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Life As I Know It: The rise of Kurdish-Canadian recording artist Dillin Hoox

“I still remember the panic-stricken look on my mom’s face when I brought home the bullet casings … Read More »

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Yeezy Taught Me: Kanye West takes Rogers Place to new heights at the Saint Pablo Tour

October 15 marked Kanye West‘s return to Edmonton for the Saint Pablo Tour … Read More »

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Toronto star Rich Kidd to host first Beats.Mind.Movement. showcase on Oct. 19

Beats.Mind.Movement. goes down inside Toronto’s The Rivoli … Read More »

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Attention Artists! Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 JUNO Awards

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has officially opened the doors for submissions to the 2017 … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Fortunato launches the Four Flags Tour in Saint John, New Brunswick on Oct. 7

Fortunato launches the Four Flags Tour in Saint John, New Brunswick on Oct. 7


24 Oct

Listen to Midnight’s “Throw Dat Back” collaboration with Ty Senoj

Toronto, ON – Earlier this month Toronto artist Midnight teamed up with Ty Senoj for this new single titled “Throw Dat Back.”

“Throw Dat Back” is a downtempo smoked out record for all the sad boys out there still caught up in feelings for their exes. The track hits heavy with the hope that Midnight’s former girl will throw it back for him like she used to. He misses that.

This track actually came about accidentally for Midnight. He hit the studio with Ty and wound up with this beat in his possession. From there, he wrote his bars and recorded the track on the same day. Check out “Throw Dat Back” below and peep our Q&A with Midnight after the jump.

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24 Oct

Happy Birthday Mo! HipHopCanada Co-Prez’s 30 Best Instagram Pics

Ottawa, ON – In a decent attempt to use Drake’s 30th birthday to generate web traffic, Billboard has compiled the 6 God’s “30 Best Instagram Pics” for your viewing pleasure. They stopped short of explaining why they selected those particular photos, but at least they made some good choices.

Since HipHopCanada Co-President and Director of Sales, Maurce “Mo Jointz” Laurin shares the same birthday as Drizzy, we thought it only made sense to give his Instagram account the same treatment. Although going with a number that represented his actual age would be too much work; it would deplete the quality of the selections. So 30 it is.

Mo is less active than Champagne Papi on the popular social media service, but he still has more than enough content to work with. Mo is actually the last person to make a big deal about his birthday… he’d never be on board for something like this. But that, of course, is the reason it needed to be done 😀 Happy Birthday, Mo!

30. Zargara Launch

Politicking w/ the man @amirzargara at his soft launch. @zargaralabel 📸@vladymir_ph

A photo posted by Mo'Jointz (@mojointz) on

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24 Oct

Schoolboy Q finally brought the Blank Face Tour to Vancouver and it was worth the wait

Vancouver, BC – After catching Schoolboy Q at Squamish Valley Music Festival of summer 2015, you may have been one of the many fans who have been patiently awaiting his return ever since. While it’s really been just over a year since his last appearance in B.C., the past 12 months have been full of many milestones in music for the Los Angeles rapper (many of which have been some of his debated, greatest releases to date).

Schoolboy Q and Joey Bada$$ Bring the Blank Face Tour to Vancouver

You may be one of the listeners who have concluded that the release of Blank Face LP this past summer, was a defining moment for the emcee that placed him back in the top ranks among the lyrical best. His previous album Oxymoron gave us those classic hits with crowd value, but there was resounding criticism for its’ marketable value over depth. The follow-up with Blank Face didn’t disappoint and contributed a strong line-up of features with current, yet classic sounds amidst rolling, dense 808s from the rapper. With a list of features including Kanye West, Vince Staples, Anderson. Paak, and SZA – it was easily one of the most diverse projects to come out this year. Any real Q fan will probably concur that Blank Face was Schoolboy’s lyrical re-birthing into the industry as an artist who brought bars which were now on the same level as the likes of Kendrick Lamar.

So, when our colleagues at Timbre concerts announced that he was booked to bring the Blank Face LP tour to the West Coast, there was a quick dash to partake on the opportunity to see him showcase the new material. It’s been a crazy fall full of memorable concerts, but this was one of the few events that sold out well in advance (and many were scrambling to find extra tickets if they missed the boat early on). The addition of Joey Badass as the opener only made the concert even more desirable. If you were in Vancouver this last Saturday chances are that you were either at this show, or watching it from your snapchat at home and wondering why you ever thought it was worth missing (and probably crying).

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24 Oct

BARZ! lights it up on his new single “Moods/Smoke Break” featuring Nitty Scott, MC

Tacoma, WA – Formerly Jay Barz, Barz! is the Washington-based rapper who is known for making intelligent rap that is full of one-liners and weed references. His newest track “Moods/Smoke Break” stays true to these characteristics, and is a solid delivery of West Coast influenced rap which features one of our personal favourite female emcees, Nitty Scott, MC.

