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Kaytranada wins the 2016 Polaris Music Prize; releases 0.001% mixtape

Montreal, QC – This week marks a major milestone for Montreal super-producer Kaytranada as he won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for … Read More »

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Seth Dyer spoke with us about his new track “Together” & how he balances …

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Seth Dyer has been making some major moves lately. Following our chat with Seth last week about … Read More »

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Everything I Love: Mindbender reviews the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour

Toronto, ON – Bad Boys usually move in silence. But sometimes, like a mafia Godfather trying to … Read More »

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“We’re working on an album.” Kanye’s Vogue interview fuels anticipation for Dr…

Toronto, ON – Kanye West recently alluded to the long-awaited collaborative project with Drake during an appearance at OVO Fest, and now … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

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6 Aug

Kentucky collective The Only Crew takes us on a ride with their new EP Amusement Park


Lexington, KY – The Only Crew may not be a Canadian group, but they’re setting their sights on making international waves and their new EP Amusement Park is a worthy attempt. Comprised of Jay Elly, Cub Capulet, and Kicksit, the Kentucky-natives have a sound that is balanced with professional level production. Props are warranted to producer, Juicebox who gave this EP the respectable soul and dance-influenced treatment that makes it so great. The 5-track project blends wordy bars with catchy choruses. While most rappers sway in one direction or the other, the variety of voices and personas offers a bouquet of tones that make it an interesting listen.

Kentucky collective The Only Crew take us on a ride on their new EP

6 Aug

Discreet releases new album Under the Influence in collaboration with Legendary Hammers


Victoria, BC – It wasn’t that long ago that Victoria emcee Discreet released his last project Victoria’s Secret. We recently reviewed the solid project from the rapper and were able to shed a little bit of well-deserved light on the smaller rap community of Victoria that Discreet is helping to keep alive. The project was a thorough and elaborate attempt which was backed by a wide range of topics and material (and more than we’ve gotten from any other artist).

For this reason, it was even more impressive when he came back to us and delivered another new project which boasted an even more extensive track-list. This guy truly doesn’t stop – and the dedication to providing his fans with quality, honest projects is admirable. We’re here to break down Under the Influence with the same dedication that he brought to this latest album.

 Discreet releases new album Under the Influence in collaboration with Legendary Hammers - HipHopCanada.com

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6 Aug

Chelsea Grimm successfully executes unique POV perspective in new visuals for “BussHead”


Vancouver, BC – There’s been some new energy and subsequent projects brewing out here on the West Coast, and Vancouver based alternative/electronic artist, Chelsea Grimm has certainly been busy. He recently released the Sam Lucia-directed visuals to accompany his first single, “Busshead.” We were amped to feature his introductory track here on HipHopCanada, and we’ve been waiting for this follow-up ever since. Courtesy of Owake Records, the music video for “Busshead” follows Grimm (or whoever is holding the camera) through his explorations in a secluded forest.

Chelsea Grimm successfully executes unique POV perspective in new visuals for BussHead - HipHopCanada.com

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6 Aug

YouTube personality Too Blunt goes international with his Top 5 UK Songs of July


Miami, FL – If you’re into hip-hop vlogs, you might be familiar with a US head named Too Blunt regularly dropping his opinion on new music and happenings to his 59K+ subscribers. Last November he discovered the UK scene and has recently dedicated a lot of screen-time to reviewing the scene’s releases as well as gauging reactions from the US public, among other things.

Too Blunt recently teamed up with the good people at Link Up TV to reveal his Top 5 UK Songs Of July. And since several members of the HipHopCanada team are also big on what the UK has to offer, we decided to share it with you here. It’s a great chance to get caught up on what’s going on across the pond.

Recently we’ve featured some dope videos from USG Entertainment’s K Koke (who has worked with Canadian artists like Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge) and Brixton Hill crew, 67. Check out the video below and click here to check out Too Blunt’s main channel. Definitely worth subscribing!

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5 Aug

You need to hear Arys Déjan’s “BullsEye” freestyle over “The Season” by Anderson .Paak


Toronto, ON – Earlier this week, Toronto artist Arys Déjan released a new “BullsEye” freestyle over top of “The Season” by Anderson .Paak.

