[Video + Podcast] Classified and Shad talk each other’s music, their most embarrassing moments onstage, and the best year in hip-hop history

Classified and Shad on The Come Up Show

When it comes to Canadian hip-hop — and hip-hop in general, for that matter — few artists are better than Classified and Shad. Look at the numbers: the two have combined for a whopping 13 Juno nominations (with one win each — during the Drake era, no less), three Polaris Music Prize nominations (all Shad’s), and three Platinum records (all Classified’s — one of them quadruple-Platinum). For what it’s worth, the two were also voted as two of the top six greatest Canadian rappers ever, in a list compiled by CBC Music.

The truth is, the numbers only tell half of the story. Each artist has contributed his own unique perspective and flair to Canada’s mosaic of music and related to hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people through their lyrics. Songs like “All About U,” “Brother (Watching),” “Things Are Looking Up,” and “Keep Shining” have connected with people from all walks of life. “Oh…Canada” and “Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)” tell equally patriotic tales of what it means to be Canadian.

Beyond the accolades, and beyond the music itself, Classified and Shad are two down-to-earth emcees who — plain and simple — love hip-hop. We caught up with them to talk about how they discovered each other’s music, their most embarrassing moments onstage, the best year in hip-hop history, and much more. Check out the video and podcast below.

[Mixtape] Frank Douglas- “Frank’s Ocean”

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Frank Douglas is at it again. Coming off the success of his collaborative project with Richie Dolo ,Shameless, Frank drops a solo project titled, Frank’s Ocean. The seven track project features guest appearances from Sese, Tyler Durand and Kidd Dreadd. I’ve been rocking Frank Douglas music for a while now, and it seems that each project dude drops just keeps on getting better and better. Be sure to check out Frank’s Ocean, and the video for the first track, “Put It In My Hand.”

[Video] Kongo B feat. D Blanco- “Give Me A Reason” (Dir. Del Reze)

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Kongo B gives us a video for his latest single,”Give Me A Reason,” from his latest project,The Recipe. The Del Reze shot video follows Kongo as he works to get his life back on track.From the grind of a 9-5 work day to the drama of a relationship on the rocks, Kongo really hits home with this record. As problems escalate for Kongo, The homie D Blanco makes an appearance to help lift his brother up, and of course drop a sweet 16. When all is said and done, “Give Me a Reason” is definitely a track that everyone can relate to. Be sure to check this latest video out, and support Kongo’s, The Recipe.

[Audio] Vader The Villin – “Lonely” (Prod. Sebastian Barone)

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Brooklyn’s own, Vader The Villin, drops off his latest offering “Lonely,” produced by Sebastian Barone. The mellow, reggae inspired single will appear on SmashMouth Entertainment’s forthcoming compilation project, SmashMouth Mentality Vol. 2. Listen/download below.

Download: Vader The Villin – “Lonely”

[Event] Embrace Presents Freddie Gibbs October 26th @ The Hoxton (Toronto)

It’s been a good year for Fredrick Tipton, or better known to his fans by his stage name Freddie Gibbs who recently dropped the expected Piñata album alongside California’s own Madlib. But what’s an album release without a tour to back it up? Which brings the Indiana native to Toronto for a highly anticipated performance inside The Hoxton Sunday, October 26, 2014. Gibbs has been hailed and recognized for his hardcore rap abilities and not holding back when it comes to his lyrics, so expect a show full of mind provoking dialogue and limitless boundaries. This will certainly be one show catered directly to fans of rap and he’s just trying to make music that makes the meal, no recognition!

For full event details and ticket information, take a look after the jump!

[Radio] The Come Up Show Radio Broadcast Oct 11, 2014 (6-8pm ET)

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The whole crew is together for The Come Up Show Radio, J.R., Chedo, Kivell! We got Madchild calling in at 7:30pm ET to talk about the new EP Switched On. We’ll be talking to him about the EP, why he thinks Drake won the Rap Lottery, why he wants to Battle again Dizaster and telling us why your favourites are starting to suck. It’s going to an interesting conversation so tune in for the show starting at 6pm. Full details below.

HOW TO LISTEN:
Radio. You can tune in on 94.9FM CHRW and Rogers Ch 943 if you live in London, Ontario, Canada.
Desktop computers and smart phones. For the rest of the world listen to the audio stream on the music player.
Request songs.You can request songs by tweeting us @thecomeupshow or call us by phone is 1+ 519 661 3600.
What: The Come Up Show Radio is an award winning Hip-Hop and R&B radio show playing the best of up and coming music from all around the world!
When: Regular show is Every Saturday 6pm-8pm Eastern Time Zone.

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[Event] The Posterz and Grand Analog Nov 14 @ Wrong Bar (Toronto)

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Wooo! This is going to be a show you cannot miss! Friday November 14th we got Grand Analog and The Posterz live in concert at Wrong Bar. You might remember my interview with Odario of Grand Analog I did years ago at Fanshawe College if not please get ready to laugh your bum off.

What: Live Nation presents The Posterz and Grand Analog live in concert.
Where: Wrongbar 1279 Queen St W, Toronto.
When: Friday November 14, 2014.
Admission: Tickets available for $15 online at ticketweb. You can also get them at Rotate This, 801 Queen St W. Soundscapes 572 College St. You can also call 1-888-222-6608 to charge by phone. 19+ General Admission.

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