Burlington, ON – Luxe Taylor (formerly Luc Toews) recently hit us with new visuals for the self-produced “U Right” off the Pipedream EP.
This song is about the front we all put on to seem “right.” When someone asks you how you’re doing or if you’re good, you rarely go off on a sob story about everything that’s hurting you. It’s second nature to respond to the question “How are you?” with a response like “I’m great. How are you?” But Luxe isn’t feeling that. He’s feeling trapped in this need to be alright. He just wants to fully be able to express himself. Check it out after the jump.
Belleville, ON – With his Dopamine project on the way, Killa Phila enlists Cashis for his new “Gettin’ Rich” video. The tune was produced by UK producer Sean Murdz and the video was directed by Prince Beatz (in various Toronto locations).
Back in May we posted Phila’s Money Never Sleeps mixtape, available here to stream and download.
Check out the latest release after the jump link below.
Toronto, ON – Premiering yesterday on Fader, 6ix side producer/MC Devontée presents the lead off single to his forthcoming mixtape, District Vibe. The self-produced “Bare Tings” was directed by Ram Accoumeh and edited by Trippy. “Bare Tings” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.
Philadelphia, PA – While Drake has been doing his best to bring the feud with Meek Mill onto a more traditional platform for hip-hop beef (read: not Twitter), the OVO head honcho has also apparently made some changes to his roster. I say apparently because there’s been talk of this artist signing to OVO dating back to early 2013.
But word on road is the latest OVO Sound signee is none other than Philly rapper AR-Ab of OBH aka Original Block Hustlaz. Starting out as a member of Cassidy’s Larsiny Family, AR-Ab has been active since 2007 and made his debut on Cassidy’s 07-07-07 (Happy Birthday) mixtape that year. His own mixtape debut, Welcome to Trap Street, came out May 2008 and he’s released 6 other projects since then. Before being arrested in 2013 for crack cocaine related charges, Complex identified AR-Ab, who survived being shot 10 times in 2011, as one of 15 Unsigned Rappers Who Should Get a Deal After SXSW (which also included Chinx Drugz, R.I.P.) He did a brief stint inside SCI (State Correctional Institution) Camp Hill after that and was released late 2014.
Calgary, AB – On July 23, the good folks over at Boodang, DubSac, SP, The Supreme Hustle, and Nightshift Entertainment teamed up to bring the Flatbush ZOMBiES through Calgary for a show at Ten Nightclub during the Canadian North Trip Tour.
I’ve been waiting a few years on this show but apparently it’s taken more than a hot minute for the Calgary heads to f**k with the ZOMBiES. But whatever. It was worth the wait. The North Trip Tour has been a long time coming.
Watching a Flatbush ZOMBiES show is like attending your own resurrection. I mean – you probably won’t even realize that you’re dead until you’re standing in the crowd looking up at these three majestic Beast Coast gods drenched in sweat, stripped down to the flesh, and thrashing in the crowd. That’ll give you more life than you’ve ever known. YOU ARE BETTEROFFDEAD IF YOU DON’T GET THE CHANCE TO SEE FLATBUSH LIVE.
It’s been a while since I’ve felt this alive and fully immersed in a hip-hop show. I always use Killer Mike as a standard of comparison for rap shows because he’s my favourite live performer. Killer Mike performances are always a religious experience. He preaches the whole church of R.A.P. thing and always turns the crowd into his devoted following and gospel. The only other MC I’ve ever compared to the holy grail Killer Mike is Jazz Cartier. But that all changes today. Because today I have to be very real with y’all: that Flatbush ZOMBiES show was a religious experience for me. It was just as essential as that first Killer Mike set that made me THE spiritual rap being that I am today.
After the show, I asked the ZOMBiES how they thought the show went. Of course they flipped the question right back at me and asked me how I thought it went. I paused for a minute to scan my vocabulary in hopes of finding the perfect all-encompassing word to describe the sheer supreme status of the show. I was at a loss for words: “It was “LiT”!!!!”
Chicago, IL - Chicago artist Calez recently teamed up with Toronto rapper Johnny Darko on this fresh new summer jam titled “Let You Know.”
The guys went in over a classic 808-laced WellDone beat and let things ride out. Johnny delivers the second verse, while Calez comes in on the first verse and hook: “I’ll let you know/ I let you know/ I’m on the road/ I’m ‘a be gone/ Taking my time/ Wasting no time/ I’m feeling fine.”
Edmonton, AB – C.O.B. Canada’sK-Blitz has created the brainchild #NewSoundSaturday (NSS) – a weekly series where the Edmonton-based MC releases a brand new track via his SoundCloud account.
“I’m working harder than ever before“, says Blitz, who’s currently on week 29 and counting. To be completely honest, I was meant to do a piece on #NewSoundSaturday months ago, but Blitz became impossible to keep up with!
Toronto, ON – The Godfather of Canadian hip-hop, Maestro Fresh Wes, is the latest artist featured on Exclaim! TV’s Sweet 16s, filmed in collaboration with Reign Media. Hosted by Toronto rapper King Reign, the episode features Stro spitting his favourite 16 and talking hip-hop and musical influences. He also reveals some great info for future hip-hop trivia: before he was Fresh Wes, Maestro went by the names Melody MC and Melody Superstar.
He’s currently promoting his latest release, Compositions Vol. 1 EP, available here.
Toronto, ON – As if “Charged Up” was too vague, or not a big enough burn for his liking, Drake decides to rip into Meek Mill and company again with a new freestyle uploaded to the OVO SoundCloud early Wednesday. In “Back To Back” Drake pulls no punches as he addresses the beef, Meek’s realtionship with Nicki Minaj and the fact that we still haven’t even heard a reply to “Charged Up” (aside from “previewing” a Drake diss called “Beautiful Nightmare” that features 15-seconds of screaming and the words “Here it gooooooooo lets get it”). My personal favourite is when he proclaims he’s taken a break from Views (From The 6) to address this issue and will likely regret giving it the time of day down the road.
Aside from just dissing Meek, “Back To Back” sees Drake showing he’s a man of his word by following up on these lyrics: “You gon’ make me buy bottles for Charlamagne.” Charlamagne Tha God did in fact receive 6 bottles of Dom Perignon, along with the hand written note, “Let’s be friends. Aubrey Graham.” Click the jump link to see Charlamagne’s Instragram post for proof. Drake also drops the line, “Drove here in a Wraith listening to AR-Ab,” referencing Philly rapper AR-Ab. The rumor now is that Ab is the latest signee to Drake’s OVO Sound.
Lastly, even the song’s artwork throws some shade at Meek. It features a photo of Toronto Blue Jay, Joe Carter, shortly after Carter hit a 3-run walk off home run to win the 1993 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Meek, of course, is also from Philly.
“Trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers / you gettin’ bodied by a singin’ nigga” – Drake
Calgary, AB – Fresh sounds coming out of Calgary. Up-and-comer Jae Sterling recently reached out with the new video for his single, “Scumbag.” Directed by Dexter Mabanta, the mjNichols-produced “Scumbag” features Sterling and his squad walking the streets, letting you know why he’s the “king of the hipsters.” Check it out now after the jump link below.