For the 2015 Much Music Video Awards, the Hip Hop video of the year category has never been so prestigious. The artists have not only accomplished success in Canada and The U.S but also internationally.
Hope City II – John Rivers Directed by Trayne
Up and coming Mississauga rapper John Rivers continues to gain popularity and is bringing his city with him, in this humble video.
Watch the full list of nominees after the jump and let us know who you think earned the right to be crowned the winner.
Dipset made some classic tracks in the early to mid 2000’s, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen anything new from the rap collective. They’ve just announced a reunion tour, which will taking place across Canada starting on June 10th, reaching Toronto on the 19th. Come through to the Sound Academy for a nostalgic night of their classics! Hit the jump for the rest of the Canadian dates.
What: Dipset Reunion Tour (Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones) Where: Sound Academy | 11 Polson Street When: Saturday, June 19th, 2015 | Doors open @ 10 Admission: tickets$50 regular or $80 VIP via Ticketzone | RSVP here
Proving he’s more than a one hit wonder, Post Malone releases another consistent single “What’s Up”. known for his downtempo sound, Post Malone, main producer FKi, and Charlie Handsome slow it down even more to produce an intricate beat that includes additional instrumentation. Recently it was discovered that before pursuing a R&B career, Post Malone tried to make it as a folk singer songwriter. It truly explains his abilities to create great melodies and interesting arrangements. Much of his background is being put on display on “What’s Up”. For example, the chord progressions from the acoustic guitar and airy pads allow a more open flow for Post’s vocals to go in and out of the instrumental. Also, the feature from 1st gives a nice contrast between Post’s clean vocals and his raw and slightly raspy vocals.
Five for five, the singles continue to gather more views and have reached over ten million.With each one showing more and more improvement, Post Malone is looking to have a long career ahead of him and more mainstream success for the debut project.
The multi-talented artist Locksmith hits us with a new visual from his upcoming album “Lofty Goals“, entitled “For Now“. Locksmith speaks directly from the heart on this one and tackles much of the internal issues that people (himself included) feel on a daily basis. Featuring Rebecca Nobel, with production from Locksmith, Mike Blankenship & Mike TopNotch, and additional guitar by John Cave, “For You” has enlisted an army of talented individuals to come together and make something really next level.
Lockmsith, hailing from Richmond, California is a West Coast artist & producer who first found fame in the underground hip-hop scene via MTV’s MC Freestyle Championship in 2003. He is also one half of the hip-hop group The Frontline, consisting of himself, as well as anther Richmond born artist Left, whom garnered a regional buzz filled with commercial radio play. He began his solo career in 2011, and since then started to draw in a large fan base, as well as touring with some of the rap game’s most respected artists such as: R.A. the Rugged Man, Vinne Paz of Jedi Mindtricks, Joe Budden, as well as Murs. In terms of production, he’s rapped over beats from legendary producers such as Ski Beatz, and 9th Wonder, and has been featured on Sway In the Morning, and countless other blogs/radio shows. Lock also used to take part in battle rap on GrindTimeNow and even tackled some of the scene’s biggest names currently such as Dizaster, and Daylyt, though has since retired from the battling.
The visuals for “For Now” directed by Brian Storm as well as Lock, begins with a clip from MTV’s MC Freestyle Championship that Lock was apart of, a moment that means the world to him. So much so that the cover for his upcoming album “Lofty Goals” is straight from that day, and displays himself wearing his “Locksmith” name tag, truly an unforgettable moment for him to say the least. After the clip, the listener is treated to an intro with a piano inspired beat beneath some smooth vocals from Lock that set the tone for the rest of the track. Immediately when Lock jumps in with his first verse, his lyrical content is the first thing you notice while he tackles some deep issues and problems that are unfortunately all too common in a world such as ours. Throughout the track you can really feel the emotions behind Locksmith’s words, his passion bleeds through his art, and its refreshing to say the least. Our scene has been lacking artists that aren’t afraid to push boundaries and say what they really feel, and Lock has made it clear that he’s not like the rest. The production matches the emotionally charged lyrics perfectly, while the last thing that brings the package together is the visuals. Throughout the video, clips throughout Lock’s entire career are brought up, letting you connect with the artists story, and lyrics just that much more, and enabling you to envision what he’s had to go through to get where he’s at.
Hit the jump to hear some more thoughts about Locksmith.
Hennessy Artistry brings the industry’s most eclectic artists to venues across the world. For the Toronto edition, the series will be featuring LA’s diversified Soulection label to Tattoo Queen West. The night features producers ESTA & Lakim, DJ Joe Kay, and Rapper, Jay Prince. Toronto R&B group, Wilde and the Bevstmode collective will also be in attendance.It will definitely be a dope concert and party to attend!