Vancouver, BC – Full gang in effect, it’s Leftside vs the Bad Bitches in a pick up game overlooking scenic Vancity as Dkay and Tecumseh make moves on (and off) the court with their recent video release “Practice”.
The pair go in on the hook, summing up the vibe of the track – “I like a bad bitch, that’s way above average / I really don’t want no babies but I like to Practice”. Enough said.
Watch the team post up and put numbers on the board in visuals directed by Erika Fabian below and download the single on Soundcloud here.
Calgary, AB – On Sunday July 10, Classified came through Calgary to perform on the Coca-Cola Stage at the Calgary Stampede rodeo and exhibition.
Classified is almost a regular at the Stampede by now. He’s performed the Coca-Cola stage several times over and he’s usually THE only hip-hop artist to grace the Coke stage for the entire duration of the Stampede. That, and he’s Classified. He defies all stereotypes of the Calgary Stampede.
First of all, Classified is an East Coast artist. Stampede is a full-blown Western Canadian affair. Second of all, the guy is a rapper. But he always packs in a crowd. There were fans waiting at the front of the stage almost three hours before show-time. Classified even brought a few fans backstage before the show started for a little meet-and-greet. It’s cute to see grown-ass adult men get just as geeked to meet Class as their sons and daughters.
Classified’s shows are always a family affair. Class’ brother Mike Boyd always performs on stage as a hype-man and back-up vocalist, while Jake Boyd (also Class’ brother) plays guitar and sings. DJ IV is always up there, too.
Ottawa, ON – Neeco PosterBoy aka Rico Pyrexx returns with a new 17-track project called, Pound of Flesh, dedicated to a fellow Ottawa MC, Shylock, who was killed in May 2013.
Jam packed with hot punchlines and stand out bars, Neeco continues to prove his amazing ability to connect words, delivered with raw, uncut energy.
PB is set to drop some follow up videos and plans to do some local shows as he gears up to take over the Ottawa scene. The release also sees Neeco PB dip into his artistic side, with top notch graphic and t-shirt design.
Pound of Flesh, featuring Ottawa’s own Young Kash, JR King & Frank Black, is available to stream and download below.
Ottawa, ON – Fans surrounded Bluesfest’s City Stage in droves on Sunday to watch Ottawa’s most successful MC to date do his thing; his first homecoming in years.
The Grammy AWard-winning Ahmed Balshe, better known to fans as Belly, hit the stage while the crowd chanted his name and bubbled with anticipation.
Decked out in a white satin robe emblazoned with late great box Muhammad Ali’s name, a slick Cuban gold chain and a grey pair of Yeezy’s, Bellyboi jumped into a verse from his The Weeknd-assisted “Might Not” before switching into the 2015-Up for Days single, “No Option.”
Ottawa, ON– Reigning from Ottawa, Ontario, Jeff Sanon is an artist that is about to change your perspective on what Canadian R&B is capable of. Having started making music at only 8 years old, the producer-turned-rapper has had his fair share of experience honing his craft and perfecting his sound. His latest release, “Nightmare” is his third single, but undoubtedly his strongest yet.
Where most artists find themselves capped at their vocal talents, Sanon handles his production solely (and with a matured authority). The product of such efforts are songs that are completely authentic, and confidently delivered. He knows what he’s about to bring to the table, and we’re all the ones that are arriving late to the party. We caught up with Jeff to talk about “Nightmare” and how this moment is shaping his professional entry into the industry.
“Having the chance to hone my craft as a writer/producer for as many years as I have, has helped me reach a great level of confidence in what I do.” – Jeff Sanon
Edmonton, AB – Taking a break from social media over this past weekend was the best thing I could have done for myself. It gave me time to reflect on last week’s tragic events. It made me think of my love/hate relationship with Facebook and the realization that only a small percentage of like-minded allies are on my “friends list” (694 and deleting). It gave time to re-evaluate who I need to surround myself with moving forward. Much needed change is about to come.
There’s a global obsession with hip-hop and black culture. Our music, our dancing, the way we dress, our slang, our hair etc. Yet it’s “interesting” how quickly that obsession disappears when WE need you the most. When we need you to stand up, your backs are against the wall.
Ottawa, ON – It started out as sour news, but some will argue that it’s grown into an even better situation for this year’s RBC Bluesfest. A few days ago it was announced that hip-hop representation would be down an act because Freddie Gibbs had to cancel his gig due to some legal matters overseas. Today we’ve learned that Bluesfest organizers had been keeping their hip-hop fans in mind from the start, lining up a more than suitable replacement to fill the void.
No offense to Freddie Gibbs, we were looking forward to seeing his show and the reputation of his live performance precedes him, but his cancellation opened up a slot for Jazz Cartier to add Bluesfest to his already hectic tour schedule. Cartier is arguably one of the most exciting artists in hip-hop right now, let alone Canada. The 2-time long-listed nominee for the Polaris Music Prize is currently promoting his Hotel Paranoia project which was released back in February, and his new single, “Lil Wayne,” which was co-signed by the YMCMB head honcho himself.
Cartier will be taking the BlackSheep Stage at Bluesfest on July 14 at 9:30 p.m. You can also catch him later this month at Osheaga 2016 on Saturday, July 30 at 9 p.m. Click here for more information about Osheaga.
Mississauga, ON – After building an initial buzz with an OVO Sound Radio feature last Saturday, PartyNextDoor has officially dropped his new single “Like Dat,” featuring Lil Wayne and Jeremih. The Murda Beatz-produced single is either expected to appear on PND’s new full-length album, P3, but it could just as easily be featured on his forthcoming collaborative project with Jeremih which was announced back in June. The young OVO talent celebrated his 23rd birthday on July 3.
Toronto, ON – Prompted by the recent killings of Alton Sterling, 37, and Philando Castile, 32, Toronto rap group Connected by Blood release a new track speaking out on the continuous slaying of unarmed black men in at the hands of law enforcement. You can check out the Lanek Beats-produced song below, and the statement released by the group after the jump.
Others are speaking out against the lack of artists speaking out. In particular, the legendary Chuck D of Public Enemy, who tweeted: “In the past the industry saw RAPPERS do their thing. Every MC regardless always did that 1 positive song on their albums. Eventually….zero.”
Mississauga, ON – Devon Tracy keeps the new music coming. His latest offering is the heartfelt Joel Mclaren-produced single “Brothers,” declaring his loyalty to his crew. You can stream it now below via Devon’s SoundCloud profile.