Though we all know areas like New York and Los Angeles for being meccas for Hip Hop, the ever growing scene in Toronto has been churing out some quality acts for quite some time. Such is the case with 1991’s Main Source, made up of super producer Large Professor and Canadians K-Cut & Sir Scratch.
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Love him or hate him, Canadian sensation and Young Money affiliate Drake is one of the hottest artists in the music industry right now. With a number of well received albums, the rapper has received a lot of attention over the past few years and has definitely capitalized on his success (I could make a “Started From the Bottom” joke, but that’s too easy.)
Besides the obvious elephant in the room that’s associated with rap music and it’s powerful stigma of degrading women, homophobia is arguably the biggest taboo within the culture.
If you were one of the lucky people to catch Wu-Tang Clan‘s performance at Rock the Bells’ this weekend, you probably were amazed to see the enigmatic Ol’ Dirty Bastard perform alongside the fellow Wu members (unfortunately Raekwon & Ghostface Killah couldn’t make it; if you’re a die hard Wu Tang fan or a Hip Hop fan in general, you should check out the fantastic documentary Rock the Bells if you haven’t already.
After Tupac‘s “performance” at last year’s Coachella, the controversy behind whether or not hologram shows are more beneficiary than harmful has polarized music lovers.
If you’ve been following the site for the last few months, you’ve probably discovered that I regard A Tribe Called Quest to be only of the best acts within Hip-Hop, and for good reason.
A real villain indeed; there’s no escaping the sensation. You go to the club and a pack of average looking bar stars attempt to shake their behinds in attempt emulate the current trend. You turn on the TV and can’t hide from the news of Miley Cyrus performing at the Video Music Awards.
For the 5 people or so who are living underneath rocks, Eminem, the controversial, yet universally praised Detroit native, announced during the Video Music Awards that the long awaited sequel to the highly successful The Marshall Mathers LP would be dropping on November 5th of this year.
Greg Grease – “Forward”
If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.
Blu & Nottz (feat. Rashad) – “End of the World”
CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
Boldy James (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Da$h & Domo Genesis) – “Reform School” (prod. by The Alchemist)
Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
Black Milk – “Dismal”
Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”