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50 Cent, Fetty Wap, Migos, DJ Mustard, Night Lovell & more to perform at Bluesfest 20…

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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 20

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

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Quake Matthews releases “Just Another Love Story” video; pens himself a letter

Quake Matthews releases “Just Another Love Story” video; pens himself a letter


21 Jan

Like Auston Matthews: SVDVM, Black Irish & Xuave release new single inspired by NHL sniper

Ottawa, ON – It’s no secret that Leafs Nation extends way way past the city limits of the Greater Toronto Area. In fact, when the Leafs are in town to face the Ottawa Senators, half the arena is decked out in blue and white. The modern day Sens are a relatively young organization – having only returned to the NHL in the 1992-1993 season – and the Leafs have been around, officially, since 1927. So not everyone is going to give up their allegiance to Toronto’s team, despite heir hometown team returning.

Fast forward to the 2016-2017 season where young phenom Auston Matthews and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews makes his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators, scoring 4 goals in a 5-4 overtime loss. Matthews would be the first player in the modern era of the NHL (starting in 1943-44) to score four goals in his debut. And Ottawa artists SVDVM, Black Irish and Xuave certainly think Matthews is the real deal. Using his 4-goal performance as inspiration for their new single named after the Arizona-born skater. “Hit ’em with the 4 like Auston Matthews… run the 6ix.

It’s unclear if the trio are actually Sens fans, Leafs fans or even hockey fans at all, but they definitely know how to bang out a big record. “Auston Matthews” premiered yesterday on Ottawa’s own Nu BRL Radio show hosted by Lil Thrilla and DJ Alive. Check it out below.

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21 Jan

Get It Myself: Check out Derek Wise’s new video single release

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Derek Wise kicked off the year with new videos for “Beyond The Pines” and “Ryan Glamsling”. Now Derek returns with even more sauce in this new video single titled “Get It Myself.”

Preaching the lone wolf, solo-dolo mentality, Derek delivers this record as his own personal motto: “Wake up and get it myself/ I’m ‘a go get it myself.”

This song sticks to Derek’s M.O. of dark, haunting, self-involved raps. Ever since Derek beat his charges and dropped “Had To Wake Up”, his music has had a lot more of an I-don’t-f**k-with-you undertone to it.

It seems he’s realized along the way that the only person he can rely on is himself. Friends come and go. People get involved with selfish motives. And people who claim to f**k with you may well just disappear when you need them the most. This song condenses all those realizations into this four-minute record. The track was produced by Urs Truli and the video was shot and chopped by Zacfacts. Check it out after the jump.

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21 Jan

Listen to the “Lotus Demo” by Kayo Guevarra

Toronto, ON – Check out the “Lotus Demo” by veteran recording artist Kayo Guevarra. “My take on the lush production of @Lotusofficial” he included on the SoundCloud upload which he was seemingly sitting on for a few months before making it available to the public. And the US-based electronic music act Lotus has already shown they approve by commenting on Kayo’s post: “damn I dig this tho.” So an official collaboration isn’t far off of a possibility. For now, check out Kayo’s “Lotus Demo” below.

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21 Jan

Check out this new Andre Rehal directed video for “SAVAGES” by JiMMY BRiCKZ

Toronto, ON – Earlier this week SmashMouth Music Group artist JiMMY BRiCKZ (formerly Jimmy B) released a new video for “SAVAGES” off the summer 2016 released Return of The JiGGY EP.

Holding things down for Scarborough, JiMMY uses this record to break down the “SAVAGES” lifestyle; both the glamorization of it as well as the realities of living a certain kind of way.

The record also serves as a major squad anthem, giving the nod to all of the people who have been with JiMMY from the jump: “My crew is some SAVAGES/ We don’t talk to cops or the cameras/ I don’t think the city can handle us/ We grind/ Yeah we grind/ ‘Til our bands is up.”

This video was directed by Andre Rehal and serves as a nod to the film The Warriors. With gas masks and baseball bats in tow, JiMMY and squad hit the streets on some post-apocalyptic tip to show what happens when you get caught up in the savage lifestyle. Check it out below, and if you haven’t downloaded Return of The JiGGY yet, you should get on that ASAP.

