Vancouver, BC – In a city like Vancouver, where bands and groups consistently tour through and a large part of the culture involves heading to the bar or club to see your favourite act, all-ages venues are noticeably scarce. One group that’s working to create safe, drug and alcohol-free environments for the city’s youth is Safe Amp, a non-profit organization that works hard from both musical and political platforms in order to make music accessible to people of all ages. HipHopCanada crossed paths with SafeAmp when we partnered on a ticket giveaway for the all-ages Machine Gun Kelly show at the Vogue Theatre – simply tag MGKVan in a tweet or on Facebook and you’re entered – and they piqued our interest, so we asked director Kirsten Aubrey a feed questions.
Halifax, NS – On November 28th, over 40 artists and bands will perform across seven stages on Gottingen Street in downtown Halifax. There will be Rock, Soul, Roots, Drag, and of course, Hip Hop. One thing we can guarantee? It will be the most meaningful night of music you could attend on the East Coast this year. Why? Because all ticket sales will be donated to the Scott Jones Trust.
Scott Jones is a 27-year old music teacher from New Glasgow who was stabbed over Thanksgiving weekend, because of his sexual orientation. His spine was severed and he is now paralyzed from the waist down as a result of this brutal hate crime.
“Scott’s hope and message of positivity in the face of adversity is inspiring,” said event organizer Georgia Richards. “This event is an opportunity to support Scott financially as his whole life changes, and to celebrate his courageous spirit. It is also a chance to take a stand against intolerance – we won’t stop speaking up, protecting each other and making our community feel safe. Everyone deserves to be safe. And we need you to help us.”
Watch the video below for more information and hit the jump for all the show details.
Calgary, AB – As Dirty Harry gears up to drop his forthcoming mixtape, The Learning Curve, he has released new audio for the track “Stronger Than I Was.” This track is really raw. It’s a serious dose of real-talk to tide us over until the mixtape drops (even though the track won’t actually be on the tape). Harry penned this track to shed light on the drug epidemic in Punjab. He felt that it was important to address an issue that hit so close to home – both for himself, and his community.
But Harry’s lyrics are universal. It hits hard for anyone who’s ever had an encounter with the ugly world of drug addiction: “Got to get this poison out of our people/To help them prosper.” The track was produced by CHVLLY Beats. Check it out below and keep it locked for the drop of The Learning Curve in January 2014. We’re getting pretty stoked on it.
Halifax, NS – Kayo just dropped a video in support of his latest EP, S.L.A.V.E (Serenity Lives Around Virtuous Energy) through Black Box Recordings. The video is for one of the standout tracks, “Rich Already” that was produced by Chris Noxx which was also one of my personal favorites off the EP. The video was directed and edited by The Russian for Independent Muscle and Tyler Ross for ODOD Films.
“Rich Already” features a nice contrast between an art gallery and a run down apartment scene, working well with the lyrics of the song. There is also a special cameo by some stacks of Canadian Tire money (love the little details).
Peep the visuals below, and make sure you get his EP on iTunes after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Young Toronto MC/producer Raz Fresco is currently prepping the release of his sixth mixtape Pablo/Frescobar. In the meantime, to please the appetite of his ΒΛΚΞΓ$CLUΒ supporters, he has released a fresh new track called “456.”
The track, produced by Butterwater Beats, doesn’t appear to be on his upcoming release but still showcases Raz’s uniquely raw but smooth flow. The 18-year-old prodigy has already produced for a handful of artist including Big Sean, B.o.B., Wale, Tyga, French Montana, Mac Miller, and more.
Lookout for the new project from Raz which is rumoured to feature a collaboration with Raekwon, amongst others.
Calgary, AB – #YYC (which actually stands for Yes You Can, not Calgary’s airport code) has just dropped audio for the track “Best Weed In The World.” #YYC recorded the track last year with Fingaz, and got Vancouver’s own Merkules in on a feature. Then #YYC got Makemdef on the production to up-the-ante on it. And then he sat on the track for a while. Finally, #YYC made the decision to drop it on us. Check it out below.
Toronto, ON – For “Hallelujah,” the fifth single from his A Penny and a Nightmare project, Toronto-based rapper Harvey Stripes takes ‘em to church — literally.
With Zac Facts behind the camera, the performance visual for “Hallelujah” — produced by Deli and featuring previous “Grey Goose Diet” collaborator Tory Lanez — features an architecturally stunning cathedral as its backdrop.
But with Harvey rhyming about the finer things in life, his boys shooting dice and exotic beauties seducing the camera, the mood is anything but holy. Let’s pray.
Kelowna, BC – Back with another update to the official Raging With Reindeer II Canadian Tour. MGK (aka Machine Gun Kelly) and the EST19XX family kick things off in Kelowna, British Columbia on Dec. 1 inside Flashbacks (1268 Ellis Street). HipHopCanada is proud to be an official sponsor of the Raging With Reindeer II Canadian Tour. Click the jump to view the poster.
Almost a year earlier, MGK was in Canada and during his stay he spoke with HipHopCanada’s own Amalia Judith. The interview was one of our most popular pieces from 2012 and the popularity even knocked us offline briefly. We’ve since upgrade our servers quite a bit so we’re prepared for our next MGK exclusive. For now, click here to check out the great one-on-one with Amalia.