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Rising rap star Don Mulatto of Sault Ste. Marie passes away at 20

It’s with a very heavy heart that we report the death of Don Mulatto … Read More »

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NXNE 2016: Here’s what happened when Azizi Gibson performed at Revival Bar

Toronto, ON – I was blessed to be able to dip over to Toronto last week to cover the annual NXNE music … Read More »

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“Hotline Bling” wins big at MMVAs; VIEWS stays at No. 1 for 7th consecutive we…

Toronto, ON – With Game 7 of the NBA Finals and the new episode of Game of Thrones airing on the same … Read More »

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Vancouver’s Snak The Ripper releases highly anticipated new album, From The Dirt

Vancouver, BC – After a strong lead up that involved extensive touring and a ton of great marketing collateral, the new Snak … Read More »

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Classified talks about his collaboration with Snak The Ripper & Slug on “Never

Classified talks about his collaboration with Snak The Ripper & Slug on “Never

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27 Apr

Spotty Josif rides the new wave with “Downlow”


Vancouver, BC –  Spotty Josif is one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets. His recent release is a crisp and cutting edge new banger titled “Downlow” that showcases the emcee’s diverse musical skill set. Mixed and mastered by Matthew Harvey at The Warehouse Studios the track also holds credits from Seth Kay, HRVY and Karate King.

Generating over 2,500 hits on Soundcloud over the last two days for this weighty track, it’s easy to see why Spotty should be keep on the radar. Peep his latest below.

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27 Apr

Royce Da 5’9 stops in Vancouver this Thursday on Layers Canadian Tour


Vancouver, BC – One quarter of Slaughterhouse, one half of Bad Meets Evil and PRhyme, the legendary Royce Da 5’9 is set to take the stage at Alexander Gastown (91 Powell St.), Vancouver this Thursday April 28th in support of his recently release album Layers. HipHopCanada is proud to be sponsoring this event that kicks off at 10pm with support from Northwest Division and Doug Crawford.

Heads up! Meet & greet is an option if you’re trying to Snapchat up close and personal so head over to ticketweb.ca to purchase tickets.

See you there, Vancity.

Royce 5'9 hits Vancouver's Alexander Gastown this Thursday - HipHopCanada.com

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26 Apr

Dave East is rolling through Vancouver this Friday and you don’t want to miss him


Vancouver, BC – Calling all hip-hop heads. Harlem rapper, Dave East, is coming through the 604 this coming Friday, April 29th and playing at the Alexander Gastown as a stop on his Hate Me Now Tour. Fridays at the Alexander are always a rowdy affair, and you won’t want to miss seeing this emcee make an appearance, which we anticipate to be nothing less than a worthy musical endeavour that is going to take you “All the Way Up.”

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26 Apr

Rihanna’s Anti Tour hit Vancouver Saturday night and proved why she’s the shining star of music


Vancouver, BC – Do you remember where you were when you heard Rihanna for the first time? I remember that moment more vividly than a lot of things in my life. I was 13 years old, and skimming through Youtube when I came across the music video for “S.O.S.” I watched that video 20 times that day on repeat, and spent 5 hours trying to re-choreograph her dance moves with no such success. Needless to say, my 13 year old self was entranced with her from the very first time I saw her perform. I feel like she’s had that same effect on most people. There’s always been something alluring about watching her move on-screen, which has kept us constantly wondering about her next move. She’s a master at wielding her confidence in the public eye, and it’s been that lack of self-doubt which has won her the admiration of the world (not to mention she has incredible intuition for creating music which leads us progressively forward). As a complete rarity, she’s become an icon of everything the world isn’t – but everything we wish we could be. How could we all not love her for being brave enough to venture on her own path when we all secretly wanted to be that fearless person as well?

The last time Rihanna was brought to Vancouver it was in April 2013 for her Diamonds World Tour. After a three year break from our city, her fans were beyond amped to welcome her back. Anti, her 8th studio album, (and her most successful one yet) went platinum at record speeds and semi-broke the internet with it’s stealthy release. The announcement of her return on April 23rd for its’ following tour was excitedly anticipated. Tickets for the Vancouver show sold out months ago, resells were going for ridiculous prices, and it was anticipated to be one of the most sought after shows to hit Rogers Arena for 2016. If you could get your hands on a ticket you were lucky, because on Saturday night – Rogers Arena was the place to be. She’d also recruited buzzing emcee, Travis Scott to open for her tour – a move which promised a high energy introduction. Everything about the show held high expectation that could’ve easily been overcompensated, but the evening was not only a stunning tribute to her longevity as an artist, but was an unforgettable spectacle to everyone in attendance.

