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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 25

HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single … Read More »

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A look at More Life’s ties to the UK; Plus 6 other British MCs you need to know

While taking in the More Life debut, one thing that really caught my interest was the … Read More »

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Bishop Brigante gives us the backstory for each song on his new Legacy project

With the release of a new project yesterday featuring some of his most well known singles … Read More »

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Drake premieres More Life playlist on OVO Sound Radio: Listen Here!

Drake has released his latest project, officially titled More Life: A Playlist by October Firm … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Dope Piece gets the party started in his new video for “Party Joint”

Dope Piece gets the party started in his new video for “Party Joint”

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25 Mar

Seth Kay reps for the “Northside” in new video; follows up with “6 AM”


Vancouver, BCSeth Kay resurfaces with a brand new single and video, representing Vancouver to Surrey in “Northside”.

While his whole Northside movement begins to gain momentum, Kay keeps it running with the re-release of “6 AM”. The track was originally previewed on the HICU Sound Tape N ° 2  but is now available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

Check the video for “Northside” below.

Related Post: Lifestyle Brand HICU puts on local showcase highlighting Vancouver’s rising talents

25 Mar

ICYMI: Sean Leon dropped a new track called “Charge It To The WAV” & you need to hear it


Toronto, ON – Earlier this week, Toronto artist Sean Leon dropped a brand new single on us titled “Charge It To The WAV” (yes – “WAV” like the audio file format).

Sean’s been riding out the post-album release wave by easing his following into his more cinematic side. He dropped his short film Life When You’re The Movie right before his album release (I Think You’ve Gone Mad (Or The Sins Of The Father)). And then he followed up to his album drop by releasing a short psychological thriller for the track “81”.

Now he’s back at it again with even more music. Which means if you haven’t had the chance to take in the 20-track listing on I Think You’ve Gone Mad (Or The Sins Of The Father), you’d better get caught up on that ASAP.

“Charge It To The WAV” was produced by Eestbound (of course) and it’s one of the hardest hitting bangers Sean has ever dropped. The hook sticks like glue: “I told my baby mama they gon’ feel this WAV!/ So much bullshit on my mind, it hurts my brain!/ So much bullshit on my mind that it’s insane!/ Charge it to the WAV!/ YA! YA! YA! YA!”

Check out Sean Leon's new short film

Related Post: Watch Sean Leon’s short film “81 or (UNTIL THE WATER TURNS BLACK AND IT GETS TOO DEEP)”

24 Mar

A.Mitch of MTM drops new BrownGuyMadeIT-directed video for “Interlude”


Toronto, ON – West End recording artist A.Mitch (aka Cheffie) of Music That Matters just dropped off some fresh visuals for his single “Interlude.” The new video was shot by BrownGuyMadeIT who is nominated for Director of the Year at the CUT Hip-Hop Awards. Check it out below.

A.Mitch of Music That Matters drops new  BrownGuyMadeIT-directed video for Interlude - HipHopCanada.com

24 Mar

Tonight: Snak The Ripper & special guests are in Ottawa; Toronto tomorrow at Nocturne


Ottawa, ON – The Bourbon Room (400 Dalhousie Street) is the place to be in Ottawa tonight as Snak The Ripper continues his mini Eastern Canadian tour. Québec City’s La P’tite Grenouille hosted Snak last night along with special guests Junk, Golden, Philip Solo and Tyler Tracey.

Brought to you by Good Friday Entertainment and Snak’s own Stealth Bomb Records, the tour continues on to Toronto tomorrow night for a show inside Nocturne (550 Queen Street West), and then Barrie, Ontario the next day inside Escrow Restolounge (4 Mulcaster Street).

Check out the official tour poster below.

Tonight: Snak The Ripper & special guests are in Ottawa at The Bourbon Room; Toronto tomorrow at Nocturne - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Golden shakes up the neighbourhood with new video

24 Mar

Toronto’s Meezy Musik builds anticipation for album with BluRaae-assisted “Freedom”


Toronto, ON – With his Enough album on the way, Toronto’s Meezy Musik lets off the project’s second single, powered by Young Taylor production. “Freedom” features Brampton’s BluRaae and is available for streaming below.

Toronto's Meezy Musik builds anticipation for album with BluRaae-assisted Freedom - HipHopCanada.com

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24 Mar

ICP’s Juggalo Weekend in Calgary to feature Swollen Members, Onyx, Ice-T & more


Calgary, AB – If you’re an Insane Clown Posse fan – a Juggalo or just a dabbler – Calgary’s Stampede Corral is the place to be between April 7th and 8th.

The annual Gathering of the Juggalos, held in the United States, has 17 years of success drawing more than 20,000 people to the annual event. Now ICP is teaming up with our friends at Calgary-based promotions company, True Rhythm, to bring a similar concept to Canada for the first time.

ICP's Juggalo Weekend in Calgary to feature Swollen Members, Onyx, Ice-T & more - HipHopCanada.com

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24 Mar

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 25


Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.

Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.

This week’s playlist includes a bunch brand of new music including 12AM’s “No Good 4 U” (off the just released new Afterparty EP, which is one of the best projects I heard this month), Sean Leon’s “Charge It To The Wav”, Dr Maleek’s Tory Lanez and The Game assisted “Don’t Say Nothin”, Dead Obies’ Naadei featured “Game Over”, HMLT’s “LOE”, Emay’s “Ibn “son””, Mickey Blue’s “Attached”, Jordan Rivers’ “Feel Me Not”, Sayzee’s “Fire”, Luu Breeze’s “La Senza”, and Seth Dyer’s “Lock.”

This week’s playlist also features a ton of music coming out of Montreal. Mostly because I was bumping the Dead Obies’ new EP titled Air Max and it was too good. And then Wasiu put me on to this amazing vocalist named Charlotte Cardin. And then I saw the “Street Gospel” video by February Cxld and felt some type of way. And then Black Atlass (formerly of Montreal) popped up on a collaboration with Moonlight Matters. Then I discovered that Lunice made a track with Angel Haze this one time and I got really excited… And so on, and so on.

Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 25 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.

HipHopCanada is now on Spotify: Listen to our debut weekly playlist curated by Sarah Jay - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Mar

Jai Nitai Lotus talks about the healing power of music & focusing on the “Better Things”


Montreal, QC – Earlier this week Montreal artist Jai Nitai Lotus released a brand new self-produced single titled “Better Things.”

“Better Things” is a track about diverting focus from the negative to the positive aspects of life. We get so inundated by negative news, which leads to negative thoughts and toxicity.

Jai challenges us all to shift our priorities and our thoughts back to the “Better Things”. Whether it’s family, or the love of music, or paying it forward, Jai encourages both himself and his listeners to take a thorough look at what – exactly – they’re prioritizing. If you’re putting too much focus on the negative, it’s time to remind yourself of the things that bring you joy and give thanks.

On a technical level, this song takes a very different approach from most of Jai’s previous work. This is an “imperfect” song on many levels, and that’s the way it was intended. There’s an experimental, confused vibe to Jai’s production, which so perfectly coincides with Jai’s confusion of lyrics about trying to get back to a more optimistic mindset. The track’s cover art was also intentionally made to look off-form, featuring footage of a dictator layered under a caricature and some rough sketches.

Listen to “Better Things” below, and check out our in-depth Q&A with Jai after the jump.

Jai Nitai Lotus talks about the healing power of music & focusing on the

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22 Mar

Finding My Way: Jordan Rivers discusses how making his new EP helped him find his own lane


Toronto, ON – Earlier this month, Toronto up-and-comer Jordan Rivers dropped his highly anticipated free Finding My Way EP.

This EP serves as a marker in Jordan’s journey to finding himself. The eight-track project goes through a 25-minute journey that explores working towards goals, losing faith, grinding, seeking faith, and avoiding all the distractions along the way. I wouldn’t label him as a Christian rapper, but Jordan Rivers definitely has a constant underlying spiritual undertone to his music. He presents an ongoing dialogue about the importance of faith, and trusting in God.

Jordan has a distinct cloud rap sound that he’s fused with different elements of boom bap, trap, and even acoustic sounds. The sound of this project so perfectly aligns with the Finding My Way theme of the EP.

You’ll notice, too, that the EP track listing also makes a nod to Jordan’s journey. The opening track is titled “I Tried”, and it leads all the way through to the closing track which is titled “I Know.” Admittedly, this wasn’t even an intentional thing on Jordan’s end. But he started off by just trying… and wound up knowing in the end. Take in Finding My Way below via SoundCloud, and scope our Q&A with Jordan after the jump.

Jordan Rivers - Calling Me Home [Audio]- HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Jordan Rivers talks about “Going In” on his latest video

22 Mar

The X Presidents new release “Pineapple Espresso” features J-Swift of The Pharcyde


Vancouver, BC – Vancouver hip-hop crew, The X Presidents have quickly grown a notable following and established a respected name for themselves in the West Coast music community. By blending live instruments and samples with singing and emceeing from their four members, their set is rivaled. The group is comprised of emcee Khingz, producer/emcee Matt Diamond, looping instrumentalist/singer Mark Woodyard and emcee Mic Flont.

Most notably, the crew recently finished a 17-date European Tour with The Pharcyde which extended their profile into the European market. Following the tour’s success, they recently dropped a new single titled “Pineapple Espresso,” a feature off their upcoming album, Premonition.

With obvious roots in jazz, the single touches on relatable topics like marijuana, records and beat making. The single was written and recorded while J-Swift was stuck in Canada and living with Matt Diamond. Still unable to enter the United States, Swift is residing currently in Spain.

Stream “Pineapple Espresso” below and get acquainted with the West Coast crew.

The X Presidents new release Pineapple Espresso features J-Swift of The Pharcyde - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Vancouver music community aids in funding J-Swift’s fight for his rights [Article]

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