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2017 BET Hip Hop Awards winners; Eminem calls out Trump in Hip Hop Awards Cypher

Miami Beach, FL – To much anticipation, the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards aired tonight with host DJ Khaled leading the way… … Read More »

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Bass N’ Tings II returns Oct. 19 with ShaqIsDope, Staasia Daniels, EverythingOShauN …

Toronto, ON – HipHopCanada is thrilled to be on board for another round of the Bass N’ Tings Festival. Bass N’ Tings … Read More »

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Review: The Weeknd leaves his mark (with an XO) At Rogers Place in Edmonton

Edmonton, AB – The Weeknd made a stop in Edmonton Monday evening (Oct. 2) for the second leg of the Starboy: Legend … Read More »

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Ashton talks about his debut EP, Good Company & strengthening his pen

Mississauga, ON – If you love Canadian artists as much as we do, you know that this summer spurred the release of amazing … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Til’ The Wheels Fall Off: Halifax’s Rude Dowg enlists Knotez, Miracle & R

Til’ The Wheels Fall Off: Halifax’s Rude Dowg enlists Knotez, Miracle & R


12 Aug

Dizzy’s been putting in that work on his latest project Been Dizzy III: Blackout

Edmonton, AB – I’ll be the first to admit that we slept on Dizzy‘s most recent project Been Dizzy III: Blackout, which the Edmonton MC released last fall-winter.

Since then he’s dropped four visuals in support of the album, opened for a handful of major artists (including T.I. and Redman & Method Man) and is currently touring coast to coast with fellow Canadian artists Cash Dough and DJ $lim (From The Kitchen To The Club Tour). And that’s just scratching the surface. We’ve got some catching up to do.

Dizzy's been putting in that work on his latest project

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12 Aug

Jae Ari explores his perspective on love & sex in this video for “IJS (I’m Just Sayin’)”

Toronto, ON – Earlier this week Toronto artist Jae Ari released the accompanying visual for his favourite track of all time, the Hpnotic718 produced summer soul anthem “IJS (I’m Just Sayin’)”.

We caught up with Jae when he dropped the track, and he explained to us that that song was penned several years ago when Jae was dabbling heavy in more soulful, old school R&B inspired tracks.

“IJS” was inspired by a situation with a female that left Jae feeling used and questioning all of his relations with women. Basically, he caught feels for a girl who wasn’t into guys. But she wanted to experiment so she tried things out on Jae. And of course he got hurt.

This Dynasty Artists Picture Corp directed video takes us through that experience as Jae catches feels and falls for a girl. And as he spends more time with her, he notices a few red flags that he ultimately ignores. And then his girl winds up in bed with another girl.

Jae Ari explores his perspective on love & sex in this video for

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12 Aug

Deep: Jaee Bryant & WondaGurl go deeper than rap on their new collaboration

Charleston, SC – One of the most exciting collaborations to surface this summer, 20-year-old rapper-producer Jaee Bryant teamed up with Toronto super-producer WondaGurl for this new single titled “Deep”.

This track comes to us off Jaee’s forthcoming BLOO album (due out on Sept. 22), which will be his third album in just over six months.

“Deep” is about how it’s all much deeper than rap. This is Jaee’s own call-to-action to bring focus back to the culture and the importance of actually saying something that matters. Backed by some signature WondaGurl heat, Jaee serves this track up as a three-minute-long public service announcement about digging beyond the hype and beyond any selfish motives.

Jaee is basically an old head trapped inside of a new head’s body. He’s got a penchant for conscious, lyrical bars, and a mandate to get back to the roots of the culture. He started off as a producer in 2012, and quickly realized that he had more to say than he thought he did. So he started rapping. He’s got a very distinct gritty flow, and a rough-edged raspy delivery.

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11 Aug

No Mistakes: You need to watch this video for Nessly & Killy’s new summer heater

Toronto, ON – Earlier this week Atlanta artist Nessly and Toronto rapper Killy teamed up with 88rising for this new “No Mistakes” video release.

Produced by Alecto and MikeHector, the “No Mistakes” video is a turnt up punch-to-the-face for when you’re really, really feeling yourself.

Both Killy and Nessly have had surprisingly massive rises to fame. They both came up as underground Internet rappers, and both seemingly went from struggle SoundCloud artists to overnight viral sensations.

Viral underground Toronto rapper KILLY just dropped a new video single titled

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11 Aug

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 45

Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify back 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 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 features a ton of brand new music starting with Jöel Lobban’s latest release “Room 47.”

