Toronto, ON – This is the recently released “Legends Don’t Die” freestyle seeing Lost Royal$ rapper Kevorah go in on J. Cole’s “Immortal” instrumental. Check it out below and in case you missed it, make sure you check out Kevorah’s new “Snap The Band” video directed by M Works.
Toronto, ON – One month ago, Rex World artist Troy Phoenix released a brand new self-produced single titled “Rex Gone Wild.” This week, Troy returns with the drop of the accompanying visuals for the record.
In case you missed our Q&A with Troy when this single dropped, “Rex Gone Wild” is a track that claims Rex World as a lifestyle; not just an artistic collective.
Drawing inspiration from throwback Hype Williams music videos, Troy Phoenix enlisted the help of Toronto director Adom Woods to bring this video to fruition. It’s still a slapper mob-out anthem. But Troy gets flossy. There’s a massive stylistic approach to this video to pay attention to. Because that’s part of the Rex World branding. The bars are there, yes. But the aesthetic of it all is also key. Check out the video after the jump and scope our Q&A with Troy.
Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify back in October and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week. Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.
This week’s playlist includes several brand new recently-released tracks including Van Hill’s “No Worries” (off the December released Sad Day At Wonderland EP); Jazz Cartier’s “Tempted”; Rochester’s “Grateful” (off the Cowabunga album); Cashmere Cat’s collaborative “Throw Myself A Party” with Starrah, 2 Chainz, and Tory Lanez; DillanPonders’ “Gorgonites” (off Acid Reign); and Roy Woods’ “Love You” (off the Nocturnal EP).
Volume 14 also features several American-Candian collaborations including Mick Jenkins’ Kaytranada produced “Communicate”, Tim Suby’s collaborative “K Goodnight” with Jessie Reyez, CGB’s “Test Me” with Mick Jenkins, and Sammy Keys’ “Dedicated” with Ye Ali. Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 14 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.
Toronto, ON – Toronto up-and-comer Kevorah connects with M Works to direct the visuals for his banger “Snap A Band.” This dude is a beast. Flanked by his team, with the CN Tower behind him, the Lost Royal$ talent mercilessly destroys the Wonderlust-produced beat while boasting about his squad and their ability to get paid. The young MC uploaded the single to his SoundCloud profile back in October and has posted new material since including his J. Cole “Immortal” freestyle, “Legends Don’t Die. You can find both after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Junk capped off 2016 with the release of his Snak The Ripper-directed video, “Saved Me.” The song, which also features Snak, was produced by AllRounda with cuts by DJ Abel. The video comes in support of Junk’s album, I.A.N. which was released back in April. You can find it on iTunes, Spotify and other outlets. Check out the “Saved Me” video below.
Brampton, ON – Brampton artist Alpha A recently teamed up with Melvy Pockets for this new collaboration track titled “Super Villains” (with dope artwork courtesy of JJ Lonely).
Claiming their designation as the Canadian rap game “Super Villains,” Pockets and Alpha A come through with a bar-focused, lyrically-driven record that you actually need to take the time to listen to.
Right from the intro at the start of the track, this song gives the nod to the next generation of artists coming out of Brampton. Although the Canadian rap spotlight has been on Toronto for a minute, the spotlight has started to shift over to Brampton. Because let’s be real, here… Brampton’s a hot bed for talent.
And as Pockets and Alpha A show us, they have no desire to gas us with hyphy grade-school bars. Instead they’re going to tell us their stories and show us what they’re about. Check out “Super Villains” below, and scope our Q&A with Pockets and Alpha A after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Getting in the spirit of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, President’s Choice aired a new ad during the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championships promoting unity and their #EatTogether campaign. The ad features none other than veteran Toronto recording artist (and actor), Daniel Faraldo aka Dan-e-o of Monolith. Along wiht a ton of other commercials, Dan-e-o has four film roles listed on his IMDB profile including Tapped Out, Anything Goes, Breakout Kings and A Thousand Words. So far the ad has been well received on social media and has received over 350K views on YouTube. Dan-e-o commented on the campaign with a post of his own on Instagram: “Proud to be part of the new @preschoice campaign calling for #Canadians to #EatTogether!” You can check out the commercial below.
Toronto, ON – DJ Lighter, Plain English, Riddim, Mega and Sickman from the crew British Man Dem were recently featured on popular music publication Noisey. The group has moved from London, UK to Toronto and Noisey is documenting their efforts to see the grime scene grow in North America. Check out the video below and look for more info after the jump.
Toronto, ON – On Dec. 23 2016, Toronto artist Sean Leon blew up the Internet by releasing an incredibly in-depth interview with himself..
With a new album set to release soon (I Think You’ve Gone Mad), Sean decided to give us a glimpse into his artistic mindset, as well as to clear up a few questions or misunderstandings people may have about his work. After causing a shit storm on Twitter and taking stabs at the media, he (obviously) opted to interview himself. Because if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.
The entire interview runs just under 30 minutes in length, and is a very necessary listen. In addition to talking about his daughter Xylo, and touching on mental health issues, Sean delivers a brash, unfiltered commentary on the state of the Canadian rap. He also gives us the backstory behind his Jazz Cartier diss track, and how he almost decided to quit rap in 2016.
In case you haven’t caught a minute to listen to the interview yet you can stream it via SoundCloud below. And if you don’t have the time for that, we’ve also put together a transcription of the interview for you to read after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Don’t miss the new Xplicit Films-directed “Told Myself” from Toronto’s Dre Barrs and Kareem Siyad. It was inspired by the 1979 cult classic, The Warriors and features footage from the film throughout the storyline.
The video was released on Tuesday and since then Barrs has uploaded different freestyles to two different outlets including the “Westside Gunn” freestyle which also featured Siyad (SoundCloud), and the “No Heart Freestyle” (YouTube). Consistency has been a trademark of Barrs’ for a minute now and it seems he’s changed up his routine for the new year. Don’t be surprised if even more new music comes out in the coming days.
“Told Myself” is HipHopCanada’s Video of the Day. Check it out below!