Toronto, ON – Sauga City’s G Dubs and Ish (not to be confused with iSH), come together for the new “You Ain’t Really” video directed by M Works. Check it out below.
Detroit, MI – Pelle Pelle has been in the fashion business since 1978, and have recently taken steps to embrace hip-hop culture and heritage even further than they already have in their close to 40-year run as a company.
Just recently the brand launched their #WhatsInSeason Series, connecting with different influencers to see what they have in season for the fall/winter months.
The latest guest is OVO Sound’s very own Mike Zombie, who brought the brand along to his old high school where he shared memories. Watch the full interview and see #WhatsInSeason for the Willingboro, NJ-producer/MC.
Toronto, ON – Coming in support of his new project, Hagger Swagger, up-and-comer Rasselas has released rich new visuals directed by Alex Yap Young & YB Promotions.”Guragigna” is a song inspired by the ‘gurage’ rhythm from Ethiopia, which gets the party moving with structural similarities to old school hip-hop.
Hagger Swagger — released by Rasselas’s Toronto-based label Injera Music — is a perfect fusion of traditional Ethiopian music and conscious hip-hop lyricism. It takes you to the soil of Ethiopia with the cultural rhythms and instruments intertwined throughout the album. The use of the Ethiopian language is a soothing education piece for those who may not be familiar with the language.
Check out the video below and look out for our next post with the album stream.
Toronto, ON – After notching over 100K streams in a month, Toronto’s YL Vision has released an electric new video in support of “Lit Now.” With a fan-base growing rapidly in his hometown and across the globe, you shouldn’t expect to wait long for some new material. The track was produced by TK and Arham, with the mix taken care of by FAM. “Lit Now” was directed by M Works Toronto. Peep it below.
Toronto, ON – Building off the buzz generated by his single “Kawalling,” Toronto up-and-comer $heed (DollaSign Sheed) has released his debut project, Ward 11. The video, which was has generated over 170K views to date, was directed by Toronto mainstay Rodzilla, who also handled the visuals for the first single off $heed’s album, “Ferragamo” (with Swagger Rite).
Ward 11 is named after the subsection of Toronto that $heed resides in. With his debut, $heed describes the rough situations he’s been through in his neighbourhood – relating to relationships, friendships, family – detailing the ups and downs of his come up as an artist.
Although $heed has come to be known for his unique style, utilizing metaphors and double entendres, Ward 11 sees him branch off and evolve to become and more complete and versatile artist. $heed has began to incorporate melodies and harmonies into his music and has taken a more introspective approach with his debut.
“Kawalling” and “Ferragamo” have left a lot of heads waiting for more music from the young Toronto artist and Ward 11 is sure to fill their hunger.
Smiths Falls, ON – After launching his Leafs By Snoop cannabis line in Colorado last November, Snoop Dogg has partnered with Tweed (Canada’s biggest legal producer of weed) for his Canadian cannabis debut.
The Canadian leg of Leafs By Snoop will be available at the end of this month and will feature three strains of weed available for Canadians: Sunset, Ocean View, and Palm Tree CBD.
Photo: Sarah Jay (HipHopCanada)
Vancouver, BC – Last week we had the pleasure of witnessing Detroit emcee Danny Brown turn up The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver. With scheduled support from Zelooperz and Maxo Kream it was all setting out to be a great night. Unfortunately for fans of Maxo Kream, the Huston bad-boy was turned around at the border and never made it into Vancouver. Regardless, Zelooperz worked his ass off getting the crowd ready for the Bruiser himself.
Opening his set with tracks from XXX Danny Brown was as on point as ever. “Die Like A Rockstar”, “I Will” and “Blunt after Blunt” got the long time fans heavily hyped as Brown warmed up the room to get into some of his new material. Atrocity Exhibition single “Really Doe” was delivered with zany perfection as the all ages theatre bounced and moshed in approval.
Timbre Concerts is steadily bringing the hypest of the hype through Vancouver and this show was no different. Danny Brown proved his spot in the game with high energy, engaging performance and of course, the signature tongue to top it all off. Check out the photo gallery below shot by Jamie Sands.
Vancouver, BC – With their new album, To Thine Own Self Be True, set to release on November 4th La Coka Nostra recently kicked off their tour in support of the album with a heavy list of Canadian dates.
Our man Jamie Sands caught the legendary super group front and centre at Fortune Sound Club last week – check the full photo gallery after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver grime artist Maka dropped a new EP in September titled The Cheeky EP. Entirely produced by Hughse, the four-track project rides out as one of Maka’s most mellow bodies of work, so far.
I have to repeat this every time I write about grime on HipHopCanada, but If you’re not familiar with grime, it’s a derivative of UK electronic music, and features a much faster BPM than you’d typically see within rap; it’s not UK rap.
Grime is still in its baby phase within Canada. But it’s starting to get its due recognition. Tre Mission has been putting on for the genre within Canada (as a member of the Tizzy Gang grime crew) for a minute. But Maka’s been riding his own wave as the Canadian West Coast torchbearer of the grime movement.
The Cheeky EP comes to us as yet another key stepping stone in grime’s eventual (and inevitable) infiltration throughout Canada. Check out the The Cheeky EP below and peep our Q&A with Maka after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Coming in support of his new mixtape, Dre Barrs releases Lanre O’Bey-directed visuals for his Kurt Cobain-inspired record “Nirvana” with GSC’s Kareem Siyad.
The video starts off with Dre Barrs as “Charlie,” masked and looking ready to run a heist or… or having just completed one. The scene cuts to Kareem Siyad and Drumma Bwoy Shivaz discuss his tardiness before calling him up to touch base. Charlie informs them he’s on his way, as he’s scene entering the side entrance of an unidentifiable building. And while you think something sinister is about to go down, Barrs enters the studio, greats Siyad and Shivaz, as well as Dre Specz who is lounging on the couch, before picking up an electric guitar and going through an incredible M3G/GSC rendition of Nirvana’s 1991-Grammy Award-winning single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” R.I.P. Kurt Cobain.
Check it out below and be sure to check out The Killing Room Volume 2: The Genocide double mixtape.