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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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Drake & Nineteen85 win 2 Grammy Awards for “Hotline Bling”

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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

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15 Jan

Two Weeks Notice: Jae Ari discusses finding work-life balance in the 2017 economy


Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Jae Ari just kicked off the year with the release of his latest single titled “Two Weeks Notice” (produced by Hpnotic718).

“Two Weeks Notice” is a record about finding work-life balance in the 2017 economy. While rappers tend to shy away from discussing that kind of subject matter within their music, the reality of the situation is that most rappers on the come-up in 2017 are trying to juggle some sort of job or income source alongside their rap career.

The track is delivered with a heavy dose of bounce as Jae delivers a necessary dose of real-talk. On the one hand, sometimes the 9-to-5 is inevitable to finance the rap career. On the other hand, guys gotta know they’re not fooling anyone when they’re working some side job and delivering braggadocios bars about being something they’re not. Listen to “Two Weeks Notice” below, and scope our Q&A with Jae after the jump.

Two Weeks Notice: Jae Ari discusses finding his balance between rap & the 9-to-5 - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Jan

T.I. kicks off his Us Or Else Tour in Vancouver


Vancouver, BC – After an intense hold-up at the Canadian border ATL rapper / actor and Hustle Gang boss T.I. made his way on to Canadian soil this past Thursday to kick-off his multi-city Us Or Else: Canadian Promo Tour in Vancouver. Timbre Concerts as been known to throw some of the biggest events in the city and the sold-out Commodore Ballroom show was no different.

T.I. Brings His

14 Jan

Khalid releases new track “Saved” and plays Toronto’s Velvet Underground January 15th


El Paso, TX – At just 18 years old, El-Paso singer/songwriter, Khalid is a star in the making.  As a recent signee with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records, he’s been preparing for the release of his debut album American Teen which is set to drop on March 3rd. The album is a cumulative result of the exponential success of his singles “Location” and “Let’s Go” which quickly garnered millions of views online. (“Location” is currently #16 at Urban Radio and just impacted at Rhythm in the U.S.) Today he released “Saved” the third single from his project, and it’s equally as notable as his previous work in its’ professional command of Khalid’s soulful vocals. 

Khalid’s North American tour, “The Location Tour” kicks off on Thursday, January 12th in Chicago. Canadian fans can catch his Toronto show this upcoming Sunday at the Velvet Undergound. Stream the new single after the drop, and pick up tickets for the event here

Khalid releases new track Saved and plays Toronto's Velvet Underground January 15th - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Jan

Maine reps for London in new visuals for “Rockstar”


London, UK – The UK rap scene is a beast in itself that we don’t often have a chance to cover. But earlier in January, London emcee Maine dropped the visuals for “Rockstar” courtesy of Link Up TV. The result was too smooth to go unnoticed, and deserved a mention to our Canadian audience. The TRTD (TOORARETODIE) camp teamed up with videographer, MCTV to film the aesthetically pleasing visuals for Maine. It’s been a moment since his last release, but if the video is any indication of what’s to come, things sound like they’re about to pick up.

The West London rapper comes ready to play hard on the track, and offers aggressive bars. He raps, “Now the young n*gga ready for it, I can feel that fire in my belly for it/Tell your favourite rapper he don’t really want it, no I bet all my future milli’s on it.”

With a rumoured comeback on the horizon, we’re interested to see what he does next. Catch the video below, and the official stream on Soundcloud.

Maine reps for London in new visuals for Rockstar - HipHopCanada.com

14 Jan

Brampton songstress Aiona introduces herself with sultry single “You & I”


Brampton, ON – Waycool’s newest member is a vocally strong songstress coming out of Brampton who goes by Aiona. Her debut single “You And I” is an impressively strong, self-produced feat with additional production and vocals from fellow Waycool member, Kyle Wildfern. The overall balance of tones helps Aiona’s vocals stand out in perfect, smoldering contrast to the rolling beat. And, it’s her dark and nostalgic lyrics which give life to the personal recollections that she confidently speaks on.

Acting as her debut, “You & I” surpasses expectations for an entry project, and portrays the singer as artistically far beyond her years. Her technical abilities are apparent as she remorselessly sings about a past relationship ended, and her warnings that she is not to be messed with are fully comprehended and appreciated. Underestimating her potential seems like the wrong move to make, and we’re looking forward to what’s to come from Aiona and the rest of the Waycool team.

