“’Heavy in the Game’ is a line that comes from my favourite 2Pac song. It’s about being immersed in your craft that even though you may want to leave, you can’t – you’ve worked too hard to get where you are and there’s no looking back. As a Canadian musician, especially a rapper, I’m grateful that I’ve been able to be doing this professionally for 10 years. This album represents my best work. I’m proud that a lot of people will be able to relate to this album. Heavy in the Game is about trying to do the right thing even when you are faced with the temptation to slip. – D.O.”
D.O.’s highly-anticipated album Heavy In The Game just dropped today, and is available for free via Bandcamp. Spanning 21 tracks and clocking in at around 1 hour, Heavy In The Game is a solid offering from the Toronto veteran. The inspiration for Heavy in the Game comes from D.O.’s extensive domestic and international touring, his experience with launching independent label Northstarr Entertainment, and his success as one half of hip hop duo Art of Fresh. Early favourites include “Bill Russell”, “Can’t Tell Me” (Remix), “For Heaven Sake”, “It’s On”, “Shut It Down”, and “The Legacy 2.0″. Stream and download the entire album below.
Fresh of Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex show last night, we have the latest from Childish Gambino, titled Unnecessary. Off his upcoming mixtape, the track features TDE member Schoolboy Q over Gambino’s own beat & the two both go in on it. No release date is set for the upcoming mixtape, but Unnecessary is available for stream & download below.
In my last post about J57, I mentioned that he will be releasing two EPs on May 22nd: 2057 and The Ports. “Four Finger Ringers”, a collaboration between the Brown Bag AllStar and fellow New-Yorker Sene, is the first track we hear off The Ports. Sene’s been on my radar since his 2009 album A Day Late & A Dollar Short, entirely produced by Blu, and has been making a buzz recently with the release of his 2012 album Brooklyknight. “Four Finger Ringers” is just a short taste, but it’s got me excited for the full EP on May 22nd. Both EPs will be available at J57music.com. Stream and download “Four Finger Ringers” below [via Okayplayer].
It’s an event we have been planning for a few months now. The Come Up Show is proud to present the show you definitely want to attend! Maybach Music Group signee Stalley, Juno nominated producer and artist Rich Kidd, The Antiheroes and Ngajuana June 1 at Apk Live. I truly hope everyone understands the magnitude of talent we have put together for this show.
What: The Come Up Show and N.E.C. Presents Stalley, Rich Kidd, The Antiheroes, Nga Live in Concert.
Where: APK Live. 340 Wellington St., London, ON.
When: June 1, 2012. Doors open 9pm.
Admission: $15 in advance. $20 at the door. Get advance tickets online from Ticketdriver Physical tickets at these locations. Grooves on 353 Clarence 519 640-6714. United Kutz on 147 King Street 519 936-5889. Trendsetter Clothing on 727 Richmond 519-438-1447. Jammins Clothing on 91 wellington 519 434 5266.
Stalley’s career first took off when his and Ohio DJ Terry Urban’s mixtape ‘Goin’ Ape’ caught the interest of Mos Def; which led to the Ohio emcee opening for Mos on one of his tours. Along with Ross, Stalley’s list of known hip-hop associates is nothing short of impressive; with names like Ski Beatz, Jay Electronica, Wale, Curren$y, and even folk rocker John Mayer.
Rich Kidd is a juno nominated producer, who has produced for artists like Nelly Furtado, K-OS, Drake, Shad, and many more. Rich Kidd emerged in 2009 as a commercially viable producer when the legendary Busta Rhymes used his production for a mixtape cut featuring M.O.P.’s Billy Daze called “Indescribable.” That same year, Juno nominated Kos wrote one of his career’s biggest hits over a Rich Kidd production sampling Phantom Planet’s “California.” “I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman” featured Saukrates and Nelly Furtado and the video was nominated for a Best Hip Hop Video at the 2010 MMVAs. He has shared the stage with J. Cole, Jay Electronica, KRS One, Big Krit, Cory Gunz and Kendrick Lamar, and the Toronto Star named him one of Toronto’s top 5 independent MCs.
The Antiheroes consist of Sha and Flex—two emerging emcees from Durham Region with the lyrical finesse and throw-back vibe that remind you why you started listening to hip hop. The duo’s unique blend of vintage beats, catchy samples and effortless wordplay has fans buzzing, subscribing and following worldwide. From their upcoming debut This is FreeDUMB, singles “Fly” and “Circus Clowns” have been featured across industry sites and campus radio—from Germany to Australia—to an overwhelmingly positive response. At once classic and fresh, The Antiheroes are in it for one thing: the music.
One of the most diverse and complete artists to ever hail from Canada, N.G.A (Ngajuana to his true fans) has shown absolute dedication to his craft. Over a span of 9 years, N.G.A has written 450 tracks and counting. N.G.A has performed more than a hundred live shows and has translated his considerable skills into opening for a good number of prominent hip-hop acts. Ngajuana is in the final stages of preparing to release his third, full-length album: Section One. Section One is entirely produced by the geniuses in the U.K.-based production team: PnT WorldWyde.
Seeing as Danny Brown is one of the most interesting artists in hip-hop right now, it was only a matter of time before we got a documentary on him. Pitchfork.tv just dropped Detroit State of Mind, a 20-minute documentary special on the man behind XXX. For fans of Danny Brown, this is a must-watch. Produced and directed by Eavvon O’Neal, and shot and edited by William Colby, the documentary follows Danny with his family, recording new music, performing at Dilla Day, and more. Watch the documentary below. If the embedded version doesn’t play, check it here.
Nukky Grissom just dropped the visuals for “The Coming”, the third video off of his Independent Music Award nominated IAMGRISSY 2.0. This is the first I’ve heard of the Stratford, Ontario native, but he makes a big impression on this Scrilla-produced beat. Check out the visuals for “The Coming” below. For more from Nukky Grissom, check out his album here.
SWAOW! Famous just let loose “All On Me”, off his 2012 Road to Center Stage – The EP: Part 2, which dropped last month. Famous is definitely an exciting Canadian talent, and The Come Up Show was able to document his trip to SXSW with Northstarr this year. For those not familiar with Famous’ Road to Center Stage, check out the EPK video. Stream and download “All On Me” below.