Toronto, ON – The week marks the beginning of NXNE 2016, one of Toronto’s most anticipated festivals of the month. In case you’ve been sleeping, this year is legendary for us hip-hop heads because NXNE gave us an entire day dedicated towards hip-hop at their new Port Lands festival site located in East Toronto.
It all goes down on Jun. 17 with a headlining performance by ScHoolboy Q, as well as performances from Ghostface Killah, Mick Jenkins, Daniel Caesar, Tasha The Amazon, and more. Freddie Gibbs was added to the bill recently but has since been removed due to his ongoing legal issues.
In addition to the massive day of rap at Port Lands, NXNE also hit us with a performance from Azizi Gibson at Revival Bar, as well as an appearance from Cadence Weapon at the Future Land interactive conference, and more.
So we’ve compiled a HipHopCanada guide to NXNE this year for all of the hip-hop heads. Here are the events you need to check out this year.
Vancouver, BC – Fresh off of last night’s release party for Junk’s new album I.A.N. (or I am No One), we bring you the project’s Bandcamp stream. Check out the project below or visit the profile to support Junk with a download. Junk has been busy promoting the album and will be in Dallas on Thursday, June 16 followed by a show in Los Angeles on June 19. From there he’ll make his way to the UK for shows in London, Nottingham and Leeds.
HipHopCanada’s own Kass Kills recently wrote about Junk’s union with Stealth Bomb and the release of I.A.N. You can find an excerpt of the piece below or click here to read it in full.
“Aside from maintaining a weekly cypher and his group NWD, Junk has recently fulfilled the urge to drive deeper into his trade, recording a full length solo album titled I.A.N. (I Am No One) dropping under the Stealth Bomb Records label. With Snak the Ripper and the SBR crew in his corner, we asked Junk his process in coming to the decisions to take on a solo album, ‘You can dive into a much more complete truth of yourself when you’re pulling from your own experiences’ he tells us via email, ‘I write all the time and the material I have been writing that wasn’t for NWD in the last year just turned out to be super personal and drawing from the course of my own life. I have done a couple other solo projects in the last ten years but nothing that mattered to me as much as this project.‘”
Vancouver, BC – Earlier in the year, we ran a feature on Stealth Bomb’s Golden and his SBR debut, Showers. The album is now available to stream and download via Bandcamp. Guest appearances include Snak The Ripper, Brevner, Merkules, Hunter Bentley and Eazy Mac. Check it out below or be sure to check out the review by our West Coast Editor, Kass Kills.
Toronto, ON – Originally from Ottawa and now living in the 6, Triple L Music Group artist D Chase pulls up and delivers a brand new visual titled “Till I’m Rich.” The bass-heavy trap anthem is produced by Lord Quan and will be featured on a new Chase project due out this Summer. Watch the NV-directed video below now.
Montreal, QC – Real City rappers Bandz Denero and Hellbound Bishop have teamed up for a new D6 of DBM Squad-produced single titled, “I Need Cash.” The song’s video was directed and shot by Urfilm in a local 514 traphouse. Peep it after the jump link below.
Vancouver, BC – The last time we heard from Vancity emcee, Kenny Gourmet, it was for the notable release of his last album Tilde (check out that recap here) He’s back at it again with his newest release, and the first of three singles set to be released this summer. This new project, the Gourmet Summer Playlist is a modern approach to releasing music that’s going to keep the emcee in our playlists and on rotation.
Gourmet recruited LA producer, Eric Summers, to assist on the track and it’s got that west coast summer vibe going on that you’ll probably be feeling too. The track features a quicker beat, breathy bars, and the signature vocal tone that Gourmet brings to the table. Check out the track below, and keep an eye out for the other two releases this summer.
Edmonton, AB – One of the greatest things about music is it’s ability to bring together people from all around the world. Edmonton emcee, Erick Rush, has tasted the cultures of many other countries. He was born in Dar es Salaam in 1990 and immediately began a life of travelling moving between Tanzania and the U.S. By the age of 13 he had lived in 2 continents, 3 countries, and 7 cities before settling in Edmonton. He’s got a sound that’s different from the norm, and he owns it.
The visuals for his latest track “#Since98” is a nice cinematic touch that is set in black and white tones. The real focus are Erick’s bars, which will have you listening with interest the whole time. Check out the video and get acquainted.
Pittsburg, IL – 2011 was a monumental year for Mac Miller. The release of his mixtape Best Day Ever garnered him a spot as a top up and coming rapper. You probably know him based on tracks from that tape. “Donald Trump” and “Best Day Ever” still get rotation in my playlists.
It’s been a minute since that release propelled him into front-view of the rap game, and he’s grown a lot as an emcee since his earlier days. Last Friday he dropped the Best Day Ever (5th Anniversary Remastered Edition) and it’s got us feeling a little reminiscent about his journey so far. Cop the album on any of the following music streaming platforms, here.
Lexington, Kentucky – Jay Elly and Cub Capulet are two emcees we haven’t heard from, but it’s not for lack of talent. They recently dropped their new EP online, titled 2 For $.00 and it’s a surprisingly nice addition that you’ll want to check out. With production from Balloonz, Juice, and 2AM, the EP is a solid attempt at a rise, and showcases haunting beats, witty bars, and catchy choruses
The EP features two tracks, “Catch Up” and “Take a Trip” both of which are strong in composition. Check out the EP below and get yourself acquainted. Hopefully this won’t be the last time we’ll be hearing from the duo.