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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]