Toronto, ON – This is “I Do Not” by Toronto recording artist BlackSwiss of Rich N Rebellious. Listen below.
Toronto, ON – T Gramz spent the bulk of 2015 putting in work and building a name for himself on the local scene. We’ve been posting his material since 2012 but this past year was really a game changer for the rising star.
After big summer records like “Voices” and “Reaper Cookin” – both in collaboration with Dre Barrs – and solo efforts like “Can’t Believe It’s True” and “Ali Dope,” Gramz capped off the year with his highly anticipated My Way album.
With no signs of slowing down, T Gramz has now released the video for My Way’s Tone Mason-produced title track. The “My Way” video was directed by Vikkee Fernandez-Gabica. You can check it out after the jump link below or click here to check out the album.
Toronto, ON – Brand new self-directed visuals from Babu G titled “Life.” This is Babu G’s second self-directed video coming in support of his forthcoming double-LP debut, Next Station: Lansdowne. The project’s art direction was handled by Anthony Chelvanathan of Leo Burnett Toronto. The single was recorded inside Toronto’s The Orange Lounge and mastered by Phil Demetro of Lacquer Channel Mastering. Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – Harvey Stripes has come a long way since originally stepping onto the scene as part of Ottawa duo, Deuce-Deuce. These days Harv is dropping big records with the likes of Blac Youngsta (“Did It Before”) or the more recent “For Real” featuring an appearance by Yo Gotti over Murda Beatz production.
“For Real,” HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day, is the first single off his forthcoming mixtape, In God We Trust, which is set for a March 30 release with features from Fetty Wap, Snootie Wild and more.
International – Originally published Feb. 15, 2016 – Lately I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what our responsibility is to you, our readers. As contributors, we’re lucky enough to write for a publication that gives us the freedom to think as individuals, and to express our educated opinions without constraints. It’s of my own opinion that this freedom is accompanied by a responsibility to be careful about the culture and dialogue that we’re further influencing and supporting. When I write something for an audience, it’s because I really believe it’s in your best interest to know about it. Sometimes that means sharing an artist that you may not have heard of, sometimes that means sharing an artist’s story, and sometimes that means sharing my personal opinion so that you can form your own perspective from as much informed information as possible.
The conversation surrounding the female presence in the game (or the lack thereof) is fairly reasoned. We all know the stereotypical spiel – that it’s tough to be a female emcee in a generally male dominated culture. But, it’s also fair to say that the status of any topic in society has remained stagnant until new thoughts on it become voiced. Rather than continuing to complain about the lack of women in the genre, this is my attempt to bring you a list of 20 strong, and influential female vocalists who are currently killing the game.
Regina, SK – Hailing from Regina, DGS Samurai Champs recently dropped their video for “Run It,” produced and directed by Deadkeys Production. There’s an eerie mystique to the visuals as the trio of MCs (Jeah, Merv XX Gotti and Nono Ryan) creep through a dark and empty parkade. “Run It” can be found on the groups album, The Hard Tape, which was rewarded Saskatchewan Album of the Year in 2015. Peep the video after the jump.
Edmonton, AB – Brought to you by Adonis Nightlife and Kush Clothing, Troy Ave is set for a three-city Canadian tour. The Brooklyn MC will hit Jimmy’s Nightclub in Calgary on March 24, Edmonton’s Union Hall on March 25 and will wrap things up in Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club on March 16. Check for more information after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Seems like every other day we’re talking about a different Canadian artist making power moves on an international level. After the RodZilla-directed “Toronto Plaza Motel” video (or a variation there-of) by J-Soul made an appearance back in January, it was pulled and subsequently re-released yesterday with the full backing of Rich Gang and Cash Money Records. The Jane Street native is one the latest additions to the Cash Money roster and his new video has already racked up a million views on WorldStar, and another 50K on YouTube.
While various blogs have started to take interest in J-Soul, most of his contribution to the developing story has been limited to his social media posts – pictures with Birdman in the Cash Money studio and taunting the ladies that previously wouldn’t give him the time of day: “Shout out to all the girls that dissed me.”
As is to be expected, the WorldStar coverage comes with a healthy amount of haters and critics and some people have compared him to a fellow westender, Mississauga’s Roy Woods. Needless to say, it’ll be interesting to see how J-Soul addresses those types of comparisons, and to find out how the connection to Birdman and Rich Gang came to be. With the amount of support that “Toronto Plaza Motel” has already received, it likely won’t be long until we’re treated to the next release. Check out the video after the jump.
Los Angeles, CA – There comes a point for most successful Vancouver artists where it becomes necessary to progress past their home city in hopes of moving their sound onto larger audiences.
Terell Safadi is currently settled in L.A with the hopes of finding fresh inspiration and reaching his movement onto new territory, “I’m in a good creative space right now and I think shows in all my new music. I’m either in the studio or recording at my house. Coming to L.A for an extended period of time was motivated by meeting new people, and also needing a change of scenery and new inspiration. There’s a time in everyone’s life they need something new” he explains over email.