Vancouver, BC – Johnny Dilemma aka Dilemmanade is a complex guy, a mix between business savvy, artistic passion and sheer expediency. It’s no wonder that he wears many hats, from managing tours to performing on them…and even taking the role as HipHopCanada’s guest Instagrammer for the Machine Gun Kelly tour that HHC is proud to sponsor. We had the chance to sit down with Dilemma before the tour kicked off to get a little preview of what to expect.
Calgary, AB – On Nov. 27, the good folks over at The Union brought Shad to Calgary to perform a sold-out show at Republik Nightclub. After the launch of his Flying Colours project back in October, Shad decided to hit the solo tour circuit. He had just wrapped a few shows down in the U.S., and made his way back up north to end his tour in Western Canada. It was one of the best nights that Calgary has had in a while.
Shad comes across as a really down-to-earth dude. He’s friendly, he’s enthusiastic, and he has excellent teeth. Seriously, he has one of the most infectious smiles ever. It’s so white and dazzling. Crest should really consider a sponsorship with him.
Calgary, AB – As promised, the Suicide Kings have just released their video for “I Got This” off their recently released Crown of Thorns. The visuals give us a peep at a day-in-the-life of the Kings. There’s a lot of toking and a lot of cruising around in MC Joey Knuckles’ 1980 Monte Carlo. There’s also some solid Detroit representation (that’s where Joey grew up, by the way), and an ode to the old-school influence (in the form of a “C.R.E.A.M.” embossed shirt). The video was shot by Mike McLaughlin and edited by Dylan Atkinson. Check it out below.
Vancouver, BC – Canada’s hip-hop poster boy and OVO / YMCMB’s self-proclaimed leader of the new school, Drake, made his stop at Vancouver’s Roger’s Arena on his Would You Like A Tour?
The sold-out stadium of pretty young things and wannabe bad-boys were more than ecstatic to see young Drizzy come thru Vancity for the evening.
Drake kicked things off with a little flattery, “Today was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time. I saw Vancouver, Canada was my next stop and I knew I got to use that Canadian passport. It’s good to be home” he said before jumping into “Tuscan Leather.” No flattery necessary. The ladies were bras off by the time he dropped “Connect” and with a slight discouraged look at the dingy piece, Drizzy flashed that classic smirk, threw it back and kept on moving.
Vancouver, BC – Beyoncé‘s The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour hit Vancouver and hit it hard. Beyoncé has a potent brand – now as a wife, mother and superstar – and quite possibly the best live show of any artist past or present. Blame it on the costumes, the dancing, the production value and even the emotional swell that goes along with seeing all the things a girl dreams about – beauty, strength and sequins.
Dartmouth, NS – East coast rapper Rellz recently released the visuals for his “Dreams To Reality” single. The song is best described by Rellz himself:
“This is one of the realest songs I have ever made. Coming from a home where it was just me, my mom and my two brothers, I’m just a kid with a dream like everybody else, and music is that dream so it’s what I do every day, I go to sleep to it, I dream about it and I wake up to it. It’s in me and this song is just about where I’m coming from and where I wanna be. Plus how hard I need to work to get there, thank you everybody for listening to my story and watching the visual.”
Calgary, AB – Originally published Oct. 22, 2013 – On Oct. 8, Pusha T dropped his highly anticipated debut album, My Name Is My Name. Okay, the album actually leaked beforehand. So Pusha heads have been bumping the album for a while, now. So our prairies team (Sarah Sussman and Sarosh Rizvi) decided to give you an official over-analyzed album review—complete with references from The Wire (hand-picked for you by Sarosh), and nugs of knowledge from Rap Genius. We’ve broken down the album for you, song-by-song, in a really long excessive review. Check it out after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Toronto hip-hop artist Cush is back again with his second mixtape, The Master Plan 2. This project also features the sounds of Tsion and Dep. You can stream and download it after the jump.