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Time to #WAKEDAFUCUP: HipHopCanada chops it up with Onyx [Interview]

Calgary, AB – On Aug. 15, our friends over at True Rhythm brought Onyx (Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz) to Calgary for … Read More »

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On the Run with Jay and Bey in Winnipeg [Review]

Winnipeg, MB – I’ll be honest: when the rumors started circulating that Jay Z and Beyoncé were set to tour together this … Read More »

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Squamish Valley Music Festival with Eminem, Nas, Danny Brown & more [Review/Photos]

Vancouver, BC – On the weekend of August 8, 2014, Squamish Valley Music Festival kicked off in Squamish, British Columbia with headliners … Read More »

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Bishop Brigante brings all-star line-up out for Blu Ice Nightclub Grand Opening [News]

Toronto, ON – One of the hottest line-ups the GTA has seen in a while is going down Aug. 22 and 23 … Read More »

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Miracle – Body Bag [Video]

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20 Aug

A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg & more at Toronto Frosh Festival 2014 [News]

Toronto, ON – We had to say it, but it is what it is… Back To School time is just around the corner. Of course, the good thing about this time of year is all the crazy parties that go with it. College and university students in the GTA are particularly lucky to have the Toronto Frosh Festival to look forward too.

Once again Toronto’s Echo Beach will play host to the large festival which will feature a line-up you don’t want to miss. A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and the A$AP Mob, Carnage, Dzeko & Torres, Joe Ghost and more, will play to a crowd of over 15,000 people for a massive one day party on Sunday, Sept. 7, between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The A$AP Mob consists of A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Nast, A$AP Ant and A$AP Yams.

While you need to be 19+ to access the licensed area, the event will be open to anyone that is 16 and over. You can find tickets on TicketMaster.

HipHopCanada will be on site! Follow hashtag #TorontoFroshFestival and @HipHopCanada on Twitter (and Instagram).

20 Aug

Time to #WAKEDAFUCUP: HipHopCanada chops it up with Onyx [Interview]

Calgary, AB – On Aug. 15, our friends over at True Rhythm brought Onyx (Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz) to Calgary for a stop along the #WAKEDAFUCUP Tour (in support of Onyx’s latest album release of the same name).

Chatting with Sticky and Fredro is one of the realest things around. There’s no flex and there’s no fronting. These guys have been in the game for decades and they’ve built their following on a message of raw honesty. The Onyx is a voice for adolescents; and more specifically – adolescents caught in the struggle.

They totally play off each other, too – Fredro is the outgoing extrovert, and Sticky is the introverted one with quick quips. And he likes to have the final word. But put it this way: in a hypothetical scenario in which you were just casually chilling one-on-one with Onyx, Fredro would be the one egging you on to do something and Sticky would be the one going, “Don’t do that, ya dumb shit!”

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What we got going on right now is perfect because right now hip-hop needs something that says: stand up to what’s going on.” – Fredro Starr

Related Post: Merkules to headline 3rd Annual Zombie Walk in Red Deer, AB [News]

20 Aug

On the Run with Jay and Bey in Winnipeg [Review]

Winnipeg, MB – I’ll be honest: when the rumors started circulating that Jay Z and Beyoncé were set to tour together this summer, I didn’t believe it. For starters, when the talk about the tour began to brew (this spring), Beyoncé had just finished the Mrs. Carter World Tour (which was just shy of a year-long). Jay had been on the low since he wrapped up the Magna Carter World Tour in January; but the whole idea was just too good to be true! However, it’s Jay and Bey. To think that they wouldn’t pull a fast one on us like that, would just be silly. So off I go to the Investors Group Field, for the On the Run Tour.

On July 27, Winnipeg was the second of two Canadian stops on the tour (you can read the review from Toronto’s show here). I was surprised when the Winnipeg date was announced, as cities like Vancouver and Montreal (along with Toronto) are usually the candidates for big headliners such as Jay and Bey. But when I walked into that gorgeous and newly-built stadium, I understood why. Well done, Winnipeg!

On the Run with Jay and Bey [Review]-

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20 Aug

Cam’ron takes it back at Danforth Music Hall [Review]

Toronto, ON – On Aug. 16, Cam’ron rolled through Toronto for a stop along The First Of The Month Tour. When I initially walked into the Danforth Music Hall at around 9 p.m. on Saturday, the venue was modestly filled and I became somewhat concerned that Cam’ron’s concert would not reach the capacity that I had anticipated. I wondered if Toronto’s hip-hop fans forgot Killa Cam’s contributions to the golden era of hip-hop, I wondered if they forgot his meticulous and important contributions to Roc-A-Fella Records’ rise to prominence and I wondered if they forgot the relentless Dipset mixtape campaigns that dominated the hip-hop world of the early 2000s. However, by 9:45 p.m., my concerns were abandoned and the venue was nearly at critical mass.

I might as well have been in Harlem. The pungent smell of marijuana combined with the crowd’s anticipation of one of hip-hop’s greatest figures was ubiquitous. What’s more, Patrick McGuire’s opening DJ set was interjected with numerous chants of “We want Cam!” and “Dipset!”

