Toronto, ON – Lots of new music coming out of the OVO camp. Drake just released “Heat of the Moment” produced by 40 via Twitter and the October’s Very Own blog. His next album, Views From the 6, is set for release in 2015.
Toronto, ON – New EP release from Mississauga’s own Audric Rose which features a guest appearance by Toonie. XXV The EP features some hot production by FrancisGotHeat (3 of the 5), Black Light Music and Da Boi Beatz. Check it out below via SoundCloud.
Fresh new remix from your boy Grimace Love. This is great posse cut to revive the buzz around the big single GL released back in the summertime. Check out the press release and track below. Monolove!
Toronto, ON – Grimace Love drops TELL DEM AGAIN, the official remix for his big end of summer tune “Tell Dem.” The remix features an all-star cast of reggae artists and Toronto emcees making this remix huge and even bigger than the original!!! TELL DEM AGAIN (Tell Dem Remix) features Scarborough vet Wio-K and draft pick Degazity again, as well as several local and international reggae artists including UK hip-hop/rockaz artist Serocee and legendary UK jungle/reggae artist Demolition Man. Plus Toronto’s own dancehall sensation Negus, foundation roots singer Younique and the female sound clash killer Tasha Rozez.
TELL DEM AGAIN (Tell Dem Remix) is a “posse track” style remix that builds intensity one artist after the next, non-stop lyrics and good vibes from start to finish. It is the perfect follow up to Grimace Love’s Caribbean influenced original “Tell Dem,” which has been getting a lot of love from both reggae and hip-hop communities.
Toronto, ON – Our Song of the Day is a new tune dropped off by Toronto producer/MC, KEMI, formerly known as KemiKAL. The self-produced banger is the first single off aspiring star’s forthcoming EP which has yet to be named (or given a release date).
In “Usher Raymond,” KEMI criticizes how easily artists are influenced by the industry, and critics, which forces them into “limiting boxes.” KEMI’s experiences in the game have shown him that the only true path to success is one he creates on his own –one that he paved and will continue to trek.
“Keep an eye out for KEMI as he “Ushers in this new era.”
Toronto, ON – On Wednesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 16, I had the honour of spending time with and photographing the incredible dancers behind Red Bull “Flying Bach” in Toronto.
“Flying Bach” is an impressive dance-based collective, performance and workshop series that combines classical music, breakdancers and contemporary dancers from across Europe, including dancers from France, Holland, Norway, Germany and Sweden.
On the Wednesday, I attended the “Flying Bach” free contemporary and breakdancing workshop at Canada’s National Ballet School. There, Sweden’s Anna Holmström led the contemporary portion of the workshop, while Michael Rosemann of Germany led the breakdancing portion.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to observe the breakdancing portion, but I was quite impressed by Holmström’s enthusiasm and professionalism while leading her students during the contemporary section of the workshop. [More]
Calgary, AB – Last month, Calgary-based MC Dozie released a collaboration track with The Blue titled “Want What’s Mine.” This track is a remix of “BTSTU” by Jai Paul. It may sound familiar. A few cats have hopped on this beat. Because it’s such a fresh beat; it’s so smooth and vibed-out out. Anyways, this is also the second single off the debut Free Dozie mixtape.
Dozie is only 16 years old but he started rapping in the eighth grade. So he’s been at it for a couple of years. He’s already at the point where he’s trying to find a place for himself within the scene and he uses this joint to speak to that: “I play tough/ So I can lock the game down.” Check the track below and keep your ear to the ground on Dozie.
Toronto, ON – Warning: Shameless birthday plug ahead. It won’t be hard figuring out what to listen to on my birthday this year as one of my favourite Toronto MCs will be dropping off his highly anticipated new project on the same day. Junia-T will release Eye See You on November 4 but not before leaking one last self-produced tune by the name of “How Can I.” The new song samples Mary J. Blige’s “Be Happy,” and the sample serves as the hook for his reflective poetry.
“This is a song I wrote to relieve the pressure of losing my grams,” said Junia-T.
