Vancouver, BC – SO LOKI has had a busy start to 2016. They started off the year with the successful release of Supermaniac; a project well received that made quite a bit of noise for their vocalist, Sam Lucia gaining him respect as one of Vancouver’s most promising current rap prospects. Most recently, Lucia partnered with Matt Harvey to produced “PINKY RINGS”. The track is another dynamic song from Lucia, who innovatively embrace genre ambiguity and sonic confusion as the new definition of cool. Matt Harvey shows up with a similar vision on the production to compliment Lucia on the track. Check out “PINKY RINGS” below.
Vancouver, BC – There are strange things done under the midnight sun, and apparently epics beats being produced in the far northern territory of the Yukon as well. Northern producer, Jeremy Parkin, currently resides in Whitehorse, YT and teamed up with KIDS member, Kelvin, to release “Bring It All”. It’s the first single off an upcoming collaborative project from the duo, and introduces a surprisingly futuristic sound to solidify Parkin’s identity as a competitive producer. Born and raised in the Yukon as well, Kelvin offers the vocals, recording, and mastering leaving Jeremy to solely handle the production.
Vancouver, BC – JayKin is not a new face to the west-coast music scene. He’s one of the few Vancity rappers that is consistently making noise within the scene which is also consistently good. The combination of the two is actually less frequent than you might expect . We’re currently awaiting the release of his upcoming studio project, BONUS – due out in the very near future. To tide us over until it’s release, the emcee offered up a repost-worthy freestyle which acts as a notable teaser for waiting fans.
Vancouver producer, Joseph L’étranger, assisted with the track by producing the instrumentals. The tone of the song is dark, with an undercutting and hard-hitting beat that sets the stage to do exactly what a freestyle should – show off the vocal abilities of the rapper (which it successfully does). I associate this rapper with innovative music which is somewhat futuristic. And, even though it’s a freestyle, the track doesn’t fall short of delivering listeners with the boundary pushing style that JayKin is known for. Check out the “3am/M∆JOR” freestyle below.
Austin, TX – Hip-hop icon Too $hort will celebrate an impressive 30 years in the rap game with a special live performance for his fans that will also mark the first ever Global Live Streaming Event at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Too $hort and friends, including George Clinton, IamSu, Trae Tha Truth and more, will take the stage to jam with a live band, broadcasting live from Empire Control Room on Wednesday, March 16th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (CT), hosted by Hip-Hop Nation’s DJ Nina 9. Fans across the globe will have the opportunity to join in on this iconic SXSW performance simply by subscribing for a $2.99 fee to watch the live stream.
The rap superstar is also celebrating the official launch of his new Digital BoomBox Studios: a fully equipped, digital creative facility located in downtown Los Angeles, just five minutes from the Staples Center. The new location features two state of the art recording studios, a performance stage and venue, radio station, digital gaming cove and much more. Too $hort also announced the launch of TooShort.tv where he’ll continue to reinvent himself in today’s digital world with exclusive events that will be live streamed across the nation.
In addition to the 30th Anniversary Global Live Streaming event on March 16th, fans will also get to witness the hip-hop trailblazer on an official SXSW Stage on Saturday, March 19th at The Belmont, located at 305 West 6th Street in Austin. $hort will join a star-studded line-up including Big KRIT, Trae Tha Truth, Scotty ATL, Nick Grant, Earth Gang, Dougie F, Rich The Kid and more.
Halifax, NS – Some fresh tunes from one of our favourite East Coast artists, Quake Matthews. The latest features Mr. Matthews dropping some slick bars over the instrumental to Bieber’s hit single, “Love Yourself” while also showcasing his singing skills. “Love Yourself” was originally produced by rapper and hitmaker Benny Blanco.
The other track we’re featuring came out about a month ago and features Quake dropping some realness in the form of a remix to Kanye’s “Real Friends.” This one will hit close to home for people who feel like they’ve spent a lifetime helping others without much to show in return. Both tracks are definitely worth checking out and if you’re looking for even more from Quake, be sure to check out his Rap Music album available on iTunes.
Quake Matthews – Love Yourself (Remix)
Toronto, ON – Veteran Toronto director and independent filmmaker Andre Rehal delivered an instant classic when he teamed up with producer-MC LordQuest. “Still In Line,” featuring longtime Quest-collaborator Promise, was originally released in 2014, but Rehal just posted it to his Vimeo account so we thought we’d bring it back for anyone that might have missed it… or the critically acclaimed Still Shopping album it was featured on (available on Bandcamp).
“Still Shopping was the first official release by emcee / producer extraordinaire LordQuest, notable for his works with ScHoolboy Q, Ash Roth, Maestro Fresh Wes, Promise and many more. Still Shopping is a glimpse into the mind of LordQuest as he searches to find himself as an emcee, touching on subjects we all face and discussing topics we all relate to. Ladies and Gentlemen, without further a due…Still Shopping.”
Brampton, ON – Up-and-coming B-Town artist Brad Bonds just hit us with a double-whammy two-song release with the drop of “Don’t Be Shy” and “Night Time.” These two songs are kind of a Dr. Jekyl-and-Mr. Hyde look at the art of seduction. “Don’t Be Shy” is a soft genteel seduction while “Night Time” plays out as a pussy-laden panty-moistening slow jam.
“Don’t Be Shy” is the kind of jam you throw on at the end of the night when you take your female home with you and you want to play it smooth and seduce her but you’re worried that your catalogue of PartyNextDoor jams might be a little bit too crass. That, or you’ve over-exasperated your Marvin Gaye go-to tunes.
Brampton, ON – Brad Bonds just delivered two back-to-back single releases on us to kick off the weekend: “Night Time” and “Don’t Be Shy.” This two-song release shows us both sides to macking on the ladies: the softer gentler approach (as seen on “Don’t Be Shy”), as well as the pussy-fiending K Swisha produced “Night Time.”.
When I copped a listen to both of Brad’s new songs, I started things off with “Don’t Be Shy,” which is butter soft and smooth. So I was expecting “Night Time” to be along the same lines. But it’s a much different approach. Brad kicks off the track right away with major female thirst: “Damn I want that pussy/ But I don’t want to work for it/ Always in the city/ So they know where to look for me.”
Toronto, ON – Toronto rappers Mars Dollaz and Michael Jones come together for a collaborative effort to compose a dope street record, “I Don’t Know,” with matching visuals shot by K-Fresh for Goldmine Media One. Both artists hail from the west end of Toronto, Black Creek and Tretheway (South Side Jane Street) to be exact. These youngsters are hungry and ready to go 1000% into the music world. With this being their first public release you can say that it can only go up from here. Keep an ear out for more from Mars Dollaz and Michael Jones.
Lost Springs, WY – As he gears up for his SXSW appearances and upcoming Hotel Tour (which is coming to Calgary and Vancouver – BY THE WAY), Allan Rayman delivers his latest offering, “Verona The Hellcat” (featuring Jessie Reyez).
The song intros with Jessie Reyez’s ever soulful vocals. Which is fitting because Allan is arguably one of the most soulful artists of our generation. Jessie’s got a raspy Erykah Badu vibe about her. She’s also got that same dark stance on love that we’ve come to expect from Allan: “I thought you could be the one who loved my ugly/ Lucky, lucky girl, thought I found someone who loved me.”
And as soon as the beat drops, Allan comes in with his own vocals. The song demonstrates both sides of a highly disfunctional relationship: a girl who thinks she’s found THE ONE to love her despite her demons; and a highly conflicted Allan who feels deceived by the reality of the woman he’s with. Ultimately both are left with the same inner turmoil: a mix of love, hate, and insanity.