When taking in The Antiheroes it’s clear on any track that they never lack on expressing their opinion, whether the subject is the quality and integrity of music or something community based. Separately, as first experienced on Latex & Perfume ; you experience a more personal side of the two Toronto artist’s Sha Prince and Flex The Antihero. Announcing SALEM was on it’s way just before Sha Prince’s solo project, there was a built anticipation leading up to the first time we heard it. Hands down, once taking it in fully and hitting repeat dozens of times you could tell this is a body of work that you could not get bored listening to. Both SALEM and Latex & Perfume; they stand as a moment in time. First experiencing SALEM it’s seen as what it is, a great in-depth project that is an ode to where Flex grew up which reflects on his past, how he’s moved on pursuing his passion to create music and more. If you look at it for what it could be, it’s a moment in time you can look back to when artist’s like Flex further their success and really look at how far they’ve come.
Read the track by track review after the jump!
Although February was a short month, it featured many great acts including Pusha T, Kanye West, Troy Ave, Isaiah Rashad, and many more. It may still be cold out however, things will begin to heat up as more artists are slated to perform in March. As promised, we’re back with another edition of our article on Events You Don’t Want To Miss (March 2014).
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The Come Up Show is giving away 2 (two) pairs of tickets to see Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Skratch Bastid live in concert on March 7th at Tattoo in Toronto! The contest starts today (Monday, February 24th) at 11:00AM ET and ends Tuesday, March 4th at 2:00PM ET.
The contest is set up below, you can enter daily until the contest is over on Tuesday, March 4th at 2:00PM ET. The options are to follow us on our social media and to promote it. The higher the entries, the more that tells us how bad you really want to win the tickets! Since they are a pair of tickets, you can also get your friends to enter the contest to increase your chances of winning! The winner will be contacted by email. Good Luck!
*Please note that entrants must be 19+ years of age.
Drake has announced the 5th annual OVO Fest at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre; taking place in Toronto on August 3rd and August 4th, 2014. If that isn’t exciting enough, Outkast will be featured alongside Drake as they co-headline one of the biggest music festivals of the year. Although no other names have been announced as of yet, you can expect a star-studded lineup of performers to take the stage. Last year, Drizzy brought out TLC, Diddy, Mase, Miguel, J. Cole, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Kanye West, and more. Check out footage from Drake’s 4th annual OVO Fest below. Tickets for the event will go on sale Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:00PM via LiveNation.
The Come Up Show is giving away one pair of tickets to see Isaiah Rashad and Tre Mission live in concert on February 27th at Tattoo in Toronto! The contest starts today (Monday, February 17th) at 11:00AM ET and ends Monday, February 24th at 2:00PM ET. The contest is set up below, you can enter daily until the contest is over on Monday, February 24th at 2:00PM ET. The options are to follow us on our social media and to promote it. The higher the entries, the more that tells us how bad you really want to win the tickets! Since they are a pair of tickets, you can also get your friends to enter the contest to increase your chances of winning! The winner will be contacted by email. Good Luck!
*Please note that entrants must be 19+ years of age.
Following the release of his debut album, My Own Lane on RCA, Kid Ink has announced a tour of the same name in partnership with Live Nation. The Los Angeles native will hit the road for a 21-city North American tour, commencing on April 1st in Vancouver, BC and ending on May 31st in Cincinnati, OH. The dates will also feature King Los and Bizzy Crook. Here’s what Ink had to say:
“I live on the road, so once again I can’t wait to get out there and perform all my new records, and see how the fans respond,” Ink said. “Bringing along friend and collaborator King Los is also gonna be great. I know he’s gonna add some excitement to the bill as well as Bizzy Crook, whom I hear lots of great things about.” – Kid Ink
Purchase your tickets via Live Nation and check out the full tour dates below.
