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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 25

HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single … Read More »

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A look at More Life’s ties to the UK; Plus 6 other British MCs you need to know

While taking in the More Life debut, one thing that really caught my interest was the … Read More »

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Bishop Brigante gives us the backstory for each song on his new Legacy project

With the release of a new project yesterday featuring some of his most well known singles … Read More »

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Drake premieres More Life playlist on OVO Sound Radio: Listen Here!

Drake has released his latest project, officially titled More Life: A Playlist by October Firm … Read More »

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Dope Piece gets the party started in his new video for “Party Joint”

Dope Piece gets the party started in his new video for “Party Joint”

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14 Feb

Mista Mean releases the “Velour” video in support of Quest-produced Winterlude EP


Ottawa, ON – Cap City rapper Mista Mean drops fresh visuals for his Quest-produced single, “Velour.” The video comes in support of his new EP, Winterlude, which you can find on Mean’s official website.

Winterlude, produced entirely by Quest (with “Velour” being the second single), reflects “the cold days and moments in Mean’s world. Another smooth musical journey full of witty punchlines and memorable beats, giving it that cool cold Canadian winter feel.”

Check out the video below.

Mista Mean releases the Velour video in support of Quest-produced Winterlude EP - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Ottawa’s Bigg Ceaser calls out “Fake Rappers” with TDMG-produced single

14 Feb

Song of the Day: King Reign’s legacy celebrated with new Darp Malone-produced “Santa Romeo”


Toronto, ON – Today is both a sad and amazing day for me. It’s sad because I’m reminded that one of the first Canadian artists I ever had the privilege of meeting and covering, passed away well before his time.

Kunle Thomas, better known to some as King Reign, sadly suffered a heart attack last summer, fell into a coma and passed away on June 28, 2016 at just 40 years of age. He left behind two small children, his parents, his siblings, his partner, and a hip-hop community that will undoubtedly mourn him to the end.

I’m happy because today Reign’s memory is further kept alive, thanks to the unbridled efforts of some of those that loved him the most. There’s a ton of unreleased material on the way and today I’m thrilled to bring you the brand new single, “Santa Romeo,” produced by Darp Malone (with a Skratch Bastid drum edit and Ivana Santilli on the horn). The humour-filled record showcases Reign’s storytelling strengths and the ups and downs of romantic conquest. We spoke to Malone regarding what he remembers about making the song:

The way King Reign tells the story is so visual that you can’t help but come up with crazy musical ideas to compliment his flow… I had the bassline and keyboard riff in mind and I had this hi-hat laying around and while I was laying down the drum track Reign was playing along on the hi-hats. It sounded good do we just flew it in… I had this trumpet hook in mind that I was playing but it wasn’t sounding right with the keyboard sounds. We wanted big, live sounding brass and we felt like Ivana Santilli would be the perfect fit. She obliged. She came through one evening played the hook and also came up with the trumpet riff for the verses.

Song of the Day: King Reign's legacy celebrated with the release of the Darp Malone-produced Santa Romeo - HipHopCanada.com

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13 Feb

Rick Ross wants you to know that success is yours if you’re bold enough to take it


Fayetteville, GA – Empires aren’t built over night, and the decade-long career of Rick Ross has been an unwavering and steady rise to the top of the music industry. Both a professional rapper and business mogul, the Mississippi-born artist has proven his uncanny business intuition and long-term relevancy in the music industry – in turn solidifying him as one of the biggest players in the rap game (as well as the self-deemed title, ‘The Boss’).

With the upcoming release of his ninth studio album, Rather You Than Me, quickly approaching, the music community is eagerly poised to receive his newest work. Following the ending of his contract with Def Jam Records in 2016, Rather You Than Me is the first project to be released under Epic Records (a seemingly positive move that has reunited Ross with LA Reid once again). The first singles “Buy Back The Block,” the C Gutta and J Pilot-produced “I Think She Like Me,” and “Summer 17′” are strong statement tracks which hint at calculated moves being made behind the scenes. It’s during his promotional tour in New York that we connect on the phone to speak. The conversation that occurs is candid and authentic – revealing the reflections of a man who has made his money by holding himself wholly accountable for his life (and who hopes to inspire you to do the same).

Rick Ross wants you to know that success is yours if you're bold enough to take it - HipHopCanada.com

You ain’t got no power ’til you get some money. We can’t be who we’re supposed to be ’til we can stand on our own.” – Rick Ross

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13 Feb

Famas & Mugg Shot roll up their “Medicine” in new video


Abbotsford, BC – Edmonton transplant Mugg Shot currently teamed up with fellow West Coast rapper Famas to collab on the visuals for their track “Medicine”.

