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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 25

HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single … Read More »

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A look at More Life’s ties to the UK; Plus 6 other British MCs you need to know

While taking in the More Life debut, one thing that really caught my interest was the … Read More »

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Bishop Brigante gives us the backstory for each song on his new Legacy project

With the release of a new project yesterday featuring some of his most well known singles … Read More »

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Drake premieres More Life playlist on OVO Sound Radio: Listen Here!

Drake has released his latest project, officially titled More Life: A Playlist by October Firm … Read More »

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Dope Piece gets the party started in his new video for “Party Joint”

Dope Piece gets the party started in his new video for “Party Joint”

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22 Mar

Seth Dyer celebrates the end of 2017’s first quarter on his new single “Lock”


Toronto, ON – Earlier this week Toronto artist Seth Dyer released his latest self-produced single titled “Lock” in celebration of the end of the first quarter of 2017.

“Lock” is a braggadocios anthem made to celebrate and reaffirm all of Seth’s accomplishments thus far. It also serves as a personal reminder for Seth that he is – in fact – doing the right thing by continuing to pursue music.

He recognizes his own potential and he’s reached a point where he knows he can only rely on himself to continue propelling forward. That’s kind of the best place to be at, artistically. The guy’s got in on “Lock” right now. And he’s gearing up to roll out the campaign for his forthcoming new project. Listen to “Lock” below, and scope our Q&A with Seth after the jump.

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22 Mar

A look at More Life’s ties to the UK; Plus 6 other British MCs you need to know


London, UK – While taking in the More Life debut on Saturday, one thing that really caught my interest was the amount of love Drake showed the UK.

Even before the premiere it was well-known that Drake had embraced the British hip-hop and grime scenes, working with Skepta and others over the past few years, remixing UK records (like London rapper Dave’s “Wanna Know”), referencing UK slang in various songs (like “Cameras”), and most recently bringing several artists out during his ongoing European Boy Meets World Tour. And the playlist dropping while Drake was still in England? No coincidence.

A look at More Life's ties to the UK; Plus 6 other UK rappers you'll want to know - HipHopCanada.com

If Drake and Skepta’s connection bridged the gap between the UK and Toronto, More Life just cemented the foundation of that relationship for years to come.

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21 Mar

Premiere: Check out 199Z’s new cypher featuring ELJAY, Block Uno, Pierre Pharaoh & Mobi Mawla


Toronto, ON – Last week we brought you the premiere of the first ever 2017 199Z Cypher, put together by Toronto based creative collective 199Z.

This week we’re back with the launch of the second cypher in the series. This edition of the 199Z Cypher features ELJAY, Block Uno, Pierre Pharaoh, and Mobi Mawla.

This is the latest installation in a three-part series that will be dropping every single Tuesday on HipHopCanada for the rest of March 2017. The cyphers feature beats by Nate Smith and production courtesy of 199Z. The 199Z Cypher 2017 mission is to put the shine on Toronto’s up-and-comers. It’s a spotlight on the raw spit-abilities and diversity within the new generation of GTA rap.

Here’s what Néeshell of 199Z had to say about this cypher: “199Z had a great time finding artists suited for this incredible instrumental by Nate Smith. When searching for artists, ELJAY blew us away with his recently released debut project. And Block Uno intrigued us with his mysterious off-the-grid approach he has taken with his career thus far. However, Pierre Pharaoh was an easy choice for his unique style that he brought to the table alongside Mobi Mawla; [both of whom] we have recognized for making their mark in the city’s hip-hop scene while coming with great amounts of energy. All the artists came together to deliver a solid performance across the board, while sticking true to their style.”

Premiere: Check out 199Z's new cypher featuring ELJAY, Block Uno, Pierre Pharaoh & Mobi Mawla - HipHopCanada.com

21 Mar

Sayzee drops some serious “Fire” on new Ktoe produced single


St. Catharines, ON – Canadian hip-hop king Sayzee (formerly known as Sese) recently dropped some new heat aptly titled, “Fire.” The new song was produced by Ktoe and is available to download now on iTunes. You can stream “Fire” below via Sayzee’s SoundCloud profile.

Sayzee drops some serious Fire on new Ktoe produced banger - HipHopCanada.com

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20 Mar

Ziyaad Luceō discusses his new track & the struggles of getting “Lost In Translation”


Brampton, ON – One of my favourite up-and-comers of 2017, Brampton artist Ziyaad Luceō recently released his latest single titled “Lost In Translation (What Happened to Us?)”.

