Ottawa, ON – New from the Ritchie Boyz is the video for “Adding Up” by RB members JB, Zebo, BH and Greatest. Taking over the west-end by storm, the Boyz talk about issues they face in life that don’t be adding up around the streets. Stay Tuned for the Ritchie Boyz Hood Web Series coming soon. Peep the video after the jump.
Ottawa, ON – Cap City rapper Mario Grinds recruits DJ Cortez as a host for his new 18-track mixtape called Darts Watching Volume One.
Dart, or D.A.R.T., referring to Ottawa’s Direct Action Response Team which is a unit affixed to the Guns & Gangs section of the police force.
With only one feature from Toronto’s Jay Cres on the project, Grinds focuses on his style of trap mixed in with the true life stories the rapper talks about as he brings forth his new sound. Download and stream the project below via DatPiff.
Vancouver, BC – It’s been a couple weeks, and the reverberations of Anderson. Paak’s set at Pemberton Music Festival can still be felt (and heard among the chatter). For a festival that attracted a whopping 180,000 people this year, it’s easy to say that there was a wide variety of talent to appeal to many different tastes and styles of music. For this reasons it made sense that it wouldn’t be easy, or supported, to claim that one specific artist was the best act.
I was admittedly skeptical that there would be anyone who would obviously excel above their peers considering the line-up was comprised of so many notable acts from both classic and modern rap backgrounds. Not to mention, my doubts were even higher considering the abundance of high-profile artists who were sure to steal the spotlight (you might have also been one of those people who only came to Pemberton to see J. Cole and Snoop, and we completely understand your reasoning behind that).
Toronto, ON – Toronto artist VNCHY just released this new track titled “No Kobe” as his fourth single release of the year. VNCHY uses this track to draw a comparison between himself and the Black Mamba, as he delivers an important lesson in progression and exceeding expectations.
VNCHY comes in over top of a dark hard-hitting composition by IXXI engineer-producer JANDRE, and hits us with his new brand of soulful sung vocals: “I’m done with the fake shit/ Hit the breaks shit!”
Toronto, ON – Our Song of the Day is a new video single from Friday aka Ricky Dred which we’re premiering today right here on HipHopCanada.
The video for “In Stereo,” directed by Sid “Gramps” Melo for Scattered Children Films, comes in support of the forthcoming 7-track Friday EP, SHIFT, produced entirely by Toronto producer Big Tweeze aka Phat Tony.
“In Stereo” continues and builds on Friday’s brand of #NiteTimeDrivingMusic. The eerie keyboard sound brings in the night time vibe that is accompanied by a smacking drum, Friday’s raspy voice, steady delivery and hardcore autobiographical lyrics. Gramps helps paint the picture with a lush look that pops when joined by Tweeze, Friday and model Kelly.
SHIFT will be available on Sept. 9 through all major digital retail outlets via URBNET/Fontana North.
Montreal, QC – Montreal artist Jai Nitai Lotus recently teamed up with Montreal super-producer Dr. MaD for this new summertime jam titled “Speed Of Thought.”
JNL and Dr. MaD have both been on the Montreal scene for a long minute, but this is their first official collaboration together. The guys got to know each other while working at the No Bad Sound studio. Eventually MaD showed Jai this beat. And Jai was feeling it. He went home and recorded his vocals that same night.
The end result is a soulful easy-listening anthem for summer in Montreal. Give the track a listen below, and peep our Q&A with Jai Nitai Lotus after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Veterans Theo3 and Scam have come together once again. This time the artist and producer pay “tribute to great artists, great people, positive thinkers from the city’s community. From OG’s to emerging artists, we salute all those who’ve gone 2 soon and dedicate this to their memories, their families, their brethren, colleagues and friends.” The description specifically references the recent passing of Toronto MC King Reign, and OG DJ, Son of S.O.U.L. The artwork was supplied by Adrian Hayles and the family of Reign. You can find the lyrics for the song after the jump link below.
Theo recently tweeted about the support the new record has received:
“Wow. The responses for #4TheLovedOnes from #KingReign and #SonOfSOUL family & friends are crazy. #MuchLove glad we could do this for the fam.”
Toronto, ON – New music from Didier Arlot-Tovel, aka C4 and DirtyDeeds. His latest project, Let’s Be Friends, is a 15-track multi-genre release featuring some dope guest appearances by JD Era, Témi, Clairmont the Second, Cola from WFTKR, and Jaz Minx. After a brief hiatus, Era seems to be back in full force as he’s gearing up for a big performance at TDOT FEST and has 2 spots on the DirtyDeeds project.
You can find the album on DirtyDeeds’ Bandcamp profile, along with the one and only DirtyDeeds Let’s Be Friends Velcro Back Hat, designed by SNDWRx Audio. All proceeds benefit the Sickkids Foundation. Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – The man credited with coining the term ‘The 6’ is back with a new single you won’t want to miss. Jimmy Prime posted the Eestbound-produced “Silver & Chrome” single to his SoundCloud profile earlier today. This is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day – check it out below. I have zero doubt this will be a huge blip on Sarah Jay’s radar, so I’m holding off on writing a review in hopes she comes with it. I’ll say this though, the record is lit!
Toronto, ON – Our good friends at DMC Canada just dropped off the flyer for their next regional battle. This time they’re rolling out the DMC Canada Online Regional DMC DJ Competition.
DJs interested in taking part in the Online Regionals need to submit a 6-minute set to DMC Canada no later than Monday, Aug. 22 at midnight (Eastern Time). The event is open to DJs from coast-to-coast and the top 3 DJs will win prizes courtesy of Pioneer DJ (and more). You can register through the official website, DMCDJChamps.com.
The winner will advance to the National DMC DJ Championships on Saturday, Sept. 3, taking place in Toronto. Click the jump link below to check the official flyer and press release.