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Soaring to Heaven: Toronto’s King Reign passes away at 40

We’re deeply saddened to report the passing of veteran Toronto MC, Kunle Thomas aka King Reign … Read More »

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CBC: GoFundMe donations raised for journalist Zack Noureddine withheld from family

Ottawa, ON – It takes a special kind of dirt-bag to defraud a family while they’re grieving the loss of a loved … Read More »

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Wasiu gave us a very thorough break-down of his new track “No Jumper”

Montreal rapper Wasiu recently released his latest single titled “No Jumper,” co-produced by … Read More »

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Rising rap star Don Mulatto of Sault Ste. Marie passes away at 20

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Music, sobriety, family & the various other Layers of rhyme-slayer Royce da 5’9

Music, sobriety, family & the various other Layers of rhyme-slayer Royce da 5’9

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10 May

So Loki strikes gold and delivers yet again with “Custom Linen”


Vancouver, BC – Brought to you by Owake Records, is the perfect gift to start your weekend from the local Vancouver duo, So Loki. These guys have perfected the delivery of consistently quality music, and “Custom Linen” is a track which appropriately follows suite.

The cool thing about this track is that while it maintains the stylistic roots of the duo, it also presents a chorus that will rope you in regardless if you get down with experimental or more mainstream rap.

Let’s take a moment to put some focus on the really hype bars that Sam Lucia shows up with, and the production which makes the track something evolutionary rather than a static experience. If you haven’t already pressed play, head down below and check out “Custom Linen” and then make sure you download everything else they’ve touched. The consensus is that it’s all gold.

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10 May

Converse brings Rubber Tracks Sample Library workshop to Toronto with producer Frank Dukes


Toronto, ON – Are you familiar with the Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library? Well it’s a growing royalty-free library of one shots, loops and stems recorded at Rubber Tracks. Rubber Tracks is a worldwide community of professional recording studios where emerging musicians provides free studio time. Artists are recorded without charge and then retain all rights to their own music.

So now we’re here to tell you about the the first ever Canadian Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library Workshop in Toronto which is taking place this coming Saturday, May 14 at SpaceShare studio.

The workshop, led by Indaba Music, along with guest mentor, Toronto producer, Frank Dukes, will teach participants the fundamentals of creating new music using samples from the Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library, as well as production techniques, provide invaluable feedback on their music as well as insight into the production process.

For any aspiring producers, or even artists, this is not to be missed! You can register a spot here. See you there!

Converse brings Rubber Tracks Sample Library workshop to Toronto with producer Frank Dukes - HipHopCanada.com

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10 May

Hold On: Toronto up-and-comer Kavale releases new Jace-directed video


Toronto, ON – Up-and-comer Kavale drops off the visuals for his soothing new single, “Hold On.” It’s a motivational record that speaks to the importance of pushing forward and maintaining one’s composure, even in the face of adversity; something Kavale knows his fair share of.

While “Hold On” is not slated to appear on any project in particular, Kavale does have an album in the works by the name of Carpe Diem. At this point it’s unclear if his last single “Every Reason” will be featured but with a ton of new material on the way it’s likely to end up on the cutting room floor.

Check out the Jace-directed “Hold On” after the jump link below.

Hold On: Toronto up-and-comer Karvale releases new Jace-directed video - HipHopCanada.com

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10 May

The Layers of Ryan Montgomery: Royce da 5’9″ talks new album & the day he got sober


Edmonton, AB – Nearly four years ago, Royce da 5’9″ got sober. The Detroit MC has been in the rap game for a very long time now and is kudized for his many collaborations within the rap game; he’s a longtime affiliate of Eminem and one half of their Bad Meets Evil duo, he’s one half of the PRhyme duo with DJ Premier, he’s one quarter of the Slaughterhouse rap crew. He’s a rapper’s-favourite-rapper kind of artist. And now that he’s sober, his whole outlook on life and artistry has changed.

Layers is Royce’s first solo release as a sober MC, following his 2014-released collaborative PRhyme album with DJ Premier. Layers is one of Royce’s most thorough bodies of work so far as it tells both the historical and emotional backstory of Ryan Montgomery (aka: Royce da 5’9″). The 17 track albums spans Royce’s come-up in the rap game, as well as his sobriety, his spirituality, his marital problems and reconciliation, his political views, his analysis of the modern day rap game, and more.

Royce came through Edmonton’s Union Hall on May 6 to perform a show as part of his Layers Tour. The tour’s previous show in Calgary had packed the venue so we were anticipating a similar turn out in Edmonton. But very few people came to the Edmonton show that night. Throughout the evening, Royce candidly spoke on his new-found sobriety (by encouraging the crowd to drink is lieu of him being unable to do so), while delving into more serious issues like the current ongoing Fort McMurray fires in Alberta as well as the water crisis in Royce’s home state of Michigan.

And HipHopCanada was fortunate enough to catch up with Royce just before he hit the stage that night.

Royce da 5'9 to perform in Edmonton on Layers Tour - HipHopCanada.com
Photo by Sarah Jay

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9 May

Nardwuar connects with Drake & 40 to talk Views, Raptors, KOTD, musical roots & more


Toronto, ON – Celebrity interviewer and media personality Nardwuar the Human Serviette caught up with Drake and Noah “40” Shebib during a recent studio session. The lighthearted interview is in true Nardwuar form, providing his guests with rare pieces of music and memorabilia and getting them to explain how they relate to their careers.

The interview bounces around from one topic to the next, impressing Drake and 40 with his findings each step of the way. From showing a clip of Timmy Thomas, the artist behind the sample used in “Hotline Bling,” to talking about his musician-songwriter uncle, Larry Graham Jr., Nardwuar gets the OVO pair to open up and dive deep into their musical roots and inspirations.

