Toronto, ON – “Had to slow down on them tracks, too- busy making all them packs- move” – Following his 2016 release, Deeper Than The Music, Toronto up-and-comer Young King (aka Young King Dockz) drops a hot new 4-track EP. Especially feeling the EP’s title-track, “Level Up,” and the Face-assisted “Litty” – not to mention the slick Dragon Ball Z-inspired artwork. Peep the Level Up EP below.
Toronto, ON – “A sleek, triumphant arrival from the Toronto MC/producer.” Guaranteed to be part of the discussion when people are wrapping up the year in December, Nav’s highly anticipated, self-titled 11-track project – listed as a “vibed-out mixtape” on iTunes – is just $9.99 and worth every penny. If you’re a Nav fan, this post likely won’t do much for you since it’s been out for a few days. But if you’re still not convinced, or unfamiliar with Nav up to this point, stream the new project below via Spotify and find out why many consider him to be one of Canada’s future greats.
But in other news related to Nav, the album’s provocative single, “Some Way” featuring The Weeknd, is now charting on 3 different Billboard charts including the Canadian Hot 100 (#31), Twitter Top Tracks (#37) and R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales (#23). The album is also coming in at #12 on the iTunes Canada Top Albums chart, coming in two spots ahead of The Weeknd’s Starboy.
Toronto, ON – Two of Toronto’s rising artists, $eptember and FridaiNite, drop new visuals for their recent collaboration, “Trap Chirpin’.” The song, featured on FridaiNite’s new FN2 project, talks about a day in the life in the trap and the issues that come with the ‘trapping’ lifestyle. The video was directed by Die Fire Films, the same director behind Pressa’s “Novacane” video. Check out “Trap Chirping” below.
You can catch $eptember in Toronto at Revival Bar on March 12th as part of Music Fest Toronto (flyer available after the jump).
Toronto, ON – “Why So Shleepy?” is the latest from Toronto artist DillanPonders. Check out the GoldSoul-produced track below.
Calgary, AB – Last week Calgary artist Harm Franklin released a brand new remix of “Pull Up With Ah Stick” by up-and-coming buzzing Atlanta artist SahBabii.
Using some of SahBabii’s flows off the original track, Harm adds in a few of his own melodies and flows to make the track his own. And since Harm isn’t pulling up with ah stick, he switched the hook around so that he’s pulling up with your bitch. I usually hate remixes so much but I’m a huge fan of how Harm flipped this. He got to this remix before everyone else started remixing it, and he did himself major justice.
There are rumours floating around that “Pull Up With Ah Stick” may be the next track Drake hops on. But Harm Franklin decided to beat everyone to the punch by getting this remixed and released before even Drizzy got a chance to make his mark on the track. Listen to Harm’s remix below, and peep our Q&A with him after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Making his Vancouver debut last Friday at Republic Nightclub in Vancouver, XO affiliate Derek Wise formally introduced himself to the city with a short and sweet set. Friday night is a busy slot in the downtown Vancouver club district, and the club was filled with a youthful crowd who were receptive to the entrance of the emcee. Recognized most recently for his cameo in the Weeknd’s successful new video “Reminder“, the crowd quickly recognized and directed their attention to the stage following a comfortable introduction from Wise’s cohort, Yung Shrimp Tempura.
The evening was sponsored in part by HipHopCanada, Yours Truly, as well as us variety of other Vancouver culture influences who penned their excitement in the days leading up to the show. Organic fans of Wise recognize and gravitate towards the resilience he’s shown as an artist this past year- making an incredibly smooth come back from difficulties with the law in 2016, and coming out on top with the release of his debut album Inglorious.
Derek played a few tracks for the audience from the album, the most notable of which was the crowd favourite “I Can’t Tell” which features Drew Howard. While the show came to its’ ending earlier than many of us had hoped, he gave his fans just enough to leave us eagerly awaiting for his return (hopefully the next time with the rest of XO in tote). Catch our short photo gallery from the evening below.
Saint John, NB – Coming in support of their new collaborative album, 2 Bad Dudes, Fortunato and DJ IV have released their new “Built For This” video. The video was directed by Patrick Younger and the song is available for download via Bandcamp (along with a dope looking cassette copy to give you that nostalgic feel).
Along with the new video, we’ve also just published a new story about the 2 Bad Dudes which has some insight from DJ IV on how things came together, and a Q&A with Fortunato detailing other new developments including a European tour in the works.
Check out the video after the jump or click here to take in the album and interview now.
Saint John, NB – Veteran West end Toronto rapper Fortunato got his start in the late 90’s and began to take his career prospects more seriously after the May 2002 murder of his 20-year-old friend and group member, Luke “Ill Da Shystee” Marson. While honing his craft as an MC, Fortunato regularly hosted a local open mic night until Marson’s death prompted him and his remaining partner – Toronto rapper Conscious Thought – to try and take their group Angerville to the next level.
In an interview in 2009, Fortunato explained the Angerville concept in an interview with former HipHopCanada contributor, Chantle Beeso.
“It was kind of crazy trying to figure it. [We were] in the backyard just thinking about it and it’s kind of like this place in your mind, it’s like a fictional place. Some people think Angerville is actually Aurora where our studio’s situated but it’s more of a state of mind.”
Brampton, ON – Brampton up-and-comer Toxic (of the LSC collective) just released his latest single titled “hunnitthousandblunts,” produced by Mr. Brik.
“hunnitthousandblunts” is a track about moving on from past relationships and having a difficult time coping with all the feels. It’s also about the cycle of substance abuse we use in order to cope with our emotions that ultimately takes us full circle right back into those sad feels we are trying to avoid.
Listen to “hunnitthousandblunts” below, feel very sadboy, and scope our Q&A with Toxic after the jump.