Montreal, QC – The first weekend of August is going to be vibrating with the epicness set to hit the stages of Montreal’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival. In it’s 10th year, the line-up was recently announced, and scanning through the list there are some major names to catch a hip-hop heads attention. Kendrick Lamar, Nas, ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson, and Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red are some of the many artists announced.
You’ll also be treated to performances by G-Eazy, Run The Jewels, SZA, Gary Clark Jr. FKA Twigs, Tyler, the Creator of OFWGKTA, RL Grime, Raury, Bishop Nehru and even dozens more! The official Osheaga flyer can be found after the jump link below.
Montreal, QC – Back in February, Montreal-based rapper Wasiu released a video for his Kaytranada-produced track entitled “Physical.” This joint forces us to reconsider the idea that casual sex can actually be just casual sex. We keep telling ourselves that friends-with-benefits is a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship. But it isn’t. One person is always going to get more emotionally attached to the feelings that come with the f**king.
The homie Rob (who happens to be the greatest walking rap game encyclopedia I have ever met) hit me up with this video earlier today. Rob co-hosts the Dirty Needles radio show on CJSW in Calgary. I know music taste is totally subjective but Rob has the best music taste. Shout-out to Rob for putting me on to this.
Also – I know I already mentioned it, but this was produced by Kaytranada. That deserves a second mention. Because Kaytranada. The video was directed by 5 Pound Media. Check it after the jump.
Toronto, ON – New music from Raz Fresco. This is “Influenza” featuring The Chef, Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan. The self-produced track will appear on Raz’s forthcoming release, Pablo Frescobar, set to drop June 2 on Black Light / Duck Down Music. “Influenza” is available now on iTunes.
Vancouver, BC – The reigning King Of The North and OVO Sound artist P. Reign will be making a stop in Vancouver early April to rock a crowd at Fortune Sound Club.
The show will go down on April 4th (note: this is an early show. Doors open at 7pm sharp!) and our pals at #BlueprintLive and Fortune have offered up an opportunity for our readers to win a pair of tickets.
If you don’t know about this rapidly rising Canadian star, now is the chance to get familiar. Peep the contest details after the jump.
Toronto, ON – On Wednesday, April 1, Peter Jackson (with special guest Sese) will officially kick-off the Since I Was 16 Canadian Tour in support of his album by the same name, dropping a day earlier. Since I Was 16, the album, is available for pre-order now via PJ’s Bandcamp page.
The tour now has over 10 dates confirmed with Montreal and Calgary being the latest additions. The Montreal date is going down Sunday, April 12 inside Le Belmont (4483 Boul St-Laurent) while the Calgary show is taking place Saturday, April 18 inside Nite Owl. PJ also returns to Calgary on April 25 to open for Rick Ross inside Calgary’s BMO Centre.
Click to enlarge the Montreal flyer below and you can find the Calgary promo after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Peter Jackson releases Episode 2 of his Since I Was 16 web series. The series comes in support of PJ’s album by the same name, dropping officially on March 31, 2015. You can pre-order the project now via Bandcamp. “Episode 2: More Then Music” features PJ, The Lox and Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah. Check it out below.
Be sure to check out the new single “Hold Up” featuring YG and Mazze – recently posted as our Song of the Day.
PJ’s Since I Was 16 Canadian Tour kicks off on Wednesday, April 1 with special guest, Sese. Click here for full tour details.
Toronto, ON – The Scholars Entertainment production company has just released a fresh new monster collabo track titled “Big Game” featuring NIKO IS, Rello and 4th Pyramid, with production courtesy of driffy swindle. This track comes to us off Scholars Entertainment’s forthcoming Maintenance Vol. 1 EP.
I’ve been explaining Scholars Entertainment as a musical matchmaking service on every post I write about them on, and I really can’t think of any better way to describe it. Scholars Entertainment is run by big homie Scott Brownhill.
Scott scouts the darkest hidden corners of underground North American hip-hop and hand-picks Canadian and American artists to work together on collaboration tracks. Scott doesn’t seem to care about how many YouTube views or Twitter followers an artist has. And he doesn’t really care how much buzz an artist has, either. He chooses his collaborators based on craft and sound. He picks artists who are getting unjustly slept on, who have the potential to single-handedly devour the rap game for breakfast.
Toronto, ON – DillanPonders just hit us with his latest video release for “SMCG” off The Boy Who Lived. “SMCG” stands for SmashMouth Crew Gang – by the way. The track features a gnarly hard BatmanOnTheBeatz beat. So even though it’s a bromance-y crew love track, it doesn’t lose the underground griminess that we’ve come to expect from our SmashMouth fam.
I have nothing but adoring next-level love (bordering on fangirlism) for the SmashMouth guys. Huge shout-out to the big homie Brenden Hewko. He doesn’t get as much shine as he deserves but he’s the reason you f**k with cats like DillanPonders, Flex the Antihero, SeT, and the rest of the SMCG fam. But serious spoiler alert: Brenden actually has a role in this video.
The video itself was produced entirely in-house, and directed by Michael Goitanich. It has a really confusing murky storyline that involves kidnapping, Brenden Hewko’s red Ferrari, and lots of cocaine. Because – DUH – it’s DP. You gots to have cocaine. Check it after the jump.
Squamish, BC – The 2015 Squamish Valley Music Festival line-up is stacked with dope Canadian hip-hop talent. Drake is scheduled to headline on Saturday, August 8, which is day 2 of the 3 day festival.
On August 7 – Day 1, 20 artists will hit the stage including ScHoolboy Q, Chance The Rapper, SZA and more. The headline performer is Sam Smith. Drake’s headline performance the next day will also be supported by A$AP Rocky, award-winning Canadian MC k-os, award-winning Canadian DJ and record executive A-Trak, OVO/Reps Up rapper P. Reign, and a ton more. The last day of the festival is headlined by Mumford & Sons and will feature 15+ additional acts including Vancouver rising star SonReal and Haitian-Canadian electronic musician, producer and DJ – Kaytranada. Definitely a great display of what Canada has to offer!
Lastly, the day before the festival begins, August 6, there will be a opening event featuring 6 acts including a group we recently covered, The Funk Hunters. Click the jump to check out additional information about Squamish 2015. And as per a tweet from the @SquamishFest account, “Single day passes on sale Thurs, Mar 26 at 10am SHARP!”
Regina, SK – A day earlier than expected but no one’s complaining. Check out the newly released video for “The Roaches vs. The Chosen” by CJE’s Pimpton featuring Madchild and the newest addition to the Battleaxe Warriors family, JD Era. The song was produced by Merky Waters Music and the video was directed by Big Shot Music Inc. You can find the song on Pimpton’s new album, KCMKV2, available on iTunes via Propagate Records; mixed and mastered at Nebulus Entertainment. Click the jump link below to check out the video.
HipHopCanada’s Edmonton rep Rosa Jason recently caught up with Pimpton and Era on set of the “The Roaches vs. The Chosen” video shoot. Click here to check out the interview.