Canada's East coast has long been known as a mecca for folk music, but thanks to the likes of Classified, Ghettosocks and Skratch Bastid, it's quickly becoming known for its rich hip-hop scene. This week, a new compilation called The Halifax Boom Bap Project will bring together some of the Nova Scotia capital's best DJs and MCs for a star-studded introduction to the local scene.
The project takes its name from the Boom Bap Project, a Seattle-based rap group. The album, which was organized by Petey Punch and General Mills, is due out Friday (July 2). At first, it will only be available in Halifax, with a full Canadian release to come in the following months.
According to a press release, the Halifax-based album promises to be "the most comprehensive compilation of the genre in the city's history." The artists who appear on the album are: Universal Soul, Foff, Quake, Max Deuce, White Kong, Quon P, Kaleb Simmonds, Devine Freedom, Word Burgular, Ambition, Flexx Man, Anonymous, Dubbz, Joe Buck, Hellfactz, R$ $mooth, Knucklehead, Cess, Skool Boy, Mr. Finch, Classified, White Mic, D.O, Ghettosocks, Skratch Bastid, Cosmo, IV, and Kuttin Kracker.
Petey Punch said that the album's mission is "Cohesion. Unity. The hip-hop community of Halifax working together, regardless of camp, crew, clique, neighbourhood. Just good, grass roots hip-hop." The project's Facebook page reveals, "Every beat is sample based, no Auto-Tune or electro-inspired beats on this."
The release party will be held on the July 2 release date at the Paragon Theatre in Halifax. The show will feature Universal Soul, R$ $mooth, Cess, Knucklehead, Joe Buck, Skoo Boy and Petey Punch. Listen to a preview of what to expect here.