[Video] Hopsin- “Crown Me”

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The devilishly skilled artist Hopsin of the Funk Volume collective is back with a new track & visual “Crown Me“, the lead single from his upcoming album release “Pound Syndrome“. Hop is on his braggadocio tip on this one, while focusing on his high speed wordplay in this hot new single where he demands the crown.

Hopsin has been in the game for quite some time, starting out as an artist signed to Ruthless Records before splitting from the company due to a lack of financial compensation, artist support, and promotion, among other reasons, and soon after founded his own independent label Funk Volume. Funk Volume has since enjoyed much success, boasting other artists such as: SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, & DJ Hoppa. Along with dropping his “Knock Madness” album, Hop was also featured on the 2012 XXL Freshmen List along with Machine Gun Kelly, Kid Ink, Macklemore, & Danny Brown, among others.

“Crown Me” shows Hopsin displaying the rap skills that he believes has earned him the crown. Hop comes in red hot with a fast paced verse that works to catch any listeners attention. Before long the chorus drops and evokes the energy that Hop tracks often emit. The rest of the track enjoys Hop bringing the heat while demanding the crown. The energy in this one is undeniable. As far as the visuals go, they display Hop and some of his Funk Volume crew running through the city, subway cars, and anywhere else they can get their hands on, while various visual edits tie the video together.

Hopsin’s new album “Pound Syndrome” is slated for a July 24th, 2015 release date, so it’s probably safe to say we’ll hear one or two more singles before the release. Until then, I have no problem bumping “Crown Me”, as Hop’s first release in sometime has us snapping our necks. Does Hop deserve royalty? Let us know in the comments.

[Video] HMC- “Make It Home” (Dir. Jesse Truman & Nick Kazlovskis)

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The HMC crew is back with a huge posse cut titled, “Make It Home.” When you look back at the cyphers, videos and singles the HMC crew have complied over the past few months there’s not a question as to why this roster has made such big strides in the hip hop scene. While every artist in the HMC is heavily active/ successful in their own ventures, I always get excited I see a group track released.

The Jesse Truman and Nick Kazlovskis directed video finds YS, K Jotham and Mr. X making their way through the Hamilton streets reminiscing on past struggles, accomplishments and future endeavors; a scenario that all artists can relate to in one way or another. When you’ve put in your time with this hop thing, it’s essential to stay hungry and treat each aspect of your craft the same way a day one artist does. Looking at the moves the HMC have made over the years its evident that the boys looking to take the game over.

If you’ve had the chance to see the HMC crew live, you already know the crew gets down- anytime the collective meets up for a live performance the turn up is always raised to another level. When describing the theme of “Make It Home,” Mr. X revealed that after live shows there is always some kind of altercation that occurs; whether its a run in with the law or late night high jinks the team simply wants to make it home in one piece. Be sure to check this latest video out, and show some love in the comment section below.

[Feature] Events You Don’t Want To Miss (June 2015)

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Summer is almost here, and with the warm weather comes concert season! The month of June features a variety of shows in Toronto as well as Ontario to fit your tastes. June is also the month of NXNE and Bestival music festivals. With thousands of artists performing at venues across the city, there is definitely no shortage of events to attend. Hit the jump to read June’s shows you don’t want to miss!

[Gallery] Hennessy Artistry Presents: Soulection May 28 @ Tattoo

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On May 28th, at Toronto’s Hennessy Artistry event,  Soulection brought out some bangers and turned Tattoo into one of the most live sets we’ve seen to date! View the photoset from the event below

[Album] Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – SURF

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Anticipated for months, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experimental have finally released their album SURF. Comprised of  Chicago musicians Chance The Rapper, Nate Fox, Peter Cottontale, JP FloydDonnie Trumpet, and Greg Landfair the band successfully concentrates an array of influences into an amazing, feel good, timeless sound.

Originating back in 2013 with Chance The Rapper’s second mixtape Acid Rap, individuals in the band such as Peter Cottontale and Nate Fox produced the majority of the project and soon became his tour band, with the addition of the talented Donnie Trumpet called The Social Experiment. Gelling well as a band, the group embarked on an ambitious new album that has lived up to the expectations.

Collaborating with upcoming and established artists like Big Sean, J.Cole, Erykah Badu, Busta RhymesD.R.A.M.Quavo of MigosJeremih, King Louie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Noname Gypsy, Saba, and Joey Purp, SURF creates an eclectic, warm, playful, gentle, and inspiring instrumentation that is relatable for all ages. A prominent influence that really standouts and gives them their signature sound, is the Chicago adaption of having a rich history in the Blues, Jazz, Soul, and Gospel music. The perfect blend of the four genres produces a nostalgic mood for the listener combined with a uplifting dance driven rhythms that gives a reminiscent feel of Stevie Wonder’s classic album Songs In The Key Of Life.

Truly a landmark album in the Hip Hop genre, SURF’s overall production is courageous, experimental, brilliant, universal, sentimental, and innovative that also touches base with various social topics. A rarity in today’s aggressive industry, The Social Experiment demonstrate what results when great musicians concentrate on the true vision and deliver a project solely about the music.

After multiple listens, SURF is undoubtedly a masterpiece. Whether Chance and The Social Experiment will continue to make more music together in the future is unknown, however the strength of theses 16 songs are so powerful it will maintain an honourable legacy for the group that will continue to inspire for decades to come.

Some of my favourite tracks from the album: Miracle, Warm Enough, Nothing Came To Me, Windows, Familiar, Go, Something Came To Me, Pass the Vibes. Want to share some your favourite tracks? Feel free to comment in the section below.

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