Toronto, ON – Along with his highly anticipated Day 2 performance at OVO Fest, when Drake took the stage at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre he gave Meek Mill a piece of his mind and displayed a series of Meek Mill related memes on the backdrop behind him. The slideshow of memes continued to play while Drake performed his second Meek Mill diss, “Back To Back.” His third Meek diss, known as “Third Strike,” is expected to be premiered tonight at 11 p.m… perhaps with more memes to go with it. Check out the rest after the jump link below.
Vancouver, BC – It’s always a rager when Machine Gun Kellyrolls through town. #BlueprintLive has plans to bring the Cleveland emcee back through town on his Road Trippin’ Tour and this time to an all-ages venue.
The Vogue Theatre will host the show on September 6th with King Los and Vancity locals Snak The Ripper and Northwest Division. We are proud to be a sponsor of this event and def recommend you roll through. Cop tickets at Red Cat, Zulu, Beatstreet, DIPT or online here.
Toronto, ON – Despite J. Cole’s set being rained out to close out Day 1 of the 6th Annual OVO Fest, excitement for Day 2 hasn’t wavered a bit. Anticipation for Drake’s performance was amplified by the recent beef with Meek Mill and fueled by the debate over who Drizzy would be bringing out as a special guest. His guest performers are often completely out of left field and that adds to the excitement of the entire affair. You never know what you’re going to see… a Puff Daddy and Mase reunion, Drake alongside Steve Wonder, the remaining members of TLC, Nas, Snoop Dogg… the list goes on. So far I’m convinced we’ll see an appearance by The Game and Fetty Wap. Will Smith’s cameo in the crowd yesterday fueled speculation that he was part of the Day 2 show… others claimed he was just in town to get away from Jada.
Either way, the line-up is going to be stacked: Fetty Wap, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Travi$ Scott, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Ginuwine, A$AP Rocky, Majid Jordan, P. Reign, PartyNextDoor, Snoop Dogg and many more are in attendance tonight.
Like yesterday, social media was buzzing about Day 2 well before the event got started. We’ve selected the best tweets, vines, Instagram points that summarize how the event went down. Updates will be made regularly to this post throughout the event so stay tuned.
Toronto, ON – Having covered Canadian hip-hop for more than 15 years, I admittedly often struggle to keep track of ALL of the Canadian talent I mean to cover and keep tabs of. Sometimes they slip through the cracks until eventually something puts them back on my radar.
We posted his video “How We Do” on May 16, 2011 as our Song of the Day and followed that up with his various other releases. But we did lose touch, and that brings us to where we are now. Chillaz’s latest release is the Chemist-produced “To The World” which received visual support back in February from Pro Lifted and drone operator Philippe Saint-Martin. You can watch the video below.
See You Happy
His most recent upload is another Chemist-produced record known as “See You Happy,” which was performed by Jade but written by him.
Update: Stay tuned to this post for updates throughout the night. We’ll be adding multiple new comments / posts with each update.
Toronto, ON – The 6th Annual OVO Fest officially kicked off today inside Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Social media has already been buzzing with pics and clips, along with a play-by-play of pretty much everything that goes down. So if you’re not able to attend, tuning into the #OVOFest hashtag will keep you up to speed. Some key performers have already hit the stage. J. Cole, who is on stage as we post this and started off his set by announcing he was performing his entire 2014 Forest Hills Drive album. Or Big Sean, who ran through crowd favourites like “Mercy” and “Blessings.” Or Jeremih, who brought out Krept & Konan as part of his set to perform “Freak Of The Week.” Needless to say, the crowd has been given plenty to be happy about.
Other notable names have been spotted in the crowd like Will Smith and Fabolous. Check out some tweets and posts we’ve selected to give you a glimpse of how OVO Fest Day 1 has unfolded.
Calgary, AB – Calgary rappers Harm Franklin (formerly Dirty Harry) and New’L recently teamed up with up-and-coming Atlanta rapper and 2015 XXL Freshmen pick, OG Maco, for this new release titled “25-8.” The track title is a reference to “24/7.” There are 24 hours in a day and seven days in a week. So the implication here is that these guys are putting in some SERIOUS overtime working 25 hours, eight days a week.
This track comes to us off New’L’s forthcoming #ForeverYung project (due out via DatPiff later on this month), as well as Harm’s forthcoming #TheLearningCurve3 (due out in September). The track was produced by CMPLX (who you might remember as the mastermind behind the beat on Roy Wood$’ Drake-assisted “Drama” joint). Check it after the jump.
Update: A GoFundMe funeral fund for Redway has been established. Click here to support his family with a donation.
Toronto, ON – The Canadian hip-hop scene took a huge loss early Saturday morning with the reported passing of Mississauga-Toronto recording artist Shane Redway of BLVD (The Belief Leading Visions & Dreams).
Redway was allegedly 1 of 3 individuals who perished in a single-vehicle crash around 4 a.m. on a Hwy. 427 ramp to Hwy. 401. The other 2 victims were unidentified at the time this article was published. Because of the nature of the crash, dental records will need to be confirmed before any identities can be officially revealed.
“Just after 4 o’clock in the morning we have a single-vehicle collision … (for) unknown reasons it struck the right-side guardrail,” OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told 680 NEWS.
“We don’t know if alcohol, fatigue, distraction or any other factors played a part in this. It is still very dynamic,” she told Toronto station CP24.
Courtice, ON – Today we’re premiering a fresh new track from Courtice, ON up-and-comer Oseko titled “Can’t Let You Go.”
This track was produced by Flamongo and features vocalist Shamica on the hook. “Can’t Let You Go” is a song about unrequited love. Flamongo delivers this breezy summer beat with wavy vibes and atmospheric instrumentals, while Oseko delivers a slew of verses about an unconditional love that will never die. This track will appear on Oseko’s forthcoming Chapter 2 EP (which is slated for release at the end of the summer). Check it out below.