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Anything but simple: Akon takes on five-project album, Lighting Africa and Canadian Tour

Atlanta, GA – Akon is no stranger to the spotlight. As a musician he has made his mark on an international level … Read More »

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Scarborough’s Social Anti talks #triggers exhibit; Toronto Aug 28 – 30

Toronto, ON – Last week we told you about a new 20-piece photo exhibit known as #triggers which is based on the … Read More »

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The Pinkprint Tour: DeJ Loaf is the greatest & Meek Mill is losing it

Calgary, AB – On Aug. 18, the good people over at Live Nation brought Nicki Minaj and her Pinkprint Tour through Calgary … Read More »

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Review: Hip-hop takes the cake at the Squamish Valley Music Festival

Drake, Jazz Cartier, ScHoolboy Q, SonReal & more! … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Maestro speaks with Global Halifax about acting, Fish N’ Chips, new projects & more

Maestro speaks with Global Halifax about acting, Fish N’ Chips, new projects & more


27 Aug

jSTOCK releases new video; set to perform in Ottawa, Toronto & Vancouver this September

Columbus, OH – Ohio rapper jSTOCK teams up with director Justin “JMillz” Milhouse for his new visuals for “The Trap Pt. 2.” The track is the lead single off his upcoming project. Since the beginning, jSTOCK has been holding it down for FREENATION, alongside fellow artist Mick Jenkins. FREENATION “promotes creative thought without accepting narrow views imposed by the powers that be.” He adheres to these values on “Trap Pt. 2″ with his lyrical prowess and discerning sense of truth.

If you’d like to catch jSTOCK in concert, you’re in luck! On Aug. 29, he will be heading to Indianapolis to join the Mick Jenkins x STWO North American Tour for 30+ dates. The tour comes to Toronto on September 1, Ottawa on September 2 and Vancouver on September 27th. You can find the official tour poster after the jump.

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27 Aug

Highlights from The Hip-Hop Showcase at Shambhala Music Festival

Salmo, BC – Hindu texts mention the village Shambhala as the birthplace of Kalki, the final incarnation of Vishnu who will usher in a new Golden Age. For me, The Village Stage at Shambhala Music Festival is the birthplace of the 7 hour hip-hop showcase, hosted yearly on Saturday afternoon to evening. It has something for everybody; from live hip-hop performances and producers to break dancing competitions and beatboxing breakdowns, Shambhala’s hip-hop showcase is an amazing escape from the usual hustle and bustle of a nightclub in some downtown area crawling with clumsy drunks (no offence, drunkies).

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Related Post: Ottawa’s House of PainT Festival celebrates 12 years at Brewer Park Sept. 9-13

27 Aug

Beatbox champion Scott Jackson talks Shambhala, his work inspiring kids and KOTD

Vancouver, BC –  Scott Jackson is inspirational in more ways than just his skill in beat boxing. Not only is he a national champion he has represented our country in places throughout Europe and the U.S, Scott also works with kids throughout schools in Canada giving anti-bullying speeches.

After watching his impressive performance at Shambhala Music Festival on August 8, 2015 I was lucky enough to catch him at Cartem’s Donuterie during a weekly cypher event called Strictly Cypher. I’ve never seen a beatboxer like him in my life and I was extremely stoked to get some time to talk with him about his work.

Check out Holly Brown Bear’s interview with Scott Jackson below.

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 It’s the people and vibes that are there are just so positive. No negativity, everybody is being themselves, there are no limitations, nobody cares if you’re dressed up, nobody cares if you dance weird – no one is going to look at you weird for anything. ” – Scott Jackson

27 Aug

YYZ to A3C: Toronto’s MegaPowers collective looks to raise money for Atlanta trip

Toronto, ONA3C, Atlanta’s premier annual hip-hop festival, has made a point of showcasing Canadian talent for the past few years including That New North, presented by HipHopCanada back in 2013. Now with the next A3C going down in October, a next batch of Canadian artists are looking to take part in the festivities and they’re looking for your support to make it happen.

Our boy, Crossword, an MC and huge supporter of the Canadian scene, has dropped off details to an event called Mega Slam 2: YYZ to A3C. The event will serve as a fundraiser for a group of independent artists looking to reach this year’s A3C. MegaPowers is a collective of independent Toronto emcees comprised of Scott Ramirez, Rez Raida, Jaff Daniels, Don Know, Tray $tarks, Hydeff and the aforementioned Colonel Clockwork. Special guest performances will be provided by pHoenix Pagliacci and Crossword, and music selections by DJ James Redi, all night.

It all goes down Thursday, September 3 inside Toronto’s The Piston (937 Bloor St. West), doors opening at 9 p.m. Cover will run you $5 before 10:30 p.m. and $10 after. See you there! The 11th Annual A3C Festival & Conference takes place in Atlanta from Oct 7 to 11.

