Vancouver, BC – It’s been a minute since we’ve seen some new material from Vancity boy JayKin so naturally we were pretty stoked to find out that he’s back on the music grind. Peep the new joint “D.R.E.A.M.S. (Interlude),” produced by Hashbrown, below.
Toronto, ON – SMMG’s production duo - The Bass6 – just hit us with the tenth installation of their weekly OG Mattress-collaborated Lucid Dreams mixtape series. Holy damn diggity. The Bass6 are ten tapes deep, guys. That’s commitment. You feel me?
So here’s a little story for you: Back in January a bunch of rap cats decided that they wanted to embark on weekly single-track-release missions (wherein they’d commit to releasing a new single or freestyle every single week). Most of them lasted a couple of weeks. A few of them made it into February. Most of them fell off the map. Bottom line – it’s hard to release a single every single week. But The Bass6 haven’t just been hitting us with singles. They’ve been curating entire mixtapes for us. So give some daps where daps are due. Shout-out to The Bass6. Check out the mix below.
Toronto, ON – SmashMouth Music Group producer M Mac just hit us with his own spin on Atlanta-based iLoveMakonnen’s “On & Off.” Full disclosure: I hadn’t heard much of iLoveMakonnen prior to this edit. The Bass6 production duo (also part of the SmashMouth fam) use a lot of iLoveMakonnen’s stuff in their weekly Lucid Dreams mixtape releases. But I decided I should go lurk the original track before writing this post.
The original “On & Off” has a floating R&B feel to it. It’s one of those summer jams for tuning in and vibing out. It’s borderline indie-dream pop. But M Mac took it up a notch. He threw some drums into the mix and delivered a monstrous trap-fused, sexed-up edit. Because drums make everything better. Right? Check it out below.
Brampton, ON – Rapper/producer Sense teams up with BLAX for this new track to hold fans over until the release of his new project The Strategy hosted by Chip Fu. Both artists go in and bring some hard hitting bars over the Sense produced banger. Take it in and look out for the new project coming soon!
Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 18, Kendrick Lamar came through Pemberton Music Festival 2014 to perform a set at the Mt. Currie stage.
It’s been a minute since good kid, m.A.A.d city came out. But most people are still bumping it on the regular – it was that legendary. So swarms of Pemby attendees flocked to the Mt. Currie stage at some ungodly hour to get prime stage-front real estate. Unfortunately, King Kendrick was almost an hour late arriving to his show. Despite the very vocal frustrations of the audience, all was forgiven when Kendrick took the stage. Because attending a K-Dot show is a milestone. A major rap milestone. Check the official HipHopCanada review of Kendrick’s set after the jump.
Toronto, ON – After the success of her 2014 JUNO nominated “Gone,” the beautiful and talented Melanie Durrant releases the intimate new single “Four Seasons”. Check it out below. In “Four Seasons” Durrant teams up with veteran producer Allstar once again, who provides a throwback vintage sound to the singer’s distinct, mesmerizing and powerful voice. The single will be included on Durrant’s sophomore album, Anticipation, coming soon.
Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 19, Snoop Dogg (aka: Snoop Lion, Snoopzilla, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoopadelic,, etc, etc, etc) rolled through Pemberton Music Festival 2014 for a performance at the festival’s main stage. Everyone was double-checking their schedules prior to the show: “A Snoop show at 6:30 p.m.? Is that for real?” “Snoop’s a headliner. Why is he performing so early?” It seemed weird that one of hip-hop’s heaviest heavy-weights had been given such an early slot.
It all made sense, though. Snoop’s not trying to be the hard O.G. that he once was. Reincarnated was his mid-life crisis. He seemingly worked through a lot of his image issues and is now embracing a softer Snoopy persona; which included the freshest pair of heart-shaped sunglasses that ever was (apparently our girl @kasskills has the same pair, courtesy of Forever 21 – eeeps!). But here’s the bottom line: this wasn’t intended to be one of those late-night sets of bumping-and-grinding. Excess marijuana aside, it was pretty much a family affair. Probably one of the most wholesome sets of the festival. Also of note and importance: Snoop was repping a Canucks jersey. Love when rap cats use sponsored sports paraphenilia to bond with their fans on a local level. Check the HipHopCanada review of it all after the jump.
Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 18, Tyler, The Creator hit the Mt. Currie stage at Pemberton Music Festival 2014 for a performance that would make your mamma blush. I mean, Tyler is quite the little charmer: “What’s up, assholes?” he yelled. Countless times. This is – apparently – a thing. Tyler calls everyone, “asshole.” Tyler has intentionally made himself out to be rap’s poster child for all things completely obnoxious.
Let me clarify what I mean when I say “obnoxious.” I don’t mean hard-hitting, macking-on-the-ladies-and-popping-bottles-in-VIP obnoxious. Nope. Tyler is the kind of obnoxious synonymous with N-bombs, F-bombs, and everything “Jamba” (which means “fart” in Swahili, and “marijuana” in Krio; at least, that’s what RapGenius told me). It’s all shock-value. Not really a bad thing, though. Tyler is a kid. And he reduces the most serious of grown adults to giggling juvenile rap renegades. Check the official HipHopCanada show review after the jump.
Toronto, ON – OVO Sound’s Majid Jordan have received rave reviews for their new A Place Like This EP. Views for the “A Place Like This” video single and other tracks like “All I Do” and “Forever” are quickly becoming fan favourites. Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman have seen their popularity skyrocket since appearing on Drake’s award-winning single, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” of the 2013 album, Nothing Was The Same. Majid Jordan was previously known as Good People and they released the afterhours EP in August 2013.
Support the duo now with a purchase on iTunes and stream it via Spotify after the jump. Next up for OVO Sound, PartyNextDoor will release the 12-song PartyNextDoor Two on July 29.
Vancouver, BC - Fresh off of touring Canada with Evil Ebenezer, ILL Tone is back with a new single and a new sound. The new song, “Am I Good Enough?” bridges the gap between hip-hop and EDM. Having teamed up with beatmaker Dylan Sterling, the pair have managed to achieve a unique, powerful sounding style which sounds closer to glitch hop than hip-hop. Although the single is noticeably more electronic than any of Tone’s previous releases, the Vancouver artist brings the same raw lyricism which has propelled him forward in his city’s underground hip-hop scene over the past few years.