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J. Cole, Lorde, Serena Ryder & more at Ottawa Folk Festival, Sept. 10-14 [News]

Ottawa, ON – The nation’s capital is the place to from September 10 to 14 as the Ottawa Folk Festival takes over … Read More »

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Artist to artist: Hellnback gets the grease on Merkules [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published August 26, 2014 – With the way hip-hop has been changing over the years it’s hard to … Read More »

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Time to #WAKEDAFUCUP: HipHopCanada chops it up with Onyx [Interview]

Calgary, AB – On Aug. 15, our friends over at True Rhythm brought Onyx (Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz) to Calgary for … Read More »

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On the Run with Jay and Bey in Winnipeg [Review]

Winnipeg, MB – I’ll be honest: when the rumors started circulating that Jay Z and Beyoncé were set to tour together this … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]


1 Sep

VanCityBeats – Ima Die Like A Rockstar (Remix) [Audio]

Vancouver, BC – Back at it again with another chop and screw, VanCityBeats takes on a banger with his remix of Danny Brown’s “Ima Die Like A Rockstar”. Dark and ambient seems to be the theme with this up-and-coming producers and we’re definitely fucking with his style. Check the audio downstairs.

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Related Post: Danny Brown, Del the Funky Homosapien, Kool Keith & more at Rifflandia 2014 [News]

1 Sep

Northwest Division – Women With Tattoos [Video]

Vancouver, BC – Back with some new visuals from their album R.B.P.H album, Northwest Division dedicates their latest to the honeys covered in ink. “Women With Tattoos” shows Hungry and Junk nestled between a handful of fly shorties, kicking it in a tattoo shop.

Bright colours on the bodies of some babes might have stolen the show if the boys didn’t flow so hard. NWD drop their verses over a Darkone beat and believe they came as correct as ever. Check out the video below.

Related Post: H-Town – Let Em Know ft. Evrlove Blake 

1 Sep

Swisha T, Charron & Johnny Bravo – Stay In Your Lane [Video]

Ottawa, ON – You already know that things get crazy when Swisha T, Charron and Johnny Bravo join forces and this time is no different as the three emcees terrorize the hood in this new video for their track “Stay In Your Lane”. Check it out below and tune in for more coming soon!

Related Post: Bishop Brigante talks KOTD West Coast Squad Tour, starting tonight in Calgary [Interview]

31 Aug

IAMSU! brings the real to Vancity (live) [Review/Photos]

Vancouver, BC – In Vancouver typically a hip-hop show scheduled for a Friday or Saturday night begins at an earlier slot time, so the rush of weekend club-goers can get their fix in at 11pm sharp. This past weekend at Bar None, Timbre Concerts hosted Bay Area producer/emcee IAMSU! with openers DJ Relly Rels, Fizal Stars and Billionaire B; a diverse collection of dope artists who put on quality performances individually with their own unique touch.

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31 Aug

Getting Hiiigh with TDE’s first lady: SZA [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – After a beautiful Friday night set in Vancouver by Top Dawg Entertainment’s lovely first lady, we caught up with SZA in the project space at Fortune Sound. The low key babe made rounds chatting up adoring fans, giving them genuine moments of her time, listening to stories and patiently receiving admiration. She’s gorgeous, sweet and smart but she’s not the type of girl who wants you to think you know her. While SZA is humble and receptive to her surroundings she also maintains a mysterious charm – something one might consider part of her signature qualities.

Assuming SZA would be less approachable, no interview was prepared but from the jump she was kind and cute and chatting with her felt like catching up with an old homie. When we first met we girl-talked about hair techniques after I asked if she needed to borrow an elastic to tie up her wild mane. She said “no thanks” and went on to explain how she uses olive oil to shine her locks once in a while and only cleanses with conditioner, never shampoo. I told her I loved her videos and how she takes a hand in directing them herself. She said her father was in film so it was a natural thing to her. I told her we needed to catch up later over a spliff and get some of her words on paper for her Canadian fans.

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I have this thing where I wanted to live this life where I live in a little log cabin, furnished with Organic Modernism with my short haired collie, and my trilingual fuckin’ children and my husband is an architect type shit. Sometimes I still want that but other times it’s like, I just gotta be me.

Not only is SZA talented, stunning and uniquely creative in everything she does, she can also out smoke some of the best. She explained that with the Made In America festival coming in a few days, she was taking it easy and sticking to the BC chronic for the evening. We rolled up a white paper and got to conversing – check it out below.

