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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 »

Atlantic Canada

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


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.”

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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.

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22 Aug

Nova Scotia’s Mitchell Bailey teams up with Cam Smith & Gold Bangz for “Who Da Man”

Cape Breton, NS – Nova Scotia up-and-comer Mitchell Bailey recently teamed up with Gold Bangz and Cam Smith for this track titled “Who Da Man.”

Mitchell is only 19 years old and he’s hungry AF right now. He legit hit me up with this track saying he was back from his “two-month hiatus” and I laughed so hard. Because usually a hiatus is when a guy goes M.I.A. for like a year or something. Mitchell was only gone for a couple of months and he’s calling it a “hiatus.” That’s how hungry this kid is.

“Who Da Man” is a braggadocio anthem, backed by a killer Cam Smith composition. But it also speaks to literally growing up and becoming “the man.” This track was penned at the end of last year, just after Mitchell had dropped out of school and started to make his footing in the rap game. He’d just moved into his own apartment and was learning what it meant to be a grown ass adult. Check out “Who Da Man” below and peep our Q&A with Mitchell after the jump.

Nova Scotia's Mitchell Bailey teams up with Cam Smith & Gold Bangz for

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22 Aug

CJ Flemings connects with Most High’s Ahkilo for this new track titled “Wanted Forever”

Montreal, QC – Montreal artist CJ Flemings recently linked up with Most High super-producer Ahkilo for this new track titled “Wanted Forever.” This song is a two-parter about CJ pursuing that special someone he’s “wanted forever.”

The first part of the song is about the back-and-fourth exchanges, as CJ flexes hard and tries to make a solid argument as to why this girl should consider him: “I be the one that you wanted forever/ I be the one that you wanted forever/ You can lay your heart cards flat upon the table/ I could spot a bluff yours is pretty unstable/ Sidetrack n**gas can’t compare to a real one…”

In the second part of the song, CJ gives up on it all and zero f**ks are given: “Take that shit/ Take that shit/ Take that bitch/ She ain’t mine no more.”

The beat rides out on some laid back vibes, with a snapping drumline and a subtle instrumental melody. There’s a sadness within this song; but there’s also a very real, very raw hunger. Check it out below, and keep it locked on more from CJ coming soon.

CJ Flemings connects with Most High's Ahkilo for this new track titled

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22 Aug

Arlo Maverick faces love and loss in new video “Too Many Too’s”

Edmonton, ABArlo Maverick stars in his latest music video “Too Many Too’s” (featuring vocals by K-Riz), in support of his album Maybe Tomorrow. The short-film features local actress/dancer Sarah Ranger as “Renee”, while Arlo plays the role of “Soup”.

Written and directed by Wade Tompkins, Soup and Renee go back and forth as they face the bitter end of a relationship that neither are ready to let go of. As the intensity of the song builds, the fate of their relationship is inevitable. The visuals are as beautifully done as the song itself.

“Too Many Too’s” is a continuum from the narrative of Maybe Tomorrow, which is available on iTunes. Watch the video after the jump.

Arlo Maverick faces love and loss in new video

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22 Aug

New music from Sauga City’s Fame Holiday: “I’m On” & posse cut “Respek”

Mississauga, ON – Check out the latest release from Sauga City up-and-comer, Fame Holiday. You can listen to “I’m On” via Fame’s official SoundCloud profile.

The post also contains a recent crew track released by Fame. The Blasian Beats-produced “Respek” features Romeyo Wilson, Monte Biggz and Tre Elijah.

Fame Holiday – I’m On

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22 Aug

Montreal’s Hellbound Bishop releases new visuals for Auzi-produced “1st of the Month”

Montreal, QC – Representing Gutta Pham, Real City rapper HellBound Bishop releases a new trap banger called “1st of the Month.” You can find the Auzi-produced tune on his upcoming EP, DNOUBLLEH, coming soon. The video was directed by local director, RealCity411 and is available to check out after the jump link below.

1st Of The Month, Whip It, Bag It, Cut It. The Nitty’s R Calling, The Nitty’s R Calling!!

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22 Aug

Ritchie Boyz: Fresco releases the BAMN-directed “2 Minutes of Fire” video

Ottawa, ONFresco of the Ritchie Boyz is back with new BAMN-directed visuals for the track, “2 Minutes of Fire.” The BHOnTheBeat-produced record is just a taste of what’s to expect from Fresco’s forthcoming mixtape release, Ritchie World Chap Vol. 1: G.R.I.N.D. You can check out the video now after the jump link below.

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22 Aug

Catch Canadian legend Michie Mee in Toronto at Yuh Heard Meh! on Aug. 25

Toronto, ONMichie “Bad Byad” Mee will be live inside Scarborough’s Qssis Banquet Hall (3474 Kingston Road) for Yuh Heard Meh!

Along with Michie, the event will feature Canadian dub-poet Cue Kirk, Toronto World Drummers, Heritage Drummers, and an 8th Generation South African Storyteller named Jacqui Du Toit.

It all goes down Thursday, Aug. 25 between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and available through Click the jump link to peep the flyer.

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