Toronto, ON – Following up on his Ktoe-produced banger, “Didn’t See This Coming,” Toronto rapper Delon Dior returns with a new single named after “Faygo,” a soft drink / soda manufactured in Detroit that’s been referenced in the lyrics of various Motor City rappers including Eminem, D12, Insane Clown Posse and more.
The song, produced by Brazilian Drê Turner, is an ode to getting faded and getting paid. As the chorus goes, “She runnin’ top if I say so, I mix the lean Faygo / Big Soulja, I move with the Draco / Don’t call up my phone if it ain’t about pesos.” We caught up with the Toronto up-and-comer to discuss the new record as well as other plans he has in the works. Check out the track below and look for the Q&A after the jump.
Toronto, ON – The SARS Network is one of the most recognized and celebrated hip-hop brands coming out of Toronto. The S.A.R.S. (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak hit Toronto in 2003 and shortly after that the term ‘SARS’ had been borrowed and re-purposed by a local hip-hop king named TRA to serve as the title for a new mixtape series. Sick Artists Runnin’ Shit was born, dozens of projects were released and the Toronto mixtape circuit was buzzing like it had never been before.
Fast forward to 2017 and TRA is even more committed to promoting the SARS brand and rolling out new projects to support it.
Paired with the official SARS DJ, the award-winning DJ Law, the decision was made to launch a new show called SARS Radio. The show is hosted on MaximumFM.ca and is quickly becoming one of the most popular Canadian hip-hop shows online thanks to a strong knowledge of the scene and segments like the Top 5 SARS Radio Countdown. In discussing a partnership with TRA to feature SARS Radio on HipHopCanada regularly, we decided to interview him and provide you with more info on what to expect from the year ahead.
Click the jump link below for an exclusive Q&A with TRA (and a brief cameo from Law) as well as the latest episode of the show
Ottawa, ON – Earlier today, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) released the nominations for the 2017 JUNO Awards. Aside from the main rap category, Canadian hip-hop / urban music is well represented with nominations in over 25% of the 40+ categories.
The Rap Recording of the Year nominees are Another Day In Paradise by Belly, Views by Drake, Hotel Paranoia by Jazz Cartier, Die Every Day by Tasha The Amazon and I Told You by Tory Lanez.
Three of those artists (Drake, Belly and Tory) are also nominated for the JUNO Fan Choice Award presented by TD. Click here to “vote now, vote often, and vote straight through to The JUNO Awards!” Voting closes during the 2017 JUNO Awards. The other Fan Choice Award nominees are Alessia Cara, Hedley, Justin Bieber, RUth B, Shawn Mendes, The Strumbellas and The Weeknd. The XO star is nominated in 4 other categories too including R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. OVO came in strong in that category with 2 nominees – Sept. 5 by dvsn and PS3 by PartyNextDoor – alongside Pilgrim’s Paradise by Daniel Caesar and Soul Run by Tanika Charles.
The 2017 JUNO Awards are returning to Ottawa, broadcasting live from the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, April 2 on CTV and CTV GO. Just under 8 weeks to go!
Toronto, ON – If you’ve ever looked for a podcast focusing on the hip-hop of the Toronto hip-hop scene, you’re in luck! Toronto vets Big Tweeze (aka Phat Tony) and Thrust, “maker of a style that you wanna represent” (That’s a “Northern Touch” reference, for the uninitiated), come together for a new show called Views Before The 6.
Episode Zero was released just under a week ago before the show even had a name, and it sets the stage for the show’s concept and why it came to be.
Episode One was released on Sunday and features special guests DTS and Johnbronski. Check them both out below and stay tuned for more from the VBT6 team.
Toronto, ON – Bugatti Bonsu is back with his latest and strongest visual to date, “Let Us Ride,” directed by Sinsinnati.
The beautiful song features female R&B artist Makida Rae and is the official third single off Bugatti’s debut, the No Fear EP which is available now on all online music platforms including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and more. Peep the video below.
Toronto, ON – This morning the Prism Prize released its annual Top 20 long list of Canadian music videos of the year.
Determined by a jury of more than 120 music, film and media arts professionals, The Prism Prize is an award given based on originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution. This year’s Top 20 list features quite a few of our favourite artists including BADBADNOTGOOD, Kaytranada, Harrison, Clairmont The Second, Jazz Cartier, SonReal, Majid Jordan, and A Tribe Called Red.
From this Top 20 list, a short list of 10 videos will be announced on Tuesday, March 28. Then one winning video will be awarded $15,000.00 cash at the Prism Prize Award Presentation and Screening on May 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Watch the Top 20 announcement video below, and view the 2017 Prism Prize Top 20 list after the jump.
Houston, TX – Travis Scott has had a Canadian influence for quite some time now, something especially highlighted by the credits on his second studio album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. From Boi-1da, T-Minus, Murda Beatz, WondaGurl, The Weeknd, there’s no shortage of big Canadian names filling out the track listing.
One track really making a difference for the project, which dropped back in September, is “beibs in the trap,” which was produced by and features XO rising star, Nav. It’s not even an official single. And despite the video being released almost 5 months after the video for “pick up the phone” featuring Young Thug and Quavo, the “biebs” video has almost 5 million and a half more views, recently surpassing 21.5M. Definitely a great look for Nav as he continues to see his stock rise as both an artist and producer. You can check out the video below if you haven’t seen it. Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is available on Spotify, Apple Music and other major outlets.
Lethbridge, AB – SonReal brings his No Warm Up Tour to Alberta this week with special guest Clairmont The Second. The tour reaches Lethbridge tomorrow inside Pulse Nightclub (1016 1 Avenue South), Calgary’s The Gateway on Thursday and then Edmonton on Friday inside The Needle Vinyl Tavern (10524 Jasper Avenue).
From there the Vernon, BC-native heads to Saskatoon (Feb. 11) and Winnipeg (Feb. 12) before going south for some US dates. Click the jump link below for the latest tour listing, posted by SonReal on Facebook earlier this evening.
Ottawa, ON – Brought to you by 2926 Entertainment and Triple L Music Group, Ottawa rapper DaBoiLoc started off 2017 with a new video for his single, “Fetti.” You can watch the Real City 411-directed production after the jump link below.