There have been a ton of massive new releases lately, so Volume 45 mostly features new music. This playlist includes new tracks from artists including Derin Falana, Sean Leon, Cannonhead, K. Forest, Brandon Taylor, Manila Grey, Jordan Solomon, Mobi Mawla, Cardo Antonnio, Ramsay Almighty, Mykal Gannon, BLikeBrett, Alfie, Neko, Reo Cragun, Donnie, Ashton, Jahail, Jallel, Pryde, Marvin Wavez, 11:11, Hakeem Roze, Vic NS, Lance Ferguson and Clairmont The Second, Def3, David Versis, and more.

Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 45 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.

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10 Aug

Win a True To Self Prize Pack including tickets to Bryson Tiller’s Vancouver show

Vancouver, BC – If you haven’t heard the news about Bryson Tiller bringing his signature brand of Trapsoul to Vancouver, stop sleeping. The True To Self Tour hits UBC’s Thunderbird Arena next Friday August 17th with Metro Boomin and H.E.R and this show is not to be missed.

We’re giving away a True To Self prize pack including two tickets to the Vancouver show and a limited edition True To Self hard copy. Hit the jump link below for contest details and more information.

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10 Aug

Top Shotta: Big Mo teams up with Jaegen for this new dancehall track about coming up

Toronto, ON – Earlier this week Dallas, Texas based artist Big Mo teamed up with Toronto producer Jaegen for this new summer dancehall track titled “Top Shotta.”

“Top Shotta” is the story of Mo’s come up, and how he’s gone from being at his lowest point as a struggle rapper to actually making waves (and money) through his craft. But with all his success, Mo has witnessed people jumping on his wave who didn’t want to f**k with him at all during his come up. He’s also starting to realize that fame and attention aren’t always a good thing: “Swear these rappers be imposters/ Say they living lavish but they mom pushing a Honda/ They pree me/ They wanna be me/ Thinking I’m ‘a grant them wishes like a genie/ Hell naw/ Aint no free clout from me, G.”

This track comes to us as the first new release from Big Mo since his Nessly-assisted “Lean & Hennessy” blew up the Internet six months ago. “Top Shotta” is a bit more of an aggressive look for Big Mo. It’s not as draped up and dripped out as “Lean & Hennessy”, and has more of a braggadocios, celebratory air to it.

It’s an anecdotal record delivered as a punch-to-the-face over Jaegen’s hard-hitting, bounce-heavy production: “I was down bad/ I was down bad/ Top shotta/ Now no more popping f**king tags.”

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10 Aug

DillanPonders got his first MuchFACT grant & used it to make a video for “Heaven”

Toronto, ON – As he gears up to release No Mans Land on Aug. 30, SMMG artist DillanPonders just released a brand new video for his track “Heaven” off of Acid Reign.

Co-directed by Ponders and Robbie Switch, this video marks Dillan’s first ever collaboration with MuchFACT. The track also marks Dillan’s first ever collaboration with Eestbound on the production side of things.

“Heaven” is a track about how the idea of heaven is actually really open-to-interpretation. It’s all a mind set. And for Dillan, heaven is an inner chi that he’s achieved with the help of his squad. When this track first dropped back in December, Dillan told us that he’d found heaven because of all the “gods” in his life – the day-one pals who have unconditionally supported him since the beginning.

The track is one of Dillan’s most aggressive records, and the video mirrors that vibe with a drug-fuelled hallucination that transports Ponders to a car dump wasteland where he mobs out with his squad and destroys all the cars. Check it out below.

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10 Aug

DviousMindZ releases Flower City Summer instrumental album, a dedication to Brampton

Brampton, ON – Waycool’s DviousMindZ is here with his new instrumental album Flower City Summer and he always deliver with the good vibes. The albums’ production is handled by DviousMindZ with previous collaborator and fellow Waycool member Martin Sole.

The album is a dedication and audio documentation of living in Flower City, and also the second instrumental album from the producer following Flower City Spring. Stream the newest album below and enough the good energy.

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8 Aug

Break Out: Derin Falana enlists the help of Jahmal Gittens for his new summer single

Brampton, ON – Yesterday Brampton artist Derin Falana released his latest single titled “Break Out.”

Produced by Jahmal Gittens, “Break Out” is a downtempo, breezy summer anthem about breaking out and losing your inhibitions. Derin is already at that point and has long since stopped caring what people think about him. So instead of focusing inwards, he sends a message of encouragement for anyone still trying to break out of their own shell: “I need you to come around and take a swing when you’re up to bat/ It’s that potential/ Do you f**k with that?/ The vibe will not lie/ You should trust the facts.”

At this point we know Derin can sing, rap, switch his flows up, and deliver a huge range of feels. He’s spent most of 2017 diversifying his sound and honing in on the technical and stylistic elements of his artistry. This particular track is on the singing side of the spectrum, and showcases a softer melodic style of rapping. It’s subtle, but it’s also a reminder that hustle doesn’t get a summer vacation – you need to stay improving and focused on breaking out.

Cruising: A conversation with Derin Falana about his turning point & finally being able to focus on music full-time -

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