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Lou Phelps discusses 001: Experiments & why Montreal isn’t ready to have its ow…

Earlier this month, Montreal artist Lou Phelps released his debut solo project titled 001: Experiments … Read More »

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UNCRWND Volume 4 gearing up to be one of the hottest events in Toronto this May

Toronto, ON – One of our new star contributors, Stefan Calabrese aka CALABRU, has a big event coming up that we’re thrilled … Read More »

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Catching up with Riff Raff: The road from Mad Decent signee to Neon Nation kingpin

Calgary, AB – Today marks the Calgary stop of Houston rapper Riff Raff’s four-month world tour. The Canadian leg, in particular, is … Read More »

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Being a Struggle Rapper isn’t necessarily a bad thing: KIV’s new mixtape explo…

At the beginning of April, London artist KIV dropped a brand new 10-track mixtape titled Struggle Rapper … Read More »

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Find A Way: Neon Dreams win Canadian Music Radio Award, shine at Juno Week

Find A Way: Neon Dreams win Canadian Music Radio Award, shine at Juno Week

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27 Feb

Take Some Time: Seth Dyer talks his new single & healing from past relationships


Toronto, ON – Last week Toronto artist Seth Dyer released his latest self-produced single titled “Take Some Time.”

This is a record about the importance of moving on from hurtful past relations. Obviously it’s gonna “take some time” to move through things. But it’s never worth your while to let the past continue affecting you in the present.

The track was inspired by a female that Seth met recently who was harbouring a lot of past hurts inside. Seth took her story and turned it into a song for anyone who’s having a tough time moving on in life.

This record comes to us as Seth gears up for the release of his forthcoming new EP titled ACT 1: The Outcast. Seth had previously planned on dropping his Unsettled project. But that’s been shelved, for the time being. Take in “Take Some Time” below, and scope our Q&A with Seth after the jump.

Take Some Time: Seth Dyer talks his new single & healing from past relationships - HipHopCanada.com

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26 Feb

Lil Uzi Vert drops 4 new songs; “XO Tour Llif3” inspired by touring with The Weeknd


Philadelphia, PA – “This the uzi we been waiting.” – Philly’s Lil Uzi Vert went on a tear earlier today, uploading four new tracks to his SoundCloud profile in advance of his Luv Is Rage 2 album. The songs, each tagged with ‘1.5’ are being interpreted by some fans as the songs that didn’t make the cut for LIR2. The four tracks have already accumulated more than 300K views collectively and the TM88-produced “XO Tour Llif3” pays homage to opening for The Weeknd recently on his European tour. “YSL,” produced by DP Beatz, “LUV SCARS K.o 1600,” produced by DJ Plugg, and “Boring Shit,” produced by Honorable Court. Check them out below.

XO Tour Llif3: Lil Uzi Vert drops new song inspired by touring with The Weeknd; plus 3 other new tracks- HipHopCanada.com

26 Feb

Episode 12 of Up Top HipHop features Hamilton-based HMC


Guelph, ON – The latest episode of Up Top HipHop is here. In Episode 12, hosts Eh Vee and JSG sit down with Daimon Miles and Greg McMahon of Hamilton, Ontario-based HMC. They discuss topics such as musical influences, Drake’s meteoric rise, and production techniques.

Episode 12 of Up Top HipHop features Hamilton-based HMC - HipHopCanada.com

26 Feb

Live Fast, Die Young: Toronto’s G Milla hits the mark with LFDY EP


Toronto, ON – If there were ever six songs that perfectly epitomized the life of the modern day Toronto antihero in one body of work it would sound a lot like G Milla’s recent EP, LFDY (Live Fast Die Young). From the opening anthem “Angels,” to the Teddy Fantum-assisted “On Me,” or the drug induced “Doomsday,” LFDY is a dark, concise project which seems like theme music to G’s underground Toronto takeover.

Sonically, the project is very diverse, complete with head knocking 808’s, old school Jimi Hendrix samples and everything in between. “Angels,” the opening track, hits the listener with an airy, melodic vibe which literally encompasses your headphones and takes you to a new world. G then takes us on a ride through some harder hitting cuts like “Cold” and “Bills” before ending off with the title track and obvious standout LFDY. Majority of the production on the project was handled by Saintfall who also was credited as the executive producer.

Live Fast, Die Young: Toronto’s G Milla hits the mark with LFDY EP - HipHopCanada.com

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26 Feb

Song of the Day: Ramsay Almighty enlists producer Geo for latest single, “Wake”


Waterloo, ON – Following his performance earlier this month at the Drake Underground with TOBi, Ramsay Almighty is back with his latest offering “Wake.” The Waterloo rapper has made a name for himself over the years by releasing consistent music that includes both infectious melodies and extremely catchy lyrics. His latest release “Wake” is no exception and has the listener instantly hooked from the get go.

With his concoction of bouncy beats, clever punchlines and unique use of autotune, Ramsay Almighty has been able to create his own sound that is true to himself and that sets him apart from the rest. When asked about the inspiration for the song, Ramsay says “the song was inspired by celebrating my squad, my fam, we’ve all been making moves and progressing.” He goes on to say, “We never slow up, we’re always moving, wide awake. All nighters are a regular thing.”

During our conversation, he mentioned that had it not been for his team members Aaron Francis and Astral Black, the Geo-produced “Wake” may never have been released. He stated, “The song almost didn’t come out. I’ve been working on an album for some time now and this was floating around.

We are definitely looking forward to the release of a full project from Ramsay Almighty, but for now stream the new track on SoundCloud below and follow him on social media @RamsayAlmighty. “Wake” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.

