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Kaytranada wins the 2016 Polaris Music Prize; releases 0.001% mixtape

Montreal, QC – This week marks a major milestone for Montreal super-producer Kaytranada as he won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for … Read More »

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Seth Dyer spoke with us about his new track “Together” & how he balances …

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Seth Dyer has been making some major moves lately. Following our chat with Seth last week about … Read More »

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Everything I Love: Mindbender reviews the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour

Toronto, ON – Bad Boys usually move in silence. But sometimes, like a mafia Godfather trying to … Read More »

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“We’re working on an album.” Kanye’s Vogue interview fuels anticipation for Dr…

Toronto, ON – Kanye West recently alluded to the long-awaited collaborative project with Drake during an appearance at OVO Fest, and now … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

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4 Aug

The Distance: Maestro Fresh Wes breaks down his new collaboration with Saukrates


Toronto, ON – As Canada gears up to cheer on its Canadian athletes at the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics, Canadian rap pioneers Maestro Fresh Wes and Saukrates have teamed up on this new collaboration track titled “The Distance.”

This is a track about persevering to go the distance, and it’s dedicated to the athletes getting ready to compete in Rio. But it’s one of those classic Maestro jams that’s relatable to all of us. Regardless of whether you’re an athlete or an artist, or a student, or anything else, you’ll feel this one. It’s all about pushing yourself in order to take yourself to that next level and succeed. It’s hard work; but we’re all capable of it.

The track will be available for purchase tomorrow (Aug. 5) via iTunes. In the meanwhile, check out the track’s lyric video after the jump and peep our Q&A with Maestro

Maestro Fresh Wes spoke with us about his new

4 Aug

Song of the Day: Aron the Alien enlists director Heel Turn for the Pipahauntas-assisted “Anxiety”


Ottawa, ON – More new visuals coming out of the Macho Man Music camp. This time Ottawa’s own Aron the Alien teams up with Pipahauntas for the Heel Turn-directed video, “Anxiety.” The song was produced by Cam Steacy, who also handled engineering as well as mixing and mastering the record. Anxiety” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.

Song of the Day: Ottawa's Aron the Alien enlists director Heel Turn for the Pipahauntas-assisted Anxiety - HipHopCanada.com

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4 Aug

Gone: Ottawa duo Lost Kids release video in advance of new album


Ottawa, ON – With an album on the way, Dima Maks and Nick Travis of Lost Kids have released their second video single. The Cratez-produced “Gone” is “a transitional piece, which takes upon the concept of endless love from a young age, into adulthood, and finally into the later years.”

You can find the video after the jump along with their previous visual offering, “Refuge,” which was inpsired by American politics and the Syrain refugee crisis.

“This composition is intended to invoke the wonder of a world that not only tolerated difference, but accepted it; a world that understood that behind the different languages, cultures, colors and convictions, we are more similar than we have let on; a world that assumed humility in its humanity.”

The new album, coming through Macho Man Music, will be available soon.

Lost Kids – Gone

Gone: Ottawa duo Lost Kids release video in advance of new album - HipHopCanada.com

4 Aug

We caught up with Derin Falana to find out about his new video for “Bet”


Brampton, ON – B-Town artist Derin Falana just released a new video for “Bet” off his monstrous new Live From Rocky Mountain project.

In case you’ve somehow managed to sleep on this track, it was one of my personal favourite joints off Live From Rocky Mountain. The track fires shots at all the fake people in the game who try to get at guys with their own motives. It’s something I feel most of us can relate to.

The video shows us the story of a guy who sleeps on Derin’s mixtape and then hops on the bandwagon when he realizes that Derin is actually dope AF; playing it off like he’d been f**king with Derin from Day 1.

Peep the video after the jump, check our interview with Derin, and if you’re still sleeping on Live From Rocky Mountain go download it over here.