The pair stay lit rolling up their medicine in the Stuey Kubrick directed video. Check it out below.

Catch Mugg Shot on select dates supporting on Evil Ebenezer’s Canadian Tour this February.

Famas and Mugg Shot roll up their

12 Feb

Drake & Nineteen85 win 2 Grammy Awards for “Hotline Bling”


UPDATE: In a what will definitely come as a surprise to some, Chance The Rapper beat out Drake’s chart topping album Views with Coloring Book to win Best Rap Album. Chance has also won awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance. This is the second year in a row that Drizzy has been nominated in the Best Rap Album category, and many considered him a sure bet to win.


Los Angeles, CA – The 59th Annual Grammy Awards are just getting underway but Drake already knows he’s going home a winner. It’s his Grammy wins since 2013 when Take Care took home Best Rap Album. This year, Drake’s “Hotline Bling” has already won 2 of the 4 categories announced before the live broadcast, with another 4 pending.

“Hotline Bling” wins Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song. The 2 wins were announced at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony and accepted by the track’s producer, Paul Jefferies aka Nineteen85.

The 4 remaining categories Drake could win in include Views for Best Rap Album and Album of the Year, and “Work” (with Rihanna) for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Drake wins Best Rap/Sung Performance & Best Rap Song at Grammy Awards - HipHopCanada.com
Nineteen85 accepts the Grammy for Best Rap Song at GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles | Photo: Kevork Djansezian

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12 Feb

Toronto rapper JAM calls on Zecko J to direct Shyheem-produced “Mike Tyson”


Toronto, ONJAM packs a solid punch on his new Zecko J-directed video for “Mike Tyson,” produced by Shyheem. Check it out below.

Toronto rapper JAM calls on Zecko J to direct Shyheem-produced Mike Tyson - HipHopCanada.com

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12 Feb

Listen to Episode 78 of SARS Radio with Toronto’s own TRA & DJ Law


Toronto, ON – As you wait for this past Saturday’s episode of SARS Radio to get uploaded, we bring you Episode 78 which aired on Feb. 4. Hosts TRA and DJ Law bring you 2-hours of dope tunes including new music from Pressa, Sayzee, Tory Lanez, Greezy Loc, Dre Barrs, Jay Whiss, ScrapGang and a ton more. Check it out below and stay tuned for Episode 79.

Just recently HipHopCanada interviewed TRA to discuss the show, The SARS Network, and other projects in the works. Click here to check it out.

Listen to Episode 78 of SARS Radio with TRA & DJ Law - HipHopCanada.com

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12 Feb

Must Listen: Toronto’s Casa Lee teams up with BB for “Withdrawal”


Toronto, ON – “You can’t buy this in the mall…” Toronto up-and-comer Casa Lee will leave you looking for more with his new BB-produced record, “Withdrawal.” The tune has a fitting daunting and hard-hitting vibe that gives you the feel that Lee is moments away from losing control of his demons. The artwork features a picture of 68-year-old American actress Adrienne La Russa in the 1969-film Psychout for Murder (also known as Daddy Said the World Was Lovely). Something I’ll have to ask about if he agrees to do an interview.

The post also features another recent release by the NFH Music (Not From Here) artist, the LxuiSavage-assisted “2 Tings.” You can check out both songs below.

Casa Lee – Withdrawal

Toronto's Casa Lee teams up with BB for Withdrawal - HipHopCanada.com

12 Feb

Guns, Drugs, Money, Power: Don’t sleep on “G.D.M.P.” by Sudbury’s Lean Queen


Sudbury, ON – The Northern Union/NuGang’s Lean Queen flexes her flow and lyrical strengths with the newly released “G.D.M.P.” Simply put, guns, drugs, money, power… and BARS. Check it out below.

Guns, Drugs, Money, Power: Don't sleep on G.D.M.P. by Sudbury's Lean Queen - HipHopCanada.com

12 Feb

Done Up: Toronto’s Kaxdo & YungPro team up with director Prince Beatz for new video


Toronto, ON – Up-and-comers Kaxdo and YungPro call on veteran Toronto director Prince Beatz to visualize their Freeze CVP-produced single, “Done Up.” Posted up in their ends – flanked by their squad – the 2 MCs exchange catchy and pattern heavy verses demonstrating their lyrical capabilities. Check out the video below.

Done Up: Toronto's Kaxdo & YungPro team up with director Prince Beatz for new video - HipHopCanada.com

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