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Wasiu gave us a very thorough break-down of his new track “No Jumper”

Montreal rapper Wasiu recently released his latest single titled “No Jumper,” co-produced by … Read More »

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Rising rap star Don Mulatto of Sault Ste. Marie passes away at 20

It’s with a very heavy heart that we report the death of Don Mulatto … Read More »

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“Hotline Bling” wins big at MMVAs; VIEWS stays at No. 1 for 7th consecutive we…

Toronto, ON – With Game 7 of the NBA Finals and the new episode of Game of Thrones airing on the same … Read More »

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Vancouver’s Snak The Ripper releases highly anticipated new album, From The Dirt

Vancouver, BC – After a strong lead up that involved extensive touring and a ton of great marketing collateral, the new Snak … Read More »

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Classified talks about his collaboration with Snak The Ripper & Slug on “Never

Classified talks about his collaboration with Snak The Ripper & Slug on “Never

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27 Jun

Listen to Frank Douglas of Time Squad’s new mixtape, 200


Brantford, ONFrank Douglas follows up last year’s popular 100 mixtape with a new project by the name of 200.

With club hits like ‘Beastmode’ (an ode to Marshawn lynch) and ‘Awh Yeah,’ (a ladies anthem), and ‘Feel Better,’ which boasts a feature hook from Vancouver’s own McEvoy, or what Frank has referred to as ‘krew anthems’ like ‘Zeus’ and the project’s title track, ‘200,’ the mixtape feels like a movement.

Production comes courtesy of The Tough Guyz, J Caspersen, Yuc Beats, LewisYouNasty, Pilot, Larkin and Fly Life. Additional guest appearances include Tyler Durand, Big Juug, Xvvixr and Kidd Dreadd. Check it out below.

Listen to Frank Douglas of Time Squad's new mixtape, 200 - HipHopCanada.com

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27 Jun

You need to “Inhale Exhale” with DijahSB on this new track


Toronto, ON – Up and coming Toronto artist DijahSB just dropped her latest single entitled “Inhale Exhale” off her new EP entitled Manic Luxury. The track was produced by Martin Sole, and features Tamera Russell and pHoenix Pagliacci.

In case you missed it, I was fortunate enough to meet Dijah when I was out in Toronto earlier this month. She opened up for Azizi Gibson at Revival Bar and I really vibed with her message.

“Inhale Exhale” is a track that preaches self-love, and coping with depressive thoughts. It’s about that brief moment where you take a breath in and let it out. And over the span of those short few seconds, you are able to rejig your thoughts and stop yourself from drowning.

One thing I love about Dijah is how relatable her messages are. On a personal level, this song relays Dijah’s struggle to cope with bouts of depression. But no matter who you are or what you’ve been through, you’ll feel this song in your soul. Check it out below, and peep our Q&A with Dijah after the jump.

You need to hear DijahSB's new single

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27 Jun

NXNE 2016: Here’s what happened when Azizi Gibson performed at Revival Bar


Toronto, ON – I was blessed to be able to dip over to Toronto last week to cover the annual NXNE music festival. This year’s festival included rap performances from Azizi Gibson, Mick Jenkins, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, and more, along with a handful of Toronto-based up-and-coming artists.

On Thursday night, Azizi Gibson (of preHISTORIC) came through Revival Bar to headline a show presented by NXNE and The Academy Presents. Azizi performed alongside a bill of Toronto artists including Ty Senoj, DijahSB, Bilal Mirza, and Arys Déjan.

I know everyone was all stoked about NXNE’s Friday line-up at Port Lands with Ghostface and ScHoolboy Q and Mick Jenkins, but I’m calling this show as my favourite show of NXNE 2016. See how it all went down after the jump.

NXNE 2016: Here's what happened when Azizi Gibson performed at Revival Bar - HipHopCanada.com
Photo by Sarah Jay

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27 Jun

Wasiu gave us a very thorough break-down of his new track “No Jumper”


Montreal, QCOriginally published June 23, 2016 – Montreal rapper Wasiu recently released his latest single titled “No Jumper,” co-produced by Atlanta’s meltycanon and Montreal’s own Dear Lola.

The track itself was inspired both by Gucci Mane’s recent release from prison, as well as by Jeff Van Gundy’s recent remarks about the infamous OJ car chase. Basically, OJ avoided surrendering to police in 1994 after he was charged with murder. He got into Al Cowlings’ Ford Bronco and evaded cops on the roads of California while still following the NBA finals on the radio.

The track hits a more personal note with Wasiu as he delivers a commentary about “taking shots.” Throughout the track Wasiu repeats the line “They takin’ shots at me/ But got no jumper.” It seems like rappers are always taking shots at one another and trying to compete for the reign on the rap game. But Wasiu explains that his only real beef is with society.

