The world of Hip-Hop has reached a point where it can be hard to find movements focused around old-school foundations. The pride of Canada’s Underground in this regard, undoubtedly, is King of the Dot Entertainment (KOTD). Grown up directly from the streets, KOTD was built by artists passionately involved in the art of Battle-Rap. The organization’s founder and CEO Organik, along with a healthy supporting cast, help KOTD bring audiences the very best events and names in the sport. This weekend, Feb 7th-8th, the team is bringing what could be the most anticipated event in battle rap history to Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Their flagship event, Blackout, is on it’s fifth anniversary and fans couldn’t be more excited. .
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Toronto, Canada – It’s no longer the North American urban music industry’s little secret. When today’s journalists and influencers are tasked with seeking out album producer credits on numerous major award nominated and winning albums, there is always Canadian content. In fact, the phenomenon of there being so many producer success stories emanating from Toronto is no accident, and was arguably catalyzed by rapper Drake’s Award-winning beat-making team of Noah “40” Shebib,Boi-1da and T-Minus, among others, and which has left some wide scale residual effects in Torontothat are too hard to ignore.
Toronto’s Beat Academy has taken, nurtured, innovated and incubated these energies, and have created workshops and “live” beat making events that encourage Toronto-based music makers to explore their passion and discover ways to turn music production into their career. Last year marked Beat Academy’s first international festival and battle appearance at the world renowned SXSW 2014 music festival in Austin, Texas, where a motley crew of Team Toronto producers led by Grammy winner Boi-1da defeated Team Houston in a nail biter for beat making bragging rights. In the lead up to Austin, the sheer amount of buzz surrounding Toronto’s youth-driven producer movement prompted former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to attend their February 2014 SXSW fundraiser at The Rivoli and attempt to program some “live” beats on an Ableton live system with MIDI controller. This time around, it looks like the Beat Academy might have outdone themselves.
On February 5, during Grammy week, the Beat Academy will be participating in the Battle of the America’s at club Los Globos (3040 Sunset Blvd) in Los Angeles. This year’s battle includes a new class of eight producers flying down to Los Angeles and representing Team Toronto featuring 2015 Grammy-nominated producer Lord Quest (Schoolboy Q), 17 year old female phenom producer WondaGurl (Jay-Z), Rich Kidd (Drake, Raekwon, Talib Kweli), T. Lo (Juno-winning rapper Shad’s DJ + former Canadian DMC champ), and rounded out by Juno-nominated Prezident Jeff, FrancisGotHeat (Tre Mission),Moose Beats and rising star Sevn Thomas (Mobb Deep, Kelly Rowland). Team Toronto will be battling a stacked Team Los Angeles line-up that includes 2015 Grammy-nominated producer Skhyehutch(T.D.E) one-half of production duo Weirrd People, Angel Ramirez, The Beat Brigade, Dert Beats, Trak D, BoomerDidIt and Snoop Dogg’s drummer Nick Smith (Brandy, Ciara). Special guest judge (also spinning a DJ set) will be the legendary DJ HouseShoes. Can hip hop’s newest kid on the block show the city of rap legends a thing or two about making beats?
Battle of the America’s Los Angeles is produced and curated by the Beat Academy, a Toronto-based non-profit exclusively dedicated to the creative and economic advancement of producers from around the globe
After all the holiday rush, getting back into routine with work, school, and everything else going on. Why not come out and relax for the night on January 16th at Studio Bar. Rapsody, makes her way out to Toronto for a night of pure hip-hop. Hit the link below for all the details and enter our contest to win a pair of tickets to the show!
The Enter the Void tour makes its way to Toronto this Thursday and we’re giving you and one lucky friend a chance to see Jhene Aiko, The Internet, and SZA. All you have to do is enter below the contest ends this Wednesday so make sure to check your email. You can enter daily to increase your chances to win. The higher the entries, the more that tells us how bad you really want to win the tickets! You can also get your friends to enter the contest to increase your chances of winning. Good Luck!
I don’t remember the last time Common has been in Toronto for a concert! I’m excited to see him this December 11 at Koolhaus with special guest Jay Electronica! I clearly remember when Jay Electronica was in town because he headlined Manifesto Festival and I got the chance to interview him. Let me know what song you are most excited to see live by both artist’ in the comment section and look out for the contest we’ll be holding for the show!
Forty Four Entertainment & Maxamus Entertainment presents COMMON’s ‘Nobody’s Smiling Tour’ with special guest Jay Electronica at the Kool Haus on Thursday December 11th, 2014. THIS IS THE ONLY CANADIAN TOUR DATE. “ I’m excited to be touring because I haven’t in several years and to be doing it with an album like ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ is giving me a chance to perform the hip-hop that I love,” said Common. “To have Jay Electronica on this tour is crazy. He is one of the freshest voices in hip-hop today. He truly is sparking the culture.”
What: Common Nobody’s Smiling tour featuring Jay Electronica Live in Concert.
Where: Kool Haus 132 Queen’s Quay East. Toronto.
When: Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 8:00 PM EST.
Admission: 49.99 get them online at Ticketweb. Physical tickets available at Play De Record, Soundscape, Rotate This.
The contest is set up below, you can enter daily until the contest is over Monday December 8. The higher the entries, the more that tells us how bad you really want to win the tickets! You can also get your friends to enter the contest to increase your chances of winning. Good Luck!
Schoolboy Q makes his way to Toronto Friday November 21 at the Sound Academy. If you missed him when he made his debut at the King of The Fall tour with The Weeknd and Jhene Aiko this is your chance to catch in an intimate setting compared to the Molson Amphitheatre. We’re excited to give you a chance to win a pair of tickets, this is an all ages event. What’s your favourite Schoolboy Q song you want to see live? Comment in the section below.
What: Achieve Dreams Ent & hustleGRl present Schoolboy Q with special guest Redway.
Where: SOUND ACADEMY 11 Polson St, Toronto, ON
When: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2014. Doors 8:00PM – All Ages
Admission: Advance GA tickets $48.50-$68.50 / VIP Balcony $85.00 available online at Ticketmaster. Cop physical tickets at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Achieve Dreams Studio & Play De Record.
The contest is set up below, you can enter daily until the contest is over this Wednesday November 19 at 11:59pm ET. The higher the entries, the more that tells us how bad you really want to win the tickets! You can also get your friends to enter the contest to increase your chances of winning. Good Luck!
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MGK is in Canadian this month part of his No Class Canadian Tour, he’ll be in Toronto at the Sound Academy November 29th. We’re giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to see him live in concert! Full details below.
What: Union Events, Nightshift, & Pearl Proudly Present Machine Gun Kelly with special guests.
Where: Sound Academy 11 Polson St, in Toronto.
When: Saturday November 29, 2014. Doors 8:00 PM – All Ages.
Admission: Advance GA tickets $40.00-$45.00 / Advance VIP $75.00 + S/C available online Ticketfly Physical tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record. RSVP on facebook.
The contest is set up below, you can enter daily until the contest is over Monday November 24 at 11:59pm ET. The higher the entries, the more that tells us how bad you really want to win the tickets! You can also get your friends to enter the contest to increase your chances of winning. Good Luck!
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