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The best show of Sled Island 2015: Jazz Cartier at Nite Owl [Review] #SledIsland

Calgary, AB – On Jun. 27, Jazz Cartier came through Calgary to wrap Sled Island 2015, and delivered the best show of … Read More »

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Part II of Tory Lanez at Sled: Tory broke Calgary at Hifi Club [Review] #SledIsland

Calgary, AB – Fresh off his superlative performance on Jun. 25, Tory Lanez hit Calgary with a second show during Sled Island … Read More »

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Part I of Tory Lanez at Sled: Calgary almost broke Tory [Review] #SledIsland

Calgary, AB – On Jun. 25, one of my all-time favourite up-and-comers – the great Tory Lanez – blessed the people of … Read More »

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De La Soul souled out and sold out at Sled Island 2015 [Review] #SledIsland

Calgary, AB – On Jun. 24, Sled Island 2015 kicked off for Calgary’s hip-hop heads with a massive show headlined by the … Read More »

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Quake Matthews – You Ain’t Me (Prod. Chris Noxx) [Video]

Quake Matthews – You Ain’t Me (Prod. Chris Noxx) [Video]


29 Jun

Pleuto – Translucent [Audio]

Calgary, AB - In case you’ve been sleeping, Pleuto has been on a serious music binge lately. He’s been dropping audio gems on us on the regular. Pleuto recently hit us up with one of his latest drops titled “Translucent.”

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29 Jun

Davinci (fka Gudini) drops new Crooklin-produced single, Do You

Toronto, ON – New music from Davinci and the R-Way camp. This is the Crooklin-produced “Do You” which can be found on Davinci’s Good, Bad, Ugly project. Check it out below.

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26 Jun

Keys N Krates making waves with new Katy B-supported single “Save Me”

Toronto, ON – “Save Me” is just one of several reasons why this group was selected by Spotify Canada for their “predicted stars of 2015” list which was released yesterday. The group also picked up a MuchMusic Video Award this past weekend in the Best EDM/Dance Video category and recently saw their collab with Toronto’s Grand Theft featured in a commercial for The Minions major motion picture coming this summer.

Canadian live electronic three-piece Keys N Krates follow their previous Dim Mak Records EP, Every Night with their first single of 2015 titled “Save Me.” Featuring vocals from UK’s Katy B, the pulsing masterpiece of bouncing beats melds together pitched up vocals with multi-layered percussion.

While obviously not a hip-hop record, the trio of Jr. Flo, Adam Tune and David Matisse have made more than their fare share of contributions to the Canadian hip-hop scene and we’re happy to help get their new record out. In any event, we’re feeling this and urge you to check it out! “Save Me” is available on iTunes.

We interviewed Keys N Krates back in December 2014 when our West Coast Editor KassKills sat down with the boys to discuss Every Night and the art of blending. Click here to check that out.

Keys N Krates making waves with new Katy B-supported single

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26 Jun

Drake and The Game collaborate on new song “100”

Los Angeles, CA – Late yesterday a new collaboration between Drake and LA rapper The Game hit the net, offering a preview to Game’s The Documentary 2 which is dropping August 7. The album, which is the Compton rappers sixth studio album, is the follow up to his 2005 debut The Documentary, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 586,000 units in the first week. “100” is available for download on iTunes.

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26 Jun

Catch Lil Thrilla and DJ Alive on NU BRL Radio (Friday’s 3 to 5 p.m.)

Ottawa, ON – Don’t miss Ottawa host Lil Thrilla (pictured below) and DJ Alive on their weekly hip-hop gig, NU BRL Radio. NU BRL (or Beats, Rhymes, Life) airs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Ottawa University’s radio station, CHUO 89.1. You can listen live by visiting the CHUO website or by downloading the mobile CHUO app for free on iTunes. You can also find it on digital cable on channel 943.