Montreal rapper Wasiu wants you to know that

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24 Jun

Bougie breaks on to the West Coast scene with smooth R&B banger “This Time”


Vancouver, BC – Hailing from Rotterdam, up-and-coming artist Bougie is grinding to make a name for himself in Canada with the first single from his forthcoming untitled mixtape “This Time”.

Touching on the theme of second chances “This Time” delivers content that is easily relatable and a sound that is hard to forget. Providing uniquely effortless vocals and deep lyrics it won’t take Bougie long to stand out on the West Coast scene. Look out for his upcoming mixtape in coming months and listen to the track below.

Bougie breaks on to the West Coast scene with smooth banger

24 Jun

Veteran Toronto MC King Reign on life support after heart attack


Toronto, ON – It has been a tough week for Canadian hip-hop. Earlier this week we announced the passing of 20-year-old Sault Ste. Marie MC, Don Mulatto.

This morning we got word that Toronto vet King Reign, who many might not as simply Reign from BrassMunk – was in the hospital and on life support after suffering from a heart attack on Saturday.

Reign’s father took to Facebook to inform people of his son’s condition, and to thank people for their support.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. For now, please join Reign’s legions of fans, friends and family in wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

Just yesterday, Reign made an appearance on Global TV’s Private Eyes along with his good friend and colleague, Kardinal Offishall.

Veteran Toronto MC King Reign on life support after heart attack - HipHopCanada.com

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24 Jun

Introducing White: Sauga City up-and-comer gears up for new tape with “Can’t Change” video


Mississauga, ON – Sauga City up-and-comer (and Sauga City Clothing owner) White drops fresh visuals in support of his forthcoming mixtape, Shut Up and Learn Something, set to drop later this year. “Can’t Change,” featuring the currently incarcerated Mark Jordan, was directed by Captured Films and is one of several new videos from White set to drop in the coming months. White just recently landed on our radar but after getting a chance to preview some of his next releases, we’re excited to see his movement develop. His backstory has a tragic beginning – starting with losing his mother to street violence at the tender age of 4 – but he’s over come hardships and is now making a serious push for a successful music career. We’re only just starting to get familiar with White, but we’ll be digging deeper into his story in the coming weeks as his mixtape release approaches. Stay tuned for more. For now, you can check out “Can’t Change” after the jump link below.

Introducing White: Sauga City up-and-comer gears up for new mixtape with Can't Change featuring Mark Jordan - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Jun

Song of the Day: Theo3 flexes his lyrical muscle with “Breathing Exercises” Parts 1 & 2


Toronto, ON – I’ve been fortunate enough to be in the lab with a ton of great MCs, but few have impressed me as much as Theo3, technically and theoretically (no pun intended). The Toronto vet and Freedom Writer member recently released a pair of lyrical masterpieces that he’s generously made available for free download.

“Breathing Exercises,” parts 1 and 2, are searing hot social commentaries pointing out bullshit and reminding you to breathe when you see it. Part 1 jumps on The Bad Seed’s “For The Kids” instrumental (produced by Nottz), while Part 2 sees the Theo3 going in on a Dr. Dre classic which he refers to as a masterpiece and one of his favourite beats.

“Part 1” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. Check that out below and look for Part 2 after the jump.

Song of the Day: Theo3 flexes his lyrical muscle with Breathing Exercises Parts 1 & 2 - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Jun

Melvy Pockets just dropped a new single titled “Paper Boy”


Brampton, ON – One of my favourite up-and-comers out of Brampton, Melvy Pockets just delivered his latest single titled “Paper Boy.”

It seems like young Pockets has been honing in on his flow because the delivery on this track is really polished. This jam seems to mark a milestone for Pockets in his come-up.

He’s spent the better part of 2015 and 2016 trying to figure out and navigate the rap game. This song is him telling us what he’s discovered. He’s definitely gotten a lot more jaded. But damn – this track bangs hard!

Melvy Pockets has a story to tell you about

23 Jun

You need to hear Skratch Bastid and Shad’s “Limoncello” collaboration track


Toronto, ON – Veteran rapper (and Q radio host) Shad and Canadian super-producer Skratch Bastid just teamed up to deliver this summer vibe-out track titled “Limoncello.”

The song pays homage to “Luchini” by Camp Lo. It’s got that same happy-go-lucky vibe; jazzy horns laced over top of a bouncy drumline. But instead of watching Luchini pour from the sky, Shad and Skratch are soaking in the Limoncello.

On June 22, Shad took to Facebook to share a little bit about the track: “Luxurious! Skratch Bastid made this dope beat that sounded like Luchini by Camp Lo… I thought about what to do on it… And decided I should probably also sound like Luchini by Camp Lo. Paying tribute with that 5 figure thread count flow.”

Photos: Skratch Bastid & friends turn up at Bastid's BBQ in Halifax - HipHopCanada.com

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