Kid Ink “My Own Lane” 2014 Tour Dates:
April 1st – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
April 2nd – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
April 4th – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 6th – Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues Sunset
April 7th – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
April 8th – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
April 13th – New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues New Orleans
April 16th – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
April 18th – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
April 19th – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
April 20th – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
April 22nd – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
April 23rd – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
April 25th – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
April 27th – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Center
April 30th – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
May 1st – Toronto, Canada @ The Phoenix
May 2nd – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 24th – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
May 25th – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
May 31st – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Our good friend Tyler Hetherington from The Consignment show is hosting The Golden Tour at The APK this Saturday February 15th. The show features Ghettosocks, Relic, Fresh Kils, Ngajuana, Notion & Cee, Whatshisface & DJ Hullewud. I strongly recommend you come out to the show and don’t use the excuse that you are unfamiliar with the artists. This is your opportunity to see an amazing line up for an amazing price you can get the full details about the show on our event post.
We’re giving away one pair of passes for you and a lucky friend and you have the chance to win by entering our contest below. You can enter daily to increase your opportunity of winning and the winner will be announced Saturday afternoon. Make sure to also tune into The Come Up Show Radio this Saturday at 6pm on 94.9 CHRW in London or online as Tyler will be holding down the show and he’ll be giving away another pair of passes and have Fresh Kils, Relic and possibly other special guests that you definitely want to tune in for.
American hip hop duo from Brooklyn, New York, The Underachievers have announced their first headlining North American tour beginning this spring. The “Eyes of the World” tour will also be joined by artists Denzel Curry and Dillon Cooper. Kicking off in Boston, MA on April 2nd, the 29-city tour will make stops in cities including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami before coming to end on May 15th in ther hometown of New York at Irving Plaza. The Underachievers are aiming to release their first album, The Cellar Door this spring as well. Check out the full tour dates below.
The Underachievers 2014 Tour Dates:
April 2nd – Boston, MA – Middle East
April 3rd – Providence, RI – Met Café
April 4th – Montreal – Cabaret Underworld
April 5th – Ottawa – Ritual
April 6th – Toronto – Tattoo
April 9th – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
April 10th – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
April 11th – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
April 12th – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
April 14th – Denver, CO – Cervantes Other Side
April 16th – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex
April 18th – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
April 19th – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
April 20th – Portland, OR – Roseland (Peter’s Room)
April 22nd – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
April 23rd – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
April 24th – San Diego, CA – Porter’s Pub
April 25th – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
April 26th – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
April 28th – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
April 30th – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine
May 2nd – Dallas, TX – JMBLYA
May 3rd – Austin, TX – JMBLYA
May 6th – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
May 7th – Miami, FL – Avenue D
May 8th – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
May 10th – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room
May 11th – Springfield, VA – Empire
May 12th – Philadelphia – The Barbary
May 15th – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
*all dates will feature Denzel Curry and Dillon Cooper
As we begin another year, the state of the Canadian hip-hop industry reminds us of one constant: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Drake may be taking Canadian hip-hop to new heights, but his equally talented peers are, as always, left behind.
Want to hear an American rapper stumble? Ask them who their favourite Canadian hip-hop artists are. I’ll give you a dollar if they can name more than two. I’ll even go double if the first name mentioned isn’t Aubrey Graham himself. I’m not trying to bash Drake here — he’s earned his place as Canada’s biggest rap star — but it begs the question, why haven’t we seen other Canadian hip-hop artists get a share of the spotlight? What’s wrong with the Canadian hip-hop industry? How do we fix it? These are the questions I want answered.
Read the column after the jump.
As January ends and we enter the month of February, we’re faced with another question; which concert(s) should I attend? As always, we’ve got you covered for another series of great shows which are sure to be happening in a city near you. Check out our feature article on Events You Don’t Want To Miss (February 2014).
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As technology inexorably and exponentially becomes more complex and more readily available, it steadily penetrates close to every aspect of every day life. One (arguably) positive benefit of this is all the new music that has burst forth. Not even 10 years ago, it was near impossible for up and coming producers to get anyone “big” to listen to them yet now we have 16 year old producers with cuts on giants such as Jay-Z’s album. With technology comes accessibility, and what we have now is an even bigger world stage of art where even the stalwarts of the game can enjoy and be influenced by the teenage bedroom producers. Hit the jump to see who made our favourite producers of 2013.