Toronto, ON – Our homies at the YoursTruly collective put us on to one of their Toronto collaborators making moves in the 6ix by the name of Jahail. He recently dropped an impressively crisp dual video for his tracks “Y.W.M / Late Nights” produced by Clairmont The Second.
Jahail is currently working on his forthcoming debut album AntiSocial. Be on the lookout for that but in the meantime check his latest video below.
Toronto, ON – Today is a big day for Canadian hip-hop as Tory Lanez has officially released his album debut, I Told You. You can find it now on iTunes and other outlets.
“Rich vocals, catchy hooks, and spellbinding beats from the “Say It” star. Lanez launched his career by flooding fans with free tracks, so it’s a pleasant surprise that his first studio album feels, somehow, more polished and more raw. An explosive intro-rant from a foster parent fades into songs about flirting and fame, and don’t miss “Luv,” an Auto-Tuned twist on Tanto Metro’s dancehall classic, ‘Everyone Falls in Love.’”
As of now, the album sits at No. 2 on iTunes Canada Top Albums chart, behind the Tragically Hip’s Yer Favourites. I Told You is No. 1 on the iTunes Canada hip-hop charts, in front of x Infinity by Watsky and Drake’s Views.
We’re in the process of setting up a one-on-one with Tory so stay tuned for that. Let us know what you think of the album!
Toronto, ON – As the “So Gone” challenge continues to spread across social media, Canadian artists are starting to get in on the fun. Scarborough actor-MC Bishop Brigante has never been one to turn down a challenge and it appears the #SoGoneChallenge caught his attention.
Word from the Section 6 camp is the KOTD co-host has been working diligently in the studio recently and some new tunes from Bish could be on the way. For now, check out his entry in the #SoGoneChallenge and let us know what you think.
Ottawa, ON – Ottawa electronic trio A Tribe Called Red recently announced their forthcoming album, We Are the Halluci Nation, and released the album’s lead video single “R.E.D.”
This is one of the most important videos I have seen in a while. The track itself features an OG African American MC (Yasiin Bey, aka: the mighty Mos Def), an Iraqi-Canadian MC (Narcy) and Canadian First Nations (A Tribe Called Red, and the Black Bear drum group from the Manawan Atikamekw Nation in Quebec).
The video was shot in Cape Town, South Africa and follows Yasiin and Narcy as they try to infiltrate their enemies’ border, so appropriately called the Alie Nation (like… alienation). On Yasiin’s side of things, this track serves as an extended commentary on his ongoing immigration problems in South Africa.
Vancouver, BC – New generation Brooklyn to Vancity rapper Aktu El Shabazz drops his classic sound over 18-tracks of a brand new mixtape titled F.L.O.W Vol. 1. With his modern take on an old school vibe Shabazz raps his concise and wordy flow over cuts produced by DJ Billy Bishop with features from Keysha Freshh, Jakub Evolved, Wax Monk, DJ Beton and HeatWave scattered throughout.
“Tryin to make your bitch catch a vibe and just groove with it / but all these ladies want they music slowed down / Xannies fallin’ out they panties, puffin’ on a pound / bumpin’ Future / kinda ironic they don’t know that I’ma be the future,” he spits on “Bars,” giving an indication of the kind of cleverly brazen material he’s putting out on F.L.O.W.
Ottawa, ON – There’s less than 10 days to go until Ottawa’s annual House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture, and now we can provide you with a lot more detail on what to expect.
The full schedule has been revealed for each of the events taking place between Aug. 25 and Aug. 28. They’ve got EPMD, Marco Polo & A-F-R-O, Ottawa’s Regional DMC Competition and more! Click the jump link for more information and updated flyers.
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver producer Larry Luxx teams up with Kamloops artist Fluence to bring forth their first single as the newly formed HEARTMELT.GANG. Working to diversify from the typical West Coast sound the duo trade off on production duties for their debut single “Whoa”.
Ottawa, ON – Our Song of the Day is a hot new single from Kurdish-Canadian MC, Dillin Hoox, in support of his album debut. “Bad Dream” was shot and directed by Concrete Films, on site of the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa.
It’s a fitting setting for a song that furthers awareness on the plight of the Kurdish people, with Hoox offering various historical examples of inhumane treatment towards Kurds, or people in general.
The Diract Beats-produced single can be found on Hoox’s Life As I Know It album, dropping on Sept. 1. You can pre-order the project now via iTunes. Purchasing the album via pre-order gives you a chance at winning a brand new iPhone 6! Check out “Bad Dream” after the jump link below.
Ottawa, ON – With more than a decade of experience on the scene, Dillin Hoox has developed a reputation for being a talented lyricist and one of the hardest working artists in the National Capital Region.
Single after single, a plethora of music videos and several mixtapes have fueled Hoox’s growing fan-base, but he still hasn’t pulled the trigger on a full-length album… until now!
Fans will be pleased to know that the 12-track album, Life As I Know It, will be officially released on Thursday, Sept. 1 with pre-ordering available as of this morning on iTunes. What makes the pre-order even more intriguing for Hoox fans is the chance at winning a new iPhone 6 (and artists can win ‘8 beat leases’ from Hoox’s production company). More information about winning can be found after the jump.
Hoox held off on including any guest appearances on Life As I Know It, so the project really emphasizes the MC’s talent and capabilities. And while he’s a student of production in his own right, Hoox opted to enlist the talents of Quest and Anno Domini for the large bulk of the album’s beats. There’s also production by Diract Beats, the team behind Hoox’s new single, “Bad Dream.”
Vancouver, BC – HipHopCanada has teamed up with Vancouver grime artist Maka to bring you the video premiere for “Don’t Ask Me” off the spring-released grime EP titled Moxie (entirely produced by Hughse).
If you’re familiar with grime, you know that Canada is still very much in its beginner phases of A) actually listening to the genre, and B) having artists properly represent the genre. Grime is a derivative of UK electronic music, and features a much faster BPM than you’d typically see within rap.
Toronto’s Tre Mission has been the golden child pioneering the movement as a member of the Tizzy Gang grime crew. But 2016 has seen a surge in Canadian artists dabbling in the genre.
One thing we haven’t really seen though is any representation from the West side of the country. That’s where Maka comes in. He’s the first guy outside of the GTA who I’ve seen trying to spearhead the grime movement. So his sound is this fresh fusion of Canadian West Coast and UK grime. Check out the video premiere for “Don’t Ask Me” and peep our Q&A with Maka after the jump.