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The Good, The Bad & The Strange: Artist to Artist with Tech N9ne [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published September 11, 2014 – Tech N9ne is no stranger to touring. Arguably one of the hardest working … Read More »

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Win tickets to Nas: Time Is Illmatic at Vancouver International Film Festival [Contest]

Vancouver, BC – We recently partnered up with VIFF to help present one of the most exciting films at this year’s Vancouver … Read More »

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OVO Fest 2014: Six Degrees of Separation (The Mindbender Supreme Recap) [Review]

Toronto, ON – Look: Drake’s “Draft Day” asks what we are all still wondering: “Five years later, how am I the man … Read More »

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Artist to Artist: From paper to can, talkin’ colour with KeepSix [Interview]

Surrey, BC –  The story of the modern day Da Vinci is one seldom told, hip-hop in general has always had four … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Cam Smith – Mad Crack (Prod. RitchCraft) [Video] #SOTD

Cam Smith – Mad Crack (Prod. RitchCraft) [Video] #SOTD

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15 Sep

Toronto vet Dan-e-o to release full-length Dear Hip Hop project on November 16 [News]


Toronto, ON – “Dear Hip Hop,” the debut single that put Dan-e-o on the hip-hop map back in 1996, is finally part of a full-length album of the same name. Dropping November 16 on France’s Sergent Records, the 10-track vinyl Dear Hip Hop LP contains a teenaged Dan-e-o’s mid-90s recordings which were originally intended to be part of an EP release in 1997.

Including two never-available or heard-before versions of “Dear Hip Hop,” the LP features production from Scam, Korry Deez (Irs) and Dan-e-o along with guest performances by Choclair, Frankenstein, Grimace Love and Nish Raawks. The pre-order link is already available for a limited edition run of the Dear Hip Hop LP via Sergent Records and a promo video can be found below. Additionally, an LP sampler can be found after the jump.

In other Dan-e-o news, fresh off their feature on his “Grab A Cloud” single, Toronto based-duo L.I.U. (Slick Mason and Conwell) have featured the Monolith / Perfeck Stranger MC on their sophomore album, 2 Raw 4 The Radio. You can find that project on Bandcamp. Dan-e-o is featured on the song “Pity Party.”

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15 Sep

The Good, The Bad & The Strange: Artist to Artist with Tech N9ne [Interview]


Vancouver, BCOriginally published September 11, 2014Tech N9ne is no stranger to touring. Arguably one of the hardest working artists in the music game, he tours relentlessly to support his numerous releases and grinds not only for himself, but to showcase his talented roster at Strange Music. The Canadian West has been a stop on his tour route for quite some time and his fan-base in Vancouver is not only large enough to sell out The Commodore Ballroom on an annual basis but it seems to be growing with no end it sight.

We had a moment to catch up with Tech before his 19-date Stangeulation Canadian Tour for our latest Artist to Artist series. The interview was conducted by local emcee, Hungry from Vancouver rap clique Northwest Division and we thought the pairing was quite appropriate considering the growing attention set on Hungry and his crew.  

We got a few interesting responses from the Strange Music boss on his latest project, his team at Strange Music and some of the big name artists he once tried to sign to the growing independent label. Check out our latest Artist to Artist series with Tech N9ne below.

The Good, The Bad and The Strange: Artist to Artist with Tech N9ne [Interview] - HipHopCanada.com

I don’t sign anybody that can’t out rap me. These are Strange artists and I hold them very high in the lyrical bracket, you know ’cause most emcees in hip-hop aren’t real lyricists but these guys are.” – Tech N9ne

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15 Sep

RNBCanada: Merna – Young & Reckless [Audio]


Toronto, ON – WAR Media is proud to announce the release of “Young & Reckless,” the highly anticipated single off Merna’s forthcoming album, The Calling.

Find the track on HipHopCanada’s sister site, RNBCanada.com.

RNBCanada: Merna - Young & Reckless [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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15 Sep

Grimace Love – Tell Dem ft. Wio-K & Degazity [Video] #SOTD


Toronto, ON – With his Strength album on the way, Toronto vet Grimace Love lets off the project’s third official single. “Tell Dem” features Jamaican-Canadian veteran emcee Wio-K and up-and-coming triple threat, Degazity.

