Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada finally joined Spotify last month, and we’ve been at it with a new playlist and more than two hours of music every single week.
Every week we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.
This week Sarah returns with another 38 tracks for you. This week features cuts from Amir Obe, Sean Leon, Roy Woods, 11:11, Derin Falana, Belly, Naadei, Black Atlass, TOBi, DBLCRSS and LEO., Ye Ali and Jazz Cartier, and more.
Volume 5 also features several new tracks that dropped within the last couple of weeks: Wasiu’s fire Tory Lanez diss, “NoToryUs”; Jahkoy’s “Don’t Beg”, Meek Mill’s “Litty” collaboration with Tory Lanez; ShaqIsDope’s “Owe Me”; Tika’s “Lwy (Life Without You)”; and Dallas Hill’s “Baby I.”
Calgary, AB – On Oct. 27 Post Malone, FKi 1st, Jazz Cartier, and Larry June came through Calgary’s MacEwan Ballroom for a stop along The Hollywood Dreams Tour (presented by LiveNation and sponsored by Monster Energy).
Posty is fresh off the release of his August 26th mixtape, and is currently gearing up for the much delayed Stoney album. Even though fans are kind of salty at the late release, there’s no denying that August 26th was a massive project.
That mixtape elevated Post Malone from being a one-hit wonder, to having a whole lot of clout. Enough clout that he was able to go on tour with Jazz Cartier and Larry June. And thankfully they all decided to come through Calgary. Because rappers barely come through Calgary these days. This was blessed.
Vancouver, BC – After their successful show at the Alexander Gastown last December, the return of OVO’s Majid Jordan was held high in anticipation following the release of their debut album, Majid Jordan. The announcement of their North American “II” Tour sent eager fans into a frenzy to secure tickets for the impressively larger upgrade to Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom.
This upgrade in venue size only offered support that the duo was no longer the small act that we had welcomed in late 2015, but now boasted a heavyweight set that could fill the largest venue outside of Rogers Arena. It was an honest assumption to conclude as the success of their debut album in North America was highly measured in impressive sales, making them two of Canada’s current golden-boys of music.
Hamilton, ON – DBLCRSS recently teamed up with LEO. to release the Hamilton duo’s video for “Young Moses.”
One of the best tracks of summer 2016, “Young Moses” was the track that got me paying attention to DBLCRSS. It was actually his debut track. He’s so fresh on the scene, but has quickly become one of my favourite Canadian producers on the come up.
The “Young Moses” video makes that obvious comparison to the prophet Moses. LEO. lays his claim to being rap’s up-and-coming young prophet and saviour, and hits us with a killer delivery of wordplay.
The video itself is really eerie and borderline sacrilegious. “Young Moses” may be a comparison to a prophet. But it seems like LEO. is trying to obtain dark overlord status, instead. That’s pretty much how the rap game works, though. Ain’t nobody trying to save anyone else. You’ve got to find your own lane and establish your reign. The video was directed by Cameron Moore, with videography courtesy of Ahmed Fadl. Check it out after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Teasing some alternate material from his previously released album It’s Yours, ninetyfour drops a bonus track from the project titled “Never Much Love”. Providing the moody visuals upon it’s release the track will be available along with two brand new tracks on the re-release of It’s Yours in late November.
“Never Much Love” directed by ninetyfour and Tijana can be seen below.
Vancouver, BC – Introducing the wavy sounds of “For The Dough” from 19-year old Vancouver-based artist Teshalé. Teaming up with Seth Kay after they were both featured on HICU’sSound Tape N ° 1, their individual sounds compliment each other on a strip club worthy anthem that makes the future of the West Coast hip-hop scene look bright.
Stream “For The Dough” produced by GRNDBLVD below.
Vancouver, BC – It was a rainy Sunday night, but that didn’t stop fans from waiting for Post Malone‘s Hollywood Dreams Tour stop in Vancouver with Jazz Cartier and Larry June in a lineup that never seemed to end. The bass from the DJ set was vibrating outside The Vogue Theatre, and everyone was eager to get inside. After passing through the doors the energy was electric.
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver creatives Sean Zh and Scope of Cloudy Tunnel recently dropped the visuals for their latest collaboration “Flood” a gritty track showcasing their individual styles and versatility. The mimic video game edits and sadistic floods of red onto bodies, faces, and scenery help to bring a unique and captivating style to this new video.
By instantly casting the audience into a world of loading screens and futuristic technology, Scope brings a subtle but forceful tone that commands the audience. Paired with imagery of local landmarks and hidden gems, both of the boys show a natural ease at which they approach this beat. Switching between mostly Mandarin and bits of English, Sean Zh provides diversity which embodies Vancouver’s own diverse culture. Subtitles in both English and Mandarin show the thought and care put into this new project which is a trait that stands out to viewers and listeners in our currently media dominated society.
By @KiraHunston in Audio / Music, International | Comments Off on Rhode Island’s Knellz comes ready to compete on his new single “Down Pat”
Providence, RI – It wasn’t that long ago that we were introducing Rhode Island emcee Knellz and his last single, “No Handle”. It’s been shy of two months, and he’s back with his latest release “Down Pat.” After a further look at the track, we have to admit that he really brought his game on this new release, and we think that you’ll find this drop particularly engaging.
With wordplay heavy bars, and a solid beat, this track is a good look for the rapper which showcases his overall development in a short span of time. He’s always provided professionally produced sounds for his audiences, but the catchy hook on this track make this worth a second listen. While we picked up on him as an established emcee, “Down Pat” is full of tauntingly witty lyrics which take him out of rookie territory and into a higher competitive field.