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Soaring to Heaven: Toronto’s King Reign passes away at 40

We’re deeply saddened to report the passing of veteran Toronto MC, Kunle Thomas aka King Reign … Read More »

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CBC: GoFundMe donations raised for journalist Zack Noureddine withheld from family

Ottawa, ON – It takes a special kind of dirt-bag to defraud a family while they’re grieving the loss of a loved … Read More »

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Wasiu gave us a very thorough break-down of his new track “No Jumper”

Montreal rapper Wasiu recently released his latest single titled “No Jumper,” co-produced by … Read More »

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

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Music, sobriety, family & the various other Layers of rhyme-slayer Royce da 5’9

Music, sobriety, family & the various other Layers of rhyme-slayer Royce da 5’9

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3 May

You need to play this Views From The 6 computer game created by RAW Gaming MTL


Montreal, QC – On Apr. 29 Drake released his highly anticipated new VIEWS album. And today Dear Lola (aka: RAW Records co-founder) and Louis Trudel released a retro-style Views From The 6 computer game as the official launch for RAW Gaming MTL.

The objective of the game is simple: get Drake to the top of the CN Towers so he can ACTUALLY get atop the tower without needing his team to photoshop him on to it like they did for his VIEWS album cover. This is some serious “started from the bottom, now we’re here” business.

The Views From The 6 game features a digitalized Drake, complete with his Drake-y facial hair and signature hair part. There are also OVO owls that fly around throughout the game. I think you might be able to jump off of them. I’m not quite sure yet; this game is tough. But here’s how to get started: Drake jumps when you hit the spacebar, and you can navigate him using the arrows on your keyboard.

You need to play this Views From The 6 computer game created by Dear Lola & Louis Trudel - HipHopCanada.com

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2 May

LostSoulsClub: Meet the Brampton rap collective and listen to “Bravo” & “U Should Chill”


Brampton, ON – I recently got familiar with a new collective coming out of Brampton called the LostSoulsClub (LSC). The LSC collective consists of five members who met in high school: 18 year old MC Brøcc, 17 year old MC Kohë G, 17 year old MC-engineer Nēgu$, 19 year old MC ƶsay, and 19 year old manager Nathan Gooding.

Back in March, I was introduced to a young fresh-faced 17 year old MC out of Brampton named Nēgu$. Nēgu$ sent me a song he released titled “Now” about the importance of humility within the rap game. What stood out to me what the amount of raw talent I saw in the guy. He’s only 17 years old, and his technical abilities far surpass his age.

More recently I discovered that Nēgu$ is one fifth of LSC. The collective recently released two singles: “Bravo” (produced by CLYAD) and “U Should Chill” (produced by foxwedding).

The two songs showcase a versatile combination of braggadocio (as seen on “Bravo”) and a mellow delivery of shots fired (as seen on “U Should Chill”). These guys are young but it seems they’re already plotting out the next generation of the Canadian rap game by churning out a sound they don’t consider to be strictly representative of “Brampton” or even the GTA; they’re just delivering the sounds of the LSC.

Check out “Bravo” and “U Should Chill” after the jump, and peep our interview with Nēgu$ to find out more about the collective, the sounds of Brampton, and what’s in store for LSC in the future. Get familiar!

LostSoulsClub: Meet the Brampton rap collective and listen to

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2 May

Get Hyphy with Michael Christmas at the Alexander Gastown this Friday


Vancouver, BC – Our good colleagues over at Hyphy Events are bringing Michael Christmas to one of our favourite venues, the Alexander Gastown, on May 6th. If you don’t have plans you should come drop by and drop a line, as HipHopCanada has sponsored the evening. The Boston rapper just released his debut album, What a Weird Day in late October, and hopefully drop some rhymes from the feature project. Accompanying him are DJ Marvel and Jolin Ras on the decks.

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2 May

The Range & Rome Fortune are coming to Vancouver and recruited Brevner as the host to make it a party


Vancouver, BC – Whatever you had originally planned for the evening of Saturday May 7th might have to be temporarily postponed because it’s about to go down at the Alexander Gastown. The good people of Timbre concerts have brought The Range and Rome Fortune to hit the stages and provide you with an evening of unforgettable music and good vibes. Vancity’s favourite rapper, Brevner, has been brought on to host the evening – so you know things are about to get real good (the last time he was at the Alexander it reached capacity) alongside Marlon J English on the decks.

HipHopCanada will be in the building as we’ve jumped on as sponsors, as well as HipHopVancouver and Crimes & Treasons. If you haven’t got tickets you won’t want to sleep on it and you can cop them online at Timbre Concerts, or in person at Red Cat or Zulu records. Mark it down in your calendars and then check out the videos below to get acquainted with the artists so you’re ready for what’s coming.

