Vancouver, BC – Back with another video is Vancouver’s Ill Tone. The song, “Clubs N Drugs”, is from his EP, Up In My Head, which was released independently in November 2014. Interestingly, the EP was produced and recorded entirely from Tone’s bedroom on a budget of zero dollars. He made the beat for this one, and four others on the release, and also did all of the mixes himself.
“Clubs N Drugs” is a parody of modern rap videos that are themed around being at a club. Because the song was written while Ill Tone was on a two and a half year hiatus from all chemical substances, including drinking, the MC takes a bitter approach to explaining what it’s like to be in a nightclub while completely sober.
You can download this song and the rest of the songs from the EP on Bandcamp. Stay tuned. This is the first of a few music videos to come from the release. Check it out after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – From ripping stages around the globe to collaborating with some of the most influential emcees to the culture, Lord Diamonds and Michael Rushden (aka Rushden Diamonds) have built quite the resume for themselves over the last few years. Their drive and exceptional work ethic has opened, and will continue to open, plenty of doors for the talented Vancity duo. We caught up with the two emcees to discuss their latest moves and their plans for the future. Read our interview below and be sure check in for new music!
Edmonton, AB – You can’t argue that Deuce Fantastick (Peep Game) has been one of the most notable voices in the Edmonton scene. The talented lyricist continues to carry that title in his sophomore album My Fantastick Reality. Released last fall, the album is a compilation filled raw emotion, substance, and production that knocks.
Deuce Fantastick is a storyteller and has a way of bringing the listener in; you can close your eyes and the words come to life. Whether it’s socially conscious (“Black Panthers”) or leaving his mark in the world (“Immortal”), he brings it forth with conviction and purpose.
Calgary, AB – The Blue recently teamed up with vocalist Emily Ripley and longtime Calgary MC Transit to hit us with this new single release titled “There You Go.”
The trio teams up over top of a keyed out dusty old-school-style Makemdef beat, and they hit us with a song about feelings. More specifically, the feelings that happen when it’s time to give some serious thought to the future of your love life. It’s also about saying “goodbye” to your love. Check it out.
New York, NY – It might be time to adjust your radio dials, because New York-based music producer, composer and DJ, Frequency, is starting to come through your speakers. Known for his ability to blend genres and help artists develop their sound, Frequency, whose given name is Bryan Fryzel, is riding high after an incredibly successful year.
Vancouver, BC – Originally published February 3, 2015 - On the heels of his upcoming album release, Cali emcee Fashawn will be taking the stage in Vancity on March 3 as part of The Ecology Tour.
If you haven’t hit up Vancouver’s newest live music venue, The Alexander (91 Powell), this is the perfect time to get familiar. Timbre Concerts, HipHopCanada, GoSmart and Mass Appeal are helping to present this show with guests DJ Exile, Earthgang and locals Def3 and Ghost.
Tickets for the show can be purchased here. Stay tuned to HHC for our coverage of the event. Fashawn will be in Toronto on March 13, inside the Drake Underground. More info on that one coming soon.
Beaumont, TX – Texas up-and-comer Dee-red is preparing for the release of his West$ide Story 2 mixtape dropping March 7. If we have the timeline figured out correctly, that project will be followed by another one titled Lifestyles of the Broke & Almost Famous. For now, Dee is making good moves to get the word out about his current focus.
Leading up to release of his West$ide Story 2 mixtape, Dee is releasing a series of videos offering words of wisdom and encouragement. The introduction touches on his overall aspirations in life, and finding purpose or destiny, while the other video touches on the importance of consistency. It’s not just videos bragging about how great of a rapper he is or why his mixtape is going to be the shit. Nope, these are strong messages from a realist that people could benefit from hearing regardless of the scenario they’re in.
“People may think that I’m taking a longshot pursuing music; but it’s my choice. So whether I’m successful or not, I’ll accept the consequences that come with my actions. With that being said, Lifestyles of the Broke & Almost Famous is coming. This is just the beginning.”
Toronto, ON – While the track title might suggest you’re going to hear D-Sisive rapping on Drake’s “6 God” beat (produced by Boi-1da and Syk Sense), the only thing he really borrowed from Drizzy was the artwork (with an add-on) and the song’s title (kinda).
“6” God” (6-inch God) features the Toronto vet venting over Pacewon’s “Declare War” instrumental for a tune that some might perceive as an all-out deceleration of hostilities. Certain parts of it come across as a diss record but mostly it just seems to be D offering his humour-laced commentary on the state of the Toronto scene, and the common irritations he’s felt as of late… mostly at the hands of other rappers. The most poignant part of the verse is D-Sisive’s critique of the notion that Drake’s success equates to success for other Canadian (or more specifically, Toronto) MCs:
“Home is filled with class clowns / Where Drake Graham says ‘mans’ and speaks Bakardi Slang now / Where we actually believe we’re on the map now / But the planet only wants to hear one of us rap now.”
Now, you might call it a Drake diss because of that shot, but the real target seems to be the average run-of-the-mill MC who isn’t bringing anything new to the table:
“To whatever Chief Keef beat they had sitting on their PCs / Combine the two and get a feast of fucking feces / Between choruses sung with weak harmonizing / Through autotune, that sounds like a fax machine dialing.”
Geez, tell us how you really feel, Derek. All in all, the man is a lyrical beast… make sure you check this out!
St. Catharines, ON – The past few months have been as busy as they can be for UTvMG rapper Sese. From releasing the third installment of his acclaimed YFRWN series (as well as other music), landing a spot on Peter Jackson’s Since I Was 16 Canadian Tour, and recently losing friend and producer Acres to violence, you couldn’t hold it against the young artist and father if he had decided to fall back for a bit of a break. I think the average person might have taken that approach. But despite the hardships and energy draining work ethic, Sese has shown no signs of letting up. In fact, he’s just released another new tune to kick off the month of March with support from fellow-UTvMG rapper, Thoby G.
The 2 artists go in over Drake’s “10 Bands,” off Drizzy’s chart topping If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. The original tune was produced by Boi-1da and Sevn Thomas. “With every song charting off of Drake recently released album, it’s only right that the fans get a Nightmare Mix!”
If you’re in the Toronto area on March 3, you can catch Sese as part of the Toronto-date for Drezus’s Warpath Tour inside Revival Bar. Click here for more details.
Toronto, ON – On Tuesday Mar. 3, Canada’s hip-hop godfather – Maestro Fresh Wes – shares the importance of literacy as one of the keynote speakers at the Family Literacy and Wellness Night, hosted by York Memorial C.I.
The evening is aimed at engaging families in conversations that promote the importance of literacy. As most of y’all hip-hop heads know, literacy is key. Literacy is one of the most important things there is. The event goes down from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at York Memorial Collegiate Institute (2690 Eglinton Ave West), and will also feature keynote speaker, Canadian children’s author Eric Walters. Additionally, the evening features a range of workshops for students and their parents, but anyone is welcome to attend.