Reviews

Drake OVO Fest 2017
Drake Announces Album, Squashes Beef with Tory Lanez at OVO Fest

It's been 8 years since OVO Fest became a staple for Caribana weekend in Toronto. Last night, Drake placed another successful one at Budweiser Stage under his... more

Lil Yachty Ottawa
Lil Yachty Makes Debut at Bluesfest 2017; Falls Head Over Heels for Ottawa

It has been an interesting few days among Ottawa's music community after heated debates were sparked over Atlanta hip hop trio, Migos. As the first of two... more

Migos Ottawa
Migos Sparks Debates and Questions About Hip Hop’s Place at Ottawa Bluesfest

Usually rappers are late, it's just the nature of artists in general, so it wasn't a shocker that 30 minutes had passed and Migos were still not on stage. Much to... more

Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap and Monty Take Trap Music to Ottawa Bluesfest

Festival season is in full swing and Fetty Wap has been making his rounds; Performing at London's 'Wireless' Festival, then Michigan's 'Common Ground' festival, followed... more

50 Cent
50 Cent Brings Out Tony Yayo and Uncle Murda at Ottawa Bluesfest 2017

While you would think  that a 50 Cent concert would draw out all the 30-something year olds wanting to re-live their high school '21 Questions' days, night two of... more

Show Review: T.I. Performs Ottawa for the First Time Ever

It wouldn't be a Canadian tour if you didn't get stuck in the snow along the way; Which is exactly how T.I.'s Ottawa stop began when his tour bus broke down on his way... more

Tory Lanez
Tory Lanez Brings ‘I Told You’ Tour to Bronson Centre, Ottawa

For the second time in less than a year, Ottawa hosted the wild-child of the new Toronto-- Tory Lanez-- for another sold out show. Fresh off his debut solo album I Told... more

Review: Arty Warhol “Now” Official Video

Arty Warhol’s “Now” is a song about what money and fame can buy. Every rapper needs at least one of these declarations under their diamond-studded belt buckle.... more

Bryson Tiller Hints Moving to Ottawa After Partying in the City

The stage was hazy, dimly lit with hues of purple and blue, as the crowed thickened and waited for the artist alternatively known as "Pen Griffey". Bryson Tiller made... more

James Bay Cityfolk 2016
James Bay Collides Into Cityfolk Festival With His Ottawa Debut

It was like a throwback to the 90's when calling guys "teen heartthrobs" was a thing; Which seems to be the phrase coming to mind when describing last night's headlining... more

Swisha T “All I Got” Official Video Review

As the sun sets on the city, Swisha brings forth some new visuals over what seems to be his redemption song. A major part of the Ottawa rapper's story and musical... more

Tory Lanez
Tory Lanez Releases Another Banger: “Cold Hard Love”

The debut is creeping on us as Tory Lanez prepares to release his first official album titled 'I Told You' on August 19th. Don't get it twisted, Toronto's contender has... more

KingCeerouse
CasaCrouse Records’ Ceerouse ‘#KingCeerouse’ Mixtape Release

New mixtape from Ottawa and CasaCrouse Records' artist Ceerouse This 12-track release is a banger! #KingCeerouse newly released on July 28th! Download it at... more

Ottawa Artist, Paul Crupi, Puts Fresh Spin on “White Iverson”

When it comes to R&B and hip-hop remixes and covers, we've pretty much heard it all before, so it's interesting when an artist with influences from different genres... more

Juvi Da Gemini Sends a Message With “East” Visual

On the east side, we like it grimy; This brand new visual from Juvi Da Gemini is the embodiment of just that. It's an anthem we've been hearing for the past few months,... more

Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ Official Video

Ever since it hit the airwaves we've... been waiting on a video for so long. Drake's 'Hotline Bling' has been the track of the summer and has been climbing the Billboard... more

“The Beautiful Exchange” – Yours Truly, T.Y.