Related Post: Mya Cashes in on 90s nostalgia in Vancouver (Live) [Review/Photos]

31 Aug

Mya Cashes in on 90s nostalgia in Vancouver (Live) [Review/Photos]

Vancouver, BC – Grammy award-winning R&B songstress Mya has been on a hiatus for three long years and out of the public eye for even longer so when I told friends that I was going to see her, their reactions were mostly along the lines of “Mya? You mean Mya, Mya? She’s still around?”

Listening to her music in prep for the show, I couldn’t help but wonder why she would choose to be away for so long, especially when she has all the qualities that are desired in current music. The market is hot for female vocalists with good range, strong fashion sense, prodigious dancing ability and comfort with sexuality. Beyonce and Rihanna are running the show at the moment, but they lack the depth that Mya’s generation of R&B brought to the table. Mya comes from the golden era of R&B that goes a few levels below the superficial. It relied more on strong melodies and less on PR fireworks. Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, Brandy, Monica, Mariah Carey, TLC are Mya’s peers and she represents the genre all too well. These names evoke, for an entire generation who grew up in the 90s, visions of soulful and awkward high school dances.

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31 Aug

GiNZ – Latch (Prod. axxxxgxxx) [Audio]

Toronto, ON – Earlier on this week, GiNZ hit us with his latest single entitled “Latch.” You may be familiar with the original track by Disclosure (featuring Sam Smith). It’s on every radio station right now, and then some. Anyways, Arkansas-based producer, axxxxgxxx, made a trapped-out remix of it. And GiNZ came across said remix while he was lurking around SoundCloud. So of course he had to spit some bars over top of it. He gave it a hip-hop flip and the result is a floaty trappy song with a massive dose of the feels.

This joint serves as a sounding board for GiNZ to process his feelings. He’s knee-deep involved with his muse. And he’s latched on to her. But he questions his own place in the partnership – he worries he’s not good enough, sometimes. But regardless, he’s staying latched on to her; every word and every curve. Check it out below.


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30 Aug

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]

Halifax, NS – Don’t miss Philly’s Tayyib Ali, Star Gang’s Moufy, DJ IV, Jofo and more inside The Toothy Moose on Thursday, Sept. 4. The event is brought to you by East Coast Lifestyle, embodying the culture of the east coast and the east coast lifestyle.

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30 Aug

D-Sisive – Jonah Hill [Audio] #SOTD

Toronto, ON – If they ever make a film about the life of D-Sisive, look for Jonah Hill to play the lead. At least, that’s how D-Sisive would have it. Well in this new song, this self-proclaimed “overweight dreamer from Toronto” is either flat out threatening the Hollywood actor – with visions of him in a casket – or assigning him as the lead role in the final scenes of his own biopic. Likely the latter. It’s a powerful song produced by Cam Bluff and mixed by longtime D-Siggy collaborator, Muneshine. Best of all, it perfectly captures the personality of D as he writes off the last verse altogether – “Fuck that verse” – and proceeds to philosophize about what a pair of kids cracking jokes about his classic Ewings might mean in a metaphorical sense. Almost to say, “Am I too old for this shit?” …but the heat he’s releasing suggests he’s still got years left in him.

The Great Mr. Nobody is the next project to check for, coming out September 16. And if you’re in Toronto on September 19, hit up the Rancho Relaxo for the release party and a special performance.

“Jonah Hill” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. Help us tweet this out to @JonahHill so he hears it. Make sure follow D-Sisive on Twitter too @DerekChristoff.

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30 Aug

Drake & Lil Wayne co-sign Bobby Shmurda on tour in New Jersey [News]

Holmdel, NJ – “I bust my Shmoney Dance, now she on…” The infamous Shmoney Dance was front and center this past Monday in New Jersey as Drake and Lil Wayne brought out GS9′s Bobby Shmurda as a special guest for their Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour. Check out the footage below.

Drake first showed signs of being a fan of the New York rapper – a recent Epic Records signee – when he paid homage to the popular dance at the this year’s ESPY Awards. Lil Wayne has also shown the song love publicly and “went wild” recently when the song came on at the club.

The only thing that remains to be seen is if this will develop into Bobby Shmurda working with the Young Money rappers further. Could Bobby make an appearance on Views from the 6 or Weezy’s Carter V? Will either of them appear on Shmurda’s highyl anticiapated album? Will he go as far as joining the YMCMB fold? Nothing would suggest one way or the other at this point.

In other Bobby Shmurda news, gossip rag TMZ has reported that the artist was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon on June 3 for a 9mm Glock pistol and a magazine. It could potentially land the rising star in jail for 15 years. In the meantime, the buzz for “Hot Nigga” continues to build as the new reggae mix (aka the Modmom Mix) was released featuring Jah X, Junior Reid, Mavado and Popcaan.

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