[Video] The Juno Awards 2015: Hip-Hop was in the building

2015 JUNO Awards

I am proud to present our coverage of the Juno Awards 2015 in Hamilton, Ontario. The award categories of interest were the Rap and R&B/Soul Recording of The Year. The Weeknd won the latter category but he wasn’t present at the Awards Gala, yo Abel holla at me! I am excited as are plenty of people that the Naturally Born Strangers won Rap Recording of the year. Check out the video which features Adam Bomb, Tona, Tre Mission, JRDN, Muneshine, and SonReal.  I’d love to know what you think of our coverage and let me know how you feel that NBS won the Rap Recording of the year.

I recommend listening to the podcast which is a whole different presentation on its own, you’ll find the behind the scenes action, funny interviews and clips that didn’t make the video.

[Event] OVO Fest 2015 featuring Dreamville, Drake, and special guests (Toronto)

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TORONTO, ON, MARCH 17, 2015 – Multi-Platinum selling, Grammy Award winning recording artist Drake, announced today that the 6th annual hip-hop summer festival OVO FEST will take place on August 2nd and 3rd at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Tickets to OVO Fest go on sale Friday, March 20th at noon EST and will be available as a 2 day festival pass, with a limited number of lawn seats available as single day passes. Night one of OVO FEST will feature a headlining performance by J. Cole and night two will be headlined by Drake with additional artists to be announced for both nights.

Last year’s OVO FEST, which sold out in minutes alike all previous years, featured a headline performance on night one by Outkast along with surprise performances on night two by Usher, 50 Cent and G Unit, Lauryn Hill, YG, Trey Songz and more. Earlier years have featured guest appearances by Jay-Z, Eminem, Snoop Lion, Kanye West, Diddy, TLC, Lil Wayne, Ma$e, Nicki Minaj and Stevie Wonder among many others.

What: 6th Annual OVO Fest featuring J. Cole, YG, Bas, Cozz, Omen, Jeremih August 2nd and Drake with special guests August 3rd.

Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre- Toronto 909 Lakeshore Boulevard West. Toronto, Ontario M6K 3B9

When: Sun, Aug 2, 2015 – Mon, Aug 3, 2015.
Admission: Tickets go on sale Friday, March 20th at noon EST at and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Tickets Prices: $55.00* to $315.50 (+ service charges) *A limited number of single day lawn tickets available at just $55.00

P.S. Check out our pictures from the First OVO Fest!

[Interview] No Malice of The Clipse: I don’t think it’s the listener’s duty to separate real from the fake

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I had a interview scheduled to happen this past weekend and circumstances changed and I was left with no guest. I was going through my laptop to see if there anything I could release and I found my interview Malice one half of The Clipse, who now goes by No Malice.

I originally planned to release the phone interview as a video that would accompany The Clipse music videos and pictures; the video footage was corrupted and I the interview was forgotten about in the shuffle.

When I uploaded the interview to soundcloud it was 12:15pm and the date today is Wednesday March 4, 2015. I wanted to find out exactly when this interview happened, I went through 3 email accounts and I finally found it Wednesday March 3rd, 2010 at 12:15pm. EXACTLY five years and one day have passed, I don’t think its a coincidence and I think this is supposed to happen. Without further ado, I present my interview with No Malice, where he tells me how to separate the real from the fake, how he was a part of the ignorance and foolishness of Hip-Hop, and so much more.

Please hit the jump to read the full article and more about this interview.

[Interview] Saba shares on what is unifying Chicago artists, how “Notorious Thugs” inspired him to rap, and why first day of high school was weird

It’s funny how I first discovered Saba, when I was going through the year lists for 2014, I noticed a project coming up more than a few times. Saba’s mixtape ComfortZone on more than few blogs and I decided to download it.  I don’t know if this happens to you, when you download a great deal of new of new it might take you some time to get around to it and that’s what happened with this mixtape. A few weeks later, I get an email from Martin who is part of The Come Up Show team, and he introduced me to Saba’s manager via email. Saba is going to be in Toronto in May to play Canadian Music Week and they wanted to get exposure before they came down to the city.

I’m happy to present my interview with Saba, I caught up with him in his Chicago home while he was cooking chicken tenders. He tells me the one song he heard by Bone Thugs that inspired him to want to be a rapper, why his first day of high school was hella weird and you might notice Chicago music scene is on fire right now, Saba shares breaks it down why that is.

Peep the full post to read the highlight points of the interview.

[Interview] Quake talks new album Rap Music, getting shouted out by Drake, and things happening for a reason

I apologize if you were missed us last Wednesday when a new episode was supposed to be released but I experienced technical issues. So as a thank you, I’m releasing a double dose of The Come Up Show Podcast. This episode features Quake Matthews and make sure to check out our 2nd episode with Chicago emcee Saba.

Quake Matthews flew down from Halifax to Toronto to support the King of The Dot Blackout 5 and his homie Pat Stay who was battling against Charrone. We talked about the shoutout Quake got from Drake, the fourth studio album Rap Music, the story of how his producer and drummer got signed to Waka Flocka, and so much more. Enjoy!

Peep the full article to see the video of Drake shouting out Quake Matthews and to view the highlight points of the interview.

[Album] Drake- “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

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The boy keeps doing it. A couple of weeks ago we thought there would be a mixtape dropping and it turns out to be an LP titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Features include Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Travi$ Scott. Let me know what you think!



Buy: Drake- “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

[Interview] DeJ Loaf shares what she learned from the success of “Try Me” and why you should quit your day job

DeJ Loaf

Hailing out of Detroit, Michigan, DeJ Loaf released a mixtape titled Just do It in 2012 that encompasses the struggles she went through in college. Balancing school and music she dropped out of school to pursue the latter while working as a custodian at the Chrysler Factory. In a funk she quit her job and she was seriously contemplating if music was her calling, then one day while shopping in a mall these girls were giving her a dirty look and that’s when she decided to go home and record the song “Try Me”. Her only goal was to hit 5000 listens, if the song didn’t she was going to upload another song until something caught on. After a few youtube and Instagram posts “Try Me” went viral. Artists like Wiz Khalifa wanted to do a remix, “6” God Drake posted a lyric from the song on Instagram and the rest as they say is history.

I caught up with DeJ Loaf to talk about what kept her going when she was struggling, what she learned from her hit single “Try Me”, what she would have done if it didn’t succeed, why you should quit your day job, and so much more. Comment below on your favourite part of our interview with DeJ Loaf.

Peep the photography of the event after the jump.

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