Trinidad & Tobago – From Trinidad & Tobago Chromatics & Nebula868 have joined forces to present us with “True Talk No Lie”, a smash-hit produced by Superstar O (and the video directed by Trinimandrew). This collaboration has everyone talking including the folks over at Hot 97 – New York’s top hip-hop radio station. Check the video below and see what the buzz is all about.
Thunder Bay, ON – In support of his forthcoming project project The #NeverSlackEP, Thunder Bay’s Preme dropped the official video for “Never Slack.” Directed by Jason Spun, the video’s set up with Preme stacking chips at an illuminated poker table, with a drink and a cigar in tow. That simple touch of lighting gives the video a touch of class and a cool uptown vibe. No bells or or whistles – Preme came to play. Peep the video below and for more on Preme, you can check him on his website.
Hamilton, ON – With a brand new EP battling for chart supremacy, SonReal is gearing up for a North American tour that will bring the rising star to close to 30 dates across Canada and the United States.
The For The Town Tour officially kicks off on May 7 in Hamilton and wraps up at the Squamish Valley Music Festival (British Columbia) on August 8. Along the way, he’ll reach 9 other Canadian cities including Toronto (May 8), London (May 9), Waterloo (May 10), Red Deer (May 20), Calgary (May 21), Edmonton (May 22), Nanaimo (May 28), Victoria (May 29) and Mississauga (June 12). The tour will also bring SonReal to various major U.S. cities including Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and more.
Click the jump link below to check out the full listing.
Toronto, ON – It’s like he doesn’t take a break. Yet another new release from 9-0 Nickel CEO and recording artist, Peter Jackson, fresh off the release of his album Since I Was 16 and a side single that picked up steam with the Raptors playoff run. Once again P teams up with Captured Films and Photography for visuals, this time for his “Ah-Yo” freestyle. Check it out below.
Peter Jackson is also the subject of our latest interview Spotlight where we discuss his new project, the Raptors Playoff Tribute, fatherhood and more. Click here to take a look.
Toronto, ON – Indie Original and VIII Studios present a dope line-up for an event going down May 14 inside Crawford Bar. 6 From The 6 features DillanPonders, Dhamiri, Bane, Black Rose Cartel, Brick Grillins and Jeta May. Entry (and shots) are only $5 but this is a 19+ so bring I.D. Additional sound will be provided by Indigo††. See you there!
Toronto, ON – Straight spitting, “No Hook.” This is Top Gunna, AV, LT and Dee Money. Check out the new video below. Shouts to Myers Productions.
Halifax, NS – Pretty Boy Cuv drops off new music as he gears up for a mixtape at the end of summer. This is the Moshuun-produced “Alright Alright” featuring Big T.
Calgary, AB – On Apr. 25, our good friends over at Two Towers, One Entertainment and Union Events teamed up to bring Rick Ross to Calgary for an all-ages show at the BMO Centre. After Rozay’s June 2014 show got cancelled last year, Calgary’s MMG fans were very salty. But it worked out all the better. Because Rozay dropped Hood Billionaire in November. And even though Hood Billionaire has NOTHING on its predecessor Mastermind, it was still an important Rozay milestone.
So to give you some context for the night of the show: the Calgary Flames were playing their first round finale game against the Vancouver Canucks next door in the Pengrowth Saddledome. After the local opening sets wrapped, boss man Bugsy from Two Towers hit the stage to make a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: the Calgary Flames had just decimated the Vancouver Canucks. The Calgary Flames had JUST solidified their place in the second round of playoffs. People went nuts. So y’all know that the BMO Centre crowd went right the f**k off.
Vancouver, BC – Merkules hit the ground running with his recently dropped album Scars. Directly after, he began his tour with JD Era and Verbal Kent through central Canada – clearly Merk isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon.
“On The Rocks” is a track featured on Scars with beat and video produced by Stuey Kubrick. The visuals come with that same grimy realness that we’ve grown to love about Merk and Co. while his growth as an artist is becoming more and more apparent. For a young emcee he’s quickly growing more vicious with every minute in the game. Peep “On The Rocks” below.
Vancouver, BC – When I was first introduced to SonReal like a decade ago, I was admittedly more of a fan of his hustle than his music. His budding talent and potential was always on full display, but he had yet to really find his voice or his artistic identity. That’s nothing abnormal for a new artist getting their feet wet. But, his work ethic was always on point, and that only got stronger as he started to come into his own musically.
Within a few years it seemed like he had done a complete 180 on his approach to creating records, and, at this point, he truly embodies the concept of “realism” in hip-hop. He’s as real as they come. What you see in videos and hear on wax is what you’ll get if you meet SonReal in person. He’s humble, he’s driven, and he’s hungry to succeed, but he’s not going to conform his values or do something like rent a Lambo for a music video to make it happen. And really, there’s no need. He’s hardly hesitant to step outside of the creative box and that’s just one of several reasons why his fanbase seems to double from one year to the next.
His last project, One Long Day, was incredibly well received and now SonReal is back with a new EP called For The Town. This is the newly released video for the title track, directed by Peter Huang for Mad Ruk Entertainment and produced by Erica Palero. The video is not to be missed as hilarity ensues and SonReal even reprises his role from the Napoleon Dynamite-inspired “Everywhere We Go,” which earned the young boss his second JUNO Award-nomination. You can find the EP on iTunes, Spotify and other outlets. Catch SonReal on tour in Canada this May.