Nominees For 14th Annual Indie Awards Announced

The nominees for this year’s Indie Awards, which will be awarded on May 10th at Kool Haus, have been announced.

The nominees for Rap/Hip-Hop Artist/Group or Duo of the Year are Classified, Grand Analog, Rich Kidd, Shad and SonReal.

SonReal & Rich Kidd also find themselves nominated for Collaboration of the Year against Classified’s “Inner Ninja” (with David Myles), JRDN’s “Can’t Choose” (with Kardinal Offishall), The Weeknd and Drake’s “Live For” and “Beat This Heart” by Tim Chaisson and Serena Ryder.

Shad also finds himself nominated for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for “Remember to Remember.”

For a full list of nominees across the 37 categories go to

2014 Canadian Radio Music Award Nominees Announced


The nominees for the 17th Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards have been announced. Drake is nominated for SOCAN Song of the Year for “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” He is up against songs from Tegan & Sara, Classified (ft. David Myles) and Walk Off The Earth.

Also, could someone tell me how Classified is up for Best New Group or Solo Artist?

For a full list of nominations go to:

[Audio] Maestro Fresh Wes – Reach For The Sky (Gold Medal Mix) (ft. Classified & Blue Rodeo)

Reach for the Sky Olympic cover

New one from Maestro.

Platinum selling Hip-Hop pioneer, Maestro Fresh Wes, is back to deliver us an uplifting track in honour of our Canadian Olympians. Celebrating 25 years under his belt, Maestro looked to fellow Canadians, Classified & Blue Rodeo, for the assist on “Reach For The Sky (Gold Medal Mix). Resulting, an anthem for Canadian Olympians over these Winter Games.

Divo releases Inside The Vault mixtape


Divo’s latest mixtape, Inside The Vault, is a collection of tracks from over the years as well as some new material. Featured artists include Dan-e-o, Classified, D.O., Eternia, D-Sisive, N.I.F.T.Y., Gee Wunder, Tara Chase, General, Nukky Grissom, DL Incognito and more.

DOWNLOAD: Divo – Inside The Vault (Bandcamp)

Maestro releases new album, Orchestrated Noise


As I mentioned in the last post, Maestro released his new album Orchestrated Noise on Tuesday. This is the 7th LP from Maestro over his 25 years in hip hop and it features artists from a variety of genres including Kardinal Offishall, Sam Roberts, The Trews, Divine Brown, Classified, Saidah Baba Talibah, Glenn Lewis and opera singer Measha Brueggergosman. Fellow hip hop legends Sadat X, Kool G Rap and Chuck D also make appearances. Production credits include Gameboy, Lord Quest, Rezza Brothers, Vanguards, Tone Mason, Classified, Rich Kidd, Bix and Saukrates.

1. Look for Me in the Whirlwind ft. King Reign and Saukrates
2. Gladiator ft. Rich Kidd
3. Symphonia Destino ft. Measha Brueggergosman
4. Dearly Departed ft. Kardinal Offishall
5. Desire ft. Lights
6. History Repeated ft. Sam Roberts
7. See You on the Weekend ft. Sadat X and Glenn Lewis
8. Black Trudeau (Rap Prime Minister)
9. The Conversation ft. King Reign
10. Salute (Additional Vocals by Chuck D)
11. Reach for the Sky (Try) ft. Classified
12. I Wanna Know ft. The Trews
13. Longevity (Get Up Remix) ft. Adam Bomb
14. Timeless ft. Divine Brown
15. Stranger ft. Saukrates
16. Pyramids in the Sand ft. k-os, Rezza Brothers
and Saidah Baba Talibah

Born Original ft. E.D.G.E
Legendary ft. Kool G. Rap and Rezza Brothers

PURCHASE: Maestro Fresh Wes – Orchestrated Noise (iTunes)

Peter Jackson releases Fresh Start LP and new video

Peter Jackson’s Fresh Start album was released earlier this week and features appearances from Jadakiss, Joe Budden, Sizzla Kalonji, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Classified, Aleesia, Karl Wolf, 9-0-Nickel, Trinity Chris and more.

He also released a video for the track “O.M.G. (On My Grind)” with Sheek Louch.

PURCHASE: Peter Jackson – Fresh Start (Bandcamp)

MMVA Nominees Announced

Much Music recently announced the nominees for the 2012 MMVAs. The awards show will take place on June 17th.

MuchVibe Hip Hop Video of the Year
A-Game – Cool Boyz (directed by Cazhmere)
Classified ft. Kato & Jim Cuddy – The Hangover (directed by The Hansen-MacDonald Brothers)
Drake ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga – The Motto (directed by Lamar Taylor & Hyghly Alleyne)
Harvey Stripes ft. Lloyd – Come On (directed by Cazhmere)
K’Naan ft. Nelly Furtado – Is Anybody Out There? (directed by Chris Robinson)

Other hip-hop-related nominees are below.

Video of the Year
Drake – Headlines
Hedley ft. P. Reign – Invincible

Post Production of the Year
Shaun Boothe – Let Me Go

Cinematographer of the Year
Hedley ft. P. Reign – Invincible

Director of the Year
RT! (Aleesia ft. Big Sean – Kiss It Bye Bye)
Marc André Debruyne (Danny Fernandes ft. Josh Ramsay & Belly – Hit Me Up)

Pop Video of the Year
Hedley ft. P. Reign – Invincible

MuchFACT Indie Video of the Year
Danny Fernandes ft. Josh Ramsay & Belly – Hit Me Up

International Video of the Year – Artist
David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj – “Turn Me On”
Flo Rida – “Good Feeling”
Nicki Minaj – “Starships”
Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo , Afrojack & Nayer – “Give Me Everything”

International Video of the Year – Group
Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars – “Lighters”

International Video of the Year by a Canadian
Drake ft. Rihanna – Take Care

Most Streamed Video of the Year
Aleesia ft. Big Sean – “Kiss It Bye, Bye”
Cobra Starship ft. Mac Miller – “Middle Finger”
Danny Fernandes ft. Josh Ramsay & Belly – “Hit Me Up”
Hedley ft. P. Reign – “Invincible”
Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Otis”

UR Fave: Video
Drake – “Headlines”
Hedley ft. P. Reign – “Invincible”

UR Fave: Artist

Click here for a full list of the nominees.