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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 »

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Opinion: Wu-Tang shows need to ban attendees who can’t name all the members of Wu-Ta…

Calgary, AB – There can be no denying that in recent years, Wu-Tang Clan has joined the stable of notable 20th century … Read More »

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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


30 Jun

LA duo Jake&Papa team up with Miami’s Major Myjah for new single, “Beat In The Trunk”

Los Angeles, CA – Don’t miss this newly released banger from West coast R&B act Jake&Papa. While some of our viewers might just be discovering what the soulful duo bring to the table, others might recall seeing the pair featured on various records we posted by LA rapper DUBB including the video for “6 Months.”

For their latest single, “Beat in the Trunk,” brothers Jake&Papa enlist the support of producer Ken Nana as well as up-and-coming Miami crooner, Major Myjah. The hard hitting tune will serve as an official single to the group’s new album, Sexual Warfare, set to drop in August.

More than my girl, that’s my dawg. She wherever I’m at.’ That line pretty much embodies what this song is all about. Where you’ve been putting in work and you feel shit about to take off… If you’re a real one, you’re giving your girl he game as it comes to you so that she’s confident, well aware and well prepared.

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30 Jun

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 2015 at Hifi Club on Jun. 26.

Tory exited his first performance on Jun. 25 seeking medical assistance for an injury. So the Sled Island festivalgoers weren’t sure what they were in for at Tory’s second show. Some people hypothesized that the injury would result in a cancellation of the show, while others assumed he’d have a cast or something equally debilitating. Either way, people were buzzing about his block party performance all day. “DID YOU SEE TORY LANEZ AT THE BLOCK PARTY???????????” was one of the top icebreakers of the day.

Admittedly, I jumped to conclusions in my review of Tory’s first show. I said that Calgary almost broke Tory Lanez. Well, I hate to say it, but I can assure you that I stand corrected. Because Tory Lanez definitely broke Calgary during his second show at Hifi.

Tory Lanez broke Calgary at Hifi Club [Review] #SledIsland

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29 Jun

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 Calgary with a free show at East Village Block Party 2015, as part of the Sled Island music festival. This show also marked Tory’s debut performance in Calgary.

Most of the crowd came out not knowing who Tory Lanez was. But trust when I say they sure as hell left the show knowing just exactly who the f**k Tory Lanez is. This show got lit.

Tory went so hard that he actually injured himself. You heard that, y’all? Calgary almost broke Tory Lanez. He played it off like no big deal, though. But as soon as he wrapped his set, his crew helped him off the stage and brought him to the medical tent for assistance.

Calgary almost broke Tory Lanez at East Village Block Party 2015 [Review] #SledIsland

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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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