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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 42

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

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Justin Trudeau dropped a summer Spotify playlist featuring Quake Matthews, K-OS, & mo…

Toronto, ON – Earlier this weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released his own personal 39-track Spotify playlist for summer 2017. And one … Read More »

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Producer-activist David Strickland discusses the importance of the Native voice within hip…

Toronto, ON – On July 1, Native American producer and activist David Strickland released two brand new singles – “Rez Life” and … Read More »

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Summer Vibes to showcase 10 up-and-coming Canadian artists July 29 & Aug. 12

Courtice, ON – Artists are a dime a dozen but the great ones know how to standout from the masses. One thing … Read More »

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Quake Matthews’ Celebrate The Struggle album debuts in Top 5 of iTunes hip-hop chart

Quake Matthews’ Celebrate The Struggle album debuts in Top 5 of iTunes hip-hop chart


21 Jul

40oz Bounce returns to Toronto on Aug. 7 with KillaKels, JayemKayem & more

Toronto, ON – On Monday, Aug 7, D’Usse, 40oz NYC, and SmashMouth Entertainment are joining forces to present 40oz Bounce (Toronto). The event will take place inside CUBE (314 Queen Street West) between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

It’ll feature some of Toronto’s best curators of sound in KillaKels, JayemKayem, BlackShrimpTempura, Freeza Chin and other special guests. More announcements are expected before the event to reveal the full line-up.

Early bird tickets will cost you $15 while general admission is $20. You can purchase them now online via Eventbrite.

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21 Jul

Montreality: Young M.A talks 50 Cent, balance in hip-hop, fetishes & more in new interview

Montreal, QC – The good people at Montreality are back again with a dope new video interview.

This time they linked up with rising star Young M.A to discuss a variety of topics including her rise in the industry, her appreciation for 50 Cent and the G-Unit era, the balance of hip-hop (Lil Uzi, Yachty etc. vs. Kendrick Lamar), her ultimate fetish, and even who her favourite cartoon character is.

The “Ooouuu” artist has been growing in popularity and this interview is a perfect opportunity to get to know her better. Check it out below.

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21 Jul

Toronto’s Gangis Khan looks to unite city with new 22-track mixtape, Bad Karma

Toronto, ON – There’s been a lot of street violence in the GTA this year, to the point where some people are drawing comparisons to 2005’s tragic Summer of the Gun.

But despite the difficulty and overall risks at play, some artists are doing their best to bring unity to the city with the hope of building a brighter future.

Gangis Khan (aka Camoflauge) is doing just that with his new mixtape, Bad Karma. The 22-track release dropped about an hour ago and is jam packed with guest appearances from artists all across Toronto. The ‘opps’ are putting down their disdain for each other and coming together for sake of unity and making good music. As of the most respected artists coming out of Toronto, Camo is definitely one of the best people to take this challenge on.

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21 Jul

What Are You On? Roy Woods teams up with Stwo for his latest release

Brampton, ON – Last night Brampton artist and OVO signee Roy Woods dropped off a brand new Stwo produced single titled “What Are You On?” This track comes to us only a couple of weeks after Roy released his “Say Less” freestyle in promo of his upcoming Say Less album.

“What Are You On” is the Roy Woods all-grown-up track that marks the end of an era, and the start of a new phase in his life: “They know this isn’t me but shit happens when you get older.” The track is backed by Stwo’s signature atmospheric, vibe-y engineering, and features a subtle dancehall inspired booty bounce drum line.

This is a track for late nights in the summer and getting lost in your thoughts. Roy’s gotten slightly jaded over the years, and he’s starting to reflect on his come up, the importance of respect, and why he does what he does on the daily: “I know what I’m meant for my n**ga/ I’m respected/ My life is for my people/ They been movin’ reckless.”

Say Less: Roy Woods announces debut album via freestyle & PARTYNEXTDOOR just bought a new house -

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21 Jul

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 42

Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify back 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 features a ton of brand new music starting with Dante Leon’s new single “Fly Away”.

