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Drake vs. Joe Budden: No Shopping, Afraid & some background on the beef

Toronto, ON – As the internet weighed in on Drake’s diss to Joe Budden, by way of his verse on French Montana’s … Read More »

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Day 5: Alessia Cara makes powerful Ottawa debut at Bluesfest

Ottawa, ON – Brampton-born Alessia Cara made her Ottawa debut on the City stage Wednesday for Day 5 of Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest.
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Day 4: Belly makes hometown return at Ottawa Bluesfest with special guest Travis Scott

Fans surrounded Bluesfest’s City Stage in droves on Sunday to watch Ottawa’s most successful MC to date do his … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Dylan Guthro releases “Here Till The Mornin'” with Quake Matthews; drops three

Dylan Guthro releases “Here Till The Mornin'” with Quake Matthews; drops three

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23 Jul

BJ The Chicago Kid’s In My Mind Tour arrives in Vancouver July 27th


Vancouver, BC – We are very excited to announce BJ The Chicago Kid‘s In My Mind Tour hits Vancouver this week sponsored by HipHopCanada. If you haven’t been up on his recent Motown release, do yourself a favour and get familiar. In My Mind is full of Chicago soul and boasts impressive hip-hop features like Chance the Rapper, Big K.R.I.T and Kendrick Lamar.

The West coast team caught up with BJ and his band last summer for the East Van Summer Jam and witnessed his set along with a live preview of the Chance assisted “Church” before it’s release  – trust us, this show is fully set to be one of Vancouver’s best this summer.

It all goes down at Alexander Gastown Wednesday July 27th presented by Timbre Concerts with main support from ELHAE and Vancouver based artist ninetyfour.

Purchase tickets online here and be sure to catch our coverage of the event.

BJ The Chicago Kid's In My Mind Tour arrives in Vancouver July 27th - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Jul

You need to check out Immerze’s new video for “Gucci Vandross”


Vancouver, BC – Vancouver artist Immerze just released the video for his April released single, “Gucci Vandross.” The track was released via trelamob.com, and comes to us off Immerze’s forthcoming project titled Before I Go (which is scheduled to drop on Aug. 5 via Spotify).

Borrowing influence from both Gucci Mane and Luther Vandross, Immerze delivers a banger anthem for anyone who has ever been misunderstood; because everyone has felt misunderstood at some point in time. We interviewed Immerze about this song back in April, and he described the track’s feeling as “a smooth vibe with bounce.”

Immerze delivers his

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23 Jul

Tory Lanez to release I Told You on Aug. 19; North American tour dates announced


Toronto, ON – This week Tory Lanez confirmed that his highly anticipated I Told You album is officially scheduled for release on August 19 (as we assumed – based off the release of “August 19th” last week). The album will be released via Benny Blanco’s Mad Love label on Interscope Records.

In addition to the album release announcement, Tory also announced a North American tour in support of the album. He set out on tour today and will conclude the tour at the beginning of December in Boston.

Tory Lanez just released remixes of Drake's
Photo by Sarah Jay for HipHopCanada

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22 Jul

Review: This is what happened when Pusha T came through Calgary


Calgary, AB – On July 16 Pusha T came to Calgary to perform at Marquee Beer Market & Stage. The show was presented by LiveNation, Two Towers, Marquee Beer Market & Stage, and True Rhythm.

The night opened up with local support performances courtesy of DaKidT, Nki Louise, Frenzy, and the Humble Giants. And we also got a surprise guest appearance from Edmonton’s Evrlove Blake during DaKidT’s set.

This was a last-minute concert announcement… but it was the concert that us Calgary hip-hop heads needed for summer 2016.

A longtime veteran coke rapper, former half of the Clipse, and newly appointed president of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music imprint, Pusha T is one of the most influential rap figures of our generation. Whether he’s backing guys like Desiigner on the G.O.O.D. Music label, or flipping Biggie samples into “Untouchable” lyrical fire, Pusha T is (arguably) more at the top of his game now than he’s ever been.

Review: This is what happened when Pusha T came through Calgary - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Jul

You need to watch Mourainè’s new video for “Envy”


Edmonton, AB – Edmonton artist Mourainè (formerly Muta Mouraine) recently released a new video for his track “Envy.”

“Envy” is a shot fired at all of the fake friends and non-supporters who Mourainè has had to deal with. He stays meticulous with his bars as he muses over his current position in the rap game. Mourainè also uses this track to show love to the people in his circle who have stuck around and who have consistently shown him love over the years.

This video comes to us as Mourainè enters a period of extreme artistic growth. He’s changed his name, and his sound has improved ten-fold. This song is so hungry and I’m really excited to see what else Mourainè has in store for us now.

The track was produced by Chuang, and the video was directed by Viisions and Mourainè. Check it out after the jump, and peep our Q&A with Mourainè.

Muta Mouraine - Cold Mornings [Review]- HipHopCanada.com

21 Jul

We caught up with Jae Ari to talk about his new track “Red Light”


Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Jae Ari just released his latest single titled “Red Light” as he gears up to drop his forthcoming project titled Things Could Be Worse.