The track is split into two sections, and allows Barz! to administer his talents as a storyteller to his audience. “Moods” begins by discussing a secret meeting with a lover. It’s followed up with “Smoke Break” where Nitty Scott, MC, plays the role of Ms. Mary Jane and erotically touches on the experience of smoking weed.

There’s a lot going on in this song under closer examination, and it’s further broken into 3 beats. The first and third are produced by 1st Born (who has credits such as Dizzy Wright). If you listen closely you may hear a sample from “It’s Goin’ Down” by Celly Cel, and the second beat is produced by pop-singer, Phinisey. Take a listen to the track below, and you’ll hear the advanced structure that we’re talking about.

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24 Oct

Cloudy Tunnel and KAOBOY Music collectives bring out a variety of voices in new cypher

Vancouver, BC – Vancity collectives Cloudy Tunnel and KAOBOY Music recently joined together to produce a cypher which features a roster, including: Sung, Sean ZhBrealliant, Scope, and Shy. With bars in a variety of languages, such as: English, Mandarin, and Korean, the cypher tackles other sub-genres of rap culture that have previously gone uncovered on the West Coast.

Vancouver is known as one of the most multi-cultural cities in Canada, and the cypher mimicks our diverse cultural landscape by bringing together a variety of global perspectives of rap music that the scene can vibe to – as well as learn from. What we love about this project is that it feeds off an inclusive energy that is imperative and important for the community to see. Individually, each emcee brings their own unique sound and wordplay, which makes this a truly interesting watch (as well an important one). The song is produced by KAOBOY, and the video is produced by recognized local creative, Scope. Check out the video below, and get acquainted.

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24 Oct

Texas emcee Ronnie Lott makes a strong advance with his debut project, Nothing is Forever

San Antonio, TX – It’s not recently uncovered knowledge that current attention spans of listeners are shorter than ever. With multiple inputs and bombardments of stimulation from various social media platforms, artists are faced with the challenging obstacle of engaging an audience with only a mere few seconds of opportunity.

When San Antonio emcee Ronnie Lott released his 18-track album, Nothing is Forever he challenged the characteristically unmotivated listener with a full listening experience that requests them to stay with him longer than a couple moments. But under further consideration, and a full listen, listeners may find themselves pleasantly surprised (and engaged) with the project due to its’ variety of sounds. While he maintains strong bars on the project, his r&b influences help this project sway easily between genres, while dipping its’ toes in his multiple talents. Lott easily sings, raps, and builds his melodies with the same ease that guides listeners along the journey. The result is a confident project that doesn’t apologize for its’ length, but rather suggests that it’s the quality that sets it apart. We caught up with the rapper to talk about the album, his motivation as an artist, and why he feels like this album will put him a step above the rest.

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24 Oct

Vancouver duo Something August release “ASDF” in anticipation of their upcoming EP

Vancouver, BC – This year has been particularly productive for the Vancouver music scene in regards to the emergence of new creative forces and voices which are bringing all different sub-genres closer together than ever. Vancouver duo Something August are a newly formed collaborative group which is one of those contributing forces. The duo is comprised of Tee Krispil and Kerry Chambers who independently champion their production and mixing together.

Their newest release “ASDF” was dropped last week as the first release from their upcoming EP Pursuit of 63, and it’s a thought-provoking listen that teases you to dive deeper into Krispil’s bars, and Chamber’s haunting echoes.

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23 Oct

Stack Bundles or Starve: Montreal’s T-Tymes pays homage to deceased rapper with mixtape

Montreal, QC – Family Without 6lood recording artist T-Tymes dropped a new mixtape a couple of days back paying homage to deceased NYC rapper Stack Bundles. The 23-track project is billed as a “Tribute & Celebration For Stack Bundles On His Birthday.

Stack Bundles, 24, real name Rayquon Elliott was shot and killed in New York City on June 11 around 5 a.m. while returning to his Beach Channel Drive home. He was a member of Byrd Gang as well as the Far Rockaway-based Riot Squad along with fellow slain rapper, Chinx Drugz. At the time of his death, he was one of the most popular young talents emerging on the scene.

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23 Oct

OVO Sound’s Roy Wood$ enlists Ty Dolla $ign & 24hrs for “Only You”

Toronto, ON – OVO Sound crooner Roy Wood$ is back with a new single featuring guest support from LA rapper Ty Dolla $ign and mysterious Atlanta artist 24hrs. You can check out the DZY-produced “Only You” below.

Wood$ recently completed a supporting role on Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen tour where he promoted his studio album debut, Waking at Dawn (available on iTunes).

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23 Oct

T-Tymes of Family Without 6lood enlists Money Marlo for Stack Bundles tribute tape

Montreal, QC – Presented by Family Without 6lood, Real City rapper T-Tymes teamed up with Scarborough’s Money Marlo (Riot Squad Canada) for a cut off his new tribute mixtape, Stack Bundles or Starve. Listen to “Yeen Kno” below or click here to check out the whole project.

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