Wide Awake: Ramsay Almighty enlists producer Geo for latest single, Wake - HipHopCanada.com

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26 Feb

Oakville’s oz impresses with debut EP, BLUE


Oakville, ON – Get familiar with Oakville artist oz, whose debut EP BLUE will go down as the most slept on project out of Canada this year. oz had previously been a part of a rap trio called CHILDHOOD, who also released a debut tape called Holiday early 2016.

BLUE is a 7-track EP and oz truly stands on his own as both a rapper and singer. The blend of soulful and bouncy production is the perfect match for the young artists’ versatility. oz starts the project off with a hazy yet melodic track titled “The Key” but quickly switches to his rapping form on “Changed Up”, which includes a soothing, joyful feature from Lexicon The Lexiconist. The atmospheric vocal delivery on the track “truth” makes for a catchy tune with a hook that’s sure to be stuck in your head for days. The closing track “Blur” is the most stand-out performance from oz on the entire EP with the young artists’s charisma seeping through his verses the whole way through. The vibrant and danceable beat is an instant ear-grabber and oz is able to switch flows, going from rapping to singing without missing a step. The Oakville-native lets us know he’s been lit since he came out, which is hard to deny given how amazing this track is.

This EP is sweet and soulful from start to finish and it’ll be interesting to see what direction oz goes with his music from here. Be sure to click play on this one.

Oakville's oz impresses with debut EP, BLUE - HipHopCanada.com

26 Feb

You HAVE to download Creo’s EP Soon Come, here’s why


Toronto, ONCreo, a 23-year-old rapper from Toronto has seriously created an influential portfolio of music. October 2016 was the release of Soon Come, a 5-song EP that has Creo rapping over the real things in life. Not to mention songs like “U MAD” that will not only have you seriously into the lyrics but will also have you bouncing to the Donato-produced beat.

Each song off the project is different from the next. Each with its own story, flow and tempo. Creo takes us on a lyrical journey throughout the EP and you can tell right away that this style is influenced by rappers like J. Cole. This year I had the opportunity to watch Creo live at UNCRWND, which had such a wide variety of rappers that covered the whole spectrum of hip-hop.

Creo was a perfect fit. He had the crowd bouncing and didn’t have to rely on an insane bass boost to have everyone in the crowd going wild. His lyrical creativity, combined with a beat that is beyond catchy, cannot be stopped. There isn’t that much to say, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about once you have a listen.

You HAVE to download Creo's EP Soon Come, here's why! - HipHopCanada.com

26 Feb

Meet Liza, the gentle soul from Toronto with a powerful debut, February 29


Toronto, ON – After seeing her grace the stage this January at Winter’s Interlude, a Toronto music event that promotes young artists from city, it was clear that Liza was something special. The 22-year-old singer walked on stage with a very gentle demeanor, but as soon as she sang her first note, the power of her voice took over the room. Her debut project February 29 shows us both that gentle natured, timid side of the singer as well as the powerful Liza that can blow you away with just one inflection of her voice.

The concise 4-track project is a reflection of Liza’s journey and life experiences so far. It features production from CVRE, Nahum, Juda and Vincent Basil. The standout track “All Alone” is an infectious tune about finding happiness within oneself while living in a fast paced hollow environment. The outro track, “Ride,” which Liza told us is her favourite song on the project and “definitely means the most to her lyrically” is full of powerful moments and melodies while still showcasing Liza’s vulnerability. Check out the project below and follow her on Twitter at @Liza_Waz or Instagram @Azilohh. February 29 is available on iTunes.

Meet Liza, the gentle soul from Toronto with a powerful debut - HipHopCanada.com

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26 Feb

Reps Up’s Sha Hustle releases hot new record, “Last Time”


Toronto, ON – Galloway recording artist Sha Hustle aka $ha of Reps Up, who also happens to be the cousin of OVO’s Nessel “Chubbs” Beezer, recently dropped a powerful new record backed by BatmanOnTheBeatz and Sledgren of Taylor Gang production.

On “Last Time,” Sha speaks on his trials and tribulations coming up – “I was thinking bout the last time, like last year, same time / I was in the bin, sitting thinking of these rhymes” – reasserting his reluctance from backing down to protect his own – “made so many left turns, just to make this path right/ thinking you can stop mine, then its on sight.

The single was released independently to iTunes although with records like this it wouldn’t be surprising to see him officially under the OVO brand at some point down the road. He definitely deserves the push. Check out “Last Time” below.

Reps Up's Sha Hustle releases new single, Last Time - HIpHOpCanada.com

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26 Feb

Count It Up: Budding star Smoke Dawg of Halal Gang drops hot new visuals


Toronto, ONSmoke Dawg dropped a new banger on OVO Sound Radio paying homage to his growing bank roll and reminiscing on harder times. “Count It Up,” he’s just trying to buy his moms a bigger house and truck which anyone can respect. The song also seems to take a shot at former crew member and ‘Ginóbili dance’ creator, Mo-G: “N****s saying that they switching, no wonder he switching up.” Although that could just be reading into the lyrics too closely. The top comment on the YouTube upload claims it’s not a shot at Mo and the 2 are still close friends: “Smoke dawg is not sending shots at Mo-G. They’re still n****s fam I seen them hang out many times.”

The new single adds to a growing catalogue of heat from the Halal Gang member including “Trap House,” the Skepta-assisted “Overseas” and the Murda Beatz-produced “Hunnids.” Expect a lot more from Smoke in 2017.

Just recently Smokey and Nafe Smallz shutdown London, UK, bringing out Drake, Skepta and the Section Boyz for an epic headline show inside XOYO. People are still raving about it on social media. Footage of that can be found further down the post courtesy of Link Up TV.

Count It Up: Halal Gang's Smoke Dawg drops a new banger - HipHopCanada.com

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