Toronto, ON – Toronto’s future has been looking especially bright lately. To go along with the post from earlier featuring the new Only Option mixtape by Toronto’s ScrapGang, we’ve selected the project’s title-track as our Song of the Day. The crisp quality of the accompanying video provides group members Yogz, Fresh and KG with the perfect introduction to their growing movement, and a perfect promotional tool to assist with getting their tape out there. You can check out the video after the jump link below, or click here to check out the Only Option mixtape along with other SG videos.
Toronto, ON – After hitting us with his most emotionally driven song ever, DillanPonders returns with a new Krinny-produced and engineered single titled “I Am Your Father.”
Dillan has spent the last few weeks processing his recent break-up, following a very heavy post-relationship remix of “SKRT” (which was arguably one of the best break-up songs I’ve ever heard).
“I Am Your Father” marks a shift in artistic direction for Dillan, as well as the start of much future collaboration with new SMMG-affiliated producing protégé Krinny. As DP explained it to me, he just needed to go hard: “[I] just wanted to snap on everybody, you know? Just left my girl. I’m feelin’ free and liberated and ready to take over the f**kin’ world.”
Toronto, ON – ScrapGang might be a relatively new name around the Toronto rap scene, but the group’s mixtape Only Option makes it easy to envision them one day being mentioned among the city’s elite. Seriously, the project is that impressive, not to mention the amount of quality visual support that comes with it – songs like “Faded” and “Still.”
There’s also a slick video for the tape’s title-track, “Only Option” which serves as a perfect introduction to SG’s talents, chemistry and overall lyrical capabilities. The mixtape is solid, 17-tracks long and limited to just 2 features including Yuri Koller on “Better Days” and Greezy Loc on “For The Doe.” If you’re going to check out any new groups this weekend, ScrapGang should be your Only Option… take a listen below.
Toronto, ON – With his Son of a (Drum)mer project on the way, acclaimed producer-MC Junia-T gets the anticipation building even further with the release of the project’s first video single. “My, My, My,” featuring BriskInTheHouse, was produced by Big Sproxx (Freedom Writers, Point Blank) and the video was directed by M Works. The slick cuts come courtesy of King of the Dot’s DJ Docta and the overall mix was handled by Fresh Kils. Overall, a great group of people coming together for one of the more promising artists coming out of the GTA. Junia-T has a full grasp of who he is as a person and what he hopes to achieve; his creativity reflects this each step of the way.
“This song is about living how you want to. Despite who the world may want you to be, never lose self,” said Junia-T. “I wanted the visual to highlight the fact that music is also art. Musicians and visual artists live similar lives.”
“My, My, My” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. More information about the Son of a (Drum)mer EP will be available soon… stay tuned!
New York, NY – Had to bring this one back… and we’ll keep going to it every March 9th cause it’s that good.
“This month marks the passing of the lauded rapper Notorious B.I.G. and to honour his legacy, New York City resident DJ Finesse debuted a special tribute during DJ Premier’s Sirius/XM show “Live From Headqcourterz.”
The mix showcases Biggie’s a capellas paired with Premo-produced beats. While the original tribute was shortened to fit the available air-time, Finesse extends the tribute for hip-hop fans here with a special intro by Premier himself. A tracked version of the Finesse mix is available for download through his website, here.
Washington, D.C. – When it comes to legends, Jimi Hendrix and The Notorious B.I.G. are two of the most revered from their respective genres. We first brought you this Jimi-Biggie mashup mixtape by the DMV’s DJ Doc Rock (who now goes by Kid Cannibal) in 2010, but its shelf life never seems to expire. And on a day like the 19th anniversary of Biggie Smalls’ death, The Biggie Hendrix Experience offers new twists to fan favourites and a deep reminder to the amount of talent taken from the world at only 24-years-old. There’s no telling what he could have accomplished if he had been afforded more time.
You can listen to the 9-track release via DatPiff, after the jump. My personal favourite would have to be the mash between Hendrix’s Bob Dylan cover, “All Along The Watchtower” and Biggie’s Life After Death hit, “Notorious Thugs” which featured Cleveland’s Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Brooklyn, NY – March 9th, 1997; a bitter day in the world of hip-hop. Whether you knew him as Christopher Wallace, Frank White, or Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G. was one of Brooklyn’s finest and an instrumental force behind the East Coast sound during the bitter rivalries of the 90’s. Although he’s not with us anymore, his signature smooth laid back flow will live on for ages through the music of fans around the world. In tribute to the late emcee, Dutch producer James McDurt has given us The Brooklyn Way, a nine track FreEP that encapsulates some of the best tracks from the late rapper’s catalogue. Head nodding beats that blend beautifully with Biggie’s larger than life rhymes, for a project that proves that music truly has no borders. Spend your day with Biggie and McDurt… and if you don’t know, now you know.
Ottawa, ON – Bigg Ceaser releases brand new visuals in remembrance of the late great Notorious B.I.G. on the 19th anniversary of his death. Filmed by Rod Thompson and edited by TdmgFx, The LJ-produced “Forever Yours” will be featured on Bigg Ceaser’s forthcoming mixtape release, Shut Up and Rap, hosted by DJ Disspare. Check it out after the jump link below.
Toronto, ON – Michael Buckley joins Motive Music’s Gee Wunder and Set2 on a new single off the pair’s collaborative Livication LP. Check out this B. Money-produced “Gold” below.
Saskatoon, SK – Up-and-comer Mexico White drops off his new 5-track Money Lovers EP featuring production by Bandplay and Drap. You can check it out after the jump.