“Tell Dem,” HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day,is “the perfect blend of hip-hop and foundation roots reggae, creating a sound that is distinctly Toronto. All of the artists on the track are first generation Canadians displaying their strong Caribbean, West-Indian influences on the song.”

The video was shot at this year’s Caribana parade in Toronto and was directed by Andre Rehal. It was produced by Bruce Carson for Worked Films with support from MuchFACT. Check out the video after the jump.

Grimace Love - Tell Dem ft. Wio-K & Degazity [Video] #SOTD - HipHopCanada.com

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15 Sep

DUBB – My Day [Audio]


Los Angeles, CA – New music from AV8ERS frontman DUBB as he gets closer to the release of his Perfect Timing mixtape. This is “My Day” with production by Cy Fyre, Trumpet Dude and B Ham.

Perfect Timing, hosted by DJ Skee and DJ Whoo Kid, is expected to be released later this year. Check out “My Day” below.

DUBB - My Day [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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15 Sep

B3auu – Mr. Nice Guy (Prod. Eric Dingus) [Audio]


Hamilton, ON – Hamilton’s own B3auu (of the Bo$quiat Clique) recently hit us with his latest single entitled “Mr. Nice Guy.” The track is actually a cover of an Eric Dingus track titled “Yvette Mimieux.” Dingus is a Texas-based producer, as well as one half of the Drone hip-hop duo.

So here’s what happens: it all intros with some beautiful floaty production (courtesy of Eric Dingus, of course). The beat plays alone for the first minute of the track (aside from a quick dialogue about getting high). And just as you’re about to become one with the motion of the instrumentals, B3auu drops his bars. He uses this joint to air out everything that’s happened along the way. The lyricism of it all is slightly incoherent; the track plays like a trip through B3auu’s mind. And his train-of-thought flows around the beat.

B3auu has some major realizations: “I don’t give a f**k/ What nobody got to say.” But he also puts out a plea for people to familiarize: “Somebody f**k with me now.” So do the homie a favour and f**k with him now. And by f**k with him now, I mean check the joint below.

B3auu - Mr. Nice Guy (Prod. Eric Dingus) [Audio]- HipHopCanada.com

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14 Sep

J. West – W Still High [Audio]


Vancouver, BC - The latest instalment of the #WESTWEDNESDAYS project has J.West back again with a banger. “Still High” is produced by The Deep Notes who brings classic hip-hop layers to the song. In keeping with their ode to old school hip-hop, DJ OneFiftyOne contributes to the very nostalgic hook.

To check out more from J. West, check out his album The Throwback 2. The #WESTWEDNESDAYS team is producing killer tracks every week, and shows no signs of slowing down. Make sure to check in with them every week.

 

J.West - W Still High [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Sep

Trajikk – You (Remix) [Audio]


Vancouver, BC – From Vancity emcee Trajikk with production from Hugo Trafficante comes the remix of Jhene Aiko’s “You”. The two take a unique approach to this popular cut as Traj dedicates his rhymes to his love of hip-hop. Peep it below.

Trajikk - You (Remix) [Audio]  - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Sep

Cander – Ain’t No Woman [Video]


Vancouver, BC – Directed by Video Pimp Mr. Greg Gillespie, Vancity local Cander drops “Ain’t No Woman,” is the first video from his second album, Music is the Drug. 

Cander says “Ain’t No Women” is a song reminding egotistical rappers/musicians/dudes that you should never take the women in your life for granted. Give them respect and acknowledge their awesomeness at all times. Check out the video below.

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14 Sep

K.Seize – Rich [Video]


Toronto, ON – Earlier on this month, K.Seize hit us with his summer video release for “Rich” off his Carpe Diem mixtape. This video runs deep.

K.Seize takes a very critical look at what – exactly – it takes to be rich. And he does it all over top of some floaty vibe-out production (courtesy of Rook). Rook actually directed the music video, too. So cop a download of Carpe Diem over here, and check the video after the jump.

K.Seize - Rich [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

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