Vancouver, BC – We’ve got the fresh new joint from Vancouver producer/emcee Swisslizz and new-comer Space H, “Swerve”. Count on the homies at Self Hired to provide those sharp summertime visuals – check the video below.
Los Angeles, CA – Something brand new from the LA x Vancouver cat Billionaire B. Check out “Winning” below, presented by Hood Hustlers Entertainment.
Montreal, QC -Reps Up recording artist & OVO affiliate Blicky (formerly known as I.Blast) brings us his brand new single featuring Harvey Stripes. Produced by Fool’s Gold own High Klassified, this record finds Blicky & Harv trading verses about their day-to-day routines and what they go through to make ends meet. It will be featured on Blicky’s debut EP titled C’est La Vie which features Boi-1da, P-Reign, Gunplay and more. Look out for that this Summer.
Los Angeles, CA – Full of charisma and confidence, Drake proved ESPN executives right in selecting him as this year’s host for their annual ESPY Awards banquet. Some have already called him the best ESPY host in the award show’s 20+ year history. The OVO boss was front and centre at LA’s Nokia Theater, opening up with a killer monologue a skit that featured Blake Griffin and former arch-nemesis, Chris Brown.
His acting skills were on full display but he also hilariously reverted back to music by introducing some songs like “Honorable Mention,” and the Brian McKnight assisted “Side Pieces.” In “Honorable Mention,” his lyrical abilities shine through as he manages to big up KD (Kevin Durant), show some solidarity with Kendrick Lamar, and diss Macklemore all in one line:
“KD, I know you hear me. I know you understand me. Real talent doesn’t always win championships, and real music doesn’t always win Grammys.”
He also teamed up with boxing champ Manny Pacquiao for a rendition of “Let It Go,” from the movie Frozen (yeah, that movie had more than one song).
And one of our favourite moments was Drake, decked out in a jersey from Skylar Diggins’ alma mater, Notre Dame, reading a poem he had written for the Tulsa Shock (WBNA) star. It’s a hilarious bit that really highlights Drake’s strong sense of humor. Certainly not something Diggins’ boyfriend (Daniel Smith) will be happy to see.
Check out the highlights below, starting with the opening monologue, and look for more after the jump.
“Lordy, lordy, Michael Jordy”
Vancouver, BC - Black Milk has performed in Vancouver a couple of times now and he’s one of few artists I’ve made the effort of seeing more than once. His most recent appearance was at Venue on July 3 to a perfectly packed house — in that I mean you could still move around and get up close to the stage if you wanted. Opening acts included KIDS, ILL-Legitimate, Attikus and the high-energy rapid-fire lyricism of Northwest Division. The openers killed it, getting the crowd hyped up and buzzing as they waited for Black Milk to take the stage.
For those unfamiliar with Milk, he travels with a live band, Nat Turner – which almost always makes for a better quality of live music. Combine that with his veteran stage presence and delivery and you are pretty much guaranteed a dope experience.
Toronto, ON – The Bass6 are moving so fast we can barely keep up with their new releases. Since we’re two volumes behind, we present you one post containing Lucid Dreams Volume 7 as well as Volume 8.
In Lucid Dreams Volume 7, ILOVEMAKONNEN bookends a mix with Flex The Antihero, Metro Thuggin, Gangsta Gibbs, Ferg, and even a remix from M Mac of Danny Brown. And Volume 8 features Kevin Gates, ScHoolboy Q, Young Thug, PeeWee Longway, Speaker Knockerz and more. Check out Volume 7 below and look for Volume 8 after the jump link.
Hamilton, ON – 88Flow takes a moment to talk about his music industry goals with his Bo$quiat Clique over a smooth, jazzy instrumental courtesy of B3auu. He embraces loving yourself, your art, your vision as an artist, to serve as a reminder to always know yourself. The Bo$quiat artist shines light on fakes who had once tried to infiltrate his clique. The song appears on the Foreign Waves 2 project. Check out “You’ll See (Future Goals)” below.
Los Angeles, CA – One day after Game revealed he had signed DUBB to his Blood Money Entertainment imprint, the Athens Park rapper releases a new track called “Run To.” DUBB’s Perfect Timing mixtape, hosted by DJ Skee and DJ Whoo Kid, is set to drop later this year. Check out “Run To” below.
Toronto, ON – Brand new visuals from the incredibly talented TalkSick of The SARS Network. The Quarter Inch Kings-produced “We Get Busy” features TalkSick’s Thoze Guyz (and Empire) partner Adam Bomb (Freedom Writers / Naturally Born Strangers) and DJ Grouch of TurnStylez. The video was directed by Lyme Lyte Video and the song appears on TalkSick’s debut album, The Weapon, available on iTunes. Watch “We Get Busy” now after the jump link below.
Ottawa, ON – Produced by Enock Beats, and presented by Left Lane Music, Ottawa rapper Swisha T drops his new video single featuring Madchild of Swollen Members. “Ballistic” was mixed/mastered by The LJ and the video was directed by IllVibe. Check it out after the jump.