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Tory Lanez releases album debut, I Told You; sits at No. 2 on iTunes’ Top Albums cha…

Toronto, ON – Today is a big day for Canadian hip-hop as Tory Lanez has officially released his album debut, I Told … Read More »

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The best show of Osheaga 2016 was Tory Lanez at the Scène Verte Sonnet

Montreal, QC – On Sunday July 31, the annual Osheaga music festival finished strong with its third and final day of festivities … Read More »

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Here’s what happened when Mac Miller wrapped Day 3 of Osheaga 2016

Montreal, QC – The annual Osheaga music festival finished off its 2016 run on July 31 with one last day of shows … Read More »

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OVO Fest: Drake & Future pack the house at Summer Sixteen Tour stop in Toronto

On Aug. 1, I attended Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen concert in Toronto … Read More »

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Nova Scotia’s Mitchell Bailey teams up with Cam Smith & Gold Bangz for “W

Nova Scotia’s Mitchell Bailey teams up with Cam Smith & Gold Bangz for “W

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26 Aug

Tonight: KarmaXWave presents J Soul,Top 5 and special guests in Toronto


Toronto, ON – To close out a hot summer, KarmaXwave is putting on one last show tonight at Adelaide Hall. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the event promises to be a good one with guest performances by Toronto’s own, J Soul, Top 5, as well as up and coming Karma artists: Dutch, Stevie, Khan, and Nike. The event is 19+ only.

Since opening a store at 1230 St. Clair Ave. W this summer, KarmaXwave has proven itself to be a force to be reckoned with. Combining music, fashion, health, and fitness, there’s really no other place like it in the city. Between celebrity meet and greets, artist showcases, and fashion-photography and film shoots, don’t be surprised if this isn’t the last time you’ll be heart the name KarmaXwave.

We live by Karma, we worship Karma. Karma is all we know” – Karma Jones

Tonight: KarmaXWave presents J Soul, Top 5 and special guests in Toronto - HipHopCanada.com

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26 Aug

Top 5 performances I am looking forward to at One Love Music Festival 2016


Calgary, AB – With only a few weeks left until the annual One Love Music Festival, we’re getting super excited to see rap take over the city of Calgary for a whole entire weekend.

This year’s festival line-up is all over the map; everyone from Atmosphere, to Tyler The Creator, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, and more. Lil Wayne was originally slated as a headliner, but will no longer be making an appearance at the festival. In lieu of Weezy’s cancellation, Logic has been added to the line-up.

The only demographic that got left out of the festival this year is the old-school hip-hop fans. There’s no OG representation at the festival this year. I think Atmosphere is the most old-school act on the bill; and they’re not really old-school.

The festival is also introducing a One Up stage (in partnership with 10 at 10) this year. The stage will be showcasing local and regional artists from in and around Alberta.

So we’ve got two full days of international, national, and local talent. And it’s only a few weeks away! Check out my Top 5 list after the jump, and leave us a comment letting us know who you are most excited to see this year.

One Love Music Festival: Western Canada's largest hip-hop music festival returns to Calgary Sept. 10 - 11 - HipHopCanada.com

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26 Aug

Contest: Enter to win two tickets to Battle of the Beat Makers 2016, taking place Aug. 27


UPDATE: Tickets for Battle of the Beat Makers 2016 can be purchased online via BattleOfTheBeatMakers.com.


Toronto, ONOriginally published Aug. 10, 2016 – Producers and hip-hop fans take note… Battle of the Beat Makers returns on Saturday, Aug. 27! 32 producers will compete for a chance at winning $5,000 in cash and prizes, as well as a huge boost to their career as a beatsmith. Registration is still open so if you’re looking to compete in this year’s event, make sure you visit BattleOfTheBeatMakers.com before this Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will feature two special guest judges – both alumni of BBM in their own right – Grammy Award-winner, Boi-1da, and WondaGurl, who has produced for the likes of Jay Z, Drake, Rihanna, Redway (R.I.P.) and rising star Sean Leon, to name a few.

HipHopCanada is working with Sound Supremacy to giveaway a pair of tickets to the event, so make sure you click the jump link below for details on how to enter. You can also find the official flyer for the event.

Contest: Enter to win two tickets to Battle of the Beat Makers 2016 - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Aug

Toronto’s Dre Specz releases new “It’s On” video in support of #NoRefund EP


Toronto, ON – Coming in support of his upcoming EP, #NoRefunds, GSC/Oracle Recordings artist Dre Specz drops off new visuals. “It’s On” was produced by Philthy Pro, who produced the entire EP, and the video was directed by 416 Prince Beatz. Check out the video after the jump link below.

Toronto's Dre Specz releases new It's On video in support of #NoRefund EP - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Aug

Lil Wayne cancels One Love Music Festival appearance; Logic added to the festival line-up


Calgary, AB – With less than a month until the highly anticipated One Love Music Festival, the festival organizers just announced two major changes to this year’s line-up: Lil Wayne has cancelled his appearance. But in lieu on Weezy’s cancellation, Logic has been added to the bill.

