Brandford, CT – Highly recommend checking out the The Grand Flipp project by Hya Def Records artist Varsay. Available below via SoundCloud.
Montreal, QC – Check out the Gift Rap EP from Montreal producer/MC Chris Cash The Gifted, introduced to us a 22-year-old “energetic rapper with intricate metaphors from Montreal.” A solid evaluation showcased nicely in a 5-track EP available below via Cloud9MG.
Ottawa, ON – Ottawa singer-songwriter David Notes recently released the visuals to his smooth and catchy single “Thinking About You,” co-directed by David and LaVie Motion Pictures. You can find the song on David’s Compositions of Notes EP available here. Check out the video after the jump.
Montreal, QC – Montreal’s own Wasiu just released some freshly cooked audio on us titled “Bout 02 Blow.” Wasiu goes in on a grimy elastic-bounce beat (courtesy of VXNYLBEATS) and hits us with a hungry rap joint that allows him – as of of our country’s most unjustly slept on rappers – to rightfully take his place on the rap throne.
To be honest, I actually hadn’t even heard of Wasiu until a few weeks ago. My homie Rob from CJSW in Calgary sent me a link to a Wasiu video. I got hooked right away and backtracked through Wasiu’s entire discography. This man has the kind of bars that cats wish they could write. He’s got conscious intellectual rhymes. And he’s a beast on the mic. When he goes in, he goes hard. He’s a ferocious rap game lion. Instead of TELLING us why he’s “Bout 02 Blow,” Wasiu SHOWS us why he’s “Bout 02 Blow.” So pay attention, guys.
Compton, CA – LA rapper EPICMUSTDIE (sometimes stylized as EPIC. Must Die.) enlists talented Canadian creative minds Dave Hung and Fubu Ghost of Our Dynasty Our Destiny Films to direct his new video in support of his EP, No Reflection. This is “Lacrimosa.” Hypetrak’s Patrick Montes described the song as “doom-and-gloom funeral music at its moodiest and darkest,” hitting the nail on the head referring to “Lacrimosa” as requiem rap.
Fitting since Lacrimosa can be found in the Dies Iraes sequence of the Requiem mass, or Mass of the Dead, part of the Catholic Church and offered to “repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons, using a particular form of the Roman Missal.”
St. John’s, NL – East Coast rap lord on-the-rise Dope Piece recently dropped new visuals for his MAK11-assisted track titled “Maintain.”
Dope Piece and MAK11 hit us with a Hustle 101 lesson in the rap game: you need to maintain everything you’ve achieved while you’re on your way to that next level. Hustle don’t mean sh*t if you can’t keep a hold on everything you’ve already achieved.
Huge shout-out to the homie Vater for putting me on to Dope Piece. Dope is one of my favourite finds so far this year. And I’d never have found him without Vater. Being the prince that he is, Vater’s been keeping me in-the-loop on lots of fresh East Coast hip-hop releases. So give him some daps where daps are due. And check out the new Dope Piece video after the jump.
Dartmouth, NS – Cam Smith’s video for “Feel The Same” debuted on “The Signal” Showcases last month, Russell Simmons’ new online venture. The video, the latest off of Smith’s Cannon release, should provide proof that the ODOD Films collective of Cam Smith, Fubu Ghost, Dave Hung, Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun) & more, are capable of nothing but amazing visuals.
Along with the video you can a stream of the album version of “Feel The Same” which happens to feature HipHopCanada’s own Nicole Curry, aka Nicole Ariana. Cannon is available on iTunes.
Halifax, NS – Check out Episode 20 of Track Battles. Sponsored and hosted by Fortunato of Angerville Entertainment, Episode 20 brought the team to Halifax, Nova Scotia for a round featuring RealEy3z against Slauney. The pair squared off to see who could come up with the best tracks over beats supplied by Scrimige of Midtown Productions.
“Bare witness to our landmark 20th episode shot and recorded at TMG Studios in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia and engineered by DJ IV. We continue our inter-provincial maritime match ups with Dartmouth MC Slauney from the group Bedmouth facing off against Halifax’s own femcee extrodinaire, RealEyez.”
Halifax, NS – Check out the bHUZE Films-directed “Fire Squad” video by up-and-comer Pretty Boi Cuv in support of his Rookie of the Year mixtape. Definitely someone you should keep an eye out for and a great example of the depth of Halifax’s emerging hip-hop scene.