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[Feature] KOTD & OVO Present: Blackout 5 (Toronto)


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. .

Peep the full article after the jump!

[News] Toronto vs. L.A.- Battle of The America’s Feb 5 2015

Toronto-based Beat Academy Producers Head to Los Angeles During Grammy Week to Do Battle
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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

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After opening for Drake and Lil Wayne on select Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour dates, OVO Sound’s PARTYNEXTDOOR has announced the “PARTYNEXTDOOR Live” tour. Beginning on October 19th in Montreal, QC, PND will visit cities including New York, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Toronto, and more before ending on November 22nd in Los Angeles, CA. His debut studio album, PARTYNEXDOOR Two was released on July 29, 2014 and can be purchased via iTunes. Check out the full tour dates above.

[News] Killer Mike & El-P’s “RTJ2″ Album Cover & Tracklist, Plus New Tour Dates


Killer Mike and El-P’s upcoming Run The Jewels album will be titled, RTJ2 and is slated to drop on October 28th via Mass Appeal. Today, the duo have shared further specifics regarding the project, including the official artwork and tracklist. The two have also announced North American tour dates, alongside Joey Bada$$, Despot, and Ratking respectively. The extensive 40-date tour will get underway on October 15th in College Station, TX, making stops in cities including Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, New York, and more before coming to end on January 10th in Auckland, New Zealand. Check out the complete tracklist and tour dates below.

RTJ2 Tracklist:

01. Jeopardy
02. Oh My Darling Don’t Cry
03. Blockbuster Night Part 1
04. Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) [ft. Zack de la Rocha]
05. All My Life
06. Lie, Cheat, Steal
07. Early [ft. Boots]
08. All Due Respect [ft. Travis Barker]
09. Love Again (Akinyele Back)
10. Crown [ft. Diane Coffee]
11. Angel Duster

Killer Mike & El-P Run the Jewels Tour Dates:

10-15 College Station, TX @ Hurricane Harry’s (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-18 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-20 Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz
10-21 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-22 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
10-23 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-24 Columbia, SC @ Music Farm (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-25 Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
10-31 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *#
11-01 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *#
11-02 Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater *#
11-03 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *#
11-04 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *#
11-06 Dallas, TX @ Trees *#
11-07 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-08 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s *#
11-10 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *#
11-11 La Jolla, CA @ Porters Pub *#
11-12 Pomona, CA @ Glass House *#
11-14 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine #
11-15 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater *#
11-17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *#
11-18 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre *#
11-20 Minneapolis, MN @ First Line Music Cafè *#
11-21 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre *#
11-22 Chicago, IL @ Metro *#
11-25 Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall *#
11-26 Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall *#
11-27 Montreal, Quebec @ Club Soda *#
11-28 Boston, MA @ Paradise *#
11-29 New York, NY @ Stage 48 *#
12-30 Lorne, Australia @ Falls Festival
12-31 Marion Bay, Australia @ Falls Festival
01-01 Sydney, Australia @ Field Day
01-02 Byron Bay, Australia @ Falls Festival
01-04 Busselton, Australia @ Southbound Festival
01-07 Sydney, Australia @ Enmore Theatre ^
01-08 Melbourne, Australia @ The Forum ^
01-09 Brisbane, Australia @ Hi Fi ^
01-10 Auckland, New Zealand @ Town Hall ^

* with Ratking
# with Despot
^ with Joey Bada$$

[News] Usher Announces “UR Experience” Tour


As he readies the release of his forthcoming album, UR, scheduled to arrive later this year, Usher has announced the “UR Experience” tour. Joined by R&B singer, August Alsina, the two will embark on a 27-city tour beginning on November 1st in Montreal and ending on December 14th in Tampa, FL. Tickets for the tour will be available to the public at 10:00 a.m. on September 8th. Take a look at the full list of dates below.

Usher “UR Experience” Tour Dates:

Nov. 1 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Nov. 2 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Nov. 4 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov. 5 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Nov. 7 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Nov. 10 – Washington DC @ Verizon Center
Nov. 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 13 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Nov. 14 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Nov. 15 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
Nov. 17 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Nov. 18 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Nov. 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Nov. 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Nov. 24 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
Nov. 26 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
Nov. 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Nov. 30 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Dec. 2 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center
Dec. 4 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Dec. 5 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Dec. 6 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
Dec. 8 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum
Dec. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Dec. 12 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
Dec. 13 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
Dec. 14 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum

[News] SepTo live video interview on The Come Up Show TV

SepTo Live on The Come Up Show TV

I’m excited to announce that this Tuesday August 26th 8pm ET I’ll be interviewing the Wordsmith and Lyrical mastermind, SepTo. Almost NevR his brand new album is out right now for free download on his website. We’ll be chatting about the album, the album release party this Friday August 29th, breaking down his lyrics, and also getting him to expand on articles like Social Media and Real Shit, Your Health and Corporate profit and much more. I’m really excited you can RSVP right now on Google hangouts, if you are unable to make it no worries, subscribe to The Come Up Show TV on youtube and the interview will be instantly uploaded as soon as the live video is done. You can submit your questions to SepTo by commenting on the Google Hangout or the youtube video below.

[News] Ab-Soul Announces “These Days” Tour


Top Dawg Entertainment’s very own, Ab-Soul has announced a 40-date “These Days” tour in support of his recently released, third studio album of the same name. The string of dates starts on September 17th in Tampa, FL with Soulo visiting cities including Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Boston, Las Vegas, Toronto, Houston and many more with additional dates to be announced. Purchase tickets here and check out the full tour dates below.

Ab-Soul “These Days” Tour Dates:


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