There’s been so much great music coming out lately so this playlist mostly features new music, with tracks from artists including Napalm Dreams, Nixxon, RAJAN, Quake Matthews, DillanPonders, Joseph Rose, Koffee K, Chris Yonge, Daniel Caesar and Kali Uchis, K. Forest, Immerze and Brevner, anders, Wise, Clairmont the Second, Major Lewis, Patricia Stone, Young Lungs, Troy Phoenix, Ashton, Calvin Harris and PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jake Spooner and Tory Lanez, Jesse The Poet, Staasia Daniels and EverythingOShauN, Friyie, Layla Hendryx, Mirza, jamvvis, Jeff Sanon, Shanika Maria, Chris Castello, The 25th Hr, Ro Ransom and Jazz Cartier, Camilo, Moula 1st, and more.

Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 42 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.

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21 Jul

“Licked My Neck From Here To Here!” We Love Hip Hop Ep. 22 with tattoo artist Christine Noble

Toronto, ON – Episode 22 of We Love Hip Hop features a wicked convo with tattoo artist extraordinaire, Christine Noble. We discuss the union of hip-hop and tattoos, difficult customers and more.

You can find the We Love Hip Hop podcast on iTunes and other outlets.

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20 Jul

Listen to “Come Down” the seductive and distorted new track by a4

Vancouver, BC – His second release so far, Vancouver-based artists a4 recently dropped “Come Down.” The track talks about coming off of a high on drugs and love, as he sings, “Maybe that’s just the come down, maybe you just need to do a little more/ Maybe that’s just the come down, maybe you should come over right now.

With little known about the newly emerged rapper, listeners can refer to his previous release “Fuck 12.” Having only released two tracks so far, his distorted vocals and wavy style make him a new find that will be different than most of the sounds in your library (and a great addition). Stream the Zelli Risk-produced track, “Come Down” below.

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20 Jul

Check out “Back Up” the latest addition from Waycool’s Kyle Wildfern

Brampton, ON – We’re a little late on this drop, but WayCool member Kyle Wildfern‘s latest release shouldn’t go uncovered. “Back Up” is an upbeat, and bouncy track that spins Kyle’s vocal with an impressive swing. Kyle was recently named in Noisey’s The Essential Guide to Toronto Rap – and he hasn’t slowed down since. In fact, the Waycool team consistently picks things up with greater production and stronger flow each time around.

Check out the Romby-produced track “Back Up” below – and don’t miss getting familiar with Kyle.

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20 Jul

Stay on your “Two Twos” & listen to K. Forest’s new single

Brampton, ON – Earlier this week Brampton artist K. Forest released a brand new dF produced single titled “Two Twos”.

This track comes to us as part of the roll out for K. Forest’s upcoming new Pray for A Beautiful Sky album. He’s spent most of this year on hiatus until a few months ago when he dropped “Low Low” and “On Deck”, and then followed that up with his summer 2017 anthem “Reverse” back in June.

Despite only a handful of releases this year, it seems K. Forest has settled into a close working relationship with dF, who’s produced all of the 2017 Forest fire we’ve heard. The two have an undeniable chemistry that often sees Forest lending a hand on his tracks’ co-production.

This particular track is rooted in an atmospheric instrumental anchored by a snapping drum line and Forest’s signature soulful vocals. There’s just enough bounce on this joint to keep you shaking your head, and just enough emotion on the delivery to get you all hot and bothered. Take a listen to “Two Twos” below.

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20 Jul

Derek Wise buries the snakes and haters in this new video for “Jamal”

Toronto, ON – Earlier this week XO affiliate Derek Wise returned from his brief hiatus for the release of this new RJ Sanchez directed video for “Jamal”. “Jamal” was produced by Yungshrimp Tempura and Stretch and appears as the opening track on the January released Inglorious album.

One of the hardest songs off Inglorious, “Jamal” set the tone of the album from jump. Derek Wise is the voice of Canada’s dark, hidden underbelly. He’s a lyrical slumlord and reigning king of the trap. And within two lines of his album, he manages to establish that A) he’s probably had sexual relations with your girl and B) drugs!!!!: “I wash the drugs with the strainer/ I f**ked your bitch so don’t blame her/ No I don’t sell to no strangers/ Shoot up the club for my paper/ I got her off of the gram/ F**ked me then blessed all my mans/ Now she dose off of the xans.”

The “Jamal” visual is a cinematic journey about burying, and laying to rest the negativity, haters, and snakes in Derek’s life. The video starts in the thick of the forest as it switches between face-on shots of Derek rapping for the camera, and shots of Derek hacking away at the trees with a hatchet. Then we’re taken away from the forest and into a desert landscape for the burial.

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