The track was produced by THEMPeople, and serves as Ziyaad’s own personal commentary on what it means to get “Lost In Translation.” This track takes us through what happens when you part ways from someone, miss them, want to tell them you miss them, but struggle to find the right way to articulate your feels.

Ziyaad penned this track a few years ago about his high school crush. He realized that he would eventually have to part ways with this girl, and she realized it, too. So the two of them gradually drifted apart from one another in order to avoid getting hurt.

But the track is more than just a storytelling of lost love. It’s also an exploration of nostalgia, putting words to emotions, and drifting away from friendships and relationships. Listen to “Lost In Translation (What Happened to Us?)” below, and scope our Q&A with Ziyaad after the jump.

Broken Skies: Ziyaad Luceō discusses his new track & what it's like to watch someone battle addiction - HipHopCanada.com

19 Mar

LD bANKO discusses his new track “Yea Yea” & the importance of investing in yourself


Brampton, ON – Earlier this week up-and-coming Brampton artist LD bANKO released a brand new record titled “Yea Yea” as his own personal 2017 anthem of celebration and success.

This record marks the turning point where LD feels he has both found and settled into his artistic identity. It’s a track that shows the progression – both personally and artistically – that has occurred over the last little while.

For this track, the Made2Eat squad teamed up with engineer MixedByMS to get the track properly mixed and mastered. It’s a little step that too often gets overlooked amongst the ranks of up-and-coming rappers. The difference in quality between this jam and LD’s older work is a world of difference.

And all of that can be attributed to A) LD finally feeling secure in his artistry, and B) LD committing to actually invest in his craft. Listen to “Yea Yea” below, and scope our Q&A with LD bANKO after the jump.

Brampton newcomer LD bANKO breaks down his new track

18 Mar

Bishop Brigante gives us the backstory for each song on his new Legacy project


Toronto, ON – With the release of a new playlist yesterday featuring some of his most well known singles, Toronto artist Bishop Brigante stopped by HipHopCanada to give us the backstory on how each track came to be.

When it comes to the battle scene, Bish has done it all. Be it winning tournaments, appearing on 106 & Park’s Freestyle Friday, taking part in high profile battles (see Bishop Brigante vs Jin The MC) or co-hosting one of the biggest battle leagues on the planet (KOTD), his resume is as long as it is impressive.

On the flipside, when it comes to his discography as a recording artist, Bishop has released several mixtapes and singles, and been on plenty of other people’s projects, but has yet to release an official album debut. The reason is complicated and personal, but something Bishop has worked through and overcome. In fact, it could all change by the end of 2017, or the top of 2018, and it all starts with Legacy.

Bishop Brigante breaks down the story behind each song featured on his new Legacy project - HipHopCanada.com

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18 Mar

Drake premieres More Life playlist on OVO Sound Radio: Listen Here!


Toronto, ONDrake has released his latest project, officially titled More Life: A Playlist by October Firm. The 22-track project premiered in its entirety on OVO Sound Radio earlier this evening and is currently replaying in full on the Beats 1 show. It’s also available through iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and other digital mediums. Track listing and stream available below.

Drake premieres More Life playlist on OVO Sound Radio - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: A look at More Life’s ties to the UK; Plus 6 other British MCs you need to know

18 Mar

Fredro Starr & Sticky Fingaz of Onyx headline at The Smiling Buddah in Toronto on April 6


Toronto, ON – Hip-hop legends Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz return to Toronto on April 6 for a highly anticipated show inside The Smiling Buddah (961 College St.). Along with the Onyx duo, performances are expected from Mugg Shot, Swisha T, Rock Reign, G. Knight and Kid Kold.

Doors open at 9 p.m. with tickets going for $30 in advance through TicketScene. For more information make sure to check out the official Facebook listing for the event.

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18 Mar

Elz Casino brings the “Super Sauce” on their new single


Lexington, KY – Lexington’s Jay Elly connects with fellow Kentucky artist, Casino Red on their new release “Super Sauce.” The track is the first release from their upcoming EP, Elz Casino due out later this year. Produced entirely by Kentucky production duo, Ric & Thadeus, “Super Sauce” is a hype track that feels current and relevant to our Canadian audience.

Sounding like a renovated version of Migos, the duo bring their witty lyricism and catchphrases to the track in a good way. You’re sure to feel compelled to play “Super Sauce” during your weekend festivities.

Check out “Super Sauce” below.

Elz Casino brings the Super Sauce on their new single - HipHopCanada.com

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