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We Can: Kranium talks Tory Lanez, XXL’s Freshman list, Jamaican food & more

Ottawa, ON – Our friends over at Envy Magazine were on hand for the Ottawa debut of dancehall artist, Kranium. The Montego … Read More »

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EverythingOShauN discusses his two new tracks, working with Minty Burns & “Neva…

Earlier this month Brampton artist EverythingOShauN dropped a monstrous two-track release for … Read More »

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Is the grass greener on the other side? Buddah Abusah discusses his new track & outlo…

Fresh off the release of Buddah’s EP, Hamilton artist Buddah Abusah … Read More »

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The HipHopCanada recap of HOT 97 Summer Jam 2017

East Rutherford, NJ – Another moment in hip-hop history was made at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2017. With a plethora of lively … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Quake Matthews drops “Confessions” featuring Neon Dreams; pre-order album now

Quake Matthews drops “Confessions” featuring Neon Dreams; pre-order album now

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23 Apr

Black Don’t Crack: Rochester releases powerful single taking on racism, injustice, more


Toronto, ONRochester (aka Juice) continues his wave of new releases for 2017 with the launch of his new single, “Black Don’t Crack.”

The single delivers an empowering and motivational message and captures Rochester’s personal signal of support to his generation of peers dealing with unavoidable challenges of race, injustice, inequity, and identity – “don’t crack under pressure.” You can find the song on Spotify and iTunes.

Rochester kicked-off his wave of new music launches last December with his EP Cowabunga and has several new singles planned for the rest of 2017. Check out the new music below.

Black Don’t Crack: Rochester releases powerful single taking on racism, injustice, more - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Apr

Capeech & Flash Da God team up for hard-hitting “Sh!t On You” featuring Relic The Oddity


Toronto, ON – Introducing The Mighty Capeech, proclaiming the title of “most exciting super rapper of all time!” Capeech and Flash Da God team up for a new new banger laced with cuts by Relic The Oddity. “Sh!t On You” is for everyone who misses ol’ skool boom bap hip-hop. The track bangs with a mean bass line and hard drums with a scorching Big Pun line as the hook. Check it out below.

Capeech & Flash da God team up for Big Pun-inspired Sh!t On You single featuring Relic The Oddity - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Apr

Photos: Big Sean live at the 2017 iHeartRadio Fest during Canadian Music Week in Toronto


Toronto, ON – The 2017 iHeartRadio Fest inside Rebel featured some great talent including multi–platinum, Grammy-nominated artist, Big Sean, who came to Canadian Music Week 2017 to promote his I Decided. album. HipHopCanada’s own Ajani Charles was on hand to capture some of the Detroit rapper’s performance, while Logik snapped some footage as well which we’ll be including in the post. Click the photos to enlarge and check back for more updates.

Photos: Big Sean live at the 2017 iHeartRadio Fest in Toronto - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Apr

Review: Machine Gun Kelly smashes two back-to-back performances in Edmonton


Edmonton, AB – After postponing twice, due to scheduling conflicts, Machine Gun Kelly finally graced his presence in Edmonton for two electrifying shows on April 13 and 14. The Alpha Omega Tour marked MGK’s third tour stop at Union Hall and over a half a dozen in Edmonton alone. No matter how many times the Young Gunner hit’s YEG, it always feels like the first.

Night one included local supporting artists, Young Tox, Rome Angel and [host for the evening] DJ Grizz. Night two’s sold out show was supported by DJ Grizz, Brothers Grim, Doom Squad and Divot accompanied by Philip Solo and Nate A.M.

As usual, MGK exceeded our expectations and tore up the stage, giving his adoring fans the show they’ve been long awaiting for. He even dropped his newest joint, “Trap Paris” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Quavo) which was well received on both nights. Check out the photo recap (from night 2) after the jump. Machine Gun Kelly’s third studio album, Bloom, is available for pre-order and set to be released May 12.

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23 Apr

Nice Dreams Dirty Trips: Jean Kengz on combining North American rap with French production


Paris, FR – Earlier this year, French producer Jean Kengz teamed up with Mrzn, Young L3X and G Milla for this brand new international collaboration track titled “Nice Dreams Dirty Trips”. This is the fourth single release off Jean’s upcoming project titled The Substance.

“Nice Dreams Dirty Trips” is a French produced track fused with Canadian and American raps. The song is rooted in the idea of escapism, and having to temporarily leave reality in order to get your mind right and find your route to success.

