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J. Cole, Lorde, Serena Ryder & more at Ottawa Folk Festival, Sept. 10-14 [News]

Ottawa, ON – The nation’s capital is the place to from September 10 to 14 as the Ottawa Folk Festival takes over … Read More »

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Artist to artist: Hellnback gets the grease on Merkules [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published August 26, 2014 – With the way hip-hop has been changing over the years it’s hard to … Read More »

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Time to #WAKEDAFUCUP: HipHopCanada chops it up with Onyx [Interview]

Calgary, AB – On Aug. 15, our friends over at True Rhythm brought Onyx (Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz) to Calgary for … Read More »

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On the Run with Jay and Bey in Winnipeg [Review]

Winnipeg, MB – I’ll be honest: when the rumors started circulating that Jay Z and Beyoncé were set to tour together this … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]


9 Jul

Dkay – Die Wit A 40 ft. Jay Tecumseh [Video]

Vancouver, BCDkay returns with the second video single “Die Wit A 40″ off of his forthcoming EP, Give Her That Dkay.  The track features Jay Tecumseh and Dkay describes the track as “a banger that you can feel good listening to when stunting hard and keeping it rachet.  Drinking 40′s has always been a part of West Coast summers so I figured it was time to remind everyone how the OG’s get down out here.”

In “Die Wit A 40″  Dkay and Jay Tecumseh roll around Vancouver, drink 40′s and pay a visit to the F As In Frank stash house. Peep the video below and check Dkay performing August 2nd in Vancouver with YG at the Vogue Theatre. Visit for more music and info.  

Related Post: YG is coming to Vancity and we know how you can win tickets [Contest]

9 Jul

The Red, Gold & Green Machine – Planet Africa [Review]

Vancouver, BC - Dr. Oop with Tonye Aganaba and MC Nucleus are The Red Gold & Green Machine and their debut album and “first collective contribution to life” released under Water The Plants is titled Planet Africa.

To quote KRS-One “rappers spit lines that are mostly illegal, emcee spit lines to uplift they’re people”, this is the main impression you get from Planet Africa. Let’s be clear this is NOT gangster rap. Probably the farthest possible thing from it. It’s main focus is to motivate people to come together and enjoy the music, respect each other and become one. It instantly welcomes the listener to get on the groove train and cruise along to the positive, conscious vibes.

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Related Post: The Red Gold & Green Machine – The Look Of Love [Video]

9 Jul

Killah Priest x Reflectionz x Mosaic – Frequencies Of Nature [Audio]

Vancouver, BC - The legendary Killah Priest connects with Vancity’s  Reflectionz and producer Mosaic on “Frequencies Of Nature”. This is the first release from EasyDoesIt Records and sign of things to come in the near future. Check it below.

8 Jul

The HipHopCanada Guide to Pemberton Music Festival 2014 [Article]

Pemberton, BC – On July 16, Pemberton Music Festival kicks things off in the wonderful land that is beautiful British Columbia. One of Canada’s most-anticipated summer music festivals goes down for five days, with nearly 100 performances at six different performance areas on the festival grounds. With so much going on (and by “so much” I mean I’m still trying to organize my itinerary because it is not humanly possible to attend everything I want to attend), you’re going to need some help knowing where to go and what to see.

So we’ve compiled a handy-dandy go-to guide for all of you hip-hop heads attending the festival. There are going to be some great shows happening on Wednesday and Thursday, but the bulk of the hip-hop performances don’t actually start until Friday. So if you’re a head and you’re checking Pemberton this year, these are the shows you want to be at (Spoiler alert: Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and OutKast are non-negotiables; you cannot miss these sets under any circumstances). Check out all the details after the jump. And head on over here for more festival details and information about purchasing tickets.

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Related Post: The HipHopCanada down-low on every act performing at Pemberton Music Festival [Article]

8 Jul

JellyTooFly – Better Plan (Prod. Hungree) [Audio]

Toronto, ON – Toronto’s gritty hip-hop honey – JellyTooFly – just hit us with her latest single entitled “Better Plan” off her new Executive Decisions project. Jelly gets into some raw storytelling that brings us into the world of a boy growing up in the hood. But it rolls deeper than that. The boy’s life story parallels Jelly’s own life story. And then there’s that hard-hitting “Thinking to myself/ There has to be a better plan for me” hook at the end of the track that brings it all full-circle.

