Brooklyn, NY – March 9th, 1997; a bitter day in the world of hip-hop. Whether you knew him as Christopher Wallace, Frank White, or Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G. was one of Brooklyn’s finest and an instrumental force behind the East Coast sound during the bitter rivalries of the 90′s. Although he’s not with us anymore, his signature smooth laid back flow will live on for ages through the music of fans around the world. In tribute to the late emcee, Dutch producer James McDurt has given us The Brooklyn Way, a nine track FreEP that encapsulates some of the best tracks from the late rapper’s catalogue. Head nodding beats that blend beautifully with Biggie’s larger than life rhymes, for a project that proves that music truly has no borders. Spend your Sunday with Biggie and McDurt… and if you don’t know, now you know.
Brooklyn, NY – It’s hard to believe it’s been 17-years since we lost one of the greatest artists our genre has ever seen. It’s not often he’s omitted from people’s Top 5 MC Ever lists, even to this day. And to think, Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. was only 24-years-old when he was gunned down in Los Angeles after leaving an after-party hosted by Vibe magazine.
It was March 9, 1997 and Biggie Smalls was essentially on top of the world. His album debut, Ready to Die, had given him superstar status. Faith Evans had given birth to Biggie’s son, Christopher “C.J.” Wallace, Jr. in Oct. 1996 and a month after that Biggie was earning his first executive producer credit through Lil’ Kim’s album debut, Hard Core. His sophomore album, Life After Death… ‘Til Death Do Us was just weeks away and the Vibe party he was leaving at the time of his murder was celebrating it’s release. He never got a chance to see how the world would come to appreciate the 2LP (with the title shortened to Life After Death after Biggie’s passing) as one of the greatest hip-hop albums to ever be released, and cemented his status as legendary. He had only been in the game for five years and had already garnered a full career’s worth of accolades and accomplishments. Posthumously released albums, countless hit singles and memorable guest appearances continue to fill the airwaves across the world. In 2009, the biopic Notorious was released and between box office and DVD sales, the film has grossed over $100 million to date. The love for The Notorious B.I.G. is everlasting. To date, he’s credited with 3 studio albums, 1 compilation, 10 official singles and 1 soundtrack. [More]
Toronto, ON – It’s that time of the week again: #SoundCloudSunday. Every Sunday our dude Elcee (from the JetPacks crew) releases a new single as he leads up to his major project launch in July. This week’s single is entitled “Painless.” And it was produced by Nii.
Elcee vibes out on Nii’s beat and drops some thought-provoking bars about the importance of accepting and acknowledging our flaws. And then he drives home the importance of using said acceptance to face our flaws head-on without fear and without pain. Hence the title “Painless.” Check it below.
Montreal, QC – On March 21, Montreal’s Underworld Cabaret plays host to the These Things Happen Tour as Tory Lanez, G-Eazy and Rockie Fresh continue their 40-date US-Canada run. With the Canadian leg completed, the tour continues on to Boston and eventually wraps up in New Orleans on April 12. Click here to purchase tickets to the Montreal date or hit the jump link below for the tour listing.
Tory Lanez fans will be happy to know they can upgrade their concert experience by purchasing the Tory Lanez Citizenship Experience. The package includes a meet and greet and photo with Tory, a SwaveNation Passport and a SwaveNation Visa (commemorative sticker for only this tour). This package does not include an actual ticket to any of the tour shows. To purchase tickets or the Citizenship Experience, visit SwaveNation.com.
Calgary, AB –Last week we announced that our homies over at True Rhythm and Blind Justiz had booked Redman for a show in Calgary on Mar. 24. But now we have some even better news for you. True Rhythm is giving us the hook-up for one lucky fan. HipHopCanada and True Rhythm are teaming up to give away one pair of tickets to the show. Peep the contest entry details after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Texas by-way-of Toronto rapper Tory Lanez has dropped his smooth and sultry CHIXTAPE II mixtape for free download, the follow-up from the first edition from 2011. Lanez produced most of the release along with Tim Curry, Playback and Meakanics. His next project, LOST CAUSE, will drop this summer featuring collaborations with RL Grime and Ryan Hemsworth, along with Noah Breakfast serving as executive producer. Tory is also featured on the upcoming YG album, My Krazy Life, with the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Ty Dolla $ign, Young Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan and more.
Toronto, ON – ShaqIsDope recently launched a brand new EP entitled Early Beginnings: The Shaquille Baptiste Story. I need to put it out there: this dude is like Drake 2.0. I’m not even kidding, you guys. He sounds eerily similar to Drizzy. Especially on “Writings On The Walls” and “The Greatest,” and “Emotions.” Serious Champagne Shaqqy, up in here.
Victoria, BC – New visuals from MC and social activist Filip Filipi for his “Mandolins Cry / Blood In My Eyes” video. Click here to purchase “Mandolins Cry” on iTunes and click here to purchase “Blood In My Eyes” featuring Opera Steve. The video was directed by Gregory J. Brown and edited by Zachary D. Kerrholden.
We recently reported on Filipi’s continued successful efforts to raise medical aid for Serbia. Click here to check that out now.
Toronto, ON – A staple in the Canadian urban industry, David “Click” Cox, put us on to the latest single from King Reign – and those ridiculously dope cuts by DJ Grouch:
Toronto’s own King Reign is back! The first single “Killer” off his highly anticipated album Sincere is a story seen through the eyes of many who live in urban communities. “Killer” represents the angst of growing up a target based on misconceptions and racial stereotypes. King Reign speaks from the aspect of being a victim of circumstances. He sheds light on living in a world where beauty is skin deep. Where often judgments are made in haste based on our outer appearances. “Killer” describes the struggle many face as they tread a thin line between love and hate. Referencing Trayvon Martin, the judicial system, and the political system King Reign inserts a high level of consciousness while refraining from being overly preachy.
With Production from Gameboy and scratches from Toronto’s DJ Grouch “Killer” is combination of boom bap hip-hop interspersed with fluid conversation. King Reign invites the listener into his world providing introspection and vulnerability.
Toronto, ON – Teddy Franchize recently launched some new visuals for his track entitled. “City Lights.” Those would be Toronto’s city lights, by the way. Teddy is repping the T-Dot and hitting home his whole, “dream big” and try to “live bigger” motto. He’s turning up and cranking out over a banger-of-a-beat. The video was directed by Adrian Patterson.
And keep it locked. Because Teddy is gearing up to launch his forthcoming Until Next Time EP later on this year. So until next time (that was funny, right?) check out the video below.