Depending on what kind of rap fan you are, this is either really really really dope news or really really really devastating news.

In case you’re not familiar, One Love Music Festival is presented by Live Nation and Two Towers, and is Alberta’s biggest (and only) annual hip-hop music festival. This year’s festival takes place in Calgary from Sept. 10 – 11 featuring two full days of international and Canadian hip-hop performances at Elliston Park (1827 68 Street SE).

The 2016 festival is headlined by Big Sean and Logic, with additional performances from Tyler The Creator, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, Atmosphere, Earl Sweatshirt, Ty Dolla $ign, Jazz Cartier, Marc E. Bassy, Earthgang, and J.I.D.

One Love Music Festival: Western Canada's largest hip-hop music festival returns to Calgary Sept. 10 - 11 - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Aug

First-year Chicago teacher creates rap video to welcome 4th grade students


Chicago, IL – We need more people like this teaching our kids. With back to school right around the corner, a new fourth grade teacher in Chicago has found a new way to get kids excited for the first day of school.

Dwayne Reed created the “Welcome to the 4th” grade video to replace the newsletter typically sent to parents and students before the start of the school year.

Appearing on Good Morning America, Reed revealed that he came up wih the idea and completed it all within a day:

First-year Chicago teacher creates rap video to welcome 4th grade students - HipHopCanada.com

24 Aug

In 2020 Maestro feels Andre De Grasse will stick to his vision and go “The Distance”


Toronto, ON – Right before the Olympics kicked off in Rio, Canadian rap pioneers Maestro Fresh Wes and Saukrates teamed up to release their 2016 Olympic anthem titled “The Distance.”

“The Distance” is a track about perseverance, and pushing oneself to the limit. It was written specifically with the Canadian Olympians in mind; but it’s a song that anyone can relate to. It’s all about pushing yourself in order to succeed.

So it’s so fitting that this song was used in a CBC video montage for one of the hardest working Olympians of this year’s games: Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse.

Maestro Fresh Wes spoke with us about his new

23 Aug

We caught up with Montreal’s Deephead trio to chat about their video for “Luckiest Number”


Montreal, QC – Earlier this summer, Deephead dropped this dope Fatty Soprano directed video for their collaborative track “Luckiest Number.”

In case you’re not familiar, Deephead is a Montreal-based trio consisting of Freddie 5ive and Jay Lindsay from the Cannonhead duo, along with Montreal super-producer SkinDeep.

The video has a smoked-out afterhours vibe, featuring late night excursions around MTL, a hazy karaoke session and more than a few blunts in rotation. The track features a low-key trap-influenced SkinDeep beat, blessed with vocals courtesy of Freddie and Jay.

Unrelated side note: the Deephead guys run a super dope podcast series titled Lasers On The Ride (available for free via iTunes). And while I was in Montreal this summer, I was fortunate enough to get to go meet the guys and hop in on their podcast. So keep it locked on that. It was – hands down – one of the best rap chats I’ve had in 2016.

Check out the video for “Luckiest Number” after the jump, and peep our Q&A with the guys to find out more. These dudes know how to Q&A proper.

We caught up with Montreal's Deephead trio to chat about their video for

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23 Aug

You need to listen to “DiCaprio” by OSIYM right now


Toronto, ON – We’re taking a late pass on this one; but earlier this year Toronto’s OSIYM duo dropped a dope new track titled “DiCaprio.”

This track is in reference (obviously) to Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the best actors of our generation who has a history of not getting the Oscar Awards he deserves. This song serves as an anthem for all the underdogs not getting their due shine: “I’m Leo DiCaprio I don’t awards just give me the money to blow/ Leo DiCaprio I don’t need awards just give me the hoes.”

The track was produced by Demar P, and features Nova on the first verse and Charlie Black on the second verse. If you’re paying close attention, you’ll learn something new. You’ll learn that success is not determined by awards and allocations. This is actually a crucial music industry lesson that takes guys years to learn: you can’t let the industry determine your success.

As Nova tells it at the end of his verse: “You can’t deny my accomplishments/ I’m still asserting my dominance/ Hear all the hate but it don’t faze my confidence/ Kill everything like the end of Departed/ Shit/ Success is my only prerogative.”

You need to listen to DiCaprio by OSIYM right now - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Aug

Listen to Episode 008 of The Faculty Co. podcast featuring MC/actor Bishop Brigante


Toronto, ONShane Stirling and Jonathon “Bizz” Brown come together once again as The Faculty Co.. Episode 008 of their podcast was just released and features an artist HipHopCanada viewers would certainly be familiar with, Bishop Brigante. You can find the breakdown of the episode, as well as the SoundCloud stream below.

Stirling and Jonathon welcome actor, rapper and King of the Dot exec Bishop Brigante to The Faculty Co. Episode 008 is non-stop stories from the Toronto vet, including the time he played dice with Drake and took his watch, talked his way into his legendary appearance on 106 & Park and wrestled a famous cast member on set of his first major audition. Welcome to #TheFacultyCo.

Listen to Episode 8 of The Faculty podcast featuring MC/actor, Bishop Brigante - HipHopCanada.com

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