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Review: Sarah Jay breaks down I Told You by Tory Lanez

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The best show of Osheaga 2016 was Tory Lanez at the Scène Verte Sonnet

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Here’s what happened when Mac Miller wrapped Day 3 of Osheaga 2016

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Nova Scotia’s Mitchell Bailey teams up with Cam Smith & Gold Bangz for “W

Nova Scotia’s Mitchell Bailey teams up with Cam Smith & Gold Bangz for “W


26 Aug

Contest: Enter to win two tickets to Battle of the Beat Makers 2016, taking place Aug. 27

UPDATE: Tickets for Battle of the Beat Makers 2016 can be purchased online via

Toronto, ONOriginally published Aug. 10, 2016 – Producers and hip-hop fans take note… Battle of the Beat Makers returns on Saturday, Aug. 27! 32 producers will compete for a chance at winning $5,000 in cash and prizes, as well as a huge boost to their career as a beatsmith. Registration is still open so if you’re looking to compete in this year’s event, make sure you visit before this Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will feature two special guest judges – both alumni of BBM in their own right – Grammy Award-winner, Boi-1da, and WondaGurl, who has produced for the likes of Jay Z, Drake, Rihanna, Redway (R.I.P.) and rising star Sean Leon, to name a few.

HipHopCanada is working with Sound Supremacy to giveaway a pair of tickets to the event, so make sure you click the jump link below for details on how to enter. You can also find the official flyer for the event.

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25 Aug

Toronto’s Dre Specz releases new “It’s On” video in support of #NoRefund EP

Toronto, ON – Coming in support of his upcoming EP, #NoRefunds, GSC/Oracle Recordings artist Dre Specz drops off new visuals. “It’s On” was produced by Philthy Pro, who produced the entire EP, and the video was directed by 416 Prince Beatz. Check out the video after the jump link below.

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25 Aug

Lil Wayne cancels One Love Music Festival appearance; Logic added to the festival line-up

Calgary, AB – With less than a month until the highly anticipated One Love Music Festival, the festival organizers just announced two major changes to this year’s line-up: Lil Wayne has cancelled his appearance. But in lieu on Weezy’s cancellation, Logic has been added to the bill.

Depending on what kind of rap fan you are, this is either really really really dope news or really really really devastating news.

In case you’re not familiar, One Love Music Festival is presented by Live Nation and Two Towers, and is Alberta’s biggest (and only) annual hip-hop music festival. This year’s festival takes place in Calgary from Sept. 10 – 11 featuring two full days of international and Canadian hip-hop performances at Elliston Park (1827 68 Street SE).

The 2016 festival is headlined by Big Sean and Logic, with additional performances from Tyler The Creator, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, Atmosphere, Earl Sweatshirt, Ty Dolla $ign, Jazz Cartier, Marc E. Bassy, Earthgang, and J.I.D.

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25 Aug

First-year Chicago teacher creates rap video to welcome 4th grade students

Chicago, IL – We need more people like this teaching our kids. With back to school right around the corner, a new fourth grade teacher in Chicago has found a new way to get kids excited for the first day of school.

Dwayne Reed created the “Welcome to the 4th” grade video to replace the newsletter typically sent to parents and students before the start of the school year.

Appearing on Good Morning America, Reed revealed that he came up wih the idea and completed it all within a day:

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24 Aug

In 2020 Maestro feels Andre De Grasse will stick to his vision and go “The Distance”

Toronto, ON – Right before the Olympics kicked off in Rio, Canadian rap pioneers Maestro Fresh Wes and Saukrates teamed up to release their 2016 Olympic anthem titled “The Distance.”

“The Distance” is a track about perseverance, and pushing oneself to the limit. It was written specifically with the Canadian Olympians in mind; but it’s a song that anyone can relate to. It’s all about pushing yourself in order to succeed.

So it’s so fitting that this song was used in a CBC video montage for one of the hardest working Olympians of this year’s games: Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse.

Maestro Fresh Wes spoke with us about his new

23 Aug

We caught up with Montreal’s Deephead trio to chat about their video for “Luckiest Number”

Montreal, QC – Earlier this summer, Deephead dropped this dope Fatty Soprano directed video for their collaborative track “Luckiest Number.”

In case you’re not familiar, Deephead is a Montreal-based trio consisting of Freddie 5ive and Jay Lindsay from the Cannonhead duo, along with Montreal super-producer SkinDeep.

The video has a smoked-out afterhours vibe, featuring late night excursions around MTL, a hazy karaoke session and more than a few blunts in rotation. The track features a low-key trap-influenced SkinDeep beat, blessed with vocals courtesy of Freddie and Jay.

