Toronto, ON – On Jan. 19, the first ever Toronto edition of the TeamBackPack Cipher dropped, featuring Kayo, Clairmont The Second, Flex The Antihero, John River & Raz Fresco. Five of the finest emcees in Toronto and the GTA linked up at The Post Office Sound to record this one-take cipher over an Evan Miles beat.
In case you’re not familiar, TeamBackPack is a global platform to promote and foster the hip-hop scene. You heard? It’s a GLOBAL platform; which is why it’s such a dope look that they decided to get a cipher going in Toronto. I also love how they chose such a diverse range of artists to represent the 6ix.
Ottawa, ON – Madchild is currently on tour and promoting his latest album, Silver Tongue Devil, but that hasn’t slowed down the creation of his next project. The latest news is the BAXWAR general will be teaming up once again with Los Angeles-based hip-hop artist Demrick for a song and video titled “Man Down.” It was directed by Big Shot Music Inc., Pimpton and Adlib.
The song will be the first single off Madchild’s next album, slated for a March or April release. Stay tuned for the video and more information.
Madchild released several collaborations with Demrick in 2015 and you should expect even more down the road. If you’re just getting familiar with the Philly native, make sure you check out the early 2015 interview with him conducted by our West Coast Editor, Kass Kills.
Toronto, ON – In his new Cazhhmere-directed video for “No Reason,” Mr. International himself, Kardinal Offishall, hits the streets of Toronto, takes over the city’s TTC subway system and makes a stern commentary on the current state of hip-hop. Things being done “for no reason” is the theme throughout the song, as Kardi comments on today’s creativity lacking direction and purpose.
“No Reason,” HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day comes in support of Kardi’s Kardi Gras Vol. 1: The Clash project; his fifth studio album which was released on Oct. 30, 2015 through Black Stone Colleagues Inc. You can download it now on iTunes and other digital outlets. He has revealed through Twitter that Kardi Gras Vol. 2 will be out in a couple of months.
Montreal, QC – Real City hip-hop artist Hellbound Bishop lets you take a “Walk In” his trap house in new video. Directed by RealCity411.Com, the brand new video is a reenactment of a day in the life of a Montreal trap house.
With the Honey Bourbon Backwoods smell blowing in the air, Bishop – along with his fellow trap mate – keep the trap jumping while popping zanies and serving fiends. The video is promotion for the latest Auzi-produced single off Bishop’s forthcoming Trap of Fame project, dropping spring 2016. Check out the video below.
Hollywood, CA – Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer take the show on the road in the network television premiere of Crash Test: With Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer, on Friday, Jan. 22 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central; the first ever stand-up special on a moving bus. The 75-minute special, based on their live UCB show, will air with limited commercial interruption.
Filmed on the streets of Hollywood, “Crash Test” is hosted by Huebel and Scheer and features an all-star cast of comedians including Rob Corddry, Natasha Leggero, Aziz Ansari, Jack McBrayer, Aubrey Plaza, Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Ian Karmel, and musical guest Earl Sweatshirt. This unique vehicle offers stand-up on the street, curbside stops outside celebrity homes, a stop at Hollywood and Highland and an unsanctioned tour of the Paramount backlot.
Here’s “Burgandy” performed live on, and off, the moving bus.
Halifax, NS – Waka Flocka recently signed Halifax based group Neon Dreams to his 36BRICKHOUSE production label. This is their first collaborative project and the boys decided to remix Waka’s first big hit, “Hard in the Paint.” Waka was in Canada and got to shoot this one with the boys in the cold Canadian February winter that we had down here. The video was shot entirely in Nova Scotia.
Neon Dreams’ debut album, The Last Of Us, is available on iTunes. Their new release, “Don’t Mess Around,” will be out on Jan. 26. You can find a preview of that, and the Dave Hung-directed “Hard In The Paint (Remix)” video, after the jump.
Halifax, NS – Corey Writes was a kid on the come up when Halifax’s scene was going through a passing of the baton stage. The city was welcoming a younger breed of MC’s who were steadily showing and proving their worth to be heard. But right when that happened, he ended up getting locked up. Almost a decade inside, he’s had a lot of personal time to reflect and put into words his feelings and what he’s gone through. He portrays those real personal thoughts and expressions on his new mixtape, Appreciate The Wait. You’re not going to find much more straight from the heart feeling than on this tape; packed with a lot of variety to go along with it as well. There’s a little something for everyone on this one, mixed over industry beats and also featuring original songs. Writes is man with a story. He paid his dues to society and now he’s back and as hungry as he was before he went away, if not more.
In other Corey Writes news, earlier this week the rapper announced that he has a new single hitting iTunes on Feb. 10 by the name of “Overload.” For now, check out Appreciate The Wait below.
Toronto, ON – New music from Toronto up-and-comer Dre.Square of FTG. This is the “Bounce” video shot by fellow FTG member, Jeffrey Nye. The song was produced by SynsationBeatz and mixed by EJ Grant. Check it out below.
Ottawa, ON – Montreal’s Bless of Platinumberg, was in Ottawa for a performance at Ritual Nightclub as part of Obie Trice’s The Hangover Tour. HipHopCanada’s Ottawa rep Lil Thrilla sat down with the Gang Starr affiliate to discuss his new album, Spoils of War, his distribution deal with URBNET, touring with Obie Trice, his relationships with Guru and coming up under his tutelage. He also talks about his new single, “25thHour” featuring Fred the Godson and another record featuring Vado. Check out the interview now below.
Toronto, ON – Toronto artist VNCHY just dropped “Hold Me Down” as his first release of 2016, and announced his upcoming HipHopCanada-sponsored headlining show at Parts & Labour on Jan. 28.
“Hold Me Down” is really different from anything we’ve heard from VNCHY so far because the guy sings on this track. The track was produced by Bijan Amir (a frequent VNCHY collaborator), and takes a look at the importance of being with a ride-or-die kind of girl. “Hold Me Down” is a song about the importance of having relations with females who can hold you down. And it’s slated to appear on VNCHY’s forthcoming EMINENT tape.
The reality of dating a rapper is that you’re usually not going to be their top priority. The music comes first – always. And if you’re getting into a relationship with an artist, best believe you’re going to need to be a main source of support for them. You need to be able to hold it down: “On this journey/ Girl you know I need you/ It’s hard enough as is/ Believe me/ You’ll see this sh*t is easy.”