Eye See You will feature various artists including Little Simz, Franc Grams and LordQuest, to name a few. Stay tuned for more information and check out “How Can I” below.
Toronto, ON – Just a couple of weeks after winning Album Of The Year at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards (for Nothing Was The Same, released September 20, 2013) Toronto recording artist Aubrey Drake Graham celebrates his 28th birthday. It’s been an eventful year for the young superstar and it must be hard to imagine how a man who has it all goes about celebrating such a joyous occasion. Seriously, if you turning up heavy on a regular night out, how do you go bigger for your birthday? First world problems, indeed. At this point we haven’t heard much chatter of how he and the team plan on celebrating but we’re sure it will be epic. Happy Birthday Drizzy!
And if you’re someone that Drake will be expecting a gift from, good luck shopping for him. We suggest getting creative and going with something from the heart. After the OVO team was gracious enough to bring HipHopCanada backstage during a recent tour stop, we presented him with a hand carved owl which we picked up on a beach in Mexico. That seemed to go over well. So the owl, OVO’s official logo and mascot, is a safe bet for any Drake-related gift. Anything representing Toronto would likely also go over well as he prepares for the 2015 release of his new album, Views from the 6.
Just a couple of years shy of the big 30 and he continues to accomplish more in a year than most people would like to achieve in a lifetime. Needless to say, beyond just the general growth of his career, Drake can confidently say it’s been an eventful year. As listed here (and nicely summarized for us by a popular gossip rag): “In the span of just 12 months, he hosted SNL to critical acclaim, hooked up with Rihanna, broke up with her, ended his feud with Chris Brown, hosted the ESPY Awards, dissed Rihanna in concert, received a lap dance from Nicki Minaj, stole a NBA player’s girlfriend, and most recently, he was majorly dissed by his labelmate, Tyga!”
London, UK – Our boy (and UK entertainer) Mim Shake hit us up with his latest video where he takes on the roll of Young Money’s Jay Sean to gain access to the 2014 MOBO Awards. The 2014 MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards went down Wednesday night inside London’s Wembley Arena.
Before we continue, let’s define the word “blag” since it’s less common to hear on this side of the world.
Blag (according to the Oxford Dictionary): managing to obtain (something) by using persuasion or guile. Ok, so here we go:
“Asian Network presenter Mim Shake has pulled off the blag-of-all-blags, convincing his way into last night’s MOBO Awards by fooling security into thinking that Shake was, in-fact, Jay Sean. In his new video, shared earlier today, the broadcaster earned a huge amount of lad-points by going as far as tricking the event’s organizers, whilst bringing a few people in on the act to help him achieve his goal.”
So, did he get in? Check out the video below to find out.
Duncan, BC – Stefan The First’s debut HTFU hits you harder than a Bruce Lee roundhouse kick to the face. The formula is straightforward. The beats are simple yet ultra dynamic and lay the foundation perfectly for Stefan’s rapid fire, machine gun delivery. Like a drill sergeant about to bite your head off, Harden The Fuck Up demands your attention. Smarten up, soldier.
One word? Technical. The man puts on a clinic in precision emceeing. His flows pulls your along weaving in and out of the beat and then all of a sudden he’ll switch to double time without losing a syllable or more importantly – your attention. The projects 5 tracks address Stefan’s fast-paced lifestyle while keeping his determination and work ethic in check. Reflecting on his poignant past, he reminisces on overcoming personal hardships while conveying his new-found optimism for life in his lyrics.
HTFU is solely produced, engineered, recorded and mixed by hip-hop newcomer and long-time rock percussionist, Marcus Manhas (Band Of Rascals). Coupled with professional mastering by critically acclaimed producer/engineer Dan Weston (SonReal, Shad, Classified, City and Colour) and a proverbial head-nod from Stompdown Killaz’ Capital Q, Stefan and Marcus are set to hit the ground running.
If this is just the beginning for these two… Jesus Murphy. Look out. You can stream / download the project after the jump.