Toronto, ON – It’s like he doesn’t take a break. Yet another new release from 9-0 Nickel CEO and recording artist, Peter Jackson, fresh off the release of his album Since I Was 16 and a side single that picked up steam with the Raptors playoff run. Once again P teams up with Captured Films and Photography for visuals, this time for his “Ah-Yo” freestyle. Check it out below.
Peter Jackson is also the subject of our latest interview Spotlight where we discuss his new project, the Raptors Playoff Tribute, fatherhood and more. Click here to take a look.
Toronto, ON – Indie Original and VIII Studios present a dope line-up for an event going down May 14 inside Crawford Bar. 6 From The 6 features DillanPonders, Dhamiri, Bane, Black Rose Cartel, Brick Grillins and Jeta May. Entry (and shots) are only $5 but this is a 19+ so bring I.D. Additional sound will be provided by Indigo††. See you there!
Calgary, AB – On Apr. 25, our good friends over at Two Towers, One Entertainment and Union Events teamed up to bring Rick Ross to Calgary for an all-ages show at the BMO Centre. After Rozay’s June 2014 show got cancelled last year, Calgary’s MMG fans were very salty. But it worked out all the better. Because Rozay dropped Hood Billionaire in November. And even though Hood Billionaire has NOTHING on its predecessor Mastermind, it was still an important Rozay milestone.
So to give you some context for the night of the show: the Calgary Flames were playing their first round finale game against the Vancouver Canucks next door in the Pengrowth Saddledome. After the local opening sets wrapped, boss man Bugsy from Two Towers hit the stage to make a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: the Calgary Flames had just decimated the Vancouver Canucks. The Calgary Flames had JUST solidified their place in the second round of playoffs. People went nuts. So y’all know that the BMO Centre crowd went right the f**k off.
Vancouver, BC – Merkules hit the ground running with his recently dropped album Scars. Directly after, he began his tour with JD Era and Verbal Kent through central Canada – clearly Merk isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon.
“On The Rocks” is a track featured on Scars with beat and video produced by Stuey Kubrick. The visuals come with that same grimy realness that we’ve grown to love about Merk and Co. while his growth as an artist is becoming more and more apparent. For a young emcee he’s quickly growing more vicious with every minute in the game. Peep “On The Rocks” below.
Vancouver, BC – When I was first introduced to SonReal like a decade ago, I was admittedly more of a fan of his hustle than his music. His budding talent and potential was always on full display, but he had yet to really find his voice or his artistic identity. That’s nothing abnormal for a new artist getting their feet wet. But, his work ethic was always on point, and that only got stronger as he started to come into his own musically.
Within a few years it seemed like he had done a complete 180 on his approach to creating records, and, at this point, he truly embodies the concept of “realism” in hip-hop. He’s as real as they come. What you see in videos and hear on wax is what you’ll get if you meet SonReal in person. He’s humble, he’s driven, and he’s hungry to succeed, but he’s not going to conform his values or do something like rent a Lambo for a music video to make it happen. And really, there’s no need. He’s hardly hesitant to step outside of the creative box and that’s just one of several reasons why his fanbase seems to double from one year to the next.
His last project, One Long Day, was incredibly well received and now SonReal is back with a new EP called For The Town. This is the newly released video for the title track, directed by Peter Huang for Mad Ruk Entertainment and produced by Erica Palero. The video is not to be missed as hilarity ensues and SonReal even reprises his role from the Napoleon Dynamite-inspired “Everywhere We Go,” which earned the young boss his second JUNO Award-nomination. You can find the EP on iTunes, Spotify and other outlets. Catch SonReal on tour in Canada this May.
Toronto, ON – Toronto duo OSIYM drop a smooth and touching new single, paying homage to group member Charlie Black’s older brother Nate. “Us,” HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day, is also the lead single for the group’s forthcoming release, Spirits, dropping later this year. The song features Charlie and Nova trading bars, reflecting on life and making it clear that family comes first; a very touching tribute to a lost member of their close knit entourage.
“Nova and I wrote this record a month or two before Nate Black the legend passed. He died before I could let him hear it, even though he inspired the song. ‘All we got is us,’ something he would always say to me in one of his random drunk text messages or after I asked him to borrow some money lol. Felt right to dedicate the song to him. Hope y’all inspired by his words through our song.”
Vancouver, BC – Sultry and stunning singer-songwriter Eliza Smith is back with a hot new single in support of her album, Paradigm, available now. So far “Light Me Up” is getting a ton of well-desereved radio love and generating quite the buzz for the young artist. Her 12-track release, Paradigm, released back in March, is the perfect showcase of Ms. Smith’s talent and potential, and features guest appearances by Jigz The Flyer, iSH and Kyprios. You can find the project now on iTunes and other outlets.
New York, NY – Veteran hip-hop DJ and producer, DJ Lord Ron, reached out to us with a hot new tribute to Guru of Gang Starr. “Propaganda” features an unreleased re-edit of a Guru verse and features Boston rapper Avrex and Gang Starr Foundation member, Big Shug. The song’s intro features Guru’s sister, Patricia Elam, and the video features appearances by Ice-T, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, M-Dot (EMS) and more. Along with paying homage to the legendary MC (who passed away April 19, 2010), “Propaganda” also calls out producer Solar for the “negative and disrespectful approach” he took to dealing with Guru’s family: “Save it for the birds/ I’ll make your solar eclipse.” The song is available for purchase on Bandcamp and all proceeds will be donated to Guru’s beloved son, KC Elam. Check out the video below.