Toronto, ON – Check out these new visuals from up-and-comer Pressa for his DaBeatPlug-produced single “Deadmihana” or “Dead Man Marijuana.” Although Pressa is no stranger to video appearances, the Nino Vision directed video is his first solo release. Surrounded by his Wass Gang in a condo, the video for “Deadmihana” is a good fit for this catchy chill banger.
Vancouver, BC – Regardless of how you feel about Justin Bieber, there is a slight certainty in the frenzy that follows any person he associates with. The man that he considers “the best DJ in the world” really isn’t excluded from this rule of thumb. Vancouver’s newly legal youth were ready to welcome DJ Tay James, to the Alexander this past Friday, January 15th. Having copped his most recent mixtape We Know the DJ Radio Vol. 4 about a year ago, I figured that he’d probably prepared a night of club hits and panty droppers with a little Justin Bieber sampling thrown in. (This shouldn’t be confused with a diss on Bieber or Tay James though, because his mixtape had a pretty bomb lineup of heavy hitting singles that I admittedly replayed for a couple of months.)
Brampton, ON – It’s no secret that B-Town is a hotbed for hip-hop talent. A quick search of “Brampton” on HHC reveals an arsenal of gifted singers and lyricists. Introducing Flexx Jasper.
For the last 24 hours his Forever EP has hijacked the office speakers, with no signs of letting up. The project is rich on harmony, thought-provoking rhyme patterns and a versatile style that adapts nicely from tune-to-tune. The OBCS artist uses Forever to state his commitment to seeing success and putting on for his homies – calling on several to contribute including YK, Classic, Zo Gawd and Century Stan.
Track 3, “Poltergeist” exemplifies the mood and tone of the project, with the hook drawing thoughts of Wyclef over a smooth Jacob Levan beat. The project also features production by Deafh, LordQuan, TayOnTheTrack, and BraveStarBeats. At only 5-tracks long it’s definitely worth the time to check out what Flexx brings to the table. The mix down could be a bit cleaner but that’s often the case in this more do-it-yourself era of music. Pairing Flexx up with a guy like Blaow from Toronto would be dangerous. Vibe music at it’s finest; give it a listen below.
Toronto, ON – On Jan. 19, the first ever Toronto edition of the TeamBackPack Cipher dropped, featuring Kayo, Clairmont The Second, Flex The Antihero, John River & Raz Fresco. Five of the finest emcees in Toronto and the GTA linked up at The Post Office Sound to record this one-take cipher over an Evan Miles beat.
In case you’re not familiar, TeamBackPack is a global platform to promote and foster the hip-hop scene. You heard? It’s a GLOBAL platform; which is why it’s such a dope look that they decided to get a cipher going in Toronto. I also love how they chose such a diverse range of artists to represent the 6ix.
Ottawa, ON – Madchild is currently on tour and promoting his latest album, Silver Tongue Devil, but that hasn’t slowed down the creation of his next project. The latest news is the BAXWAR general will be teaming up once again with Los Angeles-based hip-hop artist Demrick for a song and video titled “Man Down.” It was directed by Big Shot Music Inc., Pimpton and Adlib.
The song will be the first single off Madchild’s next album, slated for a March or April release. Stay tuned for the video and more information.
Madchild released several collaborations with Demrick in 2015 and you should expect even more down the road. If you’re just getting familiar with the Philly native, make sure you check out the early 2015 interview with him conducted by our West Coast Editor, Kass Kills.
Toronto, ON – In his new Cazhhmere-directed video for “No Reason,” Mr. International himself, Kardinal Offishall, hits the streets of Toronto, takes over the city’s TTC subway system and makes a stern commentary on the current state of hip-hop. Things being done “for no reason” is the theme throughout the song, as Kardi comments on today’s creativity lacking direction and purpose.
“No Reason,” HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day comes in support of Kardi’s Kardi Gras Vol. 1: The Clash project; his fifth studio album which was released on Oct. 30, 2015 through Black Stone Colleagues Inc. You can download it now on iTunes and other digital outlets. He has revealed through Twitter that Kardi Gras Vol. 2 will be out in a couple of months.
Montreal, QC – Real City hip-hop artist Hellbound Bishop lets you take a “Walk In” his trap house in new video. Directed by RealCity411.Com, the brand new video is a reenactment of a day in the life of a Montreal trap house.
With the Honey Bourbon Backwoods smell blowing in the air, Bishop – along with his fellow trap mate – keep the trap jumping while popping zanies and serving fiends. The video is promotion for the latest Auzi-produced single off Bishop’s forthcoming Trap of Fame project, dropping spring 2016. Check out the video below.
Hollywood, CA – Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer take the show on the road in the network television premiere of Crash Test: With Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer, on Friday, Jan. 22 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central; the first ever stand-up special on a moving bus. The 75-minute special, based on their live UCB show, will air with limited commercial interruption.
Filmed on the streets of Hollywood, “Crash Test” is hosted by Huebel and Scheer and features an all-star cast of comedians including Rob Corddry, Natasha Leggero, Aziz Ansari, Jack McBrayer, Aubrey Plaza, Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Ian Karmel, and musical guest Earl Sweatshirt. This unique vehicle offers stand-up on the street, curbside stops outside celebrity homes, a stop at Hollywood and Highland and an unsanctioned tour of the Paramount backlot.
Here’s “Burgandy” performed live on, and off, the moving bus.
Halifax, NS – Waka Flocka recently signed Halifax based group Neon Dreams to his 36BRICKHOUSE production label. This is their first collaborative project and the boys decided to remix Waka’s first big hit, “Hard in the Paint.” Waka was in Canada and got to shoot this one with the boys in the cold Canadian February winter that we had down here. The video was shot entirely in Nova Scotia.
Neon Dreams’ debut album, The Last Of Us, is available on iTunes. Their new release, “Don’t Mess Around,” will be out on Jan. 26. You can find a preview of that, and the Dave Hung-directed “Hard In The Paint (Remix)” video, after the jump.