Toronto, ON – Flash Da God and TKDS of Young North America team up once again; this time dropping some sultry new Raymond Banh-directed visuals for their single, “More Tings.” You can check out the video after the jump link below, and stay tuned for more new material coming soon from YNA.
Toronto, ON – 2016 has been a strong year from Canadian artists, and there have been numerous talented new voices who have emerged to lead the scenes of Canadian rap and R&B. Artists like K. Forest, Sean Leon, and Daniel Caesar, have created some of the most progressive sounds (along with a few key producers who have shaken up the game). But it’s overall female representation in both of these respective genres which has been admittedly absent at first glance, and which we would truly hope will change. After what has felt like months sifting though online releases on Soundcloud, K. Forest’s producer dF, lead me to Toronto-based singer/songwriter, MAUJ. It only took one listen to realize that I had stumbled across someone special.
Where many Canadian female artists are definitively pulled towards stereotypical pop influences, MAUJ comfortably embraces alternative R&B on her first release, “Bad Decisions”. Her voice is one of a kind, and her sound is unparalleled – aided by smooth and focused production from dF which gives the appropriate balance for her croons to resonate with listeners. Unlike many of her male counterparts, her voice surpasses as effortlessly sensual and emotional beyond her short time in the industry. We recently had a chance to connect and talk about her writing process, “Bad Decisions”, and her upcoming EP. Stream the single below, and check out our conversation.
“I’m a very private person, but when it comes to my music, that’s when I’m the most exposed and honest.” – MAUJ
Vancouver, BC – Back from a 3 year hiatus in Asia, Vancity emcee JayKin returns with his latest single, “La Villa” off his upcoming 6th studio release BONUS. JayKin is no newcomer to the West Coast music scene, and has produced some of the most well-received sounds to come out of the community in recent years.
“La Villa” combines some of our favourite classic retro sounds as influence, and draws influence from some of the greatest artists like GoldLink, Nas, and Kanye West. You’ll know what we’re talking about as soon as the vibing synths hit you in the intro. This is easily one of his strongest releases to date (and potentially your soon-to-be favourite, as well). Vancouver producer, N.D.T. needs to be credited for giving it the polished and tasteful execution alongside Matthew Harvey who handled the mixing. Check out the new release below.
Vancouver, BC – November has been a great month for Canadian rap, and Spotty Josif‘s latest release “Way Before” is taking the top spot on the West Coast. The Vancouver emcee recently traveled to New York where he snapped the cover art for this track, and musically it maintains a similar dark and brooding sound overall. Compared to Josif’s last release “Killa” (which he dropped earlier this month), this new song takes listeners in a harder hitting direction than we’ve heard. Nobody is complaining though, because he pulled it off smoothly.
There are a couple familiar players to the game that return to contribute on the track. “Way Before” is produced by Horror Vacui who is also credited with the production of “Judge Me” and “Motel Room” for Josif (and reigns from Spain). Vancouver’s own Matthew Harvey assisted with the mixing and mastering at The Warehouse Studio. While the production is noticeable, it’s the feature from Seth Kay which makes this track the banger that it is. We’ve seen a few features surface in recent months from the rapper, but his addition to “Way Before” is impressive and sonically balancing. Check out the release below.
London, UK – The London music scene is unchartered territory that we rarely have a chance to dive into, but London emcee Stash has warrants a closer look after dropping the first visual off of his debut EP, Shine. The video for “Kagune BLVD” is a low-key banger with vivid wordplay and matched with crisp visuals in a similar dark and territorial setting. Rick Ramsey jumped on the track as a feature and helped produce the video. In general the track is strong in its’ potential to be shared across borders of music cultures due to its’ polished nature.
This is the second visual release from Stonebridge emcee following a successful drop on SBTV with his first single “LA”. Check out the video after the drop as we don’t think this will be the last time we hear from the rapper.
Montreal, QC – Montreal artists Jai Nitai Lotus and Sam I Am Montolla recently teamed up for this dope new collaboration track titled “Life Support.”
Featuring original Lotus production and cuts courtesy of DJ Static, “Life Support” is a record about facing and dealing with problems, and dealing with the challenge of people wanting to hold you back. The track has a ton of flavour and texture to it; with gritty vocals and scratches, anchored by a surprisingly mellow Lotus beat.
The track was performed live last Friday in Montreal at Art Beat, following Lotus’ participation in the producer round table event. Scope the live footage from that over here, peep the song below, and check out our Q&A with Lotus and Sam after the jump.
St. John’s, NL – St. John’s rapper DopePiece recently re-released his track “DIRTYDOPE” off the DOPEACE album.
“DIRTYDOPE” originally appeared as the first track (after the intro) on DopePiece’s recent album. The track was written over top of “Aint No Thang” by OutKast and later plopped over top of some original Mike’L production.
“DIRTYDOPE” serves as one of many of DopePiece’s aliases; it’s the scummy alias. And this is a scummy song to set your day off proper. The track serves as an introduction to the gritty, lo-fi sound that’s quickly become DopePiece’s signature M.O. If you’re not familiar, this’ll get you familiar.
Check out the track below, scope our Q&A with Dope after the jump, and head on over here to download a copy of DOPEACE.
Detroit, MI – Karma Khan is an up-and-coming recording artist from the Motor City that recently linked with Toronto music manager, Major Biggz. Major is best known for his work with Sauga City rapper JD Era and has worked with HipHopCanada for over a decade.
Just recently he let us know about Khan’s new release, “Level 1,” and is working towards the release of his project, Underground To The 6.
Khan described the project as “removing boundaries from the minds of listeners, and the most inspiring, and unapologetic work” he’s created to date. Stay tuned for more info about Karma Khan and check out “Level 1” below.
Toronto, ON – Last week, SMMG artist DillanPonders released his latest video for the May-released Ponders anthem “Go Daddy Go” (produced by Krinny).
This video was directed by Brett Pedersen, and comes to us as Dillan kicks off his campaign for the forthcoming Acid Reign project (eeeeps!). It’s been a quiet year for Ponders so far, so it’s nice to have this visual to tide us over until the new release drops.
The song itself was written in five minutes after Dillan received the beat from Krinny. The video plays on the whole “daddy” theme as Dillan dons a white bath robe and ski mask, and mobs out with his females.
Phoenix, AZ – Dates have been released for the 30+ date Juicy J tour kicking off in January. Rubba Band Business: The Tour will feature special guests Belly and Project Pat, and get’s started inside Phoenix, Arizona’s Celebrity Theatre on Jan. 26. The coast-to-coast tour is currently listed at 36 dates in total and comes in support of Juicy J’s Rubba Band Business: The Album set to drop before the end of the year. At this point we’re unsure if there will be a Canadian component to the tour. Click the jump link below for the full listing and tour poster.
Belly’s single “Zanzibar,” which features Juicy J, is available on iTunes.