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[Column] Roundtable: Is Ghostwriting and Co-Writing Acceptable?

Drake Since rap has basically reached pop status, is it acceptable for a rapper in 2015 to have co-writers, ghostwriters, and writing teams just like pop artists? It's basically accepted in every genre, but rap seems to be different in that way. There are two sides to the debate: One side: What matters is what the final product is, and what's coming out of the speakers. It doesn't matter who did what, as long as the end result is dope. The other side: We expect rappers to be authentic, to keep it real, to have skills and showcase them. What's an emcee without their rhymes? What do you think? We put it to our writers to discuss. Read the roundtable after the jump.

[Feature] Special Guest Predictions for OVO Fest 2015

2015317-ovo-fest Update: Drake has confirmed that Norm Kelly, the legendary Toronto city councillor will be making an appearance at the show. The most highly anticipated concert of the summer,  the 6ixth annual OVO Fest returns to the Molson Amphitheatre on August 2nd and 3rd 2015. Each year, tickets for the event sell out within minutes of hitting the web. People travel thousands of miles just to see the boy. Drake has brought out some big names as surprise performers over the last few OVO fests. From G-Unit to Kanye West it seems like no one is off limits. With past years surprise lineups already featuring some of the biggest celebrities, we can only imagine what this year's OVO Fest will bring Toronto. We present to you, The Come Up Show's predictions for OVO Fest 2015.

[Mixtape Premiere] M-Bomb – “A Story No One Told”

M-Bomb - A Story No One Told WORLD PREMIERE!!! We're very proud to present a project by one of our own today, as the good homie M-Bomb drops his latest mixtape, A Story No One Told. The Waterloo emcee calls this his "most personal release to date," and appropriately for such an introspective project, the mixtape is mostly feature-free, with the exception of a guest verse by emcee/producer A-Fos (who also mixed the project) on “Boom/Get Out The Way.” Production-wise, M-Bomb does double-duty on “How The Story Begins” and “While You Were Sleeping,” with the remainder of the mixtape sampling from a number of the "most influential producers and artists" in his lifetime: classics from DJ Premier, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Exile, and Nottz Raw are all there. Along with the release, M-Bomb has teamed up with a number of talented visual artist friends to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art for each song. The ten canvas pieces will be auctioned off next Saturday at his mixtape release party, with all proceeds going to UNITY Charity. Stream/download the mixtape below, and read what M-Bomb had to say about the project after the jump.

[Event] The Come Up Show Presents: A Story No One Told Release Party August 16th @ The APK (London)

A Story No One Told Release Party The Come Up Show is proud to present the release party for our own M-Bomb's A Story No One Told mixtape/art collection. It'll be a TCUS family affair, as the show will have guest performances by A-Fos and BoR1zzle, and radio co-host J.R. will emcee the night. A Story No One Told (which dropped on August 8th) is a cross-media concept release featuring 10 songs with accompanying artwork on canvas for each song by different visual artists. The show will have a silent auction of all the artwork as well as raffle prizes, and it's all for a great cause. All proceeds will support UNITY Charity. Admission is $5 at the door. Check out the details below and peep some of the music you could be hearing after the jump.

[Feature] Events You Don’t Want To Miss (August 2014)

FUTUREFEATURE111 It's hard to believe but the last month of the summer is officially here. With 31 days left until September, concertgoers will have to take advantage of the performances occurring while they still can. With acts ranging from Waka Flocka, Cam'ron, and Freeway to major festivals such as OVO Fest and the Mad Decent Block party, we hope that you've already purchased your tickets. Here is our feature article on Events You Don’t Want To Miss (August 2014). Click the post to read the full article!