Hamilton artist, Yours Truly, T.Y., collaborates with Chef Byer to create "The Beautiful Exchange" EP. Released on July 14th, already having received accolades from... more

City Fidelia ft. NDMA ‘4am’

The best nights are the ones that are still going until four in the morning-- partying in the streets after the bars have all closed. Off his brand new album 'A Pisces... more

“Picket Fence” Quake Matthews: The Signal

In Canada, we're a melting pot of so many different cultures and walks of life. We're a generation of kids listening to trap music in Guns 'n' Roses t-shirts; It's... more

Album Release: FALL FOR B∆STARDS

Written by: Andrea Desjardins for Envy Magazine If you haven’t heard of B∆STARDS before (no, not the ones in your office), you’ve probably been living under a... more

“Safe” Erich Mrak – Produced by PPicasso

Back in December, Erich Mrak began work on his latest song, "Safe", and began filming the video in June; This production has been a long time coming. The kid from... more

REVIEW: Alex Silas “Roots” album

Written by Andrea Desjardins We can no longer refer to Alex Silas as simply a “rapper”. Thanks to his debut two part album release ROOTS: The Opera of June... more

“0 to 100 Remix” Artiztik

It's catchup season; Summer is the time to go hard and Drizzy knows this. Since the release of 0 to 100 in June, a few worthy artists have been hopping on the beat... more

“Grease Lightening” Swisha T ft. Johnny Bravo

In possibly one of his creepiest videos, Swisha T-- alongside fellow creep, Johnny Bravo-- Grease Lightening gives an evil portrayal of these 613 rappers. The video... more

“Old As Fuck” Philly Moves

If you saw two 80 year olds walking down the street, filming a rap video, what would you do? Philly Moves blow everyones minds with their way too realistic geezer... more

Pusha T Live in Ottawa: MNIMN Canadian Tour (WYWCM.com)

"One half of The Clipse and G.O.O.D. Music signee Pusha T is on a Canadian tour right now and made a stop in Ottawa on February 1st 2014. Barrymore's Music Hall was... more

“This Town” Alex Silas ft. Bryan Ruckstuhl

Alex Silas is one artist I've come across that I'm unable to put into a box with all the other typical rappers. He's like a... rapping, campfire-song singing, Canadian... more

Charron BET Cypher Verse 2013

If you can't join them, body them. Recently, Charron was denied a spot in the 2013 BET cypher (as promised) as the Freestyle Friday champ. Instead of taking it as a... more

“I Hate Rappers” Swisha-T

"I'ma belittle all you little rappers for little shits..." The #ihaterappers movement has been taking everybody in Ottawa and beyond by storm and Swisha-T is the... more

“Freaks and Geeks Remi” Artiztik

We've come across a few "Freaks and Geeks" remixes since Gambino released his original version in 2011, but none we've liked quite like this one. This remix showcases... more

(MIXTAPE REVIEW) Bath Salts & Vinegar Chips

It seems Orleans native Corey Charron has a habit of getting noticed for all the right reasons these days. After being crowned freestyle champion of BET’s 106 &... more

“Cupid’s Got a Gun” Swisha T ft. Jigz The Flyer

Ottawa's gem, Swisha T, has just released a brand video visual and it is absolute FIRE (as per usual). 'Cupid's Got a Gun' is an intriguing display of sexy visuals... more

“Other Things” Jigz The Flyer

"No fears, baby, no fears; Erase 'em all. You'll never learn to walk if you're petrified of a fall." Bare your soul and be fearless of your differences. This brand new... more

Don’t Fu(n)k Up Our Beats Contest Entry ft. SawBuck

Our good friend and Ottawa rapper, SawBuck, has entered in myfunkvolume.com's 'Don't Fu(n)k Up Our Beats' contest. With some serious bars, SawBuck is giving all the... more

‘Don’t Fu(n)k Up Our Beats’ Contest Entry ft. Artiztik

It seems as if Ottawa is breeding its new generation of hip hop and they're holding it hostage. Artiztik is a young up-and-comer who's relatively new to Envy's ears and... more

Homebased ‘Get Busy’ Album Review

Hip-hop in Ottawa keeps on getting stronger by the day it seems, with all sorts artists popping up on the internet or in the city’s small nightclubs. Whether... more

“Flowetry” Swisha T

Ottawa's own Swisha T's "Flowetry" official video. Incredible. Don't believe us? Just watch. Almost 63K views in 2 days. You... more

Classified ‘Classified’ Album Review

Classified has become a household name in Canadian hip-hop conversation since the year 2009, when his debut major label album Self Explanatory captured the attention... more

“Just Gimme Time” City Fidelia #SMAD

Galangster Productions, Maxym Media, Salaam Status & Self Made Music Present... City Fidelia Just Gimme the Time (Produced by Salaam Satus) From the mixtape,... more

