Vancouver, BC – It’s current knowledge that the Canadian R&B music scene has become saturated with trap beats, and multiple artists trying to sound like the next Tory Lanez. But, thankfully, Vancouver-based vocalist Stevie Ross is reviving our faith in the creativity and artistry still existing within the genre. Rather than following someone else’s blueprint, Ross is creating a new mould by reintroducing the use of skilled instrumental features and complimentary vocalists to curate tracks which are musically complex and forward thinking.
London, UK – More new heat from across the pond. With his publication behind him, Scribz gives his alter-ego LD a break and returns with a new maskless-video for the banger “Wicked & Bad.” Scribz is a member of the group 67 (pronounced ‘six seven’) who are prominent faces on London’s thriving drill/trap scene. His polished flow and distinctive sound finds him often taking on the group’s hooks, and he’s increasingly sought after for guest appearances (“Formations” by 86 being a recent example). While the new single has gotten a ton of love online in a relatively short period, Scribz and 67 are focused on the Aug. 9 release of their next group project, Lets Lurk. Check out the Kai-directed “Wicked & Bad” after the jump link below.
Vancouver, BC – Originally published July 26, 2016 – This summer the Internet has been keeping serious tabs on Joe Budden as he’s been trying his hardest to initiate beef with Drake.
It all started after Drake released VIEWS. Joe Budden hopped on his podcast (named I’ll Name This Podcast Later) to rip a new one into Drake. Joe led up to the podcast by dropping some clips on Instagram.
“I think that that kid on that album that I heard sounds real fuckin’ uninspired,” he said in one IG clip. “That music sounds good and I enjoy it. I played that album all the way to D.C. and all the way back multiple times. 40 you sound amazing. 40 continues to progress. Drake you do not. I said the other day on this podcast I miss the Drake that starts the waves, not hops on other waves and I’ll say it again: I miss the Drake that pushes the fuckin’ agenda, not lets the agenda push him.”
Drake responded by throwing subliminal shots at Joe on “4PM in Calabasas.” Then Budden released “Making A Murderer (Part 1)” as his official fire back at Drizzy. And when he didn’t hear back from Drake, he dropped a second diss track titled “Wake.”
Finally Drake kind of responded by releasing his “No Shopping” collaboration with French Montana. No sooner had Drake delivered on that, Joe already had a response uploaded online (“Afraid”).
While some of us hip-hop heads have been living for Budden’s lyrical slaughter of Aubrey, it seems like most people really don’t care at all.
Casa de Campo, DR – Live from El Coke Boys Classico in Dominican Republic! With promotions of his MC4 LP in full-swing, French Montana delivers on his promise to release the visuals for his “No Shopping” single, premiering it Friday via MTV.
DrakeEl Draké-assisted banger is receiving an added boost of exposure from Drake’s decision to use it as a platform to respond to Joe Budden. HipHopCanada contributor Dustin “Enso” Barrett dropped some commentary on the feud and we also wrote a summary of the beef over here.
“No shopping” was produced by Noah “40” Shebib, Murda Beatz and Cubeatz. MC4, dropping Aug. 19, is available for pre-order via iTunes, Amazon Digital and more. Check out the video after the jump link below.
Toronto, ON – With Caribana around the corner, Toronto’s Kavale returns with a new self-produced single called “Flex” co-producud by Arion Knight. Kavale is currently wrapping up his Carpe Diem project, scheduled for release in August. Check out the tune below.
Edmonton, AB – HipHopCanada has teamed up with Edmonton artist Evrlove Blake to bring you the video premiere for “MST” off the forthcoming Perception Of Love project.
While 2016 has seemingly been really quiet for the Evrlove camp, Blake has actually had one of his most productive years ever. He’s basically been locked up in the lab all year cooking up material and honing in on his signature sound. After struggling through a bout of depression and heavy drinking, Blake has come through the other side and is ready to unleash some new music on us.
In case you’re not familiar, Evrlove Blake is one of the Western Canadian artists I am most invested in. Blake has his own brand of dark cloud rap, with the slightest tinge of Southern trap influence.
“MST,” HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day was produced by Nagra Beats, and the video was directed by Miguel Aragon. The track itself reflects on coming to grips with the concept of time. According to Blake, time is the one constant in everything we do. Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, time is always there and it is always moving forward. Check out the video premiere after the jump, and peep our Q&A with Evrlove Blake.
Vancouver, BC – Celebrating the release of their upcoming collaborative EP, Chicago emcee SD, Vancouver up-an-comer Mcevoy and 808 Mafia’s own Be-Bop will be headlining an all-ages event July 28th at Red Gate Arts Society (855 East Hastings St.)
Doors open at 8pm this Thursday with a roster including performances from SD, Mcevoy, Jayem, Jbnk$, ACDATYOUNGNIGGA and DJ sets from Be-Bop and Lil Halo. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Check out the recent single from SD, Mcevoy, 808 Mafia and DeedotWill below titled “Stall Ya” and the official event poster after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Gearing up to release his album Lost In Vancouver, Cityreal has resurfaced to tease some fresh new music. After taking some time to grieve the tragic passing of his mother, Cityreal managed to find inspiration to create, breathing life into his music catalogue yet again with a brand new sampler titled Solo.
The 4-track project comes with features from Wes Mackey, D-Sisive, Tonye Aganaba and The Living Society Choir and it’s a great preview of what to expect on Cityreal’s upcoming project. Stay tuned for Lost In Vancouver and in the meantime check out Solo below.
Toronto, ON – While AUDRA might be the full-length debut from producer-singer-MC Love At First Sound, the Toronto native is an experienced musician and no stranger to the inner-workings of the music industry.
AUDRA was named after Love’s older sister and, by sampling voicemail messages he saved, her voice serves as the catalyst for meshing the tracks together, connecting the different facets of his story… or at least the opening chapter.
“Her voice always served as a guardian angel in my life, when she left me voicemails, I saved them and listened to them like music,” says Love At First Sound.
London, UK – Our UK fam K Koke is back with his second video since marking his return to the rap game with the Stefflon Don-assisted “I’m Back Again.” The Rymez-produced “Circus Ting,” comparing the music industry to a circus, breaks down the obstacles and headaches Koke has dealt with while trying to pursue his career. It’s a new sound from the London rapper and perfectly visualized by director Chas Appeti. You can check it out now after the jump link below.