This is one part introspection, one part inspiration, and one part started-from-the-bottom. Jelly says it, herself, in the intro: “It’s the same story, man/ We all go through it.” That’s too true, though. Because this joint is more than just the story of Jelly – it’s the story of doing what you have to do in hopes of getting to where you want to get. The track was produced by Hungree and mixed by Herdthetrains. Check it below.


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8 Jul

Mike Boyd – This Aint Funny ft. Classified [Video]

Enfield, NSMike Boyd and Classified (who – for the record – is Mike’s older brother) just teamed up to launch some new visuals for “This Aint Funny” off Mike’s …Note The Sarcasm LP.

This video brings us into the back-country double-life of Mike and Class. They spend the duration of the video lurking the woods as country bumpkins; prying on the innocent and unknowing. So this aint funny. This is serious. There’s a very real moral to this video: Don’t go camping. Because if you do, rappers will terrorize you with rifles and machetes while dropping bars over top of a Classified-produced beat. Check it out after the jump.

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8 Jul

Kayden Crooks – Lessons [Video]

Vancouver, BC – After taking some time off to get educated at Nimbus School Of Recording Arts, Vancouver’s Kayden Crooks is back at it with a new video, shot by Logger Films and directed by Logger Films, Devan Locke. “Lessons” features a J Dilla beat and an appearance Ray Rico (SODMG). Check the video below.

8 Jul

DJ Krush will be at Vancouver’s Fortune Sound July 17 [News]

Vancouver, BC – Double threat DJ/Producer DJ Krush will be making a stop at Vancity’s Fortune Soundclub on July 17 presented by Timbre Concerts.

We’re pretty excited about the line-up that night with a couple of the West Coast’s finest DJs in the cut as well. K-Rec and Klash Akt will be working their magic on the 1′s and 2′s to kick off the evening for the main event and we highly recommend you be there. Tickets can be purchased at Red Cat Records, Zulu Records, Highlife Records and Beat Street Records or online here.

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8 Jul

Celebrate 2 Years of #BigTicket with HipHopCanada at Wrongbar on July 11 [News]

Toronto, ON – This Friday, July 11, EasParkPro and HipHopCanada team up to bring you the 2nd anniversary of Toronto’s No. 1 hip-hop event, #BigTicket. There are a ton of amazing artists passing through to rock the #BigTicket stage and celebrate 2 years of hip-hop and great times. On the 1′s and 2′s, keeping the party rocking we have award-winning DJs, MelBoogie, DJ Grouch and DJ Law. You can find testimonials about the #BigTicket series after the jump.

The anniversary show line-up is CRAZY and includes the following artists: Saukrates, Dan-e-o, King Reign, Goliath Paw, iLLvibe, OSIYM, Set2, KemiKal, Dusty Wallace, Allan Rayman, Tremayne, Friday aka Ricky Dred, Connected By Blood, Dynamic aka Ya Favourite Lightskin, Ultra Magnus and Keysha Freshh.

Limited advance tickets are available through Look for the official flyer and more details after the jump.

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Catch Saukrates at #BigTicket on July 11 inside Wrongbar

Related Post: #BigTicket enters its third year on Aug. 8 [News]

8 Jul

The Northern Hussle at the Big Ticket Event (Episode 1 & 2) [Video]

Toronto, ON – Check out the first 2 episodes of #BigTicket coverage brought to you by Malik Olaitan and Alex Huard of The Northern Hussle. Big Ticket, run by EasParkPro and sponsored by HipHopCanada, goes down every second Friday of the month at Toronto’s Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West).

The first Episode, covering #BigTicket back in May (Hip-Hop Soul Edition), features footage of Melanie Durrant, Dan-e-o, Jay Evans, Johnny Dilemma, Alexx Thomas, #BigTicket founder Chris Jackson and more. In Episode 2, covering the June 13 event (Know My Name), get up close and personal with The AutoPilots, consisting of S-cape Artist and Spesh K. You can also find appearances from Erik Flowchild, Mic Boogie, Just John, Warrzone and Jae Ari.

EasParkPro and HipHopCanada present the 2-year Anniversary of #BigTicket on Friday, July 11. The line-up is not to be missed: Saukrates, Dan-e-o, King Reign, Goliath Paw, iLLvibe, OSIYM, Set2, KemiKal, Dusty Wallace, Allan Rayman, Tremayne, Friday aka Ricky Dred, Connected By Blood, Dynamic aka Ya Favourite Lightskin, Ultra Magnus and Keysha Freshh.

Like we said…NOT TO BE MISSED! Click the jump for The Northern Hussle. Click here for more details about the next event.

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Related Post: #BigTicket enters its third year on Aug. 8 [News]

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