Vancouver, BC – Following his previous release “Héroïne” bsharp’s Stevie Ross provides a smooth, new soul vibe on his latest “Switch”. This single introduces Vancouver newcomer Brandon Gregora who provides a velvety hook while Stevie delivers life to the track with his uncovered verse. Listen to “Switch” below.
Enfield, NS – On May 5, Classified released this video (directed by Jason Levangie) for his David Myles assisted “Work Away” off the recently released Greatful album.
Classified has also announced that all proceeds from the sale of of the song will be donated to the Red Cross to support relief efforts in Northern Alberta in response to the ongoing wildfires that have caused devastation and forced evacuations on many Albertans.
Check the video after the jump, and make sure you head on over here to purchase the single. And while you’re at it, you should probably actually just download the entire album.
Toronto, ON – Rex World artist Troy Phoenix just dropped his latest self-produced single on us titled “Diamond.”
“Diamond” is a faded 2 a.m. joint about being a diamond in the rough. It’s a really introspective look for Troy – it seems this track is just as much about Troy’s mark on the music industry as it is about his own personal relations.
This song really resonates with me because I feel like it bodies the come-up of so many talented Canadian MCs. Our country is filled with diamonds in the rough – dudes with the greatest potential that always seem to be lacking in that one thing that’s keeping them left in the rough. So we got all these dudes – like Troy – who are diamonds in the rough.
Brooklyn, NY – Karma Fields’ debut album New Age | Dark Age was released March 2nd release, and Raven Kwok provides the lyric video for the hit single “Greatness” featuring the rap legend Talib Kweli.
It’s a music video that propels Karma Fields past the boundaries of the electronic genre, by featuring a legend in the respective rap genre. Talib Kweli offers bars which take the track to a reflection of the evolution and moulding between the two types of music, and offers the signature sound that he’s loved for. Check it out below.
Ottawa, ON – TYZNCHECKS are a production duo hailing from the 613 area. Over the last few years these newcomers have been blazing stages at a variety of beat battles across the country including the Battle of the Beat Makers in Toronto (2014 Finalists).
Check out the EP below, and get yourself familiar.
Vancouver, BC – Here’s some news to end your week on the highest of notes. Swollen Members’ Prevail and Battle Axe Warriors’ Neph team up again as Alpha Omega to release their second EP titled, The Strain. Delivered by Kitsilano Records, is the follow-up to last year’s release of The Concept EP. If you’re unfamiliar with their previous work, the new EP is the second instalment in a three-part series. It features fast-paced lyrics, dynamic beats, and a blend of powerful tones.
This particular project is an EP wielding 6 tracks worth of epic productions, and high-quality lyricism, that skillfuly balances the strengths of their voices to create a collaboration that is their strongest yet. From a composition standpoint, The Strain is a well-rounded project that has 6 individually strong tracks. Alpha Omega blends East Coast boom-bap with the feel of a Western movie to create an engaging listen. The project was produced by Tyler of Professional Sinnerz, and will easily take you through a full listen and back again.
Toronto, ON – It feels like it’s shaping up to be a summer filled with a copious amount of new projects. Toronto native, Shah, makes his introduction with the pre-launch of his video series and the teaser for his new EP Day of Shah – set to be released on June 8th.
The video series is described as, “involving some of the most prominent young producers, filmmakers, and fine artists from Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles,” and features the two first single drops. Set behind a cinematic videography style, the focus of both “Rookie Card” and “Don’t Do it Mandela” is rightly placed on Shah, as we follow his silhouette through two different storylines. The effect is a striking profile of the newly introduced rapper accompanied by a range of introspective bars, and intriguing guests (one being that massive alligator in “Don’t Do it Mandela”). The videos are bound to leave you interested in the new emcee. Check them out below.
Shah – Rookie Card
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver’s longest running premier streetwear and sneaker boutique is celebrating its 15 year anniversary!
Since opening in 2000, Dipt has become a staple in the Vancouver fashion scene. The retail space at 819 Hornby Street recently underwent a full renovation designed by the owner himself, Mister Martini, transforming the store’s presence as a hub for Vancouver’s streetwear culture.
Toronto, ON – In support of his new CD, Flexx Luger, Eighty 8 Five recording artist Young Allwood drops off his new studio performance-based video for his “One x Two Freestyle.” The video was shot and edited by NA Visuals and is available for viewing after the jump link below.
Toronto, ON – New music from RandomactPAPA. This is Trayvon Palmer-produced “She Down” featuring Portland’s own Uneekint. Check it out below.