Saturday, Feb. 9

* Just for Cats
* Chasse et Pêche secret party
* Silent EM at l’Esco
* J Dilla night at Ausgang
* Nomad in Orient at Groove Nation

Saturday, Feb. 7


* Denise Roig’s new book Brilliant launches at Drawn & Quarterly
* Hivernale with Music is my Sanctuary’s DJs Lexis and Poirier
* Dethfox brings anarcho-punk to Casa with openers Bearmace and Drip
* J Dilla Tribute Birthday Party with Illa J, Sev Dee, and friends

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Honouring Dilla with brother Illa

Montreal honours the memory of J Dilla on his birthday with a party hosted by Toast Dawg and Éphiks, with Dilla’s brother Illa J and friends Sev Dee, Dr. MaD and DJ Manzo

Do you like it when I say Rick Ross sucks?

Rape-condoning lyrics, lying and shitty rapping = the perfect package. PLUS what do you want from a hip hop column, besides event pointers? AND speaking of which, there are four shows, two DJ nights and one elephant in the Bell Centre that you need to see this week.

Piu piu, a new look for Montreal music

Supplementing the cover story in our new print issue, our hip hop columnist offers more insight into the stellar sonic aesthetic that’s grown up in local clubs and home studios in recent years, with a stack of links to hear the laser-light-sound for yourself. PLUS the week in must-see shows and DJ nights.

Pot-shots and punchlines

Rappers gone wild as Rick Ross, Chris Brown and even R&B hipster-bait Frank Ocean come to blows, PLUS the deets you need for the essential parties, DJ nights and other hip hop happenings in the city this week.