Vancouver, BC – Stealth Bomb sweetheart Jaclyn Gee just dropped a bouncy new video for her pop anthem “FML” from her most recent album Gypsy Rose. Miss Gee makes her way through the feels of being in love in the candy-coated Stuey Kubrick visuals.
This video is working for the young hustle babe in all the right ways. Aside from the fact that she’s totally adorable “FML” puts Jaclyn at the height of her game. Peep the video below.
St. John’s, NL – One of my favourite up-and-comers of 2015, Dope Piece just dropped his latest single titled “Tanqueray” (produced by Mike’L) off the forthcoming #dopeace project.
This song serves as an ode to the cult classic big green bottle of gin with a 40%+ alcohol content. This song also commentates on what happens when everyone gets sloppy drunk together…guaranteed some Tanqueray-sponsored sh*t is going to go down.
Shout-out (as always) to the man Vater for sending this video my way and keeping me in-the-loop with the East Coast. Vater is a legend. Now peep “Tanqueray” below.
Toronto, QC – Derek Wise and Tommy Kruise are two of the most intriguing and creative talents coming out of their respective cities. Both dark and mysterious, but certainly unique in their own right. Wise, a lyricist from the downtown Kensington Market core of Toronto, and Kruise, a trillwave production savage coming out of Montreal (by way of small-town Quebec).
Wise might have already made a bigger name for himself had it not been for some unforeseen setbacks in 2014 that would slow things down. To say the least, it couldn’t of come at a worse time since songs like “KENZO” and “Hunnid” had him really poised for bigger things. But Wise fans will be happy to learn that a source has confirmed that those legals headaches are long behind him and he’s more determined then ever to take the city by storm. Meanwhile Kruise shows why he’s one of the top based (cloud rap) beatsmiths coming up; whatever you want to call that particular hip-hop sub-genre. Kruise is unquestionably in his own lane, but that new age, spaced out sound is doing wonders for his stock value… influential people are taking notice, and fast.
So our Song of the Day is a new collaboration between the two rising stars, with more hopefully in the works. With “GLAM,” the XO-affiliate informs an unlucky soul that he’s been played and that his now ex-girlfriend is rolling with Wise. “GLAM” is featured on the new Derek Wise EP, Glam Wave. Click here to take it on or check out the single below.
Toronto, ON – Originally uploaded to SoundCloud late 2015 as a 3-song release, Derek Wise finally settled on 6-tracks for the final version of his new Glam Wave EP. In true Wise form, the project has zero guest appearances but it packs a punch with a roster of talented producers including Urs Truli, Tommy Kruise, Geoff Wood and France’s Ikaz Boi.
Wise has the hip-hop blog’s on standby and that’s a key step to climbing the ladder. Some of the more popular hip-hop spots are already singing the Toronto MCs praises. Pigeons and Planes noted that Wise’ “lyrical delivery is consistently adventurous but settles into enough of a groove to compliment the ambient qualities of the instrumentals.” And HypeTrak, describing Wise as one of the most talented artists in Toronto, praised the young talent’s “melodic, triplet flows” delivered over “hazy yet hard-hitting instrumentals.”
Vancouver, BC – Over the last two weeks we’ve seen a slew of new releases within the Vancouver hip-hop scene. Many of our well-known local emcees have dropped new projects in an attempt to bring some fresh competition to the game. The collaborative support that we’re seeing between local artists is a refreshing change heading early into 2016. Last week we released some words on the release of Raeliss’ new mixtape, which features production by Shah and Swisslizz. This week we’re here to introduce Swisslizz‘ latest EP Tales From 25 which also has production by Vancouver-based producer, Shah. The project is an equally well-produced product which establishes a strong identity for Swisslizz, and one which inserts a unique and melodically-inspired rap tone to diversify the generally unsaturated local scene.
Brantford, ON – With his new Elephants Got Wings EP set to drop Saturday, Feb .13, seasoned lyricist and songwriter Tyler Durand releases a slick lyric video for “No Rush.” The Dumas Harshaw-produced single features Toronto vet iLLVibe. Check it out after the jump.
Aside from his music career, Durand is also the owner of upstart creative brand MAWLife Clothing. Follow him on Twitter for the latest developments on the brand.
Ottawa, ON – BSB Records rapper Troy Ave was recently in the Nation’s Capital for the second date of his White Christmas Tour. After performing classics tracks like “Bang Bang” and “All About The Money,” Troy gave fans a little taste off of his White Christmas 3 mixtape. During the performance at Ritual Nightclub, Troy brought out fellow BSB Records artist Young Lito to perform some of his recent tracks. Local Ottawa rappers Leon Fa Du Fond, Kidd Major & Antonyo Dinero, Drae, and Frank Blak also graced the stage opening up for Troy and Lito.
After the show, HipHopCanada’s Ottawa rep (and CapCityHipHop founder Lil Thrilla) caught up with the New York rapper backstage. Troy spoke with Thrilla about his Canadian Tour and White Christmas 3, Young Lito up-and-coming projects and more. Check out the interview below.
Toronto, ON – As if there wasn’t enough to look forward to for this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend taking place in Toronto. The actual All-Star Game is Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14 kicning off a 8:00 p.m. But before that, there’ll be plenty of other great events to check out… assuming they’re all open to the public. NBA 3-point legend Reggie Miller recently challenged Drake to a ping pong challenge via Twitter, and much to nobody’s surprise, Drizzy graciously accepted.
Edmonton, AB – Nearly six years ago, HipHopCanada profiled Edmonton product and well regarded MC, Dizzy. While interviewed he was asked what drives him to be successful in such a competitive line of work. He replied, “the love of the music and a firm belief that I have what it takes to make a career out of doing what I love to do. Cheesy, I know, but that’s what it is.”
But that isn’t cheesy at all. Actually, that is exactly the attitude needed to keep your head above water in the rap game. Everyone and their mother is a critic. There will be those who encourage you to follow your dreams and reach for the stars. However, there will also be haters who talk shit to try to stop your shine… but they ain’t saying nothing.