed to look to the UK for inspiration.
“Musically the UK is stronger than the US right now. As far as the hunger and the unique vibes,” he wisely proclaimed. And I’d argue that the same can be said about Canada.
The Canadian and UK hip-hop scenes had instances of collaborating long before Drizzy got a BBK tattoo, but market-crossover is starting to pop up everywhere you look. From Robin Banks remixing the Geko single “Baba,” to OVO Sound Radio supporting a variety of UK acts, Smoke Dawg performing with Luton, England artist Nafe Smallz at London’s XOYO nightclub this coming Feb. 16, and the list goes on…
Nufe’s latest video features another Halal Gang artist from Toronto who is really starting to make some noise. Canadian-Somali Puffy L’z, coming out of Regent Park, has close to 3 million collective views between just 3 solo music video releases, including 530K on his latest visual, “Propa,” directed by King Bee. The new banger, “SuperStar,” was produced by Sean Murdz and Scotty Styles and hosted on UK’s popular Link Up TV network. The video has just under 100K in only 3 days and L’z is getting a lot of love for his contrbution to the tune. “SuperStar” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. “That Toronto yute went in.”
Toronto, ON – After bringing his Open Late Tour to NYC’s famous SOB’s venue yesterday, mysterious Atlanta artist 24hrs is in Toronto tonight with special guest Ye Ali. The show is one of 2 Canadian dates on the 8-date tour, along with a gig in Vancouver at Fortune Sound Club on Saturday, Feb. 4. Tonight’s all-ages show gets started at 9 p.m. inside The Mod Club (722 College Street).
24hrs is currently promoting his recent projects, including 12:AM and the James Royo-produced EP, Sunset BLVD (featuring the Post Malone-assisted, James Royo-produced banger, “Malibu”), and is also gearing up for a collaborative release with Ty Dolla $ign tentatively titled 24 Dollas. The first single to leak was the Wiz Khalifa-assisted “What You Like,” produced by Hit-Boy. Considering the positive response to previous collaborations between the pair – including the recently released Roy Woods single, “Only You” – it’s no surprise that anticipation for the mixtape has been building steadily.
Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.
Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.
This week’s playlist includes a bunch of brand new records including Major Lazer’s “Run Up” with PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj, VNCHY’s “Good Life” (off EMINENT: 002A_0316), Jessie Reyez’s “Shutter Island”, Stevie Ross’ “All On You” (off Something In Wonderland), The 25th Hr’s “Regrets” (off Regrets), Free n Losh’s “Me 4 Prez” with Terrell Morris, A l l i e’s “Wildcat”, and Syph’s “Going Crazy” with Skeme and Yakki Divioshi.
Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 17 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.
El Paso, TX – Originally published Jan. 25, 2017 – At just 18-years-old, R&B singer/songwriter Khalid isn’t your typical teen. With a newly acquired deal under his belt from RCA Records, his rise to the forefront of the music industry has been swift and organic in its’ origins. After all, it was only during the first quarter of 2016 that the vocally-trained soul singer started releasing music online as an independent artist residing in the border city of El Paso, Texas. One of his earliest releases, “Location” quickly surpassed expectations – collecting over a million streams in a mere two months, and ultimately leading the new high school graduate to sign with RCA.
While the release of “Location” established his marketable credibility, it’s Khalid’s unmatched voice and seamless delivery that undeniably wins him respect within the greater international music community (and with his growing fan base). His lyrics deliver the perfect concoction of depth and nostalgia that is both present and reminiscent. Currently he’s embarking on his first headlining North American Tour – appropriately named, The Location Tour. It’s on the afternoon of January 15th, while preparing for his third show in Toronto, Canada, that we connect for a quick phone interview.
“Growing up was a lot of ‘nos’. People kept telling me – ‘No, this isn’t what you should do,’ or ‘No, you should sing this way.’ But I gave myself the yes. ” – Khalid