Toronto, ON – Up-and-comer YL Vision continues his strong intro campaign to the Toronto scene with his new M Works directed “Can Go Bye” video. The young artist is currently working on a new project set to drop this Summer and the new video, as well as another new single he’s promoting called “No Way,” serve as a great preview on what to expect. “Can Go Bye” isn’t the first collaboration between YL and the veteran Toronto director, M Works. The pair also teamed up for the “Lit Now” video which has seen almost 35K views since its release back in October. Check out the “Can Go Bye” video and the Arham-produced “No Way” below.
Brampton, ON – Brampton seems to be having its’ year, and the WayCool collective is one of the strong reasons for the area’s rising notoriety. Kyle Wildfern returns with his new single “Numbers” and leads the collective once again with his hard-hitting bars and introspective lyrics.
GHD offers production on the new single, and links up with Wildfern for the second time this year. “Jerome Bettis Flow” was a recent and notable banger from Wildfern that was also produced by GHD, and “Numbers” follows with a similarly strong delivery. This new track is the 6th installment of Kyle’s ‘Life Is Crazy’ playlist.
Keep an eye out for more from Kyle Wildfern and stream “Numbers” below.
Toronto, ON – Tory Lanez and The Game have teamed up with Dr Maleek for the re-release of their collaborative track titled “Don’t Say Nothin.”
The track is a feel-good club banger with a bit of a dancehall vibe on the beat. It marks the transition from all the sadboy winter music, into the upbeat summer jams we’re itching on. “Don’t Say Nothin” was produced and released under Dr Maleek’s Dr Mobb Prod imprint, and features verses courtesy of both Maleek and The Game (whose verse is surprisingly soft-spoken).
Tory makes his appearance by lending his vocals to the hook: “Don’t say nothin’ to nobody else/ ‘Cause the mornin’ they got sum’ else thinkin’/ And no more, not thinkin’ ‘bout all bitches/ Don’t roll up, just wanna f**k with you.”
The original track was very well-recieved when it initially dropped. But all three parties decided that it wasn’t their best effort and made a collective decision to redo the track. At this point, too, it seems the track serves as more of a propellor for Dr Maleek and his new label. Check the official relaunch of “Don’t Say Nothin” below.
Ottawa, ON – Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, our Song of the Day is the latest single from Ottawa up-and-comer Black Iri$h. “24 Bandz” was produced by 24 Yoko and RoffieTrill, and released by Far From Average Records. You can check out the record below.
We recently interview Iri$h along with fellow Ottawa rappers SVDVM and Xauve. The trio joined forces earlier this year for a tune that has appealed to hip-hop heads and hockey fans alike. “Auston Matthews” was ‘liked’ on Instagram by Toronto’s young star, and he later told Toronto media that he appreciated having the ‘catchy song’ made in his honour.
Check out “24 Bandz” below and stay tuned for more from Black Iri$h.
Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.
Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.
This week’s playlist includes a bunch of new tunes including Derin Falana’s just-released new single “Cruising”, BadBadNotGood’s Snoop Dogg assisted Nightfall Remix of “Lavender”, Mega Ran’s Biggie homage track “Lyrically” (which was produced by T.O.’s own Fresh Kils), Hmlt’s “Bathe”, Jydn’s “Proof”, Napalm Dreams’ “Wavy”, Mutari’s “Switch Up”, NAV’s “Sleep”, Allan Rayman’s “Head Over Heels”, Emay’s “Lilac”, Jimmy Prime’s Donnie and Smoke Dawg assisted “Humana”, I M U R’s “Swirl”, Keffaleng’s Amir Obe assisted “Yeah Yeah”, DBLCRSS’ “The Abyss”, and Goldlink’s Kaytranada produced “Meditation”.
Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 24 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.
Toronto, ON – We’re excited to introduce our viewers to Toronto music duo, HLMT, featuring brothers Corey and Taylor Wong. Just recently they completed their incredible debut EP, buu and we’re here to bring you the premiere! It’s a electronic-R&B 4-track project featuring ‘sultry love songs’ mixed and mastered by The 25th Hr. You can take it in below, and find more information about the group, and the inspiration for buu, in the accompanying press release.
