If you’ve been paying attention to music recently, you would’ve noticed by now that many big acts that are dominating the charts are all coming from Canada. We’ve watched artists like The Weeknd, Justin Beiber, and most importantly Drake put the city of Toronto on the map for the music scene and ever since it’s seem like a wave of different Canadian-born artists have popped up and making great music.
Today I bring you a new one that you should be on the look out for. Brampton-born and raised, Derin Falana is an up and coming rapper who’s due to break through to mainstream media any moment now. He’s been building buzz with his first two mixtapes, 905 and Live from Rocky Mountain , and with new tracks seeming to be dropping almost every week now, it seems like we’re on the cusp of getting a new project from “The Flan”, as he like s to call himself.
To hear his recent music as well as some of his previous works, check out the playlist below:
A lot of the knock on today’s hip-hop and R&B is that no one makes music about love anymore. Its all about exploiting women and being the coolest guy with the most money, but every once in a while we get a new artist who reminds us of that old R&B music that we used to love so much. That new artist is Brent Faiyaz.
The Baltimore raised crooner is the lead singer in his group Sonder who is based in LA. The 20 year old crooner has the voice that is very reminiscent of the sound that we used to hear in the 90s and even before that. It’s angelic but raw; passionate but not too aggressive. His song content as well as his aesthetic matches one of someone that doesn’t intend on “fitting in” with everyone of today’s music.
His group released their debut EP on January 27th of this year, and have already picked up some steam with his recent collaboration on “Crew” by DC-native GoldLink. The future is looking bright for Faiyaz with a sound unlike anyone else’s and the quality of music that will make any fan of R&B fall in love.
His solo EP, A.M. Paradox , which released in September of last year is available everywhere, steam it below and check him out:
The MVP race for this season is probably as close as its ever been due to the amazing play from several superstars. With that said, there are two front runners who have been in the conversation since the beginning of the year; and that’s James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Its basically like choosing between the red pill and the blue pill at this point. Both players are having record breaking seasons, so no matter who wins it would be understandable.
If there was someone who had an edge it would probably be Russell Westbrook because he’s averaging a Triple-Double for the entire year, a feat that hasn’t been done since Oscar Robertson did it in 1962. Not only is he averaging a triple-double but he’s set the record for most triple-doubles in a single season, with 42, and possibly a few more before the season’s end. Westbrook also leads the league in points per game with 31.7, and probably the most important factor of Westbrook’s season is that this is all following the departure of his long time teammate Kevin Durant, who left at the end of last season to play for the Golden State Warriors.
Westbrook’s season has been one for the record books, but don’t sleep on Harden’s season. He may not be averaging a triple double, but he sure is pretty close. Harden is currently averaging 29.2 points per game (2nd in the league), 8.1 Rebounds a game, and 11.2 assists per game (1st in the NBA). His assists numbers are not something to be overlooked because with a league that is dominated by elite point guards; the league’s assist leader is a shooting guard, that’s impressive. Harden is also playing for the most successful team, with his team sitting in 3rd place in the Western Conference with a 53-26 record while Westbrook’s Thunder are in 6th place with a 45-34 record. This makes things even more interesting, because if these standings stay the same by playoff time that means we’ll see a first round matchup where these two teams will play each other.
The winner of the MVP this year will ultimately come down to what the voters value more important. If they care for record breaking and stats alone, then Westbrook will probably be winning, which would be a pretty safe bet. But if they decide that they’re going to reward winning and take into consideration that Harden is doing almost everything that Westbrook is with just a few less rebounds a game, then Harden will be the MVP. Brodie vs The Beard, the former teammates to be the league’s premier player, the story writes itself.
For years, literally years, we’ve watched the Lady Huskies of the University of Connecticut dominate the Women’s college basketball landscape. In fact, dominate could very well be an understatement for how well this team has played in recent history. This week, the world finally saw the 111-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Mississippi State.
Just for some background on how great this team has been during this legendary streak, this is a streak that’s been going on since November 23, 2014. That is 867 days that they remained undefeated. During this streak, the Huskies were never ranked lower than number 3 in the nation. This streak also included 61 wins where they defeated their opponents by 40 or more points. 108 of their wins were games decided by a double-digit margin, so only 3 of their games were close games (according to NCAA.com). And before this streak, they had a 46 game win streak, so yeah this team is pretty good.
UCONN’s women’s basketball is just known for winning, so much so it reached the point where the possibility of them losing just seemed impossible. Whoever they played was always the underdog, so to see them finally lose is a shock to the world. Actually, the fact that the game was close was a surprise, but then for them to lose, on a buzzer beater was something that should be in a movie.
UCONN head coach, Geno Auriemma was very humble in defeat, “Look, nobody’s won more than we’ve won. I understand losing, believe it or not. We haven’t lost in a while, but I understand it. I know how to appreciate when other people win.” It’s good to know that all the winning hasn’t caused him to be arrogant. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Huskies will be be on another streak, but just goes to show you that nothing lasts forever.
Say what you want about Drake’s music, one thing that can’t be argued is his star power. When he releasing something new, the world stops and listens. Saturday was no different when he dropped his newest project More Life. At around 6 o’clock ET, the project could be streamed for free on OVO sound radio and it seemed like my whole Twitter timeline was live tweeting during the streaming. About an hour later, the project was released to the public.
Since coming onto the hip hop scene in 2009, with much help from rap superstar and mentor Lil Wayne, Drake’s rise to rap super stardom has been nothing short of spectacular as the world watched this awkward Jewish teen actor on Degrassi become one of the most successful rappers of all time.
Drake won over the people’s hearts with his extreme honesty and vulnerability in his music which made him relatable to just about anyone. His top notch raps mixed with his ability to sing pop melodies made Drake a force to be reckoned with that we’ve never seen before. He was destined to be a star, and the success has definitely followed.
Nowadays you can’t go anywhere without hearing his music. He owns the airwaves. If it’s not his song playing on the radio, he’s featured on a hit single. And if you’re not listening to the radio, you might hear his song playing from a car passing by, or it’ll be playing at a party because let’s face it, the man has hits for days and doesn’t seem like he’s planning on stopping anytime soon. Its no coincidence that he was Spotify’s most streamed artist last year, and his previous album was the highest rap album of the year.
Drake is bigger than just Hip-Hop these days, he’s a global superstar and the world is always watching and waiting for what “The 6 God” has next in his bag of tricks. If you’re not a fan of Drake, I suggest you get used to hearing him if you’re not already, because these days it seems the only star bigger than Drizzy is the sun.
More Life is expected to be Drake’s 7th consecutive album to debut #1 on the Billboard top 100, and it is also expected to be the biggest debut of the year and his career selling over 500000 copies in first week sales according to Billboard.