Toronto, ON – Only half way through 2014 and it’s safe to say that the year has been a big one for Tasha the Amazon. Her live show from a few weeks back is the talk of Toronto and her FiDiYootDem mixtape is one of the biggest projects to come out of the city in the past 12 months. “Cry of the Warrior,” one of 9 bangers found on FiDiYootDem produced by her own Bass & Bakery production duo (with her partner, Danthrax), has just been blessed with some incredible visuals courtesy of director Colin G. Cooper. Click the jump to check out the video now, or click here to download FiDiYootDem.
Vancouver, BC - The one thing Gorgeous Geordie is best at is just being Gorgeous Geordie. He’s a white rapper being a white rapper. There’s nothing fake or recycled about him. The self proclaimed obnoxious sacrilegious prophet embraces his uniqueness in a way that so many other emcees today fail to do. On his latest album, CoffinLife, Gorgeous Geordie sounds like he crawled out of his grave, immediately went to the studio and rapped the album in one take while centipedes were crawling out of his pockets. Raw, grimy and totally uninhibited. You can hear his “p’s” pop through the mic. His imagery and imagination truly put him in a class of his own and as a result CoffinLife is an absolute thrill to listen to.
Gorgeous isn’t about the bragging raps, rather he’s an artist who is introducing his cool weirdness to the world with ultra inventiveness and creativity. The sheer amount of metaphors and similes are staggering and even after half a dozen listens or so you’ll still be picking up details you didn’t catch before. While he may not be the most skilled of emcees – he’s frequently off beat almost with complete disregard to the drums, he makes up for tenfold in originality and lyricism. Exhibit A from the track “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things”
“Born inside a manger, serve a chosen birth, servin’ potent words so perverse/ Venom like a cobra squirt but no serpent on the overture, Im just doin’ me but the Devil got the doper shirts”
After the first listen of CoffinLife – you just get it. The man himself said it: “Gorgeous Geordie got his own sub genre”. You easily forgive him for slips and trips here and there or timing issues because he’s constantly coming up with something new and inventive to shock your brain. CoffinLife is wildly entertaining and downright hilarious at times and Dark Lord Geord makes a statement in saying that this is who I am, I don’t have to be like the rest. I am different, this is my flavour so welcome to my thoughts. He recently sat down with HipHopCanada’s Max Dishaw to discuss the state of hip-hop, his unique writing style and more. Check it out below.
“I don’t ask people for shit. I’m just giving you music, trying to give you digital gifts.“
Vancouver, BC – Acropolis Records presents the latest single from Vancouver emcee Nu3tron. “Not The Same” is produced by Lisn – check it below.
Toronto, ON – SMMG’s own DillanPonders recently dropped some new audio on us for his track entitled “Downtown.” Dillan gets in over top of that beat from Lil Wayne and Drake’s, “Believe Me,” and takes us downtown. DP has a knack for making things his own. Dillan saturates this joint in white nose powder, wavy vibes, lots of dopamine, and everything that is the dark seedy underbelly of downtown T-Dot.
Make sure you keep it locked on the release of Dillan’s forthcoming The Boy Who Lived. It’s due out in August. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, you really need to go cop a listen to DP’s NUMB EP. Because listening to it is like vicariously doing drugs through Dillan. It’s nine tracks of highly-concentrated audio fumes. You’ll be high as a kite in no time.
Vancouver, BC – Northwest Division drop the second video from their sophomore album R.B.P.H and we’ve got the exclusive first drop.
Junk and Hungry spit heat on “Burn Em” over an Eng produced cut as graphic visuals of strife and tragedy fill the screen. Their message is one of positivity and unruliness though; overcoming adversity by creating victory through art and refusing to tolerate negativity. Presented by Household Records and Volunteer Media, check the video below.
Calgary, AB – It’s that time of the year, again; Calgary’s annual Sled Island music festival is going down from Jun. 18 until Jun. 22. In fact, the festival pre-party kicked off in Bridgeland yesterday at Luke’s with a massive outdoor show from Shad. Yes. Shad. In Calgary. Doing a free show. It happened. And it was beautiful. Last year’s Sled Island was cut short because of the devastating floods in the YYC. But the festival pulled through; and it’s making a major comeback in 2014.
We’re already counting down the days until the city turns into a hub for all things music, art, and film. I know cats have been salty in the past due to the perceived lack of hip-hop representation at the festival. But this year’s lineup is very generous. We’ve got a monster headlining performance from Run The Jewels MC, Killer Mike. We’ve got a co-headlining set from Ghettosocks and Relic. We’ve got some sick local shows to look forward to from the likes of the Humble Giants, Ayoo Angie, A.Y.E., and more. Oh. And for the record: Killer Mike is doing a free artist talk at the Beat Drop studio. Isn’t that ferocious?
Festival passes are $199 and are available for purchase online. You also have the option to purchase a plus pass for $349 that includes priority access, Artist Lounge privileges, a Sled Island delegate bag and more. And if you don’t plan on going out to too many shows, you can forego the festival pass and purchase individual event tickets over here. Head on over to sledisland.com to peep the entire festival schedule, and check out our HipHopCanada festival picks, and more things of supreme importance after the jump.
Montreal, QC – Love Me More or Hate Me Better is the fourth studio project and third album from Montreal recording artist Chaplin. Originally released back in April, Love Me More or Hate Me Better features 17 originally produced songs including production by Hbee, The Cratez, 5 Star Beatz, Crispi, Clyde Bessi, 3 Digital and Konebeat Creative, Zoom and Ruffsound. Guest appearances include Jasiri X, Dramatik, SaraSheline, Saya, Maxx Plank, Life and Ro G. Click the jump link below to download or stream the project now.
Montreal, QC – Real City’s own Chaplin drops off the visuals to his HBee-produced single, “On Top.” The video was directed and edited by MKG for ArtByMKG. You can find “On Top” on Chaplin’s Love Me More or Hate Me Better album, available on iTunes. “On Top” is also HipHOpCanada’s Song of the Day. Check out the video after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Don’t miss the latest visual release from Black Creek’s K-Fresh The Nem-s-iss. “Hennessy,” featuring fresh production from Manolo & Guinniss, features K-Fresh’s sister Baby Grhyme, Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge and QP. The video was directed by K-Fresh himself. Check it out after the jump link below!
Toronto, ON – On Jun. 13, our friends over at EasParkPro deliver another massive #BigTicket to T-Dot’s WrongBar (1279 Queen St. W). #BigTicket is a HipHopCanada sponsored event, by the way. This month’s event is called Know My Name. It features performances from some of our favourite seasoned rap vets, as well as some of the cats on the come-up.
This special Know My Name #BigTicket also celebrates the debut of The AutoPilots duo that is the combined forces of S-cape Artist and Spesh K. Additional performances throughout the night will come courtesy of Erick Flowchild, Just John, Mic Boogie, Jae Ari, and WarrZone, with DJ Law keeping the music bumping throughout the night.
Doors open at 10 p.m., and the show goes down at 10:45 p.m. This is a 19-plus event. Cover is $10 before 11:30 p.m., so make sure you head on down early. Network. And have fun. That’s What Pros Do! (hashtag that: #TWPD). Peep more details after the jump, and head on over here to purchase advance tickets to the show.