Ottawa, ON – BSB Records rapper Troy Ave was recently in the Nation’s Capital for the second date of his White Christmas Tour. After performing classics tracks like “Bang Bang” and “All About The Money,” Troy gave fans a little taste off of his White Christmas 3 mixtape. During the performance at Ritual Nightclub, Troy brought out fellow BSB Records artist Young Lito to perform some of his recent tracks. Local Ottawa rappers Leon Fa Du Fond, Kidd Major & Antonyo Dinero, Drae, and Frank Blak also graced the stage opening up for Troy and Lito.
After the show, HipHopCanada’s Ottawa rep (and CapCityHipHop founder Lil Thrilla) caught up with the New York rapper backstage. Troy spoke with Thrilla about his Canadian Tour and White Christmas 3, Young Lito up-and-coming projects and more. Check out the interview below.
Toronto, ON – As if there wasn’t enough to look forward to for this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend taking place in Toronto. The actual All-Star Game is Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14 kicning off a 8:00 p.m. But before that, there’ll be plenty of other great events to check out… assuming they’re all open to the public. NBA 3-point legend Reggie Miller recently challenged Drake to a ping pong challenge via Twitter, and much to nobody’s surprise, Drizzy graciously accepted.
Edmonton, AB – Nearly six years ago, HipHopCanada profiled Edmonton product and well regarded MC, Dizzy. While interviewed he was asked what drives him to be successful in such a competitive line of work. He replied, “the love of the music and a firm belief that I have what it takes to make a career out of doing what I love to do. Cheesy, I know, but that’s what it is.”
But that isn’t cheesy at all. Actually, that is exactly the attitude needed to keep your head above water in the rap game. Everyone and their mother is a critic. There will be those who encourage you to follow your dreams and reach for the stars. However, there will also be haters who talk shit to try to stop your shine… but they ain’t saying nothing.
Edmonton, AB – In Fall 2015, Doom Squad member NineLivez released his second solo project, Nickel Plated 9’z. The album fittingly consists of nine tracks produced entirely by his Doom Squad counterpart, Kryple, and includes features from Pooky G, PWK, Trippz, Rome Angel and Troubl3z.
NineLivez confidently carries himself throughout the small body of work with hard hitting lyrics, yet he holds down a calm-consistent flow. “Nickel Plated 9’z”, for example, is likely the hardest and most uptempo track on the album – but his flow remains smooth, steady and his delivery is mean. The first track, “Deebo”, embodies a clean west coast sound; he remains calm but he’ll still break your neck.
Edmonton, AB – Introducing Migki Barzz, making his HipHopCanada debut with the new single “MVP.” Born in Jamaica and coming up in Toronto, the young MC made his way to Edmonton in hopes to find better opportunities and eventually found his niche in the local scene. “MVP” (produced by Rendition) will be featured on Migki’s upcoming EP, MIG. Check out the track below.
Vancouver, BC – Logic is keen on representing “peace, love and positivity”. He had the audience sing this motto several times this past week at Vogue theatre. The Maryland rapper has a formidable fan following. His brand of hip-hop is on the skinny jean wearing, Childish Gambino side. He has Steph Curry-like gorgeous, mixed-race looks and takes the rare initiative of using hip-hop as a tool for youth empowerment. Logic’s raps are inquisitive. He talks about race, social justice and politics. He might initially strike you as a more rated version of Justin Bieber but he really is legit.
Having grown up surrounded by poverty and addiction, Logic’s choice to be positive is a conscious decision, not a fanciful privilege. At twenty-five, he is four mixtapes and two albums old. He released The Incredible True Story last November and it reached number 1 on the Billboard Hip-Hop and R&B Albums chart. Logic hadn’t even hit the radio when that happened. If you keep all that in mind, it becomes easier to understand why there was such an excited crowd at the Vogue last night for the rappers first show on his Incredible World Tour.
Dartmouth, NS – We’ve got some shine for our friends on the East. Scotian emcee Jicknordan and CDN Movement recently released a collection titled High Hoser.
The five-track project puts on for the East coast underground pretty hard with some funky, creative production to give an extra boost. Most notable is the track “Boredwalk” that pulls a sample from Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Women”.
High Hoser available for stream and download via Datpiff here – check it.
Seattle, WA – Aces shares his new album, 87. The 14-track project marks the Seattle artist’s debut solo album. A narrative in its entirety, Aces talks everything from popping champagne, rocking gold chains, and living in the fast lane, to being a light of inspiration to those around him.
“Life is about experiences and music should make you feel something. I wanted to connect with fans by sharing my life experiences in hopes that they can relate to mine. 87 brings you a glimpse into who ‘Aces’ is,” explains Aces.
The project has a clear message: through drive, hunger, struggle, and relentlessness anything is possible. Limits exist only when you place them on yourself. The project features artists such as Royce Da 5’9, Layzie Bone, and Pacific Game, a group Aces is a part of with his brother MC S.A.V, Ceez and JMR. Production credits include Brian Rowland with Cold Clock Productions.
Toronto, ON – After just recently introducing our viewers to up-and-comer MessThaBest, we’re happy to bring you the $KrewUpz self-titled EP debut, which he produced 100% of (under the moniker King Messi). On $KrewUpz Mess is joined by the talented Christian James and Noiz for a 6-track release that serves as a perfect introduction to what the diverse group has to offer.
“Faded” opens up the project with a hard-hitting beat and slick lyrical contributions. XO, Grey Goose, Ciroq, Henny… $KrewUpz are about that party life and this self-titled offering serves as the perfect soundtrack for doing just that. Confident delivery and clever word play is a constant theme throughout the EP, supported by strong, catchy hooks each step of the way. These $KrewUpz are out to make a name for themselves this year and the EP puts them in a great position to grow.
Now we rarely do this, but in light of how consistently dope $KrewUpz plays from start to finish, we’ve selected the entire EP as our Song of the Day. It’s easier than picking one song off the project. Make sure you check it out after the jump link below.
St. John’s, NL – East Coast up-and-comer Adam Jenkins recently released a new single titled “69 Bitches” (produced by 3.D).
“69 Bitches” is actually surprisingly a song all about unrequited love. Adam Jenkins is reminiscing about his girl and how to get her back: “69 bitches on my television/ And all I’m thinking ’bout it how to get to you/ I’m thinking ’bout the way we used to be together/ I’m thinking ’bout the things we can f**king do.”
Huge shout-out to homie Vater for – as always – being my plug to the East Coast scene. He’s the East Coast rap whisperer and he’s put me on to so many dope artists (Hi, Dope Piece!). Vater hit me up to share this song with me and I was feeling it. Check it out below.