Rihanna's Anti Tour hit Vancouver Saturday night and proved why she's the shining star of music - HipHopCanada.com
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fenty Corp

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26 Apr

Yelawolf Brings his Slumerican Tour to a sold out Commodore Ballroom


Vancouver, BCYelawolf and crew brought their Slumerican Tour through the Commodore Ballroom last week with supporting act, Canadian pop singer and Yela’s fiancé, Fefe Dobson.

Check out our review and photo gallery below.

Yelawolf Brings His Slumerican Tour to a Sold Out Commodore Ballroom (Review)

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26 Apr

KIDS Faust Life Tour Kick-Off was an evening of musical delights and talented supporting acts


Vancouver, BC – We’re quickly approaching the summer now, and one of my favourite local groups, KIDS, are gearing up to take off on their Faust Life Tour for the next couple of months. They appropriately put on a well-deserved kick-off event last Friday, April 19th down at Media Club to send-off of their Canada-wide tour which begins this week. If there’s anything that these guys know how to do, it’s put on one hell of a live show by drawing out a turn-out of loyal fans like no other act I’ve seen in Vancouver. It’s a lot easier to fill a club on a Friday night with bodies, but every time I’ve seen these guys perform, their fans consistently show up for them and follow them wherever they go. I was especially amped for this particular evening, as it was set to feature a cornucopia of other local acts, such as: Mynamesbn, Isaac Shah, DJ Billy Bishop.

Kids Tour Kick Off (Review)

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25 Apr

Contest: Win a pair of wristbands to Canadian Music Week (CMW) in Toronto


Toronto, ON – HipHopCanada has teamed up with AB Co. to give away two pairs of wristbands to Canadian Music Week (CMW) in Toronto this year from May 2 through May 8.

Celebrating its 34th year, CMW is Canada’s biggest new music festival. Every year the festival and conference take over all of downtown Toronto for seven days of live music (with many venues open until 4 am).

One of my favourite annual festivals for MANY reasons, CMW is the festival that actually puts the spotlight on so many of the artists we support here on HipHopCanada. This year has a stacked line-up featuring performances from Drezus, Flex The Antihero, JD Era, JiMMY B, Kaydee, KIDS, Rich Kidd, Sha, The Posterz, Wasiu, and many many more.

Along with the Canadian acts, comes a slew of dope international performances from UK grime artist Skepta, as well as Brooklyn artist Amir Obe, D.R.A.M, and more (check the full list of performers over here).

So we’re super excited to be able to give away access to such a dope festival. Check after the jump to find out how to enter in on this contest via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Contest: Win a pair of wristbands to Canadian Music Week (CMW) in Toronto - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Apr

ShitIStoleOffTheInternet is an EP from Mynamesbn that’s sicker than your average


Vancouver, BC– Earlier this week we featured Mynamesbn‘s first video drop, and it wasn’t long after uncovering this guy that I found his EP hiding away in the Soundcloud universe.

A transplant from Panama City, Panama – Mynamesbn releases really great turn-up music that’ll instantly put you in the mood for your weekend fiascos (ironically his newest EP features a track titled “OnTheWeekend”.)

His feature EP ShitIStoleOffTheInternetis no exception, and features a number of songs with consistently heavy beats, and hard bars. We already recapped his first single “FYIYABMSITBOAR” but the other four tracks are worth speaking on as well, and definitely worth considering. Check out the EP below, and get yourself acquainted.

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25 Apr

DK & Justo show us the “Nightmare in Brooklyn” with this new video release


Halifax, NS – Halifax producer DK recently joined forces with Brooklyn-based rapper Justo to form a duo that fuses American East Coast rap bars with Canadian East Coast rap beats.

Earlier this month, the duo put out their latest visual offering for “Nightmare in Brooklyn,” which appears on The Fire Next Time compilation album (which was released on the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King beating on Mar. 3).

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25 Apr

JSTMKY’s new Keep Dreaming mixtape is a good look for the Victoria emcee


Victoria, BC – The West Coast has been making some recent noise in terms of promising artists, but Victoria is making a comeback as a musical hub in the lower mainland as well. Whether it’s that chilled out, laid-back lifestyle that is influencing creative new musical developments or just the changing times – whatever it is, we like it because we’re getting some solid emcees out of the mix. Cue the entrance of Victoria’s latest featured rapper, JSTMKY, who is making his own waves to put himself on the musical map of the West Coast.

I love introducing new artists because it’s always like a breath of fresh air into the scene, and JSTMKY has a sound that definitely is going to insert some more diversity into ours. His new mixtape Keep Dreaming is solid sound for a first attempt. JSTMKY mixes his distinct voice alongside influential samples from current music to great a project that is both new but also familiar.

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