Vancouver, BC – The last time we heard from Vancity emcee, Kenny Gourmet, it was for the notable release of his last album Tilde (check out that recap here) He’s back at it again with his newest release, and the first of three singles set to be released this summer. This new project, the Gourmet Summer Playlist is a modern approach to releasing music that’s going to keep the emcee in our playlists and on rotation.
Gourmet recruited LA producer, Eric Summers, to assist on the track and it’s got that west coast summer vibe going on that you’ll probably be feeling too. The track features a quicker beat, breathy bars, and the signature vocal tone that Gourmet brings to the table. Check out the track below, and keep an eye out for the other two releases this summer.
Edmonton, AB – One of the greatest things about music is it’s ability to bring together people from all around the world. Edmonton emcee, Erick Rush, has tasted the cultures of many other countries. He was born in Dar es Salaam in 1990 and immediately began a life of travelling moving between Tanzania and the U.S. By the age of 13 he had lived in 2 continents, 3 countries, and 7 cities before settling in Edmonton. He’s got a sound that’s different from the norm, and he owns it.
The visuals for his latest track “#Since98” is a nice cinematic touch that is set in black and white tones. The real focus are Erick’s bars, which will have you listening with interest the whole time. Check out the video and get acquainted.
Pittsburg, IL – 2011 was a monumental year for Mac Miller. The release of his mixtape Best Day Ever garnered him a spot as a top up and coming rapper. You probably know him based on tracks from that tape. “Donald Trump” and “Best Day Ever” still get rotation in my playlists.
It’s been a minute since that release propelled him into front-view of the rap game, and he’s grown a lot as an emcee since his earlier days. Last Friday he dropped the Best Day Ever (5th Anniversary Remastered Edition) and it’s got us feeling a little reminiscent about his journey so far. Cop the album on any of the following music streaming platforms, here.
Lexington, Kentucky – Jay Elly and Cub Capulet are two emcees we haven’t heard from, but it’s not for lack of talent. They recently dropped their new EP online, titled 2 For $.00 and it’s a surprisingly nice addition that you’ll want to check out. With production from Balloonz, Juice, and 2AM, the EP is a solid attempt at a rise, and showcases haunting beats, witty bars, and catchy choruses
The EP features two tracks, “Catch Up” and “Take a Trip” both of which are strong in composition. Check out the EP below and get yourself acquainted. Hopefully this won’t be the last time we’ll be hearing from the duo.
Brampton, ON – B-Town up-and-comer EverythingOShauN just released his latest video for “Til Now.”
“Til Now” was produced by Xpress AKA DJXP, and samples London Grammar’s “Hey Now.” The track serves as the bonus intro track for the early 2016 released Until Now project (which you can cop over here). Although this track was slated to appear as the introduction on the EP, it ended up getting shelved and instead has been released just now as a video single.
The video is staged as a lyric video with looping shots that repeat throughout. Admittedly, it actually took me a few watches through this video to realize that I was watching the same clips over and over again. The idea is that you need to get out of life’s repetitive headlock. You need to make a decision to do something so you don’t find yourself repeating the same patterns over and over again.
Check out the video after the jump, and peep our extremely thorough Q&A with EverythingOShauN and XP.
Toronto, ON – Kardinal Offishall and Islamist scholar, Abdullah Hakim Quick discuss Muhammad Ali’s legacy and the impact he had on both their own lives. Check out the interview with CBC after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Our Song of the Day comes in the form of an exclusive leak from our good friends at Stealth Bomb Records. Snak The Ripper is set to drop his highly anticipated From The Dirt album on June 17, and we’re lucky to bring you a new tune off the release. “FTW” was produced by N-Jin and features cuts by D-Rec.
From The Dirt is available for pre-order today on iTunes and Google Play, and be sure to check out the dope Snak bundles being offered on Ephin.com.
In other Stealth Bomb news, the crew is impressively holding down 4 of the Top 150 spots on the iTunes hip-hop chart, with both Snak and Merkules taking 2 spots a piece. Snak’s White Dynamite (#95) and Just Giver (#123) and Merk’s Scars (#47) and Hunger Pains (#137).
St. Catharines, ON – “Power Level Up” is the latest visual release from Sese in support of The Cell Saga mixtape. The tune was produced by Smokescreen and the video was created by Frank Douglas for 0therworld Films. Check it out now after the jump or click here to take in The Cell Saga.
East Rutherford, NJ – Originally published June 8, 2016 – Hot 97’s Summer Jam certainly had it’s ups and downs this year, but the annual outdoor hip-hop festival was another one for the books. On June 5, MetLife Stadium went toe-to-toe with Mother Nature as severe weather warnings forced the Festival Stage (scheduled from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) to be officially cancelled and the Stadium Stage to be pushed back from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Not a great start, but the 55,000 fans in attendance wouldn’t let that ruin their Summer Jam.
With the traditional tailgate party going down in the parking lot, we stuck out the weather to enjoy a few beverages and BBQ as we waited for the gates to open at 8 p.m. Once MetLife allowed entry inside the stadium, the show almost went off with out a hitch.
New York’s own, Uncle Murda and Maino started things off with surprise guests 2 Milly. Picture the entire stadium breaking into the “Milly Rock.” Now let’s start the show!
Vancouver, BC – Last month Vancouver artist Maka released a four-track grime-influenced EP titled Moxie. The EP was entirely produced by Ian Hughes.
While grime is (unfortunately) still very underground within Canada, we’re starting to see Canadian guys paying homage to the genre. For those who aren’t familiar, grime’s origins aren’t actually rooted in hip-hop. Grime is a derivative of UK electronic music with a much faster BPM than you’d typically see in rap.
For a while, Tre Mission was THE only guy doing grime in Canada. But 2016 has seen a lot of guys either transitioning over into the grime genre, or challenging themselves to put out a grime single or project.
This particular project really resonates with me because I haven’t yet seen a guy from outside of Toronto or the GTA take a notable stab at grime. Moxie does just that by delivering a Canadian West Coast take on the genre that I haven’t yet heard.