Derin Falana is willing to

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4 Aug

True Rhythm announces 4-dates as part of Merkules’ upcoming tour


Saskatoon, SK – Our friends at True Rhythm have announced 4 western Merkules tour stops as part of his #FuckinEHTour. The first one goes down inside Saskatoon’s Saskatoon Event Centre on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and features tour support from Prada West, Pai & Profe-C and I’m Neither, as well as local acts Filth the Enabler, Cquel and Joey Fresh. The show is all ages.

The tour heads to Edmonton from there for one of three Alberta shows: Sept. 1 at Mercury Room, Sept. 2 at Calgary’s Dickens Pub and Sept. 3 at Red Deer’s Scott Block Theatre (this one is also All Ages while the Edmonton and Calgary shows are both 18+ = BRING ID).

Check out the official flyers below for more details on opening acts, start times and more.

True Rhythm announces 4-dates as part of Merkules' upcoming tour - HipHopCanada.com
Merkules in Calgary, April 2016 | Photo: Sarah Jay (HipHopCanada)

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3 Aug

Logic had everyone “Like Woah” this year at Osheaga 2016


Montreal, QC – On Saturday July 30, the annual Osheaga music festival kicked off its second day of festivities at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal.

Osheaga’s second day in motion was stacked with hip-hop performances from Post Malone, Jazz Cartier, Future, and Montreal’s own super producer Kaytranada. Toronto producer-singer-former rapper Jahkoy was also scheduled to kick the day off but he had to cancel his appearance last minute.

The first rap performance of the day came courtesy of underground Maryland rapper Logic, who’d JUST dropped his surprise Bobby Tarantino mixtape at the beginning of July.

Post Malone at Day 2 of Osheaga - HipHopCanada.com
Photo by Sarah Jay for HipHopCanada

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3 Aug

This is how Post Malone’s show went down during Day 2 of Osheaga 2016


Montreal, QC – On Saturday July 30, the annual Osheaga music festival kicked off its second day of festivities at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal.

Day 2 at Osheaga featured a ton of hip-hop performances including sets from Logic, Jazz Cartier, Future, and Montreal master-producer Kaytranada. But one of the most attended rap shows of the day was Post Malone‘s evening set at the Valley Stage.

Post Malone at Day 2 of Osheaga - HipHopCanada.com
Photo by Sarah Jay for HipHopCanada

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3 Aug

Sophia Danai gets “Bitter” revenge in new visuals featuring Brevner


Vancouver, BC – From her most recent release Love Royale Sophia Danai gets deep into the pain of a broken relationship in her latest video single for “Bitter”. The black and white visuals show the alluring Vancouver songstress playing the lead in the revenge of a woman scorn. Brevner features on both the track and in the video.

Danai says the two really connected on the making of the track, “Brevner and I had been trying to collaborate for a couple years. Finally we were able to come together, and it was clear that we were both going through break ups of some kind. We were on the same page emotionally, and hit it off sonically as far as what we wanted to hear and make. We helped each other out of a difficult time, and the music really wrote itself and told that story.”

Catch the video below along with a list of Sophia Danai’s upcoming shows below.

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3 Aug

Prada West gets his hands dirty for “#1Hustla”


Vancouver, BCPrada West returns with the second video single from his upcoming album Life Behind Bars. Prada counts stacks with ski-masked babes, mobs through the hood and shares a pasta dinner with the homies.

Stuey Kubrick takes care of the video direction, while DjRadiohead takes credit for the song production.
Check out the video below.

3 Aug

Watch Mark Jordan’s WestNyle-directed video for the single “Sleep On It”


Toronto, ON – Despite currently being incarcerated, rapper Mark Jordan a team seeing to it that his music gets out there. Just recently we received a video for a CHiLL-produced single Mark dropped back in March. You can check out the WestNyle-directed video for “Sleep On It” after the jump. The song can be found on Mark’s Trials & Tribulations of a Gemini mixtape.

Watch Mark Jordan's WestNyle-directed video for the single Sleep On It - HipHopCanada.com

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