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Related Post: John River performs at That New North show in Atlanta [Video]

27 Aug

Sean Price’s last known collabo with a Canadian MC: “My Nigga” by Casino Costa

Toronto, ON – Not long before the untimely passing of NYC legend Sean Price, Toronto’s Casino Costa enlisted him for a feature on his latest single, “My Nigga.” With a post to his YouTube channel, the Toronto vet included this personal message for P: “This is a track this is close to home and for all the old school hip-hop heads. This one’s for you RIP Sean Price.” Take a listen below.

With four acclaimed mixtapes already under his belt (Too Fly for Tv, 2012 theory, C’no Evil, and Sex In the City), Casino has continued to advance and build upon his craft with every passing day. A true and open minded artist Casino has continually seized the opportunity to diversify his portfolio by working with a variety of producers and artists including, Rich Kidd, Northern Profit, Big Pops, Junia-T, Mason Payne, Kemikal, Arthur Mcarthur and many more. Stay tuned for his next project which is in the works!

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Related Post: #SOTD | Casino Costa – Certified ft. Benni Brisco & Gudini [Audio/Video]

27 Aug

Ottawa’s House of PainT Festival celebrates 12 years at Brewer Park Sept. 9-13

Ottawa, ONHouse of PainT Festival of Urban Arts and Culture (HoP) celebrates its 12th annual Festival with the Main Event on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Graffiti and visual artists, urban dancers, local and international music performers and hip-hop fans of all ages gather at Brewer Park to celebrate and emerge in hip-hop and urban arts.

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27 Aug

#ThrowbackThursday | Brent McClaren’s “Right Now”

Vancouver, BC – Sometimes videos get overlooked that deserve some necessary shine so we have a special #ThrowbackThursday video here to get your mind on the right track.

Brent McLaren is a Vancouver-born artist – also known as Alma Mater – who dropped a smooth R&B jam sometime in late 2013 produced by Conrad Jay. “Right Now” is a little romance with a sexy vibe and is all about grabbin’ that love pronto. The video was shot by Conrad Jay in Sunset Plaza House, background to videos by artists like 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown.

“Right Now” has a classic feel so we’re throwing it back to Brent McLaren – check it out below.

27 Aug

Toronto’s Kid Frankie of FTG releases visuals for Taz Taylor-produced “Up Now”

Toronto, ONKid Frankie of FTG drops off new visuals for his super laidback Taz Taylor-produced single, “Up Now.” Can’t say we’re overly familiar with the FTG movement at this point, but several people popping up in our Twitter mentions have been singing Kid Frankie’s praises, some going as far as saying he’s “up next” when it comes to Toronto MCs. Check out “Up Now” after the jump link below and decide for yourself!

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26 Aug

Song of the Day: Gee Wunder teams up with Motive Music signee Set2 for new video “Be Nice”

Toronto, ON – Our Song of the Day is the latest single from Motive Music recording artist and CEO, Gee Wunder. The T. Major-produced “Be Nice” features one of 2 new Motive Music signees, Scarborough’s own Set2. While Gee is currently promoting his latest project, New World, “Be Nice” is just a promo record that is currently not featured on a particular album or mixtape. However, New World does have 3 appearances by Set2. You can find the project on iTunes.

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Related Post: Motive Music signs Mezziah & Set2; releases Gee Wunder’s 16th album, New World

25 Aug

Review: Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour comes to an end in Edmonton

Edmonton, AB – The concourse at Rexall Place may as well have been a catwalk – that’s what happens when Nicki Minaj hits town. On August 19 – Nicki came through Edmonton’s arena for the last stop of The Pinkprint Tour. The North American leg of tour (which began on May 30 in Las Vegas) featured DeJ Loaf, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and Meek Mill – even the skeptics can’t shrug off a line-up like that. Anyways back to the fashion show…

The Barbz were out in full force that night – from tight dresses, short-shorts, extra bling and sky-high heels. In a combination of that – Nicki’s official Pinkprint Tour t-shirts were selling like hot cakes (do people use that phrase?). From far and wide – Barbz everywhere were rocking the slick $40 tees. I’ve been to rap show a time or two, and I can confirm that the merch table usually isn’t the most poppin spot of the venue. Nicki, however, is another ball game and the Barbz are always ready to play. FYI (in case you live under a rock), The Barbz are Nicki’s fan base. They currently total at 102 million between all of her social media platforms… and that’s just social media. Let this sink in – the Barbz are no joke.

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Photo: Grizz Lee Arts (London’s O2 Arena)

Related Post: The Pinkprint Tour: DeJ Loaf is the greatest & Meek Mill is losing it

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