I’m standing at the side of the stage, my palms sweaty (something about spaghetti). DJ So Nice is warming up the crowd with a few of his trademark beats. It’s a hot night, and Mugshots, the bar behind the Ottawa Jail Hostel, is packed to capacity. All heads are turned to the stage. The audience […]
Check out the visuals for the second single off the Get Busy album from Homebased (Summer 2012). The song was produced by Kane B and the video was filmed and edited by GVTV. The song was recorded and engineered by NockNock at Fort Nocks Studio. Homebased consists of BetaVel (MC), TextStyle (MC), Kane B (Producer) and Nock Nock […]
Just in time for one of the year’s coolest local hip hop events, HipHopCanada and CapCityHipHop have teamed up to present the Parliament Takeover Volume 1 mixtape. It’s packed with music by local talent and it’s free, so hip hop heads will want to download it stat. Here’s what HipHopCanada has to say about the […]
House of PainT, Ottawa’s best urban culture festival under a bridge, wrapped up on Sunday. It was my first time checking out this annual party that pays homage to the legalization of graffiti on the walls of the underpass in 2003. True to its promise, the festival attracted an eclectic crew of artists, slam poets, […]
Here’s a question: do you like Biggie? I mean Notorious B.I.G.; do you like him? He’s a rapper. He died 16 years ago (gawd I feel old). He was a pioneer, a visionary, an exceptional rapper. And so, this month, some of the localest of local deejays and rappers are throwing a big party in […]
Ottawa has entered a golden age of hip hop. Seriously. With acts like Jesse Dangerously, Philly Moves, Flight Distance, Atherton, and Homebased, you don’t have to go that far from the Transitway to find some really seasoned, talented rappers and turntablists making their way in this new capital city reality. Funnily enough, if one of […]
Post by Jared Davidson and Scott. “Rather than doing what people want, you take it outside, do what you want, and then make that what people want… if that makes any sense,” says SawBuck, gesturing with a french fry. We’re in a pool hall. It’s a Wednesday night. What he says does make sense, but […]
[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlrFA4UMQX0[/youtube] Zoo Legacy, one of the starts of the NCR’s hip hop scene, launched this video for their single CRWD this week. Their third video features their characteristic blend of rap and indie rock as well as some cameos by some well-known Ottawa locations. The band is currently running a kickstarter campaign to […]
The sun is shining something fierce as I bike over to the NAC to meet up with Boogat, the Montreal-based hip-hop artist who has recently released his latest album Neo-Reconquista and who will be performing the venue this upcoming Friday. Walking with Boogat to the NAC’s café, where we’ll sit by the canal for a […]
We talk with the multitalented Nicky Jean: a singer/songwriter, hip hop artist, and spoken word artist, from Montreal and living in Ottawa. You can find her on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Twitter. Apt613 Live is on CHUO 89.1 FM on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Tune in!
The band known as wotts is unique in the Ottawa hip hop scene. Their mix of beatboxing, understated guitar and synth work allows their recordings to stand out in a city that is slowly developing a more ubiquitous sound. They released their first EP, a, in December 2014, shortly after forming as a side project […]
James Dewitt Yancey, better known to the world as J Dilla, died on February 10, 2006. That day, the hip hop industry lost one of its most influential figures: a lyricist and producer, a man whose albums were lauded by many, whose collaborations produced new and compelling sounds, and whose friends remember him as a […]
A good beat shouldn’t be ignored. And neither should good choreography. In Dapper, local hip hop artist JC Peters brings both to the table and it’s hard not to appreciate this kind of artistry when it comes to music videos. In an instant, you’re hooked. One of the dancers is performing a backflip, the music […]
Post by Nicole Irvine These days, it could be said that the hip-hop world is pretty saturated. Hundreds of artists are trying to make their voices heard daily. In order to make it, you have to make some sort of unique mark that resonates with audiences. Being a local artist only makes that even harder. One Ottawa hip-hop artist is […]
Thirteen years in, House of PainT has become one of Ottawa’s staple summer festivals.