Toronto, ON – In honour of Biggie’s two-decade death anniversary, Toronto producer Fresh Kils teamed up with DJ DN3 and Philly-Arizona nerdcore-chip-hop rapper Mega Ran for the release of the Notorious R.A.N: Ready To Live tape (which you can scoop up over here).
The project features 10 resampled flips on classic B.I.G. tracks and one scratch interlude courtesy of DJ Reflekshin. The tape pays proper homage with Mega Ran’s own addition of fresh lyricism and perspective. The entire project was produced by Fresh Kils and DJ DN3, and serves as a reinvented 2017 look at the timelessness of one of the greatest MCs of all time.
The tape also comes accompanied by a video for the Fresh Kils produced track “Lyrically” (which is a flip of “Untouchable”).
Here’s what Mega Ran had to say about the track: “I wanted to make something similar in style and lighting to classic B.I.G. videos I’d watched, and we were able to pull that off. Rhyme-wise, I studied Biggie’s patterns and some of my favorite verses and offered an alternative take on how I feel he would flip it in 2017. I’m very proud of how this track and video came out. Kils put his foot in this one.”
Brampton, ON – Earlier this week, Brampton artist Derin Falana released a brand new single and video titled “Cruising” to mark a very important turning point in his life.
Recently Derin found himself in a position where he was working the inevitable day job to make ends meet, while trying to forge ahead with his rap career. Ultimately, Derin knew he’d eventually have to quit his job for the music, but he didn’t know when the right time to do that would be.
Following the release of Live From Rocky Mountain and a trip to New York, Derin got an email from his company that said they would be closing down; which meant that the universe fortuitously put Derin in a position where he got to leave his day job. He hasn’t picked up another day job since, and has been able to make a living by doing music full-time.
“Cruising” serves as a marker of that milestone, and as a celebratory interlude in Derin’s grind. Enlisting the help of Po and Jordon Manswell on the production, and fellow Brampton singer Aiona on the vocals, Derin delivers this track as a marker of new beginnings, and a celebration of achievements.
Check out “Cruising” below, peep the RACK AND PINION directed video for the song after the jump, and check out our in-depth conversation with Derin about making it to this point, defining success, and (potentially) gearing up to leave Brampton.
Courtice, ON – After taking a break from rap to go on hiatus, Courtice up-and-comer Oseko returns with the release of a brand new Flamongo and Swxxtz produced track titled “Wrist.”
“Wrist” marks a much darker turning point for Oseko. When he chose to go on hiatus, Oseko was doubting his craft and his abilities. He didn’t think he was good enough and he wasn’t getting enough love so he left. Thankfully (it seems) he’s come to the realization that the industry is not going to pat you on the back and tell you you’re the greatest rapper in the world. That’s a belief you need to have for yourself. Before anyone else starts to believe you’re dope, you have to have that belief already deeply instilled within yourself.
For those who aren’t familiar, I actually had the pleasure of linking with Oseko and his camp a few years ago at Sled Island 2015 in Calgary when Oseko was selected to open up for De La Soul at Flames Central. That was after he had dropped the single “Stain” which melted my face off.
I’m really feeling the new direction of Oseko’s sound, though. I think there’s a lot of growth and maturation that can be seen on this track. There’s also more willingness to be vulnerable. This track gives us a glimpse into the darker corners within Oseko’s mind. Check the track below, and scope our Q&A with Oseko after the jump.
Toronto, ON – SMMG recording artist artist DillanPonders is currently out in Austin, Texas for SXSW. But he decided to send us all his love up North in the form of this brand new video single for “Back Street Boy.”
With SMMG kingpin Brenden Hewko by his side, Dillan spends the duration of the video riding down the backroads in a Bentley.
And in case you missed it, the song title is a cheeky play on words. “Back Street Boy” is a gritty Ponders anthem where he – once again – lays claim to his role as the overlord of Toronto’s underground. He’s not a “Backstreet Boy” à la AJ McLean, Howie D., Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, or Brian Littrell. He’s a “Back Street Boy”, running the back streets and keeping things murky.
Check the new video after the jump, and if you’re scoping SXSW this week, make sure you check out Ponders live. 10/10 recommend everyone see him live at least once in their life.