Check out this new Andre Rehal directed video for

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21 Jan

Montreal’s XanDiego64 releases new visual for “D.O.M.E”

Montreal, QC – Montreal newcomer XanDiego64 reps his Pyru set in new Micheal Jacobs-directed visual for “D.O.M.E. (Diamonds On My Ears).” The song was produced by D6 The Producer. Stay tuned for details on a nation wide tour and upcoming EP release date, and check out “D.O.M.E.” after the jump link below.

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21 Jan

Check out the new “Point Guard” video by Toronto rapper DP

Toronto, ONDP is a feeling like a “Point Guard” on his new KR Productions-directed video. The visuals were shot by HAM Productionz. Peep it below.

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20 Jan

Tonight: Nessly & Harm Franklin perform at Morgan’s Pub in Calgary with Maxjulian

Calgary, AB – While the last few months have been extremely dank for Calgary’s rap show fans, we’re extremely excited to announce that buzzing Atlanta artist Nessly is coming through Calgary tonight to perform a show at Morgan’s Pub with Calgary’s own Harm Franklin and Maxjulian.

Torch-bearing the new-wave ATL sound, Nessly’s music can be heard on OVO Sound Radio and is pretty much the post-Future trap sound that 2017 needs. Nessly has collaborated with the likes of Lil Yachty, Metro Boomin, Wondagurl, and more.

Harm Franklin and Maxjulian are two of my favourite local guys in Calgary. Harm’s been riding out on a trap-R&B tip lately, while Maxjulian has been sticking to his wavy cloud raps. Harm actually collaborated with Nessly last year for “Private Caller”. So fingers crossed that we get to see the two of them perform that together.

Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 at the door, or $15 online. Scope the official event flyer after the jump, and head on over to the event’s official Facebook page for more details and updates.

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20 Jan

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 16

Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.

Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.

This week’s playlist includes several brand new joints including EverythingOShauN’s “Co Sign”, VNCHY’s “Not Sure” (off the just released new EMINENT: 002A_0316 that everyone needs to listen to ASAP), Stevie Ross’ “Wonderland”, Yung Tory’s “Run It Up” remix featuring Lil Durk, XUAVE’s “Hollywood Sign” featuring Indica and Quincy Got Rich, DillanPonders’ “Crying Robots”, and Van Hill’s “Legendary”.

Volume 16 also features records from Ashton, Plaza, Roy Woods, 11:11, Ramriddlz, Jae Ari, Moka Only, and more, along with a few dope instrumentals courtesy of HERO and Fvde. Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 16 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.

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19 Jan

Premiere: JR Fillion goes global for the first time ever in his new video for “City Life”

London, ON – HipHopCanada has teamed up with London artist JR Fillion to bring you the premiere of this new video single titled “City Life” (directed by Sonic Sinema).

This video marks a very important milestone for JR, as it was filmed during his first ever trip outside of Canada. JR was chosen as one of a few artists to go out to New York for the TeamBackPack Cypher draft. So he decided to also make a video during his trip to mark the occasion.

“City Life” is a feel good record with a heavy dose of bounce. It’s a song about persevering and finding hope in your day-to-day. The track was produced by Milan Francis and features vocals courtesy of Istiana. Check out the premiere for “City Life” below, and scope our Q&A with JR after the jump.

Premiere: JR Fillion goes global for the first time in his new video for
Photo by Jenneka Scheele

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18 Jan

Lifestyle Brand HICU puts on local showcase highlighting Vancouver’s rising talents

Vancouver, BC – While the vibrant music scene of Toronto rarely waivers, there’s been a shift on the West Coast this last year. Lifestyle brand HICU caught onto these shifts in West Coast culture early, and recognized the need for a public platform as a collaborative possibility between fashion and sound. The result of the brands’ efforts were two clothing lines laying parallel to the release of two sound tapes ( Sound Tape N ° 1 and Sound Tape N ° 2) which combined promising rising Canadian artists. While the projects brought an impressive aesthetic value, they were highly noted for featuring some of the best rising artists that the West Coast has to offer.

This past Friday, January 13th saw the first ever HICU showcase held at the Alexander Gastown in downtown Vancouver. In collaboration with Hyphy events and HipHopCanada, the evening displayed sets from the local aritsts who contributed tracks to both tapes. The turnout was outstanding, and quickly surpassed capacity as people filled all three floors of the venue (with the lineup reaching well around the block even after doors opened). The energy was contagious, and a just testament to the success of a newly flourishing collective community.

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