NICKY DA B


Nicky Da B is at the forefront of the next generation of New Orleans Bounce Rappers. He is currently earning huge accolades for his most recent work with Grammy nominated producer Diplo on “Express Yourself” (currently in rotation on MTV and an NPR Song of the Day), his ground-breaking video for “Hot Potato Style” and his sold out headlining performance at the Sydney Opera House this past June. His style is deliberately smoother than many of his Bounce contemporaries (though his lyrics are no less explicit) and his delivery is very unique…lying somewhere between the rapid fire vocalizations of Jamaican Dancehall and the call and response party-style chants of NoLa Bounce, complimented by a rap lyricism not usually associated with the genre. He uses his voice naturally (and unnaturally!) to create the chopped vocal sound that many other rappers do via the producers’ magic fingers. His live performance is highlighted by several choreographed songs featuring his three amazing dancers and his DJ/Manager Rusty Lazer. Check the whole crew at Babylon on Tuesday, September 25th, with DJs Gregular and Iggy Smalls.

SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA


The Souljazz Orchestra’s new album “Solidarity” comes out in stores this coming Monday, September 17th, and the band will be having a massive release party at Babylon, on Saturday September 22nd. So what are people saying about “Solidarity”? Well, National Geographic in Washington DC called it “beyond badass”. The Paris DJs collective in France described it as “ridiculously exceptional”. Jeune Afrique, one of the most widely read magazines in francophone Africa, declared it “an essential album”. Heavyweight DJs like Laurent Garnier and the BBC’s Gilles Peterson have already started spinning it regularly, and the album has been getting airplay as far off as Mali, Brazil and Greece.

ONE HUNDRED MAD


On Wednesday, September 19th, the bald headed MCs from Queens are coming to Ottawa and bringing their 100 Mad Tour with them. The rappers turned actors turned rappers have a gang of hit records under their belt including the all time classic “SLAM”. Vancouver’s Snak the Ripper and Panther & The Supafly, along with T.O.’s Bishop Brigante have joined ONYX on their 100 Mad Tour. Fresh off being appointed the newest member of Onyx’s 100 Mad Crew, the Battle Axe Warrior Snak the Ripper has just released his White Dynamite LP that features the smash single by the same name – “White Dynamte”! Panther & the Supafly is a Vancouver collective of musicians and producers that fuse the sounds of hip-hop, R&B, jazz, pop and electronic music. Panther just dropped his solo EP Blood & Joy that is more hip-hop and trap than electro and pop. Both albums are among the year’s best releases. Opening the show is Ottawa’s own Atherton – Emcee/producer of independent hip-hop music, and host of Hip-Hop Karaoke which takes place the 3rd Thursday of every month at  Babylon.

DSXSF


On Thursday, September 27th, master of the turntables and beat junkie “Jon Deck” teams up with the swagmatic “Joel Marshall” for a night of crispy. All the newest and gnarliest Trap, Electro, Hip-Hop and Moombahton you can stomach.

EDUMACATIONS


On Wednesday, September 12th, San Francisco’s iNexus and Sweden’s Lucas Moonrise are coming through with a little Dubstep knowledge. Come and get some learning did.