Toronto, ON – New visuals from the Reps Up team. As OVO affiliate P. Reign gears up for the release of his Dear America mixtape, he lets off a new video directed by Footage Worldwide. “Where You Been,” produced by Bass Line, is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.
Toronto, ON – James McGurk and Che Kothari team up to direct the new visual gem from Toronto supergroup, Naturally Born Strangers. Adam Bomb, Tona and Rich Kidd talk trials and tribulations on the Rich Kidd-produced “No One Knows My Struggle, shot on location in Nine Mile, a village in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica where Bob Marley was both born, and buried.
Nine Mile was an inspiration for many of Marley’s songs, and it’s now home to the Bob Marley Mausoleum, which is run by Marley family members, including the infamous Captain Crazy.
The Naturally Born Strangers project, presented by TheLegendsLeague, is available for free download. Check out the video after the jump.
Calgary, AB – Calgary, get ready for KOTD! Tonight marks the official start to the King of the Dot West Coast Squad Tour which gets started in Calgary tonight, and wraps up on the 26th in Vancouver. In between they’ll be reaching Edmonton (July 19), Fort McMurray (July 20), Kelowna, BC (July 23), and Castlegar, BC (July 25). Tonight’s event in Calgary takes place inside the Bronco Smokehouse & Saloon (130, 1011 1 Street SW).
Each of the 6 tour dates is guaranteed to feature some familiar KOTD faces including big wigs Organik, Gully TK and Bishop Brigante, along with freestyle champion, Charron, and beatbox champion, Scott Jackson.
To get a bit more info about what to expect on the West Coast Squad Tour, we connected with co-host Bishop Brigante. Make sure you check out the Q&A after the jump link below.
It should be noted that Kelowna has 2 other events going down that are connected to the tour. On July 22, Organik and Bishop will be in Kelowna for an event titled Come Vape With Us and then a boat cruise on July 23, immediately before the Squad Tour event. Flyers are also after the jump.
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.