Hamilton, ON – Hip-hop icon N.O.R.E. returns to Canada this coming Thursday, May 12, for the first of 13 stops on his Eastern Canadian tour. Presented by International Touring Agency and Peter Jackson’s 9-0 Nickel Entertainment, the Drunk Uncle Eastern Canadian Promotional Tour comes in support of his new album by the same name, and will featuring supporting act, Son of Mary. Click the jump link below for more details.
Vancouver, BC – That boy Ghost is back at it with a celebratory track for the 5th of May. Resurfacing with “Cinco De Mayo” the Vancity emcee turns his auto-tuned melody all the way up in his recent release. Get with it below.
Vancouver, BC – Having recorded his first song ever only last year, up and coming artist Walden Ash has broken onto the Vancouver rap scene with an intensity rivaled by few. From banking nearly 100 hours in the studio in under six months, to creating his own company before the age of twenty, he’s tackled the rap game with a fierce determination that can only be described as admirable. With his debut music video for “Alcohol” bringing in thousands of views daily and every song he releases gaining widespread attention almost instantly, his quick rise to success has been nothing short of impressive.
Ash’s debut album Monster is set to be released on May 16 and will feature a mix of various hip hop styles tailored to appeal to all tastes. With something for everyone, his first show is set to take place just days later on May 20th, and will be hosted by P Reign, while also featuring performances from both Billionaire B and Dkay. With so much on the horizon, Walden sat down with us to discuss his inspiration, creative process, and his own personal definition of success.
“I want to be an icon for Vancouver, kind of like how when you think of Toronto, you know who you think of. When you think of Detroit, when you think of New York, California, you know who you think of. I wanna be that guy for Vancouver.” – Walden Ash
Edmonton, AB – The nation witnessed the devastation that hit Fort McMurray this week, as a massive wildfire forced the entire city to be evacuated. With over 80,000 residents left stranded, many with out a home or neighborhood to return too, the country has stepped up in countless ways to lend a helping hand.
HipHopCanada has teamed up with Ill Beats to help raise funds for the victims affected by the fire. And what’s a better way to raise funds in our community? A party of course! With music by DJ Grizz (Founder of Ill Beats), DJ Ned, DJ Triggs, DJ Giant and special guests – the “Come As You Were” themed event will take place at the Mercury Room (10575-114 Street) on Wednesday May 11.
Toronto, ON – It’s always a good time when we get new music from Rel McCoy, and he recently dropped a new video for his track “Super Crush” featuring Moka Only. The track is the latest single off his new album Gas Money, which will feature other talents such as: Elaquent, Tone Mason and Juno nominated producer Fresh Kils. “Super Crush” is a nice spin with some classical rap inspired bars that McCoy hits so well.
The video is simple but effective, and follows Moka Only and Rel as they move around Moka’s hometown of Vancouver, BC. There’s even a nice little shout out to East Van in there that has us feeling connected cross-country.
San Jose, California – Kung Fu Vampire has announced the dates for his upcoming Look Alive Canadian tour and KOTD’s legendary Battle Rapper and Bearded Comedian, Dirtbag Dan has jumped on to accompany.
The tour kicks off on June 6th in Portland, OR and will travel across Canada. The show promises to feature tracks off his upcoming album, Look Alive which is slated to be released later this summer and features talents such as Twiztid, Brotha Lynch Hung, ¡Mayday!, Locksmith & more.
Toronto, ON – Back in April, D.O. Gibson teamed up with Slakah The Beatchild and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan-based producer Rayne Drop for this new song titled “No Traffic.”
“No Traffic” is a classic D.O. track of inspiration about the importance of finding your own lane. If you can get in your own lane, you’re not going to get backed up and stalled by all the other drivers on the road. The idea here is that you need to stop trying to be like the rest of the rap world, and hone in on your own artistry. Because at the end of the day, you’re only competing with yourself.
D.O. initially connected with Rayne after catching word of Definition going out to Prince Albert to work with Rayne. D.O. scrolled through Rayne’s SoundCloud and found THE BEAT that later became this song. Unfortunately another artist had already snatched the beat for his use. But everyone was eventually able to come to an agreement, D.O. got the beat, Slakah put his magic touch on it, and now we’ve been blessed with “No Traffic.”
Toronto, ON – One of my favourite guys in the rap game, D.O. Gibson recently debuted a new podcast series entitled On This Grind.
Think of “On This Grind” as more-or-less of a “Making It In The Rap Game For Dummies.” D.O. laces the podcast with anecdotes of his own come-up and dishes knowledge bombs on knowledge bombs about navigating the rap game and achieving “success.”
D.O. has been in the industry for a long time now. And while everyone has their own definition of “success” in the rap game; D.O. serves as a prime example of someone who is able to make a living off of his craft. He’s toured internationally, he’s collaborated with both veteran and up-and-coming artists, he’s won awards, he’s gotten major plays on his music, and most importantly: he does what he wants to do on his own terms without compromising his craft.
And now he’s graciously decided to share with us how – exactly – he’s made it to where he’s at.
Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn artist ScienZe just premiered his latest album release titled Good Food via MassAppeal this morning.
For this project, ScienZe sticks to his M.O. of laid back mellow Brooklyn vibes, and delivers a sumptuous 13-track feast with a twist: the entire project is centred around food. Good Food is a gastronomical-themed journey for the senses.
But it’s so much more than that – it’s about the experience that comes hand-in-hand with feasting. It’s about the prep work, the community, the coming together, the conversations, the process, and everything else that contributes to food being an experience.
Montreal, QC – On Apr. 29 Drake released his highly anticipated new VIEWS album. And today Dear Lola (aka: RAW Records co-founder) and Louis Trudel released a retro-style Views From The 6 computer game as the official launch for RAW Gaming MTL.
The objective of the game is simple: get Drake to the top of the CN Towers so he can ACTUALLY get atop the tower without needing his team to photoshop him on to it like they did for his VIEWS album cover. This is some serious “started from the bottom, now we’re here” business.
The Views From The 6 game features a digitalized Drake, complete with his Drake-y facial hair and signature hair part. There are also OVO owls that fly around throughout the game. I think you might be able to jump off of them. I’m not quite sure yet; this game is tough. But here’s how to get started: Drake jumps when you hit the spacebar, and you can navigate him using the arrows on your keyboard.