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2 May

Watch Terell Safadi’s video for “Myself” & get ready for his upcoming A Night To Remember album


Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles artist (by way of Vancouver) Terell Safadi just delivered his latest video for “Myself” (produced by ENG) off the forthcoming A Night To Remember album.

For this video, Terell linked with director The Ghost LA to shoot in Las Vegas. The song itself relays the story of Terell’s heated turmoil-ridden relations with a female who keeps telling him to go f**k himself. Check it out after the jump.

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1 May

Nostalgia OD: M Mac talks about the oldschool, the new school & sampling The Simpsons


Toronto, ON – Earlier this week, Toronto super producer and SmashMouth Music Group beatsmith M Mac released his Nostalgia OD remix project.

Nostalgia OD includes 10 original M Mac remixes that nod to two of M Mac’s most nostalgic influencers: oldschool hip-hop and The Simpsons. M Mac put his new wave flip on classic tracks from artists including Brandy, OutKast, De La Soul, Busta, and more. Then he threw in a bunch of audio samples from The Simpsons. And the end result is an overdose of nostalgia – Nostalgia OD.

Rather than putting out this project as a nod to either one of the oldschool or the new school, M Mac uses this mix to bridge the gap between the eras. It’s a newschool take on the old school, and an oldschool take on the new school.

Stream the new project via SoundCloud after the jump, and peep our Q&A with M Mac to find out more about how Nostalgia OD came together.

Nostalgia OD: M Mac talks about the oldschool, the new school, and sampling The Simpsons - HipHopCanada.com

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30 Apr

Arys DéJan & Emily Deahl are ready to “LAYBACK” & Arys told us all about it


Toronto, ONArys DéJan just celebrated his born day on Apr. 26, and recently hit us with a new collaborative track with Emily Deahl titled “LAYBACK.”

This track is on a breathy, sexy late night tip. Arys delivers a passion-fuelled story about his relations with a certain female. Instead of playing games with one another, they “LAYBACK” as Emily delivers a sensual set of vocals on the hook over top of one of Roca Beat’s classic smooth compositions.

One thing I love about catching up with Arys is that whenever I ask him to explain a feeling within one of his songs, he bounces the question back at me and asks me how it made ME feel.

This song – to me – is all about intimate bliss. It bodies that raw genuine no-fronts vibe between two people. It’s when two people are able to be as one without playing games, or playing hard to get, or trying to play like they’re not really that invested in one another. It’s a mutual enjoyment of one another. In a word, I’d say it’s uninhibited.

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29 Apr

Royce da 5’9″ to perform in Edmonton on Layers Tour


Edmonton, AB – In support of his latest LP Layers, Royce da 5’9″ will be making a stop at Edmonton for the Layers Canadian Tour. Brought to you by Nightshift Entertainment, the show takes place on May 6 at Union Hall and features support from Doug Crawford, Young Tox, Gee Oh Dee, Gutta Muzik and music by DJ Creeazn.

Tickets are currently on sale via Ticketzone or in stores at Shadified North and South, Foosh and Pure Artistry. Early birds are already sold out, so make sure you cop your tickets ASAP! For more information and updates, check in with the event’s Facebook page.

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29 Apr

Make way for Edmonton’s KBL and “Berta State of Mind”


Edmonton, AB – Edmonton hip-hop duo KBL is finally getting the recognition they deserve. It was summer 2014 when I first saw the impact the pair (who consists of Kancer and Black Lung) have inside the underground scene of the city. To this day the two remain humble despite their undeniable talent.

In August 2014, Sweatshop Union had made a stop in Edmonton for a live show at the Studio Music Foundation. KBL were among the list of opening acts of the night, to my memory they were the last to perform before Sweathshop Union took the stage. As it got closer to KBL’s performance, the crowd doubled as people stormed inside the venue in droves. In a blink of an eye, everyone was front and center chanting “KBL!, KBL!” I remember thinking, “What is going on? This isn’t even the headliner?”

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29 Apr

Drake finally dropped VIEWS; gets interviewed by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio


Toronto, ON – On Thursday night, everyone tuned in to Beats 1 Radio to cop the first listen to Drake‘s highly anticipated VIEWS album before it officially dropped on Apr. 29 via OVO Sound and Young Money Entertainment (cop it via iTunes over here).

VIEWS is Drake’s fourth studio album and comes as the follow-up to his previous album, Nothing Was The Same, as well as his more recently released mixtapes If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and What A Time To Be Alive.

The album’s original title was Views from the 6, but was shortened to VIEWS prior to its release. The album features 20 tracks including the likes of “Hotline Bling,” and “One Dance” as well as two tracks that leaked earlier this year, “Controlla” and “Faithful.”

Drake releases 2 new songs off Views From The 6: Pop Style & One Dance - HipHopCanada.com

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