I’m not usually a fan of freestyles over industry beats. I’ve become jaded by the 432,286,543 or so Canadian rappers who have spammed me with Drake freestyles over the years. But I have a huge appreciation for the guys who know how to pick a beat proper, and slaughter it. And that’s exactly what Arys did here.

While Arys admittedly isn’t necessarily a huge Anderson .Paak fan, I am. And I been listening to Malibu over and over and over again lately. “The Season” was produced by the god 9th Wonder. It’s a crazy beat, and a completely unexpected beat choice for a freestyle. But I love how Arys spun it. Check out “BullsEye” below, and peep our Q&A with Arys after the jump.

You need to hear Arys Déjan's

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5 Aug

LSC artist Zsay told us about “Young Love” and his new track


Brampton, ON – B-Town up-and-comer Zsay (of the LostSoulsClub collective) recently released a new track titled “Young Love.”

The track tells us the story of a 19 year old falling in love with a 16 year old. For this track Zsay takes a look at what might have happened if he had chosen to pursue a younger female. It’s a mature song that reflects on the good parts and bad parts of falling in love with someone and having an age gap wedged between two people.

But it also challenges and questions the stigma that society has about age as a factor in dating.

The track was partially influenced by a Joey Bada$$ sound. And you can definitely see the comparison; both in Zsay’s flow as well as in his approach to selecting a beat to rap over. Zsay is definitely still honing his flow and finding his sound but I love how he approached this one. Check the song below, and peep our Q&A with him after the jump.

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5 Aug

Osheaga 2016: Stop comparing Jazz Cartier to Drake; Jacuzzi is in his own lane


Montreal, QC – On Saturday July 30, the annual Osheaga music festival kicked off its second day of festivities at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal.

Osheaga’s second day features a monstrous hip-hop line-up with appearances from Post Malone, Logic, Future, and Montreal producer Kaytranada.

And on top of all of that, we were treated to a performance from our own homegrown Canadian rap prince, Jazz Cartier.

Osheaga 2016: Stop comparing Jazz Cartier to Drake; Jacuzzi is in his own lane - HipHopCanada.com
Photo by Sarah Jay for HipHopCanada

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5 Aug

This is what happened when Little Simz performed at Osheaga 2016


Montreal, QC – On Sunday July 31, the annual Osheaga music festival finished strong with its third and final day of festivities at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal.

Osheaga’s final day was stacked with performances from SonReal, Tory Lanez, Mac Miller, Montreal’s Dead Obies crew, and some much-needed representation from the U.K.

Skepta opened up the afternoon with a monstrous performance on the Verte Stage. And right after his set, UK femcee Little Simz performed the hidden gem performance of this year’s festival.

This is what happened when Little Simz performed at Osheaga 2016 - HipHopCanada.com
Photo by Sarah Jay for HipHopCanada

Related Post: Tory Lanez, Jazz Cartier, SonReal & more scheduled for Osheaga, July 29-31

5 Aug

Win tickets to see Hip-Hop vs. House tomorrow with Stretch Armstrong, Lissa Monet & more!


Toronto, ONHip-Hop vs. House celebrates 5 years of making bodies rock with a special Harbourfront Centre afterparty! Join NYC hip-hop legend Stretch Armstrong alongside Toronto DJs Lissa Monet and Dirty Dale featuring live percussion from the Guru Bros and your hosts Taboo, Shaman, Cyberkrib, Fly Lady Di and Underdog.

This is a licensed event (19+) so be sure to bring your ID. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. inside the Brigantine Room at the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

HipHopCanada is currently giving away a pair of tickets to 1 lucky winner. Click the jump link below for details on how to win the contest and to check out the official flyer.

Win tickets to see Hip-Hop vs. House tomorrow in Toronto with Stretch Armstrong & more! - HipHopCanada.com

5 Aug

Skepta brought grime to Montreal and “Shut Down” Osheaga 2016


Montreal, QC – On Sunday July 31, the annual Osheaga music festival had its third and final day of 2016 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal.

Osheaga’s third day featured performances from Canada’s own SonReal, UK femcee Little Simz, Tory Lanez, Montreal’s Dead Obies crew, and Mac Miller.

The day also featured one of my most anticipated performances of Osheaga 2016: Skepta‘s afternoon set at the Verte Stage.

Skepta brought grime to Montreal and
Photo by Sarah Jay for HipHopCanada

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