The track features verses from Boston, MA artist Young L3x; Miramar, FL artist Mrzn; and Toronto’s own G Milla (who also contributed the track’s hook).

The beat for this track started off with a guitar riffed sample that eventually led into the rest of the composition. Jean wanted to play with the idea of duality so he divided the song up into two distinct drum-lined parts: the calm part, and the turn-up part. And the overall vibe of the song definitely plays off that juxtaposition. It’s one-part bounce, and one-part dreamy calm vibes. Take in “Nice Dreams Dirty Trips” below, and scope our in-depth Q&A with Jean after the jump.

Nice Dreams Dirty Trips: Jean Kengz on combining North American rap with French production - HipHopCanada.com

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22 Apr

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 to be involved with. UNCRWND Volume 4 features an incredible line-up of talent which looks to make for a memorable night you won’t want to miss. We’re looking at performances by Ramsay Almighty, Myniakal, Sage Harris, JETSET, Mez Mariye, Osei The Native, Brandon Brown, and Laidlow.

It all goes down inside Rivoli (332 Queen Street West) on May 4, 2017 with doors opening at 8 p.m. Early bird tickets cost $10 and they’ll be $20 at the door. We’ve got a brief breakdown of each artist on the bill below along with more details on purchasing tickets. Hope to see you there!

UNCRWND Volume 4 gearing up to be one of the hottest events this May - HipHopCanada.com

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22 Apr

Merkules feels like UFC-champ “Conor McGregor” in Stuey Kubrick-directed video


Surrey, BC – Today’s Song of the Day is the second single off the new Merkules project, Trust Your Gut, which came out on 4/20.

“Conor McGregor,” seeing Merkules embody the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, was shot inside the WKX facilities in Surrey and directed by Stuey Kubrick. Kubrick is responsible for some of the West Coast’s biggest videos to date and this new has already taken off. In just a few days the high energy flick has picked up close to 200K views on YouTube and a boost in streams on platforms like Spotify. Trust Your Gut features, in order of appearance, Tech N9ne, Stevie Ross, Caspian, and Evil Ebenezer.

Merkules is currently killing the tour circuit with dozens of dates across Canada. You can find the complete listing on the Merkules website. You can find Trust Your Gut on Spotify, iTunes, Google and other outlets.

Song of the Day: Stuey Kubrick feels like UFC-champion Conor McGregor in new Stuey Kubrick-directed video - HipHopCanada.com

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22 Apr

Aiona’s new single “yes men” is the track that every female can relate to


Brampton, ON – One of our current favourite vocalists reigns from Brampton. WayCool member Aiona released her new single “yes men” and it’s the track that is going to be an easy favourite with the ladies. Known for her lyrics that relay female independence and empowerment, Aiona is a beacon of light in a typically male dominated genre – and she doesn’t take any flack from anyone trying to put her into one specific box.

Her new single exhibits some of these key qualities that have won over our hearts, and she sings about a perspective that is going to be exceptionally relatable on “yes men.” The track is produced by Mohamed Haniff, who surrounds her vocals with complimentary instrumentals. Aiona breathes, “This one’s for the yes men that you know, put up a front but a pussy nigg* on the low/Run your mouth the most ’til a real one shows you, keep talking that shit if you like, my nigg*s they gon’ take your life.

Stream “yes men” below.

Aiona's new single yes men is the track that every female can relate to - HipHopCanada.com

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22 Apr

CJ Flemings is more than an emcee, and shows his artistry on “All Around You”


Montreal, QC – If you direct your vision to Montreal, you’ll see a core group of talented emcees making their own wave right now – and leading them is CJ Flemings. You might have copped a look at him on Speng Squire’s new album Expressions of Now, where he jumps on “This Year” to deliver a set of relentless bars. But right now we’re currently focused in on his new single “All Around You.”

The track is the newest in a stream of really influential pieces from the rapper, that define him as lyrically-fluent who easily approaches musicality with his bars where many other emcees tend to stick to current trap-influenced trends. “All Around You” does something special by treading in foreign territory sonically, and makes a smooth delivery look seamless. It’s a vibey track that will have you bouncing and pressing repeat a few times, and CJ weaves his vocals through the multiple pockets like a pro.

Stream “All Around You” below. 

CJ Flemings is more than an emcee, and shows his artistry on All Around You - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Apr

Montreal emcee Speng Squire recruits Sevn Thomas for his new single “Ways”


Montreal, QC – Easily one of the best releases this month, Montreal’s Speng Squire released “Ways” this month and the reception has been noted as highly impactful across Canada for his lyrical aptitude.

Recruiