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Tomorrow: Iron Mic Music Festival at the Edmonton Expo Centre [News]

Edmonton, AB – Tomorrow is the day, people. It’s finally time for Iron Mic Music Festival to kick things into high-gear for Western … Read More »

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T.R.A. talks new album Crazy 8′s, SARS Network updates, touring & more [Intervi…

Toronto, ON – Originally published April 10, 2014 – I met Toronto rapper T.R.A., aka Tha Rhyme Animal, in person for the … Read More »

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Anno Domini talks production success & advice for aspiring CDN producers [Interview]

London, UK – In the early 2000′s, when the relationship between hip-hop and the internet really began to flourish, many aspiring MCs … Read More »

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Kid Ink in Vancouver on My Own Lane Tour [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published April 3, 2014 – Rising to hip-hop celebrity on his own terms, Kid Ink is a hustler … Read More »

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I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

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21 Mar

SiriusXM Indies nominations announced: Classified & Shad lead hip-hop acts [News]


Toronto, ONCanadian Music Week has announced the nominees for the 2014 SiriusXM Indies – 14th Annual Independent Music Awards. Canadian hip-hop is well represented among the nominated artists being honoured across 37 categories.

Enfield, Nova Scotia rapper-producer, Classified, leads the pack with a total of six nominations while Shad sits just behind the Maritimes star with four. The nominations for the Rap/Hip-Hop Artist/Group or Duo of the Year category includes those two guys along with Winnipeg’s Grand Analog, Toronto’s Rich Kidd and Vancouver’s SonReal.

Rich and SonReal also picked up a nomination under Collaboration of the Year for their work on The Closers. Kardinal Offishall picked up a nod in the same category for his work with JRDN on “Can’t Choose,” and Drake is featured on The Weeknd’s “Live For” single, also nominated for being a top collaboration. In the Songwriter of the Year category, Canadian hip-hop is represented by CP Records artist and songwriter, Belly, acknowledged for his work with The Weeknd, Mia Martina, Massari and other artists.

In what is considered to be the most important categories for many award show enthusiasts, Canadian hip-hop has a shot at both. Shad’s Flying Colours is up for Album of the Year and Classified’s “Inner Ninja” can take home Single of the Year. Both MCs have a shot at the Artist of the Year distinction.

Click the jump for the full list of nominees and the offcial press release.

2014 SiriusXM Indies nominations announced: Classified & Shad lead hip-hop acts [News] - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Mar

Naks art show & hip-hop showcase at Fortune Sound March 22 [News]


Vancouver, BC – We’re always game to support a local hustler, especially when they are a talented visual artist like SDK’s Naks. So, we’re helping him throw a party at Fortune Sound on March 22 with a little art, a little drink and some of Vancity’s dopest emcees including Snak The Ripper, Evil Ebenezer, Northwest Divison, Def3, Merkules and Jaclyn Gee.

Hyphy, Fortune Sound and HipHopCanada are proud to be bringing this Friday night event to life with Jay Swing and Flip Out in the main room, art exhibit and swag for sale in the middle room and a mini Stompdown throw down in the Livestock room. Be there Vancity, this one you don’t want to miss.

Naks art show at Fortune Sound on March 22 [News]

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21 Mar

Chuck Woods & Mer – My Team (Prod. Rayne Drop) [Audio]


Prince Albert, SK – Prince Albert’s own Chuck Woods and Mer just dropped their latest single “My Team” off the forthcoming The Wolfpack EP. The track was produced by Rayne Drop, who made excellent use of a sampling of Lorde’s monster “Team” hit. This joint is the ultimate bromance song. Because team love is forever. The trio takes us back to ’09 when they started seriously building together under Butchershop Ent. And they also shout-out some of their collaborators – like Brothers Grim from E-Town.

Remember when the G.O.O.D. Music dudes did “Clique”? Or when Drake and The Weeknd got together for “Crew Love”? This track is kind of like that. It’s cool to show love to the homies. And this joint does just that. Check it below.

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Chuck Woods & Mer - My Team (Prod. Rayne Drop) [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Mar

Shosho Dania – A Nescient Mind [Video]


Calgary, AB - Calgary has been killing the Prairies scene lately and Shosho Dania, is another reason why we need to keep YYC on our radar. Shosho’s flow sounds effortless in his video from a while ago, “A Nescient Mind,” directed and edited by Stefan Legacy. The track was written and produced by the young rapper, himself, and is the first official single of his latest mixtape Perfectly Partial. I managed to catch up with Shosho on the fly, to get a little insight about his latest single:

“It’s probably the only track on the tape without a direct concept. I was almost done the tape but I felt like I needed a loud brash track with just 808s and direct lyrics. So I got to work and in like two days I finished an early draft of the song. The word ’nescient’ just means blunt and ignorant which was what I was going for, lyrically.”

20 Mar

Dual Seize – Suicide Doors [Audio]


Toronto, ON – Earlier this month, Dual Seize dropped a new single entitled “Suicide Doors.” And it’s deep. DS comes in on a spacey synth-laced, self-produced beat. And he mixes some slow spacey verses with an R&B influenced hook. Yeah, he does both; dude sings and raps. And produces.

So the track is all about Dual Seize “Dreaming of a life between the suicide doors.” Which seems to speak to that optimal balance we all strive for. The suicide doors are symbolic of self-destruction. There are always going to be opportunities to self-destruct. But maintaining an equilibrium between those doors and thriving is the ultimate end goal. Check it below.

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Dual Seize - Suicide Doors [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

20 Mar

Redman smokes out Fortune Sound [Review]


Vancouver, BC – The Funk Doc was in the building this past week for a smoked out, full house at Fortune Sound with guests Wide Awake w/ Tempo, J West, Greg Beamish and comedian Dino Archie. An interesting choice in openers to take the stage just before Redman, the crowd was very receptive to Dino Archie’s comedic relief…and he actually had jokes despite it being mostly the front row paying attention.

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20 Mar

Pyke – Silently Falling [Video]


Lethbridge, ABPyke reps the Prairies beautifully with serene visuals in “Silently Falling.” The video was shot by LK Visuals, and it compliments the tone of the single perfectly.

Backed by a smooth, steady piano beat (produced by C-Lance, and engineered by Nato) Pyke talks about the struggles, sacrifices, and consequences from giving yourself to the game. “Silently Falling” was released from Pyke’s EP PykeyBalboa which is set to be released at the end of April 2014. So take note and check out the video below!

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20 Mar

TalkSick – Dungeon Rap ft. T.R.A. [Video]


Toronto, ON – Don’t miss the brand new TalkSick video for The Quarter Inch Kings-produced single, “Dungeon Rap.” The song features T.R.A. (aka Tha Rhyme Animal) and the video was shot and edited by Lyme Lyte Video. Here’s the video summary:

“In this video, TalkSick takes you to the land of infinity, a white background video to display his lyrical skills without the distraction of glamour and glitz or video graphics; TalkSick just wants people to listen. With the addition of T.R.A., these guys both take you on a lyrical roller coaster.”

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20 Mar

Rich Kidd – The Valley [Video]


Toronto, ON – T-Dot’s own rapper-producer Rich Kidd just launched new visuals via Highsnobiety for his track “The Valley” off of In My Opinion. The video was directed by RT! for The N.E. and produced in co-operation with MuchFACT, A Foundation To Assist Canadian Talent, Supported by Much and M3, Divisions of Bell Media Inc.

So we start off with Rich Kidd meeting up with his homies out in front of Gangster Burger. At exactly 1:37 a.m. in Toronto. And his one dude is wearing a pinky ring. This is a small detail. But it is important to take note of said pinky ring. Anyways, Rich Kidd is texting some girl and asks her to send him nudes. But then she tells him to bring three friends over to her place to chill with her three friends. And it just so happens that Rich Kidd is chilling with three homies? Coincidence? I think not.

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20 Mar

iSH – Light Up ft. Daniel Richter (Lyrics) [Video]


Toronto, ON – Check out the new lyric video by iSH for his single “Light Up” featuring Daniel Richter. The official music video is on the way but the lyric video offers some fresh visuals to go with the track. You can purchase “Light Up” on iTunes now and you can the song on iSH’s upcoming major label EP debut, Up & Up.

Related Post: Toronto’s iSH relases major label EP debut, Up & Up [News]

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