Toronto, ON – Catching up with one of the hottest new podcasts online, The Faculty, “the place where sports, art and culture come together.” Since we last caught up with hosts Jonathon “Bizz” Brown and Shane Stirling a couple of months back, the pair have released 3 new episodes offering a range of engaging and entertaining subject matter.
In the latest release, Episode 4, they discuss a variety of current events and debate whether the fix is in with NBA officiating. They examine social media, mainly IG and Snapchat’s intergration into the modern day artist’s game plan “to diversify their appeal” and trade stories about G-Unit from the 50 Cent glory days. You’ll have to click the jump link below to see what you missed in earlier episodes.
Welcome to The Faculty / Co. season 1 episodes 2 through 4.
The Faculty – Episode 4
With your hosts Jonathon “Bizz” Brown and Shane Stirling
Calgary, AB – Originally published July 6, 2016 – Live Nation, Two Towers, Marquee Beer Market & Stage, and True Rhythm have teamed up to bring the G.O.O.D. Music president and G.O.A.T. Pusha T to Calgary this month for the Calgary Stampede.
It all goes down on July 16 at 6 p.m. at Marquee Beer Market & Stage’s converted outdoor venue and stage. Advance tickets are available online now, starting at $39.99, plus service charges. This is an 18+ event. If you’re interested in booking bottle service for the night, contact email@example.com.
The show features opening performances from Humble Giants, Nki Louise, Frenzy, DAKIDT, Rocswell, and Don Juan, as well as music courtesy of DJ Bravo and DJ RelyK. Check out the show flyer after the jump, and head on over to the event’s official Facebook page for more details.
Vancouver, BC – Stealth Bomb’s newest signee Junk gets deep on his latest drop from I.A.N. His recent video for “Intro” has him reaching out to his father and opening up about his past on the self produced track. Junk weaves through graveyards and grey whether in the visuals directed by Jaque Wilhelm Esquire that can be seen below. Download I.A.Non iTunes here.
Montreal, QC – Montreal artist Lou Phelps (who just so happens to be Kaytranada’s brother) recently released his latest single titled “Tell Me.”
The track itself serves as a nod to all the females out there who don’t know what they want and can’t seem to communicate effectively. Lou posted the track up to his SoundCloud, accompanied by the following caption: “This one is for all the behbi girls out here that dont know what they want in life.”
“Tell Me” was produced by Tek.Lun and features a future shoegaze beat laced with distortion and echo. It’s a different vibe than I’d expect from Lou but the song vibes so hard: “Tell me what you want/ Tell me what you gon’ do/ Tell me what you on/ I’m a’ tell you what I’m on to/ Tell me where you’re going/ I’m ‘a tell you what I’m going through/ Say whatever you want/ Say whatever you want to.”
Because we like to hook you guys up with the freebies, we’ve teamed up with the show promoters to give away one pair of the tickets to the show. That’s right – you have a chance to win two tickets to see Pusha T live in Calgary this month.
Toronto, ON – Krinny and DillanPonders and JiMMY B just teamed up with Brooklyn artist (and SMMG affiliate) Vader The Villin for this new track titled “So Low.”
The track brings us straight down to the gutter with a dark trap-fuelled Krinny beat, and a grimy combination of bars courtesy of DP and JiMMY. Vader makes his appearance on the track’s hook as he weaves his way between the verses with a soulful set of vocals.
If you’ve ever thrown shade at SMMG, you best pay close attention to this song because it’s a squad anthem featuring work from some of SMMG’s hardest-hitting artists and affiliates. Check it out below and peep our Q&A with Dillan after the jump.
Toronto, ON – On Tuesday July 6, 37-year old Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana was shot and killed by two white police officers outside a convenience store. This killing came just prior to yet another police killing of Philando Castile in Minnesota.
These two killings add to the growing list of high-profile incidents involving African-Americans dying at the hands of the police. While there has always been a strained relationship between the black community and law enforcement, the cycle of police violence against unarmed blacks is only now starting to receive recognition for the epidemic that it is.
Following the shooting of Alton Sterling, Drake took to Instagram to pen a sobering open letter about the police-on-black cycle of violence. Drake is notoriously non-political and is not known to speak up on world issues. So the fact that Drake took the time to write this letter is very important.
Drake begins the letter by expressing his gratitude for having America as his “second home,” and then addresses his concerns both for his own safety, as well as the safety of his friends and family: “No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.”
Please take a minute to read the open letter after the jump.
Ottawa, ON – RBC Bluesfest 2016 kicked off in style yesterday inside Ottawa’s Lebreton Flats neighbourhood.
This year’s festival runs until Sunday, July 17 with various genres of music represented along the way. HipHopCanada has teamed up with CapCityHipHop for coverage of the festival’s hip-hop elements, both Canadian and international.
One of the first acts was Ottawa’s own, The Flava Factory Ottawa’s, a dance duo that tore up the stage at 6:30 p.m. on the Claridge Homes Stage. A perfect setup for the night’s main hip-hop headlinder, Top Dawg Entertainment’s ScHoolboy Q.
St. John’s, NL – Newfoundland rapper Dope Piece recently released his namesake track “DOPEACE” off his the recently released dopeace project (which you can cop over here).
The tracks uses Dope Piece/ DOPEACE wordplay to bring us Dope Piece’s own perspective on what “peace” means to him, while paying homage to “Machine Gun Funk” off Biggie’s Ready to Die.
I love this song so much because I feel like it is Dope Piece’s homecoming. It’s his namesake track, and the title track off his new project. And it completely bodies the sound he’s honed in on over the last few years: it’s a faded low-fi trippy sound with all the ambient vibes.
Check out the song below and peep our Q&A with Dope Piece.
Vancouver, BC – Vancity emcee, Tyler Skyy graces us with the latest visuals for his upbeat new single “Peace Signs” featuring fellow Vancouver artist, Devon Woods. The track is the first video released off his upcoming album Rainy Days + Peace Signs. If you know anything about this emcee, it’s that he’s dedicated his career to spreading positive messages of hope and compassion. Here at HipHopCanada, those are ideals that we also align ourselves with. His tracks generally have a positive outlook and uplifting bars, and “Peace Signs” is no different. Although, this release hints at more advanced and progressive content than what we’ve heard from Skyy thus far. The video was filmed by Elliott Montello.
I was able to catch up with Tyler and he broke down the composition for me and explained, “When AARO and I created this song I knew we had something really special. I just wanted to be creative while telling a story that isn’t told enough; We need more peace. We need more love. We need more positivity. This world is a dark place and I’m just here to brighten it up as much as I can.”
Check out the video premiere below, and head over to iTunes to pre-order the upcoming album which is set to be released this August.