“The Hangover” Swisha-T

We've been telling you all but we'll say it again: this guy is a force to be reckoned with. Swisha T's "The Hangover" is so relevant to what's hot in today's hip hop... more

SawBuck ‘Premonition’ Album Review

Since starting at Envy Magazine, I never really thought it would get to the point where artists in the city of Ottawa, and even across the country, would be sending me... more

“The 2 Chainz Effect” Reggie Cash JR & Migil Aden

2 Chainz has a way of making people go into a state of ratchetness (it's a word, we definitely looked it up). You ever wonder what would happen if you overload on... more

Jadakiss Live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

We've waited a long time for Jadakiss to touch down in Ottawa and it was WELL worth the wait. Kapacity Entertainment gave us one of the most memorable shows of 2012... more

Afrika Bambaataa ft. DJ Illo & Jamez Live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

For 2012's Kapacity x Stamina annual x-mas party, we all got to celebrate the holidays with the legend, the man himself: AFRIKA BAMBAATAA. The crowd was nothing but... more

“Fork in the Road” Loe Pesci directed by Studio Tree Productions

Loe Pesci "Fork in the Road" Official Video http://www.OGHinduKush.Bandcamp.com First Video off "Expensive Heat Vol 1" Video directed by Zee-bot for Studio Tree... more

Calum’s Picks: Top Canadian HipHop Albums of 2012

With another year in the books with regards to the hip-hop world, there were a number of standout contributions from the great white north that should be noticed. These... more

“F*ckboy” Slightly Famous

SLIGHTLY FAMOUS (Johnny Bravo x Happy Killmore) | "FUCKBOY" Official Video In the minds of Johnny and Happy, a "good idea" is filming an outdoor video after a 2 day... more

The Psychiatric Minds: The Road To Soul | SD the Scholar [Mixtape Download]

  The highly anticipated mixtape from Canadian Hip-Hop artist SD The Scholar that serves as a prelude to Scholar's upcoming album "The Soul Project LP" due out... more

“Psychiatric Minds” SD The Scholar Prod. by Nock Nock

The official video for "Psychiatric Minds" by SD The Scholar, track produced by Nock Nock and video directed by Jason Matos. "The Psychiatric Minds: The Road To... more

“Lead Me On” Erich Mrak ft. Verns

If you've ever been led on by someone for a significant amount of time, then you know what it feels like, and how much it sucks when you find out that they were with... more

Alex Silas “Songs for Lovers and Fighters” Album Review

It isn’t often that one comes across an artist who can draw on a variety of different influences and blend them seamlessly into one finished product. However,... more

Peter Jackson “Fresh Start” Album Review

          From embarking on a Canada-wide tour with Jadakiss, to releasing several singles, mixtapes, and music videos,  many will point to Peter Jackson as one... more

Cashtro Crosby | NKNF (No Kids, No Felonies) | FULL ALBUM

Album: NKNF (No Kids, No Felonies) Artist: Cashtro Crosby Released: Oct. 23rd, 2012 Download Here | And Here Tracklist 1. No Kids No Felonies (Intro) (Prod.... more

“For the Money” MACE MILLY ft. HELL RELL & J-HOOD

*Official Video* Mace Milly feat.Hell Rell & J-Hood "For The Money" Produced by The LJ *2012* - NY2Ottawa - Unsigned Hype Twitter: @masemilli @therealhellrell... more

“Blue Sky/C’est La Vie” + The Blindspot project City Fidelia

Recently, we caught up with Ottawa's own City Fidelia for the low down on The Blindspot album which dropped on October 11th (Check the interview here). Since then, our... more

Big K.R.I.T & Slim Thug Live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

Big K.R.I.T and Slim Thug packed nothing but high energy into their performance at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa; A stop on their Live from the Underground tour. Check... more

“Reach for the Sky (Try)” Maestro ft. Classified

If you needed a boost of inspiration today, Maestro and Classified got it on lock. Everything from the uplifting lyrics to the Blue Rodeo "Try" sample off the 1987... more

“Hunger Pains” Young Buck ft. Swisha-T & Aspects | Official Video

When you're truly hungry in the rap game, it portrays a little something like this; Young Buck, Swisha-T, and Aspects all join forces for a raw and honest display of... more

