Winnipeg, MB – On July 21, King of the Dot made a stop in Winnipeg during its cross-Canada KOTD Champions Tour. Before the show started, hip-hop heads flooded Stereo Nightclub in eager anticipation of the evening’s battles. As spectators got drinks in their systems, the participants warmed up for their battles.
The first battle was between Skeptyk Ill and Rukus45. “I just get the bars stuck in my head and attempt to do my thing,” said Skeptyk Ill. “I tend not to add any additional pressure to myself, as that takes the fun out of it and makes me more likely to choke.” Fellow battler, Rukus45, has his own routine of preparation. “I incorporate concentration [and] meditation,” he said. “But most of all, [I] have fun.”
Fayetville, NC - Earlier this week, J. Cole took to Twitter to post photos that read “What Dreams May Come.” Hours later, he released a photo that contained dates for what we now know is the What Dreams May Come Tour featuring Maybach Music Group’s Wale and Bas, of the Dreamville camp. With 27 dates confirmed and more to come, it looks like we all have something to look forward to in the Fall.
J. Cole will be performing in Toronto on October 8th at Massey Hall. Tickets go on sale August 2nd to the general public. Check out all the tour dates after the jump.
Chicago, IL – Chance The Rapper released the visuals for “Everybody’s Something” off of his latest project, Acid Rap. The video, shot by Austin Vesely captures the Acid Rapper’s silhouette filled with images playing on the song’s lyrics. You can check out the video below and download Acid Rap after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Taking you behind the scenes of the “Money Made Me Do It” video by A-Game and Luu Breeze. The single was originally released last year and even includes two separate remixes: one with Ryan Leslie and the other with Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall (T-Dot Remix).
The A-Game twins, Nova and Chase, are currently preparing for the release of Boarding Pass (Summer 2013) while Luu Breeze will be dropping his City In Gold EP late August. In this exclusive interview, A-Game discusses the Luu Breeze connection, how the “Money Made Me Do It” record came about and views on the Toronto hip-hop scene. Check it out below!
We also recently sat down with Luu Breeze for an exclusive discussion about his new release. Click here to check it out.
Montreal, QC – Real City’s own Doctor J keeps the momentum going with this new visual for a track titled “Strung Out” which is to be featured on his upcoming mixtape “The Legend of Drunken Master” dropping August 16th.
Doctor J displays a crisp flow to go along with his braggadocios bars which brings the soulful and smooth production to life. Check it out below and be sure to check in for his new project in 2 weeks!
Vancouver BC – Killer Mike and EL-P took over Eastvan and shook up the Biltmore Cabaret as the newly formed super bad-ass duo, Run The Jewels. The show was presented to a fully sold out room by Timbre Concerts and was definitely one for the books. Live and fully turnt up Killer Mike and EL-P ripped through solo sets as well as a righteous performance of their recent self-titled release Run The Jewels. The pair were joined by openers KOOL A.D and Despot and once these boys were done, the crowd left sweaty, hyped and satisfied. All in a Vancity summer’s night. Check the photo gallery by Jamie Sands after the jump.
Saskatoon, SK— Saskatoon-based MC Matt “RationaL” Brotzel has teamed up with the Toronto Blue Jays to bring us his latest track, “A Swing and a Belt.” The song was penned as a hip-hop tribute to the late American sportscaster, Tom Cheek (also known as the “Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays”), who was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“The track was basically just an overflow of my love affair with the Blue Jays,” said Brotzel. “Then finding out about Tom Cheek’s long-awaited Hall of Fame induction…everything for “A Swing as a Belt” just sort of fell into place.” HipHopCanada caught up with RationaL to chat about his new track, his duo passion for hip-hop and baseball, and his exciting meeting with the executives from the Blue Jays. Check out the track and peep our exclusive interview after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Last week in Australia, while crooner Frank Ocean was on tour, he suffered an injury to his vocal cord which forced him to cancel the rest of his tour. From that time until now there has been lots of speculations that this may affect his headlining performance on the first day of Drake’s annual OVO Fest. Today, we learned through Live Nation that day 1 is now being cancelled. British singer James Blake was also scheduled to perform on the August 4th date but has now been added to the second day on Monday, August 5th where he will join Drake, Wale and other special guests. All August 4th ticket holders will be able to get a full refund on their tickets.
From Live Nation
“Live Nation regrets to announce that as a result of Frank Ocean’s recent vocal injury, the first night (August 4th) of the sold-out OVO Fest at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto has been cancelled. Tickets for the August 4th date will be refunded (details below). The August 5th OVO Fest concert date will go on as scheduled, with Drake headlining. Artist James Blake has been added to the sold-out August 5th show.
This news follows Ocean’s recent cancellation of his Australian tour as well as the Splendour in the Grass and Osheaga music festivals.
Fans who purchased single day tickets for August 4th will be refunded in full at the point of purchase. Fans who purchased two-day passes will automatically be refunded for the August 4th show at the point of purchase. Internet and telephone orders will be processed automatically by Ticketmaster in sequence over the coming days. More information is available at ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.”
Check out some tweets from Word On Road (@WordOnRd) after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Rich Kidd has been making a lot noise this year! His newest offering Kiddstrumentals Volume 2: What’s Going On is a 40-minute instrumental tape all comprised of Marvin Gaye samples. Following Kiddstrumentals Volume 1, which was a compilation of his best production work, this tape digs deeper in the crates with spectacular results.
“I use to listen to these podcasts from DJ Grouchy Greg where he would play all these classic soul tunes and give a back story to how the tracks came to be. One episode was about Marvin, Berry Gordy and Motown. The story of Marvin’s life was both beautiful and tragic and brought life to the music that I already heard but never analyzed. I learned this man was world famous but dead broke, depressed, addicted to coke and still created this masterpiece. It was conceptual, political, religious, conscious and soulful all at the same time. It became my favorite album. I put it in the ranks of the Ready To Die’s, Illmatic, Reasonable Doubt’s and Hell Hath No Fury’s of my collection but overall, it’s the greatest album ever created to me.
I crafted this tape in the summer of 2007, when I was living with my cousin in Jane and Finch. Feeling broke, somewhat depressed and being a pothead, I felt like I was in the same creative nirvana as Marvin at the time. I chopped every song on that album and wanted to do a album project with me or someone else rapping on it. Time passed by and now its 2013. Honestly, I subconsciously didn’t want to hear no rappers on it. I left it alone. Glad I did. Enjoy.”
Toronto, ON – There’s been lots of anticipation for this one! SmashMouth Entertainment and LIE present SmashMouth Mentality Vol. 1. Hosted by Big Cali, SmashMouth Mentality Vol. 1, is a compilation of exclusive new music from SmashMouth Music Group’s roster of artists and industry friends. The project features After The Smoke, Dee Goodz, The Antiheroes, DillanPonders, Jimmy B, Vader The Villin and more! Stream and download the release below via Bandcamp.