Oshawa, ON – Oshawa… this is big one! Completely stoked to be putting this post together. One of my favourite artists of all-time, Krayzie Bone of the legendary Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be live inside Oshawa’s Jimmy O’Toole’s (394 Simcoe Street South) on Saturday, Mar. 12. The event is presented by Highlife Naturals and 9-0 Nickel Entertainment. Be sure to click the jump link below for the back of the flyer featuring a long list of locations where tickets are available for purchase. As per the flyer, the event will also feature a Meet & Greet and autograph session with the Cleveland legend so act now and don’t miss out!
Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Before the New Year, up-and-comer Outspoken Corboy released his take on Adele’s popular single, “Hello.” Corboy teamed up with Greg Kurstin to remake the beat and called on Strange Pumpkin Studios for mixing and mastering.
The song was inspired by Corboy’s love for British singer-songwriter: “I love Adele so much I named my daughter after her.”
Toronto, ON – If anyone was a strong candidate for a JUNO nomination that didn’t get a nod, it was Peter Jackson. The 9-0 Nickel CEO and artist has continued to take leaps and bounds in elevating his game and shaping the landscape of the Canadian hip-hop scene. Aside from continuing to play a large role in a good chunk of the tours that we’re lucky to get in Canada, PJ has steadily built a catalogue of strong releases including his acclaimed Since I Was 16 album which dropped last year.
The Rap Recording of the Year category only has five spots to work with and the competition is fierce, especially in a year where Drake has dominated charts and set more world records in music. With songs like “Mind Blown” laying the foundation for his next album, PJ should be a strong contender for the category in next year’s running.
The new single, which is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day, features “Hustle Hard” rapper Ace Hood and Venezuelan-Canadian singer-songwriter, Jay Vado. It was produced by Metcalfe Productions and Dhanie. Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – “COLD” is the latest visual release from Toronto vet Friday aka Ricky Dred. The track is the first single off Friday’s Nocturnal LP which is set to drop early 2016. Here’s Friday’s description of the song and video:
“Produced by Studio Gigant Redeye Productions (SGRP), Cold is a build up of emotions and exhaustion from grinding so hard to keep all of the multitude of my responsibilities to my mother and myself together. It’s a purging of all of the thoughts that go through my mind while I’m driving the various highways in the GTA. In addition it’s an realization that my heart has become Cold as a result of the years of hustling and pain.”
Toronto, ON – CBC Toronto recently announced its Song In The 6ix contest for any artist who wants to pen Toronto’s next musical anthem. This contest is only open to residents of Toronto and the GTA, but it’s a prime opportunity to put on for your city and to use your craft to create a little piece of Torontonian history.
Over the years, we’ve seen many artists (and – of course – many hip-hop artists) write songs that have been hailed as Toronto classics; from Drake’s “Know Yourself” to Kardinal Offishall’s “The Anthem.”
As someone who is way over-invested in the Canadian hip-hop scene, I’m really hoping that a rap song takes the win on this one. That would be amazing. I’m praying to the rap gods on this one.
If your song wins, CBC will award you with $10,000 as well as a CBC-produced recording and music video for your song and editorial exposure via CBC. Check after the jump for contest entry guidelines and head on over to the CBC website to view all submission guidelines and technicalities and fine print, etc, etc.
Calgary, AB – I recently caught wind of a super dope development within the production community that I want to share with you beatsmiths: the Feedback Friday Facebook production forum has just started up the Feedback Friday Weekly Sample Challenge.
Spoiler alert: this is purely a challenge for all of you beatsmiths who like to challenge yourselves every once in a while. It’s not a challenge that will award you fame and cash moneys or beat placements with OVO or some ish like that. It’s one of those things to get involved in if you simply enjoy challenging yourself, or if you want to start building with a community of fellow producers.
Toronto, ON – After months of waiting patiently, CARAS has finally revealed the nominations for the 2016 JUNO Awards taking place in Calgary, Alberta on April 3. The nominations for the 45th annual event were announced this morning from Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre and live streamed via the official JUNO website.
So here’s the information you’ve been waiting for – the nominations for the Rap Recording of the Year are…
Saskatoon, SK – Kwame Dolo is a promising young Saskatoon rapper who has been grinding over the last year to make a name for himself in his home city and he’s now taking his sound to a bigger market trying to breakthrough even further in into the game.
He may be all hustle and hard work but his recent single “Layup” has Kwame romancing the idea of getting cozy with someone special. Mista Hindz provides the sharp visuals that has the emcee weaving between streets and studio trying to make it home to his bad little shorty.
“Layup” was produced by Komo Beats and mixed & mastered by Grizzie Beats. Check it out below.
Vancouver, BC – Last week we premiered the first of a three-part interview with Moka Only on the topic of his come-up and relationship with Swollen Members, Prevail and Madchild.
Part 2 of 3 Moka talks about growing up with Prev and Mad and spitting his first rhymes. Check it out below.
His follow up “Héroïne” is a toweringly dark and moody number that grazes on the inner struggle between good and evil. The track was co-production by Larry Luxx and mixed by Kenny Gourmet. Check it out below.