Los Angeles, CA – If you’re a gamer, you might recognize LA-based singer-songwriter Nite Jewel from her tune, “Nowhere To Go,” featured on the Grand Theft Auto 5 soundtrack. Or you might have been following her since the release of her 2008 lo-fi electronic project, Good Evening, which earned her a cult-like following. She’s had several releases since then but her first offering in 2015 is the BatmanOnTheBeatz-produced “Infinity.” BatmanOnTheBeatz is an in-house producer for Toronto-based SmashMouth Music Group. Check out the track below.
Brampton, ON – HipHopCanada brings you the premiere of the latest visual release from producer/MC, Drega. “All I Know” was directed by Henjo Films’ Henry Shephard and Joanie Fong while the song was co-produced by Drega and AR + Z. The video is Drega’s take on being ‘a brown kid growing up in Brampton,’ and the xenophobia he experienced, but he flipped it in a way to basically appeal to anyone feeling like they don’t belong; the outsider or social outcast. He also criticizes pop singer Lorde, bluntly stating, “Fuck what that Lorde say, she ain’t never been no poor and black.” Drega had this to say about the inspiration behind the release:
“I wrote this song from the perspective of the brown kid growing up in Brampton in response to the xenophobe who wonders why we stick to ourselves and why we don’t just become more like them. But rather then make it an “us vs them” thing as is so often the case in the media, I made the lyrics apply to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.”
While Henjo Films had this to say on their own site: “It was great having the opportunity to use our creative juices in a new way by producing this music video with a message – we couldn’t have picked a better artist to work with!”
Vancouver, BC – Young creative VanCityBeats gets busy with a new EP titled Southside Connection. With his signature dark vibe he puts his touch on a few classic tracks, remixing the likes of UGK, Project Pat, Juicy J and more. Peep that Southside Connection below.
Toronto, ON – BW the DJ brings you a new cipher video featuring 3 up-and-comers from the GTA. They include Young Cake, J. Jones and YT! Mr. Got Beats is credited on the instrumentals while video production was handled by K-Fresh’s Goldmine Media. Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – Toronto singer-songwriter Jayd Ink has released the visuals to her Deezy (of the Showboiz)-produced “401 W.” The video was shot and directed by Bzpop. The young Toronto artist premiered the video earlier today on Noisey, a division of VICE Media. In discussing the inspiration for the Toronto anthem, Jayd credited another from the city:
“This song was initially a remix to PartyNextDoor’s ‘Thirsty’ record. I wrote it as a response to that song, then it became it’s own thing. It’s about being honest about your feelings and finally letting your guard down. It’s just a nice mellow vibe with a bounce to it, it’s the best of both worlds for me.”
“401 W” is the third release from Jayd’s upcoming debut project, Invitation Only. Check out the video after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – California Sweetheart Lil Debbie is making her Vancity debut on February 27 at Fortune Sound – sponsored by HipHopCanada.
If you didn’t know, this little babe gets down with that loud smoke and a whole lot of sass so this is an event not to be missed.
This is an early show so make sure to show up before 10 p.m. Tickets are available online here and event poster can be found below.
Debbie, also known as Jordan Capozzi, is a rapper, model, and fashion designer, who first popped up on the scene as part of the now defunct White Girl Mob, lead by Kreayshawn. If you’re unfamiliar, you might recognize Debbie from Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci,” which has received close to 50 million views on YouTube since it’s release in 2011. So far, as a rapper, Debbie has released 3 EPs including Queen D (October 2013), California Sweetheart (March 2014) and California Sweetheart Part 2 (August 2014). She ended the year releasing a mixtape, Young B!tch which you can find here.
Toronto, ON – This is one release we’ve had on our radar since sometime last year. Since Tona first revealed he’d be releasing an album in 2015, we’ve been waiting patiently along with a legion of loyal fans that have been checking for him since back in the “Circulate” days, or longer.
Of course, in the meantime Tona has been as busy as he can be, perfecting the album and taking in part in several other major releases that have only broadened his fan-base even further. He’s released several promo singles as well as projects like the Freedom Writers album NOW, and the recently JUNO-nominated project, Naturally Born Strangers, with fellow Freedom Writer, Adam Bomb, as well as producer/MC Rich Kidd. But Carpe Diem is here and you can download it via iTunes. Click the jump for the official press release or click the official artwork below to download.
Vancouver, BC – In an era where the conventional hip-hop DJ takes the backseat, there still exists a breed of emcee that is able to rock a crowd under any circumstances. That mentally was brought to the stage Thursday night when The Beatnuts and Jeru the Damaja took the Fortune Sound Club stage.
The night kicked off with openers Broken Head, KV, Ghost, and Blue Team Blue who came with a polished but laid-back sound that complimented the vibe of the night. The room was filled early in the night which was a good sign, and with a $30 ticket price at the door, it was clear that the die-hard hip hop heads from all over Vancouver we’re in attendance.
Toronto, ON – Toronto’s own Logik Dat Lad recently teamed up with Flex The Antihero to hit us with a new single titled “On The Come Up.”
The two MCs get in over some of some jazzed-out head-bumping Junia-T production to hit us with an anthem for all the hungry rap cats on the come up. Check it out below.
Montreal, QC – It’s been a minute since we last heard from Real City’s own JS Finess but today he returns with the first visual from his forthcoming REINCARTNATION mixtape. The self-proclaimed “R&B Thug” hasn’t lost a step and is sure to turn some heads with his upcoming releases. Take in the video below and tune in for more new music!