Along with his role on NU BRL Radio, Lil Thrilla (of SkrillaBoyz Entertainment) is easily one of more supportive members of the Ottawa hip-hop scene. For several years he has focused his efforts on artist development, concert promotions, urban fashion, media coverage through his blog CapCityHipHop and various other efforts that have had the growth of the city in mind. He’s big on social media and a great source to network with for all things Ottawa. Check out @RealLilThrilla on Twitter and @LilThrilla on Instagram.

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Lil Thrilla (NU BRL Radio / SkrillaBoyz / CapCityHipHop)

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25 Jun

De La Soul souled out and sold out at Sled Island 2015 [Review] #SledIsland

Calgary, AB – On Jun. 24, Sled Island 2015 kicked off for Calgary’s hip-hop heads with a massive show headlined by the legendary hip-hop trio, De La Soul.

Doors to the venue opened at 8 p.m. And by the time the show had kicked into high-gear, tickets had already sold out. You feel me? This is a pun of supreme status. THE SHOW SOULED OUT. Hence the title to this review.

It’s no surprise De La sold out, though. These guys have been at the top of my rap show bucket list forever. While I was fortunate enough to see Maseo’s duo DJ set with Ali Shaheed Muhammad a few years back, I’ve never been blessed with Mase, Posdnuos, AND Trugoy all at once. So trust when I say that this night was a huge milestone show for me.

De La Soul souled out and sold out at Sled Island 2015 [Review] #SledIsland

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25 Jun

Spotify Canada predicts SonReal, Jazz Cartier, Keys N Krates, BBNG among 2015 stars

Toronto, ON – The highly respected commercial music streaming, podcast and video service giant Spotify has steadily been gaining momentum to becoming a household name, so when they release a list of their predicted class of 2015 Canadian Stars, it’s a good group to take notice of.

Spotify Canada recently named 16 artist as Canada’s next-to-blow with emcees SonReal, Jazz Cartier and hip-hop affiliated acts Keys N Krates, BADBADNOTGOOD and Alessia Cara named among the 2015 class.

Taking into account some of Canada’s frequently streamed artists and combining that with a little intuition Spotify Canada has launched their very first Spotlight of up-and-comers to keep an eye on. Take a deeper look into the above mentioned artists after the jump and read the entire list via Buzzfeed here.

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25 Jun

ILOVEMAKONNEN brings Loudest of the Loud Tour to Vancouver July 27

Vancouver, BC –  Timbre Concerts, Cherchez and Substance Group presented OVO Sound signee ILOVEMAKONNEN‘s Vancouver stop of the Loudest Of The Loud Tour.

With his viral hit “Tuesday” the ATL raised artist will have the club going up on July 27 at Fortune Sound with guest DJs Cherchez La Femme and Andishae.

Tickets can be purchased at Red Cat Records, ZuluRecords Store, Beat Street Records and Dipt or online here. We’ll definitely be in the house that night; come through.

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25 Jun

Tona releases third video in support of Carpe Diem, “Luv It” directed by SoTeeoh

Toronto, ON – Toronto rapper Tona (Naturally Born Strangers / Freedom Writers) drops off the latest visuals coming in support of his critically acclaimed album, Carpe Diem. After picking up his first Juno Award with Naturally Born Strangers (Rap Recoding of the Year) as well as a MuchMusic Video Award nomination for Best Hip Hop, it’s safe to say that 2015 has been the Toronto vet’s biggest year to date, with just under 6 months still to work with. “Luv It,” the album’s third official single, was produced by Rich Kidd and the video was directed by SoTeeoh. Check it out now after the jump link below.

Carpe Diem is available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and various other online retailers.

Check it out below and stay tuned for more from Tona Tencreddi.

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25 Jun

Death Grips destroy at the Commodore Ballroom (Live) [Photos]

Vancouver, BC – Cali hardcore hip-hop group Death Grips made a stop in Vancouver late last week for a sold-out Timbre Concerts presented event.

The jam packed Commodore Ballroom flooded with smoke and red lights as the crew dropped joints from their recently released double LP The Powers That B.

Our man on the cam Jamie Sands got up close to shoot some of the action. Check out the full gallery below from An Evening With the Death Grips.

Death Grips Destroys the Commodore Ballroom (Live) [Photos]

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