Toronto, ON – And the saga continues… Early Friday, Drake used Instagram to confirm an expected appearance by Toronto city councillor Norm Kelly at this weekend’s 6th Annual OVO Fest… it least that’s how it’s being received. The post (featured below) features a picture of 73-year-old Norm with the caption, “6th Annual OVO Fest this weekend. @welcomeovo.”
This piece analyzes Norm’s latest, and distant Drake connections as well as other recent hip-hop related Norm situations. The hip-hop politician is here.
New York, NY – I think we can start calling this a hip-hop beef. Earlier tonight heads around the world tuned into New York City’s notorious Hot 97, patiently waiting (a second time around) for Funkmaster Flex to drop Meek Mill’s reply to Drake. And it finally came, after a long and brutal wait.
Ottawa, ON – We’re a little late on the drop of this one, but Buck N’ Nice released this fresh new video for “What Was Wrong With Me” a few weeks ago on July 17. The video was released one day prior to the duo’s performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest – a major milestone for homies SawBuck and DJ So Nice.
I really feel like this video (directed by Luther Caverly of Luther Photo+Video) is such an important release for the guys. It’s one of the realest and most honest video releases I’ve seen in a minute. SawBuck poses this song as a question: “What was wrong with me?” He takes us through a childhood come-up of bullying and rejection that left a youngin’ wondering what was wrong with him.
Ottawa, ON – More new music from Dillin Hoox. This time the Kurdish-Canadian rapper goes in on Kid Ink’s “Be Real” instrumental. The original was produced by DJ Mustard, J Gramm, and Twice as Nice (aka The Truth). Check out the Hoox remix now after the jump link below. Click here to find the download link.
Hamilton, ON – If you didn’t know, there’s a ton of great events scheduled across Canada for the month of August. OVO Fest is an obvious example to run with but outside of Toronto it’s all about The Cookout 2015. The annual hip-hop and food festival goes down Saturday, August 8 inside Club Absinthe and will feature close to 40 acts along with 4 local food vendors.
Buckshot (Black Moon) and Lord Finesse (D.I.T.C.) are the main headlines along with Bobbito Garcia (aka DJ Cucumber Slice) and Toronto’s own Raz Fresco.
There will also be performances by Yours Truly T.Y., Lee Reed & Mother Tareka aka Flowtilla (w/ DJ !Kryme Won), First Division, Es & Solar-C, ViSioN aka VIKTOR SHADE, Reid Roses & Elley Jeeze (aka The Family), John P, Emay, Walter Wite & Dialog, Dhamiri, Tha Buddah Abusah, Population Control & Slur, Supreme Dynasty, New Era Neisha (w/ DJ Close), Pangeah, The Hive Mind Collective, Skeleton Krew, Mazaman, Nunna Yobiz aka Ziboya Nhun, Gene One, Lady ASG, 88Flow, Chewybeatz, J-Ache$ The Doper, Crazydom, Dutch Revz.
Burlington, ON – Luxe Taylor (formerly Luc Toews) recently hit us with new visuals for the self-produced “U Right” off the Pipedream EP.
This song is about the front we all put on to seem “right.” When someone asks you how you’re doing or if you’re good, you rarely go off on a sob story about everything that’s hurting you. It’s second nature to respond to the question “How are you?” with a response like “I’m great. How are you?” But Luxe isn’t feeling that. He’s feeling trapped in this need to be alright. He just wants to fully be able to express himself. Check it out after the jump.
Belleville, ON – With his Dopamine project on the way, Killa Phila enlists Cashis for his new “Gettin’ Rich” video. The tune was produced by UK producer Sean Murdz and the video was directed by Prince Beatz (in various Toronto locations).
Back in May we posted Phila’s Money Never Sleeps mixtape, available here to stream and download.
Check out the latest release after the jump link below.
Toronto, ON – Premiering yesterday on Fader, 6ix side producer/MC Devontée presents the lead off single to his forthcoming mixtape, District Vibe. The self-produced “Bare Tings” was directed by Ram Accoumeh and edited by Trippy. “Bare Tings” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.
Philadelphia, PA – While Drake has been doing his best to bring the feud with Meek Mill onto a more traditional platform for hip-hop beef (read: not Twitter), the OVO head honcho has also apparently made some changes to his roster. I say apparently because there’s been talk of this artist signing to OVO dating back to early 2013.
But word on road is the latest OVO Sound signee is none other than Philly rapper AR-Ab of OBH aka Original Block Hustlaz. Starting out as a member of Cassidy’s Larsiny Family, AR-Ab has been active since 2007 and made his debut on Cassidy’s 07-07-07 (Happy Birthday) mixtape that year. His own mixtape debut, Welcome to Trap Street, came out May 2008 and he’s released 6 other projects since then. Before being arrested in 2013 for crack cocaine related charges, Complex identified AR-Ab, who survived being shot 10 times in 2011, as one of 15 Unsigned Rappers Who Should Get a Deal After SXSW (which also included Chinx Drugz, R.I.P.) He did a brief stint inside SCI (State Correctional Institution) Camp Hill after that and was released late 2014.
Calgary, AB – On July 23, the good folks over at Boodang, DubSac, SP, The Supreme Hustle, and Nightshift Entertainment teamed up to bring the Flatbush ZOMBiES through Calgary for a show at Ten Nightclub during the Canadian North Trip Tour.
I’ve been waiting a few years on this show but apparently it’s taken more than a hot minute for the Calgary heads to f**k with the ZOMBiES. But whatever. It was worth the wait. The North Trip Tour has been a long time coming.
Watching a Flatbush ZOMBiES show is like attending your own resurrection. I mean – you probably won’t even realize that you’re dead until you’re standing in the crowd looking up at these three majestic Beast Coast gods drenched in sweat, stripped down to the flesh, and thrashing in the crowd. That’ll give you more life than you’ve ever known. YOU ARE BETTEROFFDEAD IF YOU DON’T GET THE CHANCE TO SEE FLATBUSH LIVE.
It’s been a while since I’ve felt this alive and fully immersed in a hip-hop show. I always use Killer Mike as a standard of comparison for rap shows because he’s my favourite live performer. Killer Mike performances are always a religious experience. He preaches the whole church of R.A.P. thing and always turns the crowd into his devoted following and gospel. The only other MC I’ve ever compared to the holy grail Killer Mike is Jazz Cartier. But that all changes today. Because today I have to be very real with y’all: that Flatbush ZOMBiES show was a religious experience for me. It was just as essential as that first Killer Mike set that made me THE spiritual rap being that I am today.
After the show, I asked the ZOMBiES how they thought the show went. Of course they flipped the question right back at me and asked me how I thought it went. I paused for a minute to scan my vocabulary in hopes of finding the perfect all-encompassing word to describe the sheer supreme status of the show. I was at a loss for words: “It was “LiT”!!!!”