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You Feel Me? Toronto’s Infu talks new EP, “West Side” video, plans for 2…

Since first emerging on the Toronto hip-hop scene in 2010, rapper Infu has been working hard at…

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Toronto rapper Top 5 talks Styles P, getting advice from Drake, Varna Drive & more

Toronto up-and-comer Top 5 recently made his National Capital Region debut with an all ages show inside Ottawa’s The Bourbon Room.

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I Think You’ve Gone Mad: Here’s the transcribed version of Sean Leon’s i…

Toronto, ON – On Dec. 23 2016, Toronto artist Sean Leon blew up the Internet by releasing an incredibly in-depth interview with … Read More »

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Sarah Jay’s Picks: Top 40 Up-And-Coming Canadian Rappers & Rap Crews of 2016

Calgary, AB – As we head in to 2017 at HipHopCanada, I decided I’d kick off the new year proper by delivering … Read More »

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Jam Master Jay receives tribute turntable routine from son TJ Mizell & Skratch Bastid

Jam Master Jay receives tribute turntable routine from son TJ Mizell & Skratch Bastid

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12 Dec

The After Party introduces upcoming project with visuals for lead single “What I Wanna Be”


Montreal, QC –  After a year hiatus, Montreal emcee The After Party recently released the lead single “What I Wanna Be” off his upcoming project, Self Reflection. While the rapper finds himself repping out of Quebec, the visuals capture the haunting ambiance of the wilderness of British Columbia. His heightened emotions are projected to the audience from his dark silhouettes against the vivid landscape.

Through email, he was able to elaborate on the video by explaining, “That period of life was really difficult for me. I was working a job that I hated, but it helped me pay for my studio time and travel expenses. I felt like I was in limbo and I just had recorded the raw vocals to this joint. I was working at a Shisha lounge from Christmas to New Year’s day, and I was able to save up my tips to pay for a trip to Vancouver. By the time I reached Vancouver, my producer sent me the final version of “What I Wanna Be”. I called up Mr. HindzSight, a renowned videographer. The homie took me to Burnaby Mountains where he grew up, and the rest was history.”

Check out the video after the jump below.

The After Party introduces upcoming project with visuals for lead single What I Wanna Be - HipHopCanada.com

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12 Dec

$ha’s new record “AC Centrum” is the after-hours song you need to hear


Toronto, ON – Earlier this month Toronto artist $ha released a new self-produced record titled “AC Centrum”.

This song is about those sexy after-hours vibes that get so hot you gotta turn the AC back on. $ha sends this one out to all the females caught up in their feels and too scared to pursue anything serious with the guys in their lives.

Instead of trying to lock down his girl into anything serious, $ha stays patient… and sexes his girl’s brains out: “F**k her with my chains on/ I’ll be going in/ Hot sex/ You gon’ have to turn that AC on again/ She don’t wanna fall in love/ It’s ok, we can be friends.”

You need to check out $ha's new video for

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12 Dec

Clean: Listen to Tre Capital’s new collaboration with Eestbound & Michael Seven


Toronto, ON – L.A. recording artist Tre Capital recently linked up with Eestbound and Michael Seven for this new record titled “Clean”.

For the record, “Clean” is actually a filthy little record. Anchored by some gritty, dark Eestbound and Michael Seven co-production, this track serves as Tre’s flex-fuelled year-end anthem. The guy is hungry and he’s got his knives and forks ready for 2017: “Lookin’ so clean like I’m walking outta church on a Sunday/ God got my back so I shouldn’t be trippin’ in the first place.”

Tory Lanez releases album debut, I Told You; sits at No. 2 on iTunes Album chart - HipHopCanada.com

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12 Dec

Sean Leon fires back at Jazz Cartier on “FAV RAPPER / HUNDRED MILLION RELIGION”


Toronto, ONOriginally published Dec. 11, 2016 – Gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated upcoming Black Sheep Nirvana project, Sean Leon just surprised us with the release of a new record that opens fire on Jazz Cartier titled “FAV RAPPER / HUNDRED MILLION RELIGION” (produced by Bijan Amir).

The second part of this track (“HUNDRED MILLION RELIGION”) initially premiered over Instagram as the first half of “HUNDRED MILLION RELIGION/ NEW MONEY”. But then Jazz Cartier released his own record titled “New Religion” (which seemed very similar and very coincidental), and Sean got really pissed about it.

This track intros with “FAV RAPPER”, which starts off with a distorted audio sample of Jazz talking: “Sean Leon is… is probably one of the stronger artists out of Toronto right now.” Then he digs in with a slaughter of a first verse with bars that cut everywhere from Jazz’s label relations, to how Jazz acts out in public: “You the type to see me out in public/ Give me daps and love and then be hating after/ I’m ‘a f**k you like your label f**ks you/ A little n**ga telling tall Tales.”

You need to hear this three-parter from Sean Leon titled

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11 Dec

Humbled: Kevin Oaks talks about his new record & the importance of staying humble


Toronto, ON – Ending the year on a strong note, Toronto artist Kevin Oaks (formerly known as K.Seize) just released his latest Mr. Carmack produced single titled “Humbled”.

“Humbled” is on some atmospheric, smooth, vibed-out tip. It’s an introspective record that aims to find a balance between happiness, achievement, self-doubt, sadness, and every other feel on the spectrum.

