ICYMI: The Best Hip-Hop Acts at Ottawa’s Bluesfest

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Words: John Perez @jjperez.pdf

Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest was definitely an event that brought a huge crowd day-to-day for fans to catch their favourite international artists perform on Canadian soil. The hip-hop scene wasn’t too strong this summer but there were definitely some acts that brought in a large audience. Here are the top four hip hop acts you might have missed during the July music festival here in the city. 

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Credit: RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Facebook

Murda Beatz

Hailing from Fort Erie, Murda Beatz has certified himself as one of hip-hop’s most recognized producers, collaborating with the genre’s most elite talent. He lit up the Videotron Stage on July 11th, to bring the trap sound to life in the Capital City. He also brought out the Prime Boys who have been making some serious noise. 

Key Tracks: Nice for What, Butterfly Effect, MotorSport. 

Credit: RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Facebook

Credit: RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Facebook

Snoop Dogg

The West coast legend made an appearance on the City Stage during his set on July 13 as one of the headliners of this entire event. Snoop is definitely a pioneer in the hip-hop culture popularizing the G-Funk sound and influencing the California vibe which has inspired many artists in the game today.

Key Tracks: Still a G Thang, Drop It Like It’s Hot, Gin and Juice. 

Credit: RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Facebook

Credit: RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Facebook

Wu Tang Clan

The reunion of the Wu Tang Clan in the Capital City was a memorable experience. Their set took place at the City Stage on July 13, spitting classic bangers for OG hip-hop fans who appreciate the golden era of the 90’s. These gentlemen influenced the raw New York sound that paved the way for many east coast rappers including Nas and Joey Bada$$.

Key Tracks: C.R.E.A.M, Protect Ya Neck, Bring Da Ruckus. 

Credit: RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Facebook

Credit: RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Facebook

Logic

Definitely one of the biggest names in this year’s overall lineup. Logic performed on July 10 at the City Stage with high energy that obviously attracted a big audience. He is a multi-platinum, Grammy nominee who garners millions of streams on multiple platforms. Many of his songs remain on the Billboard chart, gaining recognition and fame worldwide. He is building quire the reputation with his lyrical versatility. 

Key Tracks: Homicide, 18002738255, Take it Back.


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