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Related Post: Eiffel Tower Entertainment presents: Cam’ron live at Encore [News]

19 Aug

Merkules to headline 3rd Annual Zombie Walk in Red Deer, AB [News]

Red Deer, AB – So on September 13, the plan is clear in Red Deer. When 2 p.m. comes around, head to Slumland to become a zombie. After roaming the streets between 4 and 6, and then eating brains burgers after the zombie walk, you’ll be treated to a special performance by Surrey B.C.’s own Merkules. The Stealth Bomb Records and #100MAD rapper’s popularity continues to grow, and his live performance will give you a good understanding of why. Just recently he shared the stage with Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz of Onyx inside Vancouver’s Red Room.

Along with the Bacon Bits MC, the event will feature Red Deer’s own Travis Omen and Danny Epic (Midwest Mindset) along with Ben Official from Calgary. Check the 3 of them out on “Put Em Up (Fate),” after the jump. More acts to be announced.

The annual Zombie Walk has already raised hundreds of pounds of food for the Red Deer Food Bank and this year their goal is 450 pounds. Please remember to bring a food donation.

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Related Post: Time to #WAKEDAFUCUP: HipHopCanada chops it up with Onyx [Interview]

19 Aug

T.Y. – Never Wanna Work Again [Audio]

Hamilton, ON – Hamilton-based MC T.Y. returns this week with the second installation of #TYTuesday. And we’re debuting his new joint for you here on HipHopCanada.

T.Y. is getting ready for the release of his forthcoming project release. And he’s campaigning by hitting us with a weekly remix of a classic hip-hop joint. It goes down every single Tuesday. Last week T.Y. got into his Souls of Mischief groove with the release of “91 to Infinity” (a remix of SOM’s classic “93 til Infinity”). This week T.Y. got in on one of my favourite joints from one of my favourite crews: “You Got Me” by The Roots (featuring Eve and Erykah Badu).

“Never Wanna Work Again” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.

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19 Aug

Bishop Brigante challenges Boi-1da, Kardinal Offishall, Rich Kidd & Snak the Ripper [News]

Toronto, ON – After a call out from Beatboxer Scott Jackson, Bishop Brigante is the latest Canadian hip-hop head to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. While the meme continues to gain traction on social media – and has raised millions for the ALS Association – Bishop is making sure Canadians know to donate to the Canadian branch directly. We caught up with him for his thoughts on getting involved:

I actually didn’t know what the challenge was so I decided to research what all the fuss was about. I found it crazy that lots of videos were being made without providing any information on how to donate, or why people were taking the challenge in the first place. So, once Scott Jackson called me out, I wanted to do it correctly.

The “Ice Bucket Challenge” raises both money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. According to ALS Canada: “ALS has no known cure or effective treatment yet. For every person diagnosed with ALS, a person living with ALS dies. Approximately 2,500 – 3,000 Canadians currently live with this fatal disease.

And in the true spirit of the Ice Bucket challenge, Bishop has paid it forward by challenging Boi-1da, Kardinal Offishall, Rich Kidd and Snak The Ripper. They have 24 hours to complete the challenge. Check out Bishop’s video below. Donations can be made to

Related Post: Time to #WAKEDAFUCUP: HipHopCanada chops it up with Onyx [Interview]

19 Aug

SZA set to heat up Vancouver on August 29 [News]

Vancouver, BCOriginally published August 7, 2014 – The wonderfully talented SZA is making her first stop to Vancouver’s Fortune Sound presented by Timbre Concerts and SlowJam Sundays.

TDE’s first lady will be in the building on August 29 for a sexy summer night of slow jams that you don’t want to miss. SZA is on tour promoting her most recent release Z that features Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad.

HipHopCanada is a proud sponsor of this event and we’re looking forward to see this Top Dawg do her thing solo. Cop tickets at Beatstreet, Zulu, Red Cat or online here.

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19 Aug

Brothers Grim Presents: Sweatshop Union live in Edmonton [News]

Edmonton, AB – Brothers Grim and Raised Fist Productions have teamed up to bring Sweatshop Union out for a live show at The Studio Music Foundation (10940-166 A Street). The Vancouver hip-hop heavyweights will be making their stop in YEG on August 29, as a kick-off party for Valleyview’s annual music festival, Beaverfest. For those of you unable to make the festival (or just want a double-dose of Sweatshop), this is your prime opportunity to come down and get live!

This Canadian hip-hop collective is most known for their socially conscious views and eclectic sound. They’ve received many accolades for their work, including a 2011 Western Canadian Music Award for Hip-Hop Album of the Year (Bill Murray EP). Sweatshop Union’s most recent project to date is their fifth LP, Infinite (released in summer 2013). I’m sure we can look forward to a taste of their new material, along with the rest of their outstanding discography.

Sweatshop Union will be joined with local support from; Kancer & Black Lung, Cashew, The Nasty Boys, Koncept Tha Truth, Brothers Grim, and Double.A. Tickets are on sale now for $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You can also grip them online (with service fees included) on Zoobis. For more information on vendors, keep it locked on the event’s Facebook page. See you there!

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19 Aug

Bollywood Booz – Changes ft. KinSmuv [Video]

New Orleans, LA – Don’t miss the new “Changes” video by Toronto’s Bollywood Booz (aka Boozy). Shot in New Orleans, the single features KinSmuv and production from Black Ghost. Watch it after the jump.

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