Toronto, ON – Thank you to everyone who read, shared, spread and responded to Part One. I appreciate you reading it (in a world where video clips reigns supreme over nearly everyone) and I appreciate you talking to each other about how much you agree or disagree with it.
Not everyone will share my perspective, but that’s not the point. A State of the Union Address is supposed to be a “check yourself” moment for a nation, where we look at where we’ve come from, where we actually are at (instead of where we imagine we are at), and where we are supposed to be going. Yes, Canadian hip-hop is BETTER THAN EVER in 2014. Finally, there is more money, power and respect given to Canadian hip-hop than ever before, and it’s so beautiful I could almost cry! I certainly can say we are collectively bearing witness to this long-awaited truth finally, firmly building a fresh foundation and manifesting a different sonic destiny across the world. But I’m a visionary, and I see A LOT more places where Canada, and Toronto specifically, can vastly improve its community connection standards, arts investment practices, social behaviours and business choices. In the words of Lil Wayne: “I’M GOIN’ IN!”
“Where did the Part One of The State of the Union Address come from”, you ask? Why is Mindbender expressing such great and fuuuurious anger?
Because: long story short (ha ha): I SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET INTO THE WU-TANG CLAN CONCERT AND REVIEW IT, LIKE ANY OTHER NORMAL MEDIA PERSONALITY THAT’S SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE GUEST LIST.
“I may be a delusional optimist, but I know positivity has limits in reality. So, when I’m not expressing LOVE, I’m expressing TRUTH.” – Addi Stewart
Edmonton, AB – Once a year or so, our fam over at 10 at 10 throw an Outta Towners edition that always brings a fresh new energy into the building. Last month, five not-so-local acts were thrown into the mix, and they didn’t disappoint.
Among the acts was Edmonton’s Muta Mouraine – a young cat whose words carry more weight than you’d think he could hold. Check after the jump for his thoughts on how the scene in Edmo is different than Calgary, his own background and all the projects he’s got right around the corner.
Vancouver, BC – Jasiri X spits the hard truth on this personal anecdote about struggle and hope. “Day 2” is produced by RLGN and features singer/songwriter Carlitta Durand who has appeared on tracks with the likes of Nicolay, 9th Wonder, Little Brother, and Barrel Brother Skyzoo.
Toronto, ON – Our dude Jimmy B over at SmashMouth Entertainment just turned 23 years old. So of course he had to drop some new tuneage – a sweet little PSA track entitled “Public Service Announcement.” The track was mixed by Megalith. Check it out below. And make sure you head over to Twitter and bombard the homie with happy birthday wishes. Do it.
Toronto, ON – Our very own Torontonian Fresh Kils has just inked a deal with the New York-based indie Deep Thinka Records (DTR) label. Which is huge. Shouts to FK for holding things down for the T-Dot.
And on top of all of that, Kils is heading out to Europe with Mad Dukez (along with New York’s own PremRock) for a European tour. It all kicks off in France; exactly one week from today. And it wraps up in Germany at the beginning of May. So if you’re going to be in Europe, or something fancy pantsy like that, peep the tour schedule after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Our friends over at SmashMouth Entertainment have teamed up with Canadian Music Week Festival and Monster Energy to bring the Beast Coast psychedelic hip-hop trio, Flatbush ZOMBiES, back to Toronto on May 9. The ZOMBiES blew up the Internet at the end of 2013, following the release of their highly-anticipated Better Off Deadmixtape. The 19-track project included appearances from Harry Fraud, Action Bronson and Danny Brown. But you may also be familiar with FBZ’s collaborations and performances with A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and more. Basically, they’re total beasts. And they’re repping the Beast Coast. And this show in going to be off the hook. Can’t even handle it.
It all goes down at the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St). Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26, and can be purchased online over here. Opening support for the evening will be provided by Spanish Harlem rap-cat on the come-up, Bodega Bamz; and other special guests. For more information, check out the event’s official Facebook page, and peep the event flyer after the jump.
Edmonton, AB – Akay Audemar goes all in for his crew, The Come Up Gang, in his recently released video “Louis V. Slugger” (Side note: If the name rings any bells, we did a Crew Profile interview with Akay back the fall).
The video was shot in a neighbohood ball diamond at sunset with the crew in tact. Director Skyler Donovan brings that contagious bounce behind the track to life. With beats produced by Shaw Langley, Akay’s flow is on-point. He makes it known where he stands in the rap game. Peep the video below.
Montreal, QC – Coming off the release of a solid project titled Cloudsurfing, Real City’s HMAN continues the grind with this new video for the Alex Lustig produced “Part Of You”. The new video directed by Drei Films, finds HMAN reminiscing about the struggles he faced growing up which made him into the emcee and person that he is today. Hard work and perseverance, H knows all about that. Take it in below.
Vancouver, BC – In support of his up-coming release Honest, Future is hitting the road on tour with Rico Love and Que. 45 dates are scheduled throughout North America but the final leg sees the “Same Damn Time” rapper in Canada for the start of July. HipHopCanada is proud to sponsor the Honest Tour from Vancity to Winnipeg and you know we will be in the house updating you with the most recent coverage. Check out all of the Canadian tour stops as well as ticket info below.