Unrelated side note: the Deephead guys run a super dope podcast series titled Lasers On The Ride (available for free via iTunes). And while I was in Montreal this summer, I was fortunate enough to get to go meet the guys and hop in on their podcast. So keep it locked on that. It was – hands down – one of the best rap chats I’ve had in 2016.

Check out the video for “Luckiest Number” after the jump, and peep our Q&A with the guys to find out more. These dudes know how to Q&A proper.

We caught up with Montreal's Deephead trio to chat about their video for

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23 Aug

You need to listen to “DiCaprio” by OSIYM right now

Toronto, ON – We’re taking a late pass on this one; but earlier this year Toronto’s OSIYM duo dropped a dope new track titled “DiCaprio.”

This track is in reference (obviously) to Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the best actors of our generation who has a history of not getting the Oscar Awards he deserves. This song serves as an anthem for all the underdogs not getting their due shine: “I’m Leo DiCaprio I don’t awards just give me the money to blow/ Leo DiCaprio I don’t need awards just give me the hoes.”

The track was produced by Demar P, and features Nova on the first verse and Charlie Black on the second verse. If you’re paying close attention, you’ll learn something new. You’ll learn that success is not determined by awards and allocations. This is actually a crucial music industry lesson that takes guys years to learn: you can’t let the industry determine your success.

As Nova tells it at the end of his verse: “You can’t deny my accomplishments/ I’m still asserting my dominance/ Hear all the hate but it don’t faze my confidence/ Kill everything like the end of Departed/ Shit/ Success is my only prerogative.”

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23 Aug

Listen to Episode 008 of The Faculty Co. podcast featuring MC/actor Bishop Brigante

Toronto, ONShane Stirling and Jonathon “Bizz” Brown come together once again as The Faculty Co.. Episode 008 of their podcast was just released and features an artist HipHopCanada viewers would certainly be familiar with, Bishop Brigante. You can find the breakdown of the episode, as well as the SoundCloud stream below.

Stirling and Jonathon welcome actor, rapper and King of the Dot exec Bishop Brigante to The Faculty Co. Episode 008 is non-stop stories from the Toronto vet, including the time he played dice with Drake and took his watch, talked his way into his legendary appearance on 106 & Park and wrestled a famous cast member on set of his first major audition. Welcome to #TheFacultyCo.

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22 Aug

Nova Scotia’s Mitchell Bailey teams up with Cam Smith & Gold Bangz for “Who Da Man”

Cape Breton, NS – Nova Scotia up-and-comer Mitchell Bailey recently teamed up with Gold Bangz and Cam Smith for this track titled “Who Da Man.”

Mitchell is only 19 years old and he’s hungry AF right now. He legit hit me up with this track saying he was back from his “two-month hiatus” and I laughed so hard. Because usually a hiatus is when a guy goes M.I.A. for like a year or something. Mitchell was only gone for a couple of months and he’s calling it a “hiatus.” That’s how hungry this kid is.

“Who Da Man” is a braggadocio anthem, backed by a killer Cam Smith composition. But it also speaks to literally growing up and becoming “the man.” This track was penned at the end of last year, just after Mitchell had dropped out of school and started to make his footing in the rap game. He’d just moved into his own apartment and was learning what it meant to be a grown ass adult. Check out “Who Da Man” below and peep our Q&A with Mitchell after the jump.

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22 Aug

CJ Flemings connects with Most High’s Ahkilo for this new track titled “Wanted Forever”

Montreal, QC – Montreal artist CJ Flemings recently linked up with Most High super-producer Ahkilo for this new track titled “Wanted Forever.” This song is a two-parter about CJ pursuing that special someone he’s “wanted forever.”

The first part of the song is about the back-and-fourth exchanges, as CJ flexes hard and tries to make a solid argument as to why this girl should consider him: “I be the one that you wanted forever/ I be the one that you wanted forever/ You can lay your heart cards flat upon the table/ I could spot a bluff yours is pretty unstable/ Sidetrack n**gas can’t compare to a real one…”

In the second part of the song, CJ gives up on it all and zero f**ks are given: “Take that shit/ Take that shit/ Take that bitch/ She ain’t mine no more.”

The beat rides out on some laid back vibes, with a snapping drumline and a subtle instrumental melody. There’s a sadness within this song; but there’s also a very real, very raw hunger. Check it out below, and keep it locked on more from CJ coming soon.

CJ Flemings connects with Most High's Ahkilo for this new track titled

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