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Hip Hop Karaoke’d

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 […]

Video of the week: James Dean by Homebased

 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 […]

HipHopCanada and CapCityHipHop drop Parliament Takeover mixtape

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: A Photo Essay

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, […]

Party & Bullsh*t brings back the 90s

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 […]

Homebased release new album, Get Busy

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 […]

Buck N’ Nice just sound like they are

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 […]

Video of the Week: Zoo Legacy’s CRWD

[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 […]

Summer sun and Boogat’s beats

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 […]

wotts’ new album anything but a b-side

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 […]

Dilla 10: Continuing J Dilla’s legacy

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 […]

Video of the Week: Dapper by JC

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 […]

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