Toronto, ON – Kardinal Offishall and Islamist scholar, Abdullah Hakim Quick discuss Muhammad Ali’s legacy and the impact he had on both their own lives. Check out the interview with CBC after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Our Song of the Day comes in the form of an exclusive leak from our good friends at Stealth Bomb Records. Snak The Ripper is set to drop his highly anticipated From The Dirt album on June 17, and we’re lucky to bring you a new tune off the release. “FTW” was produced by N-Jin and features cuts by D-Rec.
In other Stealth Bomb news, the crew is impressively holding down 4 of the Top 150 spots on the iTunes hip-hop chart, with both Snak and Merkules taking 2 spots a piece. Snak’s White Dynamite (#95) and Just Giver (#123) and Merk’s Scars (#47) and Hunger Pains (#137).
Check out “FTW” below.
St. Catharines, ON – “Power Level Up” is the latest visual release from Sese in support of The Cell Saga mixtape. The tune was produced by Smokescreen and the video was created by Frank Douglas for 0therworld Films. Check it out now after the jump or click here to take in The Cell Saga.
East Rutherford, NJ – Originally published June 8, 2016 – Hot 97’s Summer Jam certainly had it’s ups and downs this year, but the annual outdoor hip-hop festival was another one for the books. On June 5, MetLife Stadium went toe-to-toe with Mother Nature as severe weather warnings forced the Festival Stage (scheduled from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) to be officially cancelled and the Stadium Stage to be pushed back from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Not a great start, but the 55,000 fans in attendance wouldn’t let that ruin their Summer Jam.
With the traditional tailgate party going down in the parking lot, we stuck out the weather to enjoy a few beverages and BBQ as we waited for the gates to open at 8 p.m. Once MetLife allowed entry inside the stadium, the show almost went off with out a hitch.
New York’s own, Uncle Murda and Maino started things off with surprise guests 2 Milly. Picture the entire stadium breaking into the “Milly Rock.” Now let’s start the show!
G.O.O.D. Music | Photo by Pete Monsanto
Vancouver, BC – Last month Vancouver artist Maka released a four-track grime-influenced EP titled Moxie. The EP was entirely produced by Ian Hughes.
While grime is (unfortunately) still very underground within Canada, we’re starting to see Canadian guys paying homage to the genre. For those who aren’t familiar, grime’s origins aren’t actually rooted in hip-hop. Grime is a derivative of UK electronic music with a much faster BPM than you’d typically see in rap.
For a while, Tre Mission was THE only guy doing grime in Canada. But 2016 has seen a lot of guys either transitioning over into the grime genre, or challenging themselves to put out a grime single or project.
This particular project really resonates with me because I haven’t yet seen a guy from outside of Toronto or the GTA take a notable stab at grime. Moxie does just that by delivering a Canadian West Coast take on the genre that I haven’t yet heard.
Richmond Hill, ON – Richmond Hill’s young super producer and SMMG affiliate Krinny just released a track featuring dandy titled “UP.”
Krinny stayed working on this beat for a while and the end result is this meticulously off-beat hazy tune. Krinny built this beat up from the drums and then chopped up a series of melodies and vocals from dandy. Then he arranged it all.
“UP” has a wavy, smoked-out 2 a.m. vibe. Contrary to the track’s title, it sounds more like a come-down than a turn up. But the dandy vocal snippet that’s sampled throughout is all about being on the come up: “Come up/ We on the come up.”
Halifax, NS – One of the greatest gifts about working for HipHopCanada is that every single day I get to talk with artists and industry folk all across the country who love, live and breathe hip-hop. These are my people; they’re the ones who – like me – would probably love nothing for than to spend all their waking hours dissecting and analyzing the rap game. One of those individuals who I’ve been lucky enough to get to work with is 902HipHop founder, Melissa MacMaster (she’s the one who keeps me in the loop whenever something with Quake Matthews happens).
Along with the people over at Grey Sea Artist and Event Management, Melissa and 902HipHop have spent this year actively revitalizing the Halifax hip-hop scene by supporting Halifax rap artists in getting exported outside of Canada. This year, connections have been made all across the globe – from the A3C festival in Atlanta, to various indie labels in the UK.
The term “support” is something that too often gets loosely thrown around in the rap game. I mean, It’s easy enough to preach support for the Canadian hip-hop scene, but there’s a big difference between name-dropping Drake or listening to VIEWS a couple of times, and actually seeking out to support up-and-coming Canadian talent.
(left) Andree Gracie (Grey Sea Artist and Event Management) and Melissa MacMaster (902HipHop)
Toronto, ON – By now you’ve probably seen some of our NXNE coverage, including a really dope giveaway that will give some lucky winners great access to the festival. One thing you will want to keep on your calendar is the Azizi Gibson (36Brickhouse and Brainfeeder-affiliated) show being presented by NXNE and The Academy to promote his new album, A New Life. Toronto’s own Ty Senoj (new album Listen To Your Daddy gaining a lot of steam), DijahSB, Bilal Mirza and Arys Déjan will be opening, as well as music by DJ Money Jane.
It all goes down Thursday, June 16 inside Toronto’s Revival Bar (783 College Street). Tickets cost $18 in advance or $25 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets online, and click here to visit the Facebook event page.
Toronto, ON – With his Carpe Diem project on the way, Toronto producer and recording artist Kavale releases his latest visuals for his single, “West Drive.” Check it out after the jump link below.
Montreal, QC – Montreal-based duo THe LYONZ (rapper Norrin and producer SLV) just released this dope new video for “Edward & Susan’s 1st” as the second video release off Peace Beyond The Pines (which you can cop over here).
As Norrin explained: “It’s the first time many people in my life are hearing how I feel about certain things. Production wise, it created a new path for us to follow and build from.”