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MGK laces up for Iron Mic in Edmonton [Review] #IronMic

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment delivered the first Iron Mic Music Festival at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Western Canada’s biggest indoor … Read More »

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Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch bring the Wu Block to Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment brought the first ever Iron Mic Music Festival to the Edmonton Expo Centre. The festival … Read More »

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T.R.A. talks new album Crazy 8′s, SARS Network updates, touring & more [Intervi…

Toronto, ON – Originally published April 10, 2014 – I met Toronto rapper T.R.A., aka Tha Rhyme Animal, in person for the … Read More »

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Anno Domini talks production success & advice for aspiring CDN producers [Interview]

London, UK – In the early 2000′s, when the relationship between hip-hop and the internet really began to flourish, many aspiring MCs … Read More »

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I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]


27 Mar

KAi Skywalker – New Mind | Old Soul : [Chapter IV] [Review]

Vancouver, BC -  Fresh off his critically acclaimed mixtape, #NEOKAi Sky Walker has devised a ground breaking concept for his latest endeavour, New Mind | Old Soul. Breaking off from the conventional release method, NMOS is designed to keep listeners on edge – eagerly awaiting more, yet completely oblivious as to what is next. Chapter IV sees KAi Sky Walker rap over 90s inspired beats. Resurrecting multiple samples and flows from legends such as Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac and Jay Z, juxtaposing the young Canadian amongst some of raps all-time greats. Did we mention samples? Lots and lots of samples. Hopefully whoever was responsible for file management on his album was paid well. Respect.

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27 Mar

JD Era – BARZ Volume 1 [Mixtape] #Premiere

Toronto, ON – Once tucked in the shadows of the black market, this raw commodity has seen its stock rise exponentially in the past several years, with no signs of slowing down. The highly anticipated BARZ Volume 1 mixtape from Juno-nominated rapper JD Era has been released and is available immediately for free download.

Era has been dropping tracks for 9 straight weeks in a series known as #EraFriday, leading up to the release of his first official project since 2012′s No Handouts. BARZ, mixed by DJ T.LO, was crafted with bringing back the essence of hip-hop culture in mind and living up to the original definition of what hip-hop considered a “mixtape.

With “Rice In Chinatown,” which received stunning visual support from director Machete Cortez, along with the Cameo-supported “Candy” or the RoadsArt-produced banger “That Ain’t My Style,” JD Era has given ample reasons to take in BARZ in it’s entirety. It’s cut like a 90′s classic, and set to make your speakers pop. To break it down, in this game, if you don’t have BARZ, you don’t have anything.

And as Era himself points out, BARZ is just an appetizer for bigger things to come:

BARZ is something I’m giving the fans until I drop the main course this summer! Enjoy.

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26 Mar

Gabriel Lis – Bright Nights [Audio]

Toronto, ON – Only a few weeks ago, Torontonian producer Gabriel Lis dropped his instrumental track “Bright Nights,” which appears on his recently released full length album entitled T.O.T.O. II.

If there’s one thing that continues to impress me in the hip-hop game, it is – no doubt – artists and producers who sport all-out versatility. With this instrumental (that sounds better aligned to be featured on the soundtrack for a big-budget major-motion picture), Gabriel Lis drops two interconnect beats that give listeners a wonderful sample of his duplicitous styles. Check it out.


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26 Mar

Hydeff – Dr J & Mr H (Part 1) [Audio]

Toronto, ONHydeff recently released “Dr J & Mr H (Part 1).” The Shady Shaman’s latest track to-date hears this sorcerer MC hitting new profound notes with his smooth production and unrivalled vocal delivery.

Since I’ve been following Hydeff’s journey, I’ve noticed this Toronto-based rapper’s style becoming increasingly clean, and better focused on highlighting his incomparable prowess on the mic. On this beat –  this soulful beat – Hydeff kicks off with rhymes that visualize the light and dark of the dual worlds this young street poet from Toronto resides in. Check it out.


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26 Mar

Win tickets to see The Underachievers live in Ottawa [Contest]

Ottawa, ON – On Apr. 5, our friends over at Kapacity Entertainment bring Beast Coast trip-hip-hop duo, The Underachievers, to Ottawa’s Ritual Nightclub (137 Besserer St) for a stop along their Eyes Of The World Tour. Opening support for the evening will be provided by Denzel Curry and Dillon Cooper. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show goes down at 10 p.m. The UA duo (currently signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label) is gearing up to launch their debut album entitled The Cellar Door. They’ve already dropped some major teasing on us with that Ryan Hemsworth-produced “Incandescent” joint. So if we’re lucky, maybe they’ll hit us with some more new tuneage.

And because we like to deliver the goods, we’ve teamed up with Kapacity Entertainment to give away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan. Check out contest entry details after the jump.

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26 Mar

GCP rapper JB launches new beer, Homer’s Premium Lager [News]

Toronto, ON – GCP recording artist and respected Toronto vet, JB, has launched a new project much different than the previous releases he’s come to be known for. This time JB is stepping into the alcohol business by launching his very own brand of beer known as Homer’s Premium Lager.

The Flemingdon Park entrepreneur held a private tasting of the brew last Thursday, March 20 and, as JB notes, the response has been incredibly positive:

Our first tasting event for the beer March 2014 went amazing. The event was held at The Corner Place Restaurant and Lounge on Jarvis St. in downtown Toronto. It was a huge success and customers loved my smooth, organic, low 178 calories lager.

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25 Mar

Bo$quiat Clique – On Me Every Time (Prod. B3auu) [Audio]

Hamilton, ON – The forthcoming #YEBO project release from the Bo$quiat Clique crew is only days away from dropping. So crew members B3auu and EJ Grant teamed up to drop this latest single on us entitled “On Me Every Time.”

HipHopCanada’s own Sarah Sussman and Brandon Bastaldo both received this track. And we were both feeling it. So we decided to team up and each throw in our two-cents about this joint. Check it out after the jump.


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25 Mar

Mike Boyd releases …Note The Sarcasm LP; joins Classified & Hedley on tour [News]

Enfield, NS – Canadian hip-hop artist Mike Boyd’s brand new full-length album …Note The Sarcasm, was released today via Halflife Records Inc./Universal Music Canada. Halflife Records Inc. is owned by Boyd’s brother; JUNO Award-winning producer Classified. He will join Classified on a national tour with Hedley in support of the release, kicking off in Toronto on March 27 at the Air Canada Centre.

Click the jump for more details including the tour dates where you catch Mike and company in concert.

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25 Mar

Doctor J – Bill Withers [Video]

Montreal, QCDoctor J keeps it short and sweet with his new 5 Pound Media directed video for his track “Bill Withers” from his ongoing #LachineStyle series. The Real City emcee brings the bars out and does a little lyrical exercise over the self-produced cut. Tune in for more new music in the coming weeks and take in the new below. Order some Chinese food to go with it. Bon appetit.

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25 Mar

Boi-1da, The Maven Boys featured on new Mobb Deep album [News]

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New York, NYBoi-1da has added another dope credit to his production discography by being confirmed as one of the producers on board for the upcoming Mobb Deep album. Toronto’s own The Maven Boys are also credited with co-production for “Legendary” featuring Bun B and Juicy J.

The Infamous Mobb Deep is slated for an April 1 release and, along with 1da and The Maven Boys, it will feature production from Havoc (Mobb Deep), Alchemist, Illmind, Beat Butcha, Kaytranada, Ommas Keith and Seven Thomas. Additional guest appearances inlcude Snoop Dogg, Nas, The Lox, Busta Rhymes, French Montana and Mack Wilds.

Click the jump link below to check out the track listing.

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