Montreal, QC – Real City rapper JCoones shares some footage from a recording session last night at David Hodges studio. The official audio for the track titled “Blindfolds” will be released soon but in the mean time enjoy a sneak preview filmed and edited by Lemme Kno below.
Hamilton, ON – In our latest Prolific Profile, Steel City recording artist Rexx talks about getting into the game, his new mixtape Hometown Hero, working with hit-maker Arthur McArthur and more. Check it out.
Toronto, ON – DNDMG presents a new visual from Harvey Stripes featuring Tyson Ty and also starring VH1′s Love & Hip-Hop Erica Mena for the Beat Merchant produced “Lord as my Witness”. The track is off Harvey’s forthcoming album A Penny and a Nightmare. Fast cars, stretched rubber bands, beautiful women, a steady diet of Grey Goose, the finest kush, and his DNDMG family are all part of Harvey Stripes’ life. Now, thanks to this video directed by Zac Facts of Independent Muscle a typical day in the life of the DNDMG family has come to life. “Lord as my Witness” takes viewers along for the ride as Harvey goes from making and counting money to spending it. A Penny and a Nightmare is set to drop in late spring. Watch the video below and download the song after the jump.
Winnipeg, MB – Following the success of his most recent project, Piff Music 2, Parma Court (Toronto) native R.O.Z. starts 2013 off strong with the announcement of the release of his next project named Mo Piff. Mo Piff will be a collaborative effort between R.O.Z. and the Stylus Award-winning DJ, Dames Nellas (Hip-Hop Ain’t Dead It Lives In The North Volume 4), who will be hosting the mixtape. You can expect to see that project available in March.
Mo Piff will feature both previously recorded and new material and will serve as a prelude to R.O.Z.’s EP entitled EPiffany which will be released later this year. As a sneak peak of what to expect, here is a cut off of Mo Piff called “Piff Daddy” which should hold fans down until more material is released.
“Piff Daddy” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.
R.O.Z. – Piff Daddy
Song of the Day | Premiered on HipHopCanada.com
Vancouver, BC – From the Good Morning Blues album with blues genius Wes Mackey comes Cityreal and their latest video “Nightlife.” A track that addresses some major issues including the controversy surrounding the Northern Gateway pipeline.
Says Cityreal, “It was impossible to live in BC this year and not hear/read about the controversy over the proposal of the Northern Gateway pipeline. Since this track is about habits that negatively affect our lives in the long term, the idea was born to make this video about the Oil Sands. This project is an environmental nightmare that would see massive oil tankers and destructive pipelines pass through BC from the Alberta Oil Sands. The idea that Canada is allowing, and in fact encouraging the rapid development of such a harmful energy resource, at such a risk, was something I wanted to address.”
Cityreal enlisted the help of Greenpeace, who provided unlimited access of helicopter footage from the b-roll of a Greenpeace documentary shot by renowned Canadian film maker Peter Mettler. Early January, Cityreal and crew visited Fort McMurray with the hopes of bringing more awareness to the issue.
Hip-hop with a conscience – that’s the shit we do like. Check it out after the jump. Another HipHopCanada exclusive premiere!
Toronto, ON – Luu Breeze is back with the second release off his forthcoming EP City in Gold. This track is called “Still Care” and was produced by Greg Byer. The video for the first release, “Stormy” can be watched here. Check out “Still Care” below directed by Cazhmere and stay tuned for more from City in Gold.
Montreal, QC – Real City’s own David Hodges (@DavidHodgesMTL) borrows another one of his favorite Apollo Brown instrumentals for this new release and proves to listeners yet again, that recording this new project was a good decision.
Listen to “The Music Life” below and check in for David’s The Lifeboat Mixtape Vol.1 which will be released exclusively via HipHopCanada on Valentine’s Day.
Ottawa, ON – For many up-and-coming rappers in the Canadian scene, the industry and all it’s splendors stay locked behind a door seemingly impossible to crack.No where else is this more true than within the nightclubs and venues of the nation’s capital; atmospheres dominated by big-tier promotion agencies who tend to only put on coach-class, selling artists in a city where the entertainment scene is thought to have died out many years ago. This reputation is only more justified when ‘guarantees’ don’t break even and turn-outs don’t turn up, leaving Ottawa on the blacklist of tour date prospects and it’s local artists without a headliner to support.
But, Selekwa may have the key. Following his debut EP release, Top My Game (Download), the horizon appears limitless for the Ottawa-Gatineau MC whose singles are making an appearance on national and international air-waves.
Removed from his studio environment and backstage greenrooms, Selekwa sat down with HipHopCanada in Ottawa’s ByWard market to talk about the game behind the name, promotion efforts, musical taste, favorite artists and more. Check out the interview after the jump.
Photo by John Pottie of Ravish Entertainment Inc.
Vancouver, BC – Few things speak Vancouver more clearly than k-os’s new video. Between the on-location shots of the historic Waldorf’s last days, the Rascalz cameo and the scads of hipsters, we certainly have a soft spot for this new jam, “NYCE 2 Know Ya.” You can find the tune on the new album BLack on BLonde. Check it out after the jump.