Drake also makes a point of shouting out our friends over at King of the Dot, having no problem letting viewers know that he intentionally snubbed the Grammys to watch the cipher. Nardwuar last interviewed Drake and 40 back in July 2010 in Vancouver. Click here to check it out. You can find the latest interview after the jump link below.

Nardwuar talks Views, Raptors, musical roots, King of the Dot with Drake & 40 - HipHopCanada.com

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9 May

Toronto insiders Jonathon “Bizz” Brown & Shane Stirling launch The Faculty podcast


Toronto, ON – If you’ve been around the Canadian hip-hop scene for a while, specifically the Toronto scene, you have to be familiar with Jonathon “Bizz” Brown and Shane Stirling. The pair have been friends for years, collaborated on a laundry list of projects including music and fashion related ventures, and done their fair share to contribute to the growth of the Canadian scene(s).

Now Bizz and Stirling have teamed up once again to combine their passions and, to be frank, make use of something they’ll be doing anyways – engage in lively debates about music, sports, innovation and the like. The discussions have now been opened up to the public in the form of The Faculty, a new podcast that just made its debut.

Toronto insiders Jonathon Bizz Brown & Shane Stirling launch The Faculty podcast - HipHopCanada.com

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9 May

Royce da 5’9″ brings the LAYERS tour to Ottawa’s Ritual Nightclub on May 12


Ottawa, ON – Our good friends at Ritual Nightclub are gearing up to host Royce da 5’9″ and the LAYERS Canadian Tour this coming Thursday, May 12. Royce addressed Ottawa fans in a message posted earlier today on Facebook – click here to check it out.

Following the stop in Ottawa, LAYERS continues on to Kingston, Montreal, Waterloo and Toronto before heading over to the East Coast for 4 dates. Click here for the full listing. Along the way, HipHopCanada has had the pleasure of covering the tour including shows in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Stay tuned for Sarah Jay’s exclusive interview with Royce coming soon.

Along with Royce, the tour features performances from Toronto vet Bishop Brigante and Doug Crawford. LAYERS is available on iTunes.

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Royce da 5’9″ & HipHopCanada Associate Editor Sarah Kay on LAYERS tour

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9 May

Song of the Day: Gangis Khan’s “Family” (Prod. Tone Mason) off The Story of Camoflauge


Toronto, ON – Today’s Song of the Day is a classic Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge cut which is featured on his latest project, The Story of Camoflauge. The project, combining older and newer Camo material, is available through Spotify and iTunes, and features various fan favourites released during the Scarborough-native’s storied career.

The heartfelt “Family” was produced by Grammy-nominated production team Tone Mason, and originally featured on Camo’s Scardogg Millionaire mixtape which was released in 2010. A testament to the Deepwaters MC’s timeless sound, the song sounds new and represents a very introspective and thought provoking side of Camo that many fans love about him.

The Story of Camoflauge features various dope features including Tre Nyce, Moula, Pyrex, Sese, Syph, Konshens, JD Era, Raekwon, Styles P, Tone-Ez, K. Koke, King Daps, Peter Jackson, Mac Morris, Belly, Magnum 357 and JRDN. Be sure to follow Camo on Instragram @GangisKhanCamo for his often hilarious observations and more Deepwaters updates. He’s as hungry as ever and we’re told there’s a gang of new material coming. Stay tuned!

Song of the Day: Gangis Khan talks Family on Tone Mason-produced record featured on The Story of Camoflauge - HipHopCanada.com

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8 May

Toronto’s Deuce Deuce of Concrete Mob teams up with Young Noble of The Outlawz for The Code


Toronto, ON – Concrete Mob’s Deuce Deuce teams up with Young Noble of The Outlawz once again for a new project titled, The Code. The 12-track release has an impressive line-up of guest appearances including E.D.I. Don (aka E.D.I. Mean), Aktual, Tray Dee, Bad Azz, Stic.man of Dead Prez and Spittin Cobra. It’s available for download now on iTunes.

Deuce and Noble also collaborated on the 2013 album, Fast Life, which was released through Concrete Enterprises and Outlaw Recordz. The project featured E.D.I., Hussein Fatal, Kardinal Offishall, Spice 1, and more. You can find that one on iTunes as well, along with Amazon and other outlets.

Toronto's Deuce Deuce of Concrete Mob teams up with Young Noble of The Outlawz for The Code - HipHopCanada.com

6 May

Peter Jackson’s “Rap City” (feat. Michael Mazzé) holds down Raptors as playoff push continues


Toronto, ON – He was certain they’d see success with last year’s push, but a deep playoff run for the Toronto Raptors just wasn’t in the cards.

Basketball die-hard and recording artist Peter Jackson of 9-0 Nickel Entertainment was admittedly crushed by the loss, but knew the team would be in a strong position to have a good run the following season… this season.

The defeat was actually the second year in a row where the Raptors failed to make it out of the first round despite finishing first in the NBA’s Atlantic division. They had even set a franchise record for wins (49) during that 2014-2015 campaign, but were unexpectedly swept in the opening round of the playoffs by a very hungry and determined Washington Wizards squad. You could almost sense it coming during Game 1. Fans had a hard time coping with the loss at the time, but the idea of Lowry and DeRozan leading the charge for another solid run the next season seemed to soften the blow. The superstar pair delivered.

Peter Jackson's Rap City (feat. Michael Mazze) holds down Raptors as playoff push continues - HipHopCanada.com
Peter Jackson & Alvin Williams (Toronto Raptors, 1998–2006)

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