“The Cypher” Snowgoons ft. Aspects, Ghostface Killah, Swisha T, & Killah Priest

"The Cypher" is a track off the new album "Snowgoons Dynasty" which is set to release in a little under 2 weeks on July 17th. Laden with footage of Ghostface and Killah... more

“Whachu Sayin/Something to Show” Vic NS

"Three letters in the name VIC, but who's countin?" Off his 2011 mixtape How I'm Doing, Vic NS brings us the first video he's ever shot in Guelph, ON, and says "it... more

“Basics” Homebased

First single off of the sophomore album "Get Busy" due Summer 2012 Produced by Kane B (SOCAN/ASCAP) All lyrics written and performed by Textstyle & BetaVel... more

“Boyfriend (Justin Bieber Cover)” Virginia to Vegas ft. Vic NS

Not a Bieber fan? Take in this rendition instead. Less than one minute into listening to the Virginia to Vegas ft. Vic NS cover of Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend", we HAD to... more

“I’m Tired” Philly Moves

The Philly Moves duo brings the fire yet again with their new video for their "I'm Tired" track. Produced by Patrick Lozinski of Ploz Productions. Also check out... more

“Sets Go Up” Swisha-T

A little over a week ago, we posted Swisha T's official video for the "Rack City" remix track. We couldn't help but give you yet another feature video taste of Swisha's... more

“Cap City (Rack City remix)” Swisha-T

It's safe to say that "Rack City" is getting less plays in Envy's iTunes since this remix came out. Swisha-T shows his capital city colors with this bangin' anthem. Now... more

“DMT With Joe Rogan” Loe Pesci

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AZ Do or Die II Tour Live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

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Onyx “I’m So 90’s” Tour Live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

Good Friday ENT's Perry Papadakos takes us through Barcelona, Thessaloniki, Athens, Rome and Tel Aviv with Onyx and The Beatnuts. Envy Magazine had the opportunity... more

“Always On” Saukrates

VIA OG Hindu Kush If you dont’ already know, here at SYLGU, Montreal is the city, the Habs (Montreal Canadiens) is the team. Saukrates, hands down one of the... more

Kid Sister Live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

Despite that it was a Monday night, Kid Sister came all the way from the state of Illinois to deliver Ottawa an unbelievably energetic performance. This Chi-town rapper... more

Manifesto Live at the Square (The Goodiebag)

Shot & Edited By: Creations Of LA "This past Sunday (September 25, 2011) Maybach Music Group’s Stalley and Ice H20′s JD Era along with living legends... more

“We on That” Onyx ft. Young Kazh

Grimy is as grimy does. These dudes have been around forever and they're still as shiftee, low down, gritty and grimey as they ever have been. Plus, this video... more

Onyx Live Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

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Lil Wayne “I Am Still Music” Tour Live in Ottawa (WYWCM.COM)

"Before Weezy came out on stage, Rozay was up next to bless the stage. In this footage, you’ll catch him perform hits like: Hustle Hard remix, 9 Piece, I’m on... more

House of Paint 2011

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“I Don’t Care” JRDN

 You've all been hearing this song flood your radio stations and now there's finally a video for it. Let us just say that we love JRDN's attitude in this video. He may... more

“Hard to Forget” J-Bru ft. Kayo

"I made it rain, but for now I see the sunshine" Due to the fact that I haven't posted anything in the video section for a while (working hard on the next issue for... more

“Love you” Maribelle Anes & D-Pryde

As avid supporters of Canadian artist, D-Pryde, we COULD not pass up putting this video here for all of you to see. Despite how lovey dovey it is-- as most of our our... more

“60 Bar Chainsaw Massacre” Sese

The rap game's Leatherface That's all we have to say. The ridiculous punchlines, the energetic but smooth flow and video production all have us wearing down our replay... more

“Reality” DJ Charlie B ft. Belly, P.Reign, JRDN and Big Lean

DJ Charlie B's first music video and it's a BANGER. Featuring some of the best Canadian artists in existence right now. This is one of those songs you play with your car... more

“What a World” Sese

"... to stop 'em, they gon' have to 'Princes Diana' me..." Despite this video being out for 3 weeks now, we couldn't help but share it again and again. Once again, Sese... more

Central State Cipher PT. II

We already saw DubleJay and his Central State team dominate their cipher in part one and now they're back at it again. With a larger team this time, but still as great... more