Stream “You & I” below.

Brampton songstress Aiona introduces herself with sultry single You & I - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Jan

Carmine satisfies listeners with his clever bars on the “Magic Johnson Freestyle”


Corpus Christi, TX – In the past we’ve had the opportunity to touch on impressive previous releases from Corpus Christi, emcee Carmine such as “A Cam’ron Song” and What U Want”. Only a week into January and he’s teamed up with collaborator and producer Deadlex to provide listeners with his new song drop, “Magic Johnson Freestyle”. The track is labeled as a freestyle in part due to Carmine’s clever bars and quick rhyme patterns, but the production is considerably higher quality than what you might generally associate for most freestyles.

The track gives a slight nod to its’ confident title by combining his nimble flow over a airy head nodding beat as Carmine raps, “We the team, ain’t no thing, might take the Calves for they ring/Might take a bath with the bling, and wear your bitch like a sling.” Full of similarly confident declarations, “Magic Johnson Freestyle” might be a low-key signal of the strong material that’s to come from the rapper. Stream the track below.

Carmine satisfies listeners with his clever bars on the Magic Johnson Freestyle - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Jan

Mississauga singer/songrwriter anders sets the bar high with his new single “re-up”


Mississauga, ON – The new year seems to have brought rising promise and results for many artists, and singer/songwriter anders is emerging as a competitive force from the thriving Toronto music scene with his ultra-smooth vocals. Originally from Mississauga, his focused sound strongly plays to melodic, and darker R&B aesthetic – creating music that just sounds bigger than anything we’ve caught lately. These general feelings have translated to his recent success, and his past two releases “the days” and “choosy” have put him on the map by garnering him literally thousands of plays.

He’s kept a fairly low-profile up until this point, but the release of “re-up” hints at moves being made behind the scenes. The production team for this particular track seems to show a glimpse at his stacked team, including: S.L.M.N, Goldenboy and Emerson Brooks. Currently in the midst of prepping a debut project, 2017 is shaping up to be a strong year for the rising youth.

Take a listen to “re-up below.”

Mississauga singer/songrwriter anders sets the bar high with his new single re-up - HipHopCanada.com

14 Jan

GVA Sound’s new low-beat hit “Dogfight” drops


Vancouver, BC – Music group GVA Sound has been gaining attention not only locally, but also internationally. With their new low, yet upbeat hit “Dogfight” already having hits in the quad-digits, GVA Sound has a mixtape release lined up for March.

Check out their new song “Dogfight” below!

GVA Sound's new low-beat hit Dogfight drops - HipHopCanada.com

14 Jan

You Feel Me? Toronto’s Infu talks new EP, “West Side” video, plans for 2017 & more


Toronto, ON – Since first emerging on the Toronto hip-hop scene in 2010, rapper Infu has been working hard at perfecting his skills and making moves to push his career forward. With a consistent stream of releases and gigs, including being a headline performer at Canadian Music Week and doing province wide tours, his work ethic is complimenting his talent nicely and putting him in a good position to succeed. Infu’s latest endeavour is the You Feel Me? EP and the marketing collateral to go with it. The latest tool being his Diana Pop-directed “West Side,” which came out towards the end of the year. Check out the video below along with an exclusive interview with Infu. You can also stream You Feel Me? which is available for download on iTunes.

You Feel Me? Toronto's Infu talks new EP, West Side video, plans for 2017 & more - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Jan

$heed met a bad girl at an “Air Bnb” & she inspired him to make this song


Toronto, ON – Earlier this month Toronto artist $heed released new visuals for his track “Air Bnb” off the Ward 11 project.

“Air Bnb” was inspired by a female $heed met one time at an Air Bnb. While everyone’s been on the relevancy tip making songs about Uber and stuff, I actually haven’t yet seen a guy make a rap record about Air Bnb.

This is a playful R&B record about spending some quality time with a special someone. And (of course) it was shot at an Air Bnb. The video was directed by Rodzilla, and the track was co-produced by Rexyboy and 7:20. Check out the video for “Air Bnb” after the jump, and scope our Q&A with $heed.

$heed met a bad girl at an

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