Seattle, WA – Our Pacific Northwest connection iLL Chris by way of Seattle recently dropped a hard new joint from his upcoming EP. “Pull Up” features RudeassMogli and definitely comes correct with production from BlackKeyCartel.
His fit is always on-point and his rhymes remain slick – peep the new new from iLL Chris below.
Vancouver, BC – The creators of the film Fractured Land join forces with Fortune Sound on November 18th to celebrate two Vancouver International Film Festival wins for their documentary.
The celebration will be hosted by Fractured Land directors, Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis and will feature Vancouver veteran DJ Kemo (The Rascalz) with a live performance from Mob Bounce, DJ Dean Hunt and live visuals by multi-media artist, Bracken Hanuse. The event takes place at Fortune Sound Club this Wednesday – tickets available online here or at the door.
Toronto, ON – Big C recently travelled all the way to Tokyo to shoot this tribute video for “Latitude” in honour of the late producer Nujabes (a torchbearer for underground hip-hop, and collaborator with artists including CYNE, Apani B, Five Deez, Substantial, CL Smooth, and more). And just so you know – this song comes to us off an entire tribute EP Big C made titled The Prodigy.
The song itself focuses on insecurities and how hip-hop serves as a platform for overcoming those insecurities: “Crowded with insecurities/ Poetic nurturing don’t matter/ ‘Cause they got the ladder on you/ Fake flex/ Money & power on you/ All you got is your words/ Parking to close to the curb/ While everybody is flying 200 miles and I’m trying to get this bitch started.”
The idea is that you need to let go of your insecurities so that you can reach your “Latitude.” And it all ties in so perfectly to the tribute because having a favourite producer or rapper or artist to look up to can alleviate so much of that fear. When you see someone able to find their own lane, you start to realize that it’s possible for you to find your own lane. And as Big C has discovered, it seems like it all eventually comes full circle: “We’re bound to create something that can affect you/ Hip-hop we don’t stop we’re artists/ We bless you/ I’m talking about the real people making you step new/ Respect to, all the listeners having my back as I let loose/ Tell me baby – what’s my latitude?”
The video was filmed by David Allen and edited by Craig Scorgie. Check it out below.
Montreal, QC – After consistently releasing new material over the last couple of years, Real City’s own JRed The Doctor aka Doctor J keeps things rolling with his latest track Beige ‘Ac. The smooth and laid-back banger is the first release of his upcoming mixtape “Wheel Talk” which is scheduled to touch down before the end of the year. Check it out below and tune in for more.
Brampton, ON – Brampton artist K. Forest recently released a new single on us titled “Level.” “Level” is a PSA aimed at anyone who wants to hate of Forest. He knows you’re not on his level so he’s not even going to engage with you. So if you’re trying to bring him down, you’re not going to get very far.
The song title actually stems from Jamaican slang, where “level” refers to both stepping up your game and chilling out (ie: “level out” and relax).
Toronto, ON – It’s been an AMAZING week for homegrown music in Toronto. From Kardinal’s Kardi Gras at the Concert Hall to Michie Mee’s birthday party at Tattoo with Roxanne Shante, DJ Lord Finesse and Collizhun from Tuff Dumplin Records, Mel Boogie and Maestro, all the way up to this…
On every level of possibility, Toronto music is killing shit.
Clack clack, reload! Bom bom!! Lick a shot!
Welp, after tonight’s fantastic concert, Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd)might have just taken the hometown crown from Aubrey Graham (even if it’s just until we see Views). The first of two sold-out shows at the ACC just went down, and it truly cemented The Weeknd as one of the best new artists of the modern musical generation, without question. He’s been slowly, steadily, and surely improving with every new stage he conquers. Abel has come quite a ways since almost standing still the whole time when he was rocking Sound Academy…
Vancouver, BC – Prevail from Swollen Members and Neph from Baxwar have come together for this exciting local rap collaboration. The Concept is produced by Tyler, under Kitsilano Records, and is a very Vancouver affair. The EP drops today and has six tracks that showcase the styles of both rappers in a fresh and relevant format.
Compton, CA – Jay Worthy and producer Sean House are the super-duo LND DRGS and recently they’ve been making some serious moves. Their upcoming album Aktive is set to drop on Fools Gold Records in late November and their recent single “Susan” is gaining quite a bit of attention.
Peep Jay Worthy mobbin’ through Compton in the funky ‘hood anthem below.