Toronto, ON – After making an impressive debut with his song “Different,” 24kdom is back with a new dlinardi-produced record called “How You Gon.” Strapped with a catchy and melodic hook, the track touches on 24kdom’s come-up and calls out people who “switched on the plan” and turned their back on his team. Check it out below.
Ottawa, ON – Just over a week after releasing his creative “Spirit” video (28,000+ views to date), Kurdish-Canadian rapper Dillin Hoox is back with another visual release. Coming in support of his album debut, Life As I Know It, “Therapy,” was directed by Divine Eye and the song was produced by Diract Beats. “Therapy” and the album it’s featured on are available on iTunes.
Ottawa, ON – Roc Nation’s award-winning song-writer and recording artist Belly recently released new visuals in support of his project, Inzombia. The video for the Future-assisted “Frozen Water” was directed by Rolio Jackson while the single was co-produced by The ANMLS and Ben Billion$. Check it out below or click here to take in the full mixtape.
Toronto, ON – Our friends over at City On My Back have been curating a monthly playlist called The Toronto Sound. The playlists drop on the first of each month and features roughly 10-12 of the hottest records to come out in the last month.
February’s list will be out on March 1 so in the meantime check out the January 2017 edition of The Toronto Sound. It features new music from Clairmont the Second, Derek Wise, Syph, Theo3 and more. City On My Back’s Ty Harper and rez are huge supporters of the Toronto hip-hop and are also incredibly knowledgeable about the scene and hip-hop in general. Definitely great tastemakers to keep an eye on.
The Toronto Sound – January 2017
Curated by City On My Back
Montreal, QC – Toronto based artist Cadence Weapon (formerly of Edmonton) recently teamed up with Montreal super-producer Kaytranada for the release of a new record titled “My Crew (Woooo)”.
The record is a gritty bounce banger all about Cadence Weapon’s experience in Montreal; specifically being with his crew (woooo!) and partaking in the underground late-night Montreal party scene. This so perfectly captures the essence of Montreal; which is more-or-less its own little cultural bubble.
There is nowhere else like Montreal. And – of course – it’s so fitting that Kaytranada produced this because Kaytranada is Montreal’s golden boy right now (and he won the Polaris Prize, which was a very big deal).
“There’s a sense of personal freedom that’s unique to Montreal and My Crew (Woooo) is a representation of that feeling,” Cadence said in a released statement. “It’s a song about defying the labels that people try to place on artists. Is it underground? Mainstream? Conscious? Trap? Who cares, as long as it sounds dope.”
Montreal, QC – Born in Montreal and raised in New Jersey, LA-based artist Love Mansuy recently released a brand new single titled “Sun Valley” (produced by Ashton McCreight and Sean Matsukawa).
“Sun Valley” is a jazz-fused, downtempo cruise jam about missed opportunity. Love Mansuy delivers this track as a story: he’s cruising too fast down the road, he misses the exit sign, and ends up in “Sun Valley.”
The song delivers a lower key commentary about relational regret and missing out (… or missing the exit sign) on someone and a chance for love.
We first caught on to Love Mansuy earlier this year when he appeared on the track “Not Sure” off of VNCHY’s EMINENT: 002A_0316 project. Now we’re super stoked to keep up with the guy’s solo stuff. This is the kind of song that will make you feel all sorts of ways.Listen to “Sun Valley” below.
Vancouver, BC – This week Vancouver artist Immerze celebrated his birthday with the release of a brand new record titled “LCP” (co-produced by Mason Rex, Sung, Eshe Nkiru, and Immerze).
“LCP” is an acronym for “Love, Checks, Passion”. The track is a back-to-basics commentary on priorities; it’s all about love, checks, and passion. This track serves as a reminder for Immerze going into this next year in his life.
The song emerged after Immerze was thinking about the whole hip-hop versus rap conversation and how newer heads hate on older heads for preaching the golden era, and older heads hate on the newer heads for listening to new wave rap.
Ultimately music is music; whatever you f**k with is whatever you f**k with. Check out “LCP” below, scope our interview with Immerze after the jump, and go wish homie a happy belated!
Toronto, ON – Earlier this month Lil Middy (formerly known as Midnight), Ty Senoj, and Franky Banda teamed up to release a brand new untitled three-track EP.
Entirely produced by Ty, this EP serves as a versatile little care package of songs by three of T.O.’s freshest new wave artists. The EP starts off on a darker note with the intro track “Protection”, before going into “4TheLow” and “Luv N’ The Trap”.
A large portion of the lyrics on this EP were inspired by a friend of the trio who just moved into a new house. The friend moved into his new house under the impression that the new place would make his life better, but he encountered quite a few problems along the way. So Middy and Frank used the experience as inspiration for their bars. The song “Luv N’ The Trap” – for example – was inspired by homie catching feelings for a female.
Scope the new EP below, and peep our Q&A with Lil Middy and Franky after the jump.
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 ton of dope new music including EMP’s third single release “Pink Nights”, Cadence Weapon’s just released “My Crew (Woooo)”, DillanPonders’ “Why So Shleepy?”, Fidel Benjamin’s “Paid” (off the Nights Like These EP), Sean Leon’s “Suburbia (Heaven Or)” (off I Think You’ve Gone Mad (Or the Sins of the Father)), Derek Wise’s “Out Of Town” (off Inglorious), Pter P’s “Teyana Taylor” (off of LIT), Johnny Darko’s “Nebula”, Seth Dyer’s “Take Some Time”, Chris Stylez’ “The Gospel”, Aaricia’s “All Night” featuring GrandBuda, The Gvllows’ “Canto #1” featuring AB and Gadda, Luu Breeze and Craig Cooper’s “Felt So Good / Fireplace”, and Keffaleng’s “Not So Famous.”
It seems like this playlist has become much more about the new music lately, since there have been so many amazing Canadian releases. This is so dope to see. Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 21 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.
Vancouver, BC – New, provocative visuals for ninetyfour’s “Bona Fide” were recently released. The song comes from his debut album, It’s Yours.
In the video reveals his version of what a REAL bona fide woman is, in the best way possible. The video begins with him brushing off his seems to be girlfriend then drifting off into a daydream of what a real woman is. The bona fide woman is played by Los Angeles model Carmela Habibi and the visuals shot by Tijana J. Check it out below.