Kevin has recently undergone a huge change; artistically and personally. He changed his stage name. But he also has allowed himself to let go of friendships and business relationships. And he also allowed himself to scrap a lot of material. In return, he’s been fortunate enough to foster many new relationships and release what he considers to be the best music of his career.

Listen to “Humbled” below, and scope our Q&A with Kevin after the jump.

Tory Lanez releases album debut, I Told You; sits at No. 2 on iTunes Album chart - HipHopCanada.com

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11 Dec

Keep God First: Murda Beatz drops new tape with PND, Jimmy Prime, Jay Whiss, Pressa & more


Toronto, ON – Co-hosting the latest episode of OVO Sound Radio Saturday evening, Murda Beatz surprised fans with a hot new mixtape featuring a dope mixture of local and international bangers. The 13-track Keep God First features the new “Novacane” record by Pressa that we posted about earlier, as well as music by Migos, PartyNextDoor, Jimmy Prime, Jay Whiss, 24HRS and more. Check it out below via AudioMack.

Keep God First: Murda Beatz drops new tape with PND, Jimmy Prime, Jay Whiss, Pressa & more - HipHopCanada.com

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11 Dec

Song of the Day: Toronto’s JigSaw builds on buzz with SuperStar O-prod. single, “Like A Benz”


Toronto, ON – Our Song of the Day is a hot new record by Toronto’s JigSaw that’s been tearing up the streets and social media since it first dropped a few days back. The new SuperStar O-produced “Like A Benz (That’s Cool)” calls out the women in JigSaw’s life who wouldn’t give him the time of day until he got his situation right.

The video was directed and edited by Charlton Visuals, and released by ESW.B (aka EverySingleWeekend); the team behind JigSaw’s previous single, “The Intro,” featuring production by De’Quan OnTheRise and visual support from Zecko J. Both videos are available for viewing after the jump link below.

If you’re unfamiliar with JigSaw, he hails from Varna Drive (also home to Top 5, who makes cameo appearances in both of JigSaw’s videos) and is one of a handful of young rappers really building excitement for Toronto’s seemingly endless pool of Somali-Canadian talent.

JigSaw – Like A Benz (That’s Cool)

Produced by SuperStar O

Song of the Day: Toronto's JigSaw builds on buzz with SuperStar O-prod. single, Like A Benz - HipHopCanada.com

11 Dec

Toronto rising star Top 5 to make Ottawa debut on Dec. 23 inside The Bourbon Room


Ottawa, ON – “Whole city goin’ crazy, Top 5 no debating / Top 5, top 5, top 5…” the famous Drake line from his Views-banger “Grammy,” instantly propelling Toronto up-and-comer Top 5 into a new lane to work from. He couldn’t have asked for a better Drake plug as the young rapper gets his career off the ground.

With popularlity steadily rising, so has the demand for Top 5 to perform across Canada. His Ottawa debut is going down later this month inside The Bourbon Room (400A Dalhousie Street). The event will be hosted by the Nu BRL Radio team consisting of DJ Alive and Lil Thrilla (who is also an Ottawa rep for HipHopCanada and the founder of CapCityHipHop).

The concert is an all ages event with doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 online via TicketFly.com. You can find information about the Meet & Greet info by calling local Ottawa number, 613-777-8163. Along with the Ottawa show, Top 5 has another gig booked for earlier in the month in Hamilton; Friday, Dec. 16 inside The Studio at Hamilton Place. This time he’s joined by his “Hall of Fame” cohort, Robin Banks. You can find the poster for both events after the jump link below.

Toronto rising star Top 5 to make Ottawa debut on Dec. 23 inside The Bourbon Room - HipHopCanada.com

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11 Dec

YG brought his politically fueled Fuck Donald Trump Tour to Vancouver for two sold-out shows


Vancouver, BCOriginally published Dec. 1, 2016 – A week ago today, the Vogue Theatre opened its’ doors in downtown Vancouver for YG’s Fuck Donald Trump Tour. Heading into a night of two sold-out shows, it was fair to say that most people held high expectations (and passionate feelings) about his looming performance. Constructively, the promotion for his most recent album, Still Brazy, had positioned YG as one of the most vocal rappers to hold disapproval for the recent election south of our Canadian border.

The choice of naming for his tour made attendees deeply aware that his political stances would be a highlight of the evening, and realistically fueled the filling of the venue for both shows. Shout-out to the Vancouver Police Department for lining the streets with cruisers after the show to make sure that night remained positive and non-violent. Among the passionate fans and politically engaged were also many of us who were unsure how this predicted emotional release of energy would transpire, and also how we would communicate it the best to you without inserting our own political bias.

YG brought his politically fueled Fuck Donald Trump Tour to Vancouver for two sold-out shows -HipHopCanada

11 Dec

Premiere: Toronto up-and-comer Lil 6 makes video debut with Zecko J-directed “6th Man”


Toronto, ONOriginally published Dec. 1, 2016 – 19-year-old up-and-comer Lil 6, representing South Side Jane and Finch, is back with new visuals for his gritty Filthy Rich Beats and Sr. Lean-produced single, “6th Man.”

The crisp looking video debut from the young MC – premiering right here on HipHopCanada – was directed and edited by Zecko J and is presented by Tired of Talking Music.

The visuals cut back and forth between scenes of 6 with his crew while the “6th Man” deals with a gang of shady characters. Check out the video after the jump link below.

Premiere: Toronto up-and-comer Lil 6 makes video debut with Zecko J-directed 6th Man - HipHopCanada.com

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