Sunday, 9 September 2018

Safe & Sound Music Fest 2018

   What makes a music festival unforgettable? The participating artists, location, and last but not least the recreational things one can do while music is still great, loud and always on. In their second year of operation, Safe & Sound Music Festival was very bold and settled. This year the opted genre of sound was hip hop with R&B and Soul influences. The audience recognized the impeccable job the staff undertook to have them only enjoy the festival and make it alive. Indeed in a fantastic frame beside the Fraser river in the core of New Westminster more than 1 thousand people came in during the weekend of the 24th and 25th of August with the sole purpose in mind to get laid by the music. A super thrilled and flashy audience that couldn't stop dancing, singing, jumping and yelling not only at the artists on stage, but also to the DJ selection, while waiting for the next artist. They simply ignited whichever artist was on, with them in turn reciprocating the energy of the crowd.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Canadian Underdogs Interviews - D-Rec

Canadian Underdogs Intervies: Episode 04 - D-Rec

Sam Burrows had a chance to sit down with Vancouver legend D-Rec during the beginning of another exciting run in his career. The Producer/DJ has been a staple in the Vancouver hip hop community for the past 20 years, doing countless shows and multiple tours across Canada and Europe as he travels with his good friend and business partner Snak The Ripper

 D-Rec discusses his humble beginnings DJing at house parties before linking up with Snak during

Thursday, 26 July 2018

JSTMKY Is One Of The Top Prospects In The Province And Is Back Making Music


 With Vancouver being the hub of British Columbia, especially in respects to music, other cities in the province often get left out or at the very least, take the back stage. Growing up on Vancouver Island, I was able to relate to the feeling of solitude from the rest of the music industry. It felt like you had to move to the big city to have any chance at success. Luckily, as the internet and more specifically social media developed, that rapidly started to change. The original idea behind creating a blog that covers the entire province was to give those other regions a voice. There are plenty of media outlets that cover Vancouver hip hop, but the talent from the surrounding cities tend to get overlooked.
Searching for music outside of the usual areas has given me the opportunity to connect with some amazing artists that I would have never heard about otherwise.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Canadian Underdogs Interviews - Greg Beamish

Canadian Underdogs Interviews: Episode 03 - Greg Beamish

Sam Burrows sits down with Vancouver's Greg Beamish to talk about his past endeavors, future plans, and to share some insight on his strategy to build a solid fan base.

Follow Canadian Underdogs for more interviews from local rappers around the Greater Vancouver area. Support your locals.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

A New Wave Has Hit Vancouver. Introducing: King Diamond Tut

A new wave has hit Vancouver and King Diamond Tut is riding it out.

King Diamond Tut, originally from Toronto, has been putting in a lot of work this year. With 7 music videos released since the beginning of 2018, a handful of podcast appearances and a bunch of shows under his belt (his most recent being July 21st's Live From The Underground), he has been at the forefront of the new wave of artists that are currently on the rise in the Greater Vancouver area.

His newest video "Da Cou" shows his determination to make a name for himself in the Vancouver circuit. Branded as a new Vancity anthem, his newest track boasts a catchy hook and booming

Live From The Underground - Day 3

We caught up with a bunch of the artists during day 3 of Live From The Underground last weekend at The Railway Stage & Beer Cafe

The 3 day event presented by LiveActs & The Live Agency showcased over 60 live performances from local Vancouver rappers & Djs.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Canadian Underdogs Interviews - Mighty Mahh

Canadian Underdogs Interviews: Episode 02 - Mighty Mahh

Sam Burrows sits down with Vancouver rapper Mighty Mahh to chop it up about Mighty's current plans as they puff on a joint of Vancouver's finest.

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Canadian Underdogs Interviews - B. Mendez

Canadian Underdogs Interviews: episode 01 - B. Mendez

 Canadian Underdogs' Sam Burrows met up with B. Mendez in North Vancouver's Clevland Dam andhad a chance to chop about his recent tracks, a few people that he has been working with and his upcoming album.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

BCUG Spotlight: Record Labels

The music industry has always been plagued with the issue of the "front man" The one that, whether intentional or not, gets the majority of the attention and fame regardless of how many extremely talented individuals put their heart and soul into the project. With our BCUG Spotlight Series, we try to take some of that limelight and shed it on the people or organizations that operate in the darker corners of the process who help curate the music we all love to enjoy.

We reached out to many of the local hip hop record labels to gain some insight on the business end of the industry and get a better understanding of the many different groups that are putting in work across British Columbia...

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Sometimes It's Not So Eazy

BC Underground

 Controversy broke out this weekend in the local hip hop scene as ghostwriting allegations were brought against Calgary rapper Eazy Mac. Sketch Menace, a well known figure in the western Canadian battle rap scene, publicly called out Eazy Mac claiming unpaid writing sessions. According to Sketch, the two got together on several occasions where Eazy asked him for help with writing. After multiple instances of using his bars, Sketch claims, the two agreed to continue writing together and Sketch would receive a percentage of the Spotify streaming revenue as compensation. Things got a little shady after that when sketch never received any payment for his contribution. After the two worked out a deal for a $1000 compensation fee along with a non disclosure agreement, the final straw that ultimately culminated their fallout was disagreement between payment of taxes. In retaliation, Sketch publicly posted parts of their private conversation that showed Eazy agreeing to pay $1000 along with the non-disclosure agreement for the work that was done.

 We reached out to Eazy Mac this morning by phone to get his side of the story.
According to Eazy, the two had been friends for the better part of 7 years.
"We used to hang out occasionally and smoke weed" says Eazy. "I've always admired his multis (multiple syllable rhymes) so sometimes I would throw him something like "Louis C.K" and he would come back with "Groupies He Raped" but I was the one that put it all together"
 Eazy claims that there was no formal agreement between using the rhymes and the contribution that Sketch made was never more than the two bouncing ideas off each other.
 "He's trying to extort me. He got really weird after I started to get a buzz. I agreed to pay the $1000 just to get him to leave me alone. I was hurt that a friend would do that to me and I was just tired of him trying to bully me so I agreed"
 That $1000 turned into $1140 when Sketch asked for him to pay the BC tax rate. Although both now reside in British Columbia, Mac points out that Sketch moved to the province recently and his company would still have been registered in Alberta.
 Eazy Mac provided us with the text conversations between Sketch and himself which pointed out that Mac agreed to pay the additional $140. As the conversation between the two degraded, Sketch decided that he didn't want the payment anymore and would share his side of the story publicly.
  With Eazy Mac's new album about to drop, Sketch vows to call out each line that he claims to have written on the project as he did in the post above. It's hard to tell who is in the wrong, with both parties giving similar yet conflicting stories of what really happened, but if anything can be taken from this, it's to get everything in writing.

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