We’ve come to associate Jae Ari with a more introspective, self-aware brand of music. But he switches things up on us here by delivering a straight banger. The track was produced by Chi-Town super-producer Hank Iving. I’m a huge fan of this composition. It’s a cruise jam; but it’s got such a hard-hitting drumline. Too good.

Sonically, this song sounds like it’s whipping down the highway. And I feel like that’s exactly the vibe Jae was going for with this one. But because this is Jae Ari, of course there are layers to this song.

As Jae explained it to us, the “Red Light” represents more than a few different things. Peep our Q&A with Jae after the jump to find out more. And go cop the track via iTunes.

Jae Ari is the self-proclaimed

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21 Jul

Day 2: Kehlani knocks out Pemberton performance and proves that she’s here to stay


Pemberton, BC – In our current society, social media has played the greatest contributing factor to the success of a music career. If utilized properly, it has the potential to swiftly elevate ones’ career, but similarly wields the power to destroy it equally as fast. I’ve often felt like it’s an uncontrollable monster of power that gives us understanding, but also leaves major gaps in overall understanding. We get short, quick updates of information, without the critical analysis of what’s going on behind the scenes.

The thin line between exposure and overexposure is one that most artists cautiously walk while they mediate the amount of their lives that they share with the general public. For those who have instead chosen to be fully transparent in their flaws and vulnerability, the choice has sometimes come at a cost. Oakland-bred singer, Kehlani was set to play on Day 2 of Pemberton Music Festival, and it was definitely the most anticipated show for me this weekend. Generally, I don’t personally believe that an artist’s personal life should be a talking point in their review, but in order to understand how she smashed this show, it’s important to understand the current perception and state of her career due to the challenges that she’s faced navigating her social platform, as of recently.

Kehlani knocks out Pemberton performance and proves she's here to stay - HipHopCanada.com

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20 Jul

Day 1: Pemberton Festival opens with Snoop Dogg, Rae Sremmurd, Pell & Cypress Hill


Pemberton, BC – Originally published The winter season gives us the chance to experience a few of the most promising international artists, but nothing compared to the numbers of highly successful acts that Pemberton Music consistently brings each year. It’s like Christmas for media because we get to critique an array of the best there is.

Drawing over 115,000 people to the 2015 festival, and over 120 performances, it’s easy to conclude that this is the biggest event on the West-Coast, with the most musical versatility that could be offered. Maybe you were at last year’s weekend, and had the chance to catch Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Missy Elliott, or Kid Cudi. Chances are you found something that inspired you enough to check out this year’s roster which boasted an equally as sonically satisfying experience. We’re out at Pemberton this weekend to offer you live coverage of the 2016 event, and with Day 1 under our belt we can assure you that there is a lot of notable content coming your way. Day 1 was nothing short of impactful, and featured Pell, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, and Rae Sremmurd who individually set the bar high for the rest of the weekend. Unsurprisingly, Snoop stole the show and was a highlight of the weekend.

Day 1: Pemberton Festival opens with Snoop Dogg, Rae Sremmurd, Pell, and Cypress Hill - HipHopCanada.com

I coulda been anywhere but I chose to be in Pemberton, BC tonight. It’s ’cause I love Canada, and Canada loves Snoop Dogg.” -Snoop Dogg

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20 Jul

Sean Leon teamed up with Milly Manson & Eestbound for “XXXCITED” & you need to hear it


Toronto, ONOriginally published July 18, 2016 – As he gears up for the highly anticipated release of Black Sheep Nirvana next month, IXXI Initiative founder Sean Leon lets loose a hot new track titled “XXXCITED” in collaboration with Milly Manson and Eestbound.

Sean Leon posted the track up on SoundCloud accompanied by the following caption: “JUST GOT LAID & PAID SO I’M DROPPING THIS TO HOLD US ALL OVER UNTIL BLACK SHEEP NIRVANA DROPS IN AUGUST.”

This song won’t be on the new album, but it serves as a gift to all of us who are waiting on the edges of our seats for BSN to finally drop. Sean’s been tiding us over all year with these fire releases. And with every release, I get more and more itched for the album to drop.

“XXXCITED” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.

You need to hear this three-parter from Sean Leon titled

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20 Jul

Kenny Coldcuts is gearing up for a new mixtape & just released “I Can Never Let It Go”


Brampton, ON – B-Town up-and-comer Kenny Coldcuts just dropped this fresh new single on us titled “I Can Never Let It Go” off his forthcoming mixtape release.

Kenny penned “I Can Never Let It Go” after his friend recently ended up in jail. The track is about the darker side of trapping that some guys won’t even touch on within their raps. It’s about the struggle of being completely consumed by the hustle lifestyle.

Here’s what Kenny had to say about this joint: “This track all started when a good homie of mine got recently locked up behind bars. The idea of the song is simply inspired from the people and world I’m surrounded with, and the daily situations we been facing day to day. There is a lot of real-life situations people don’t see behind the music scene – the fast life. It gets cold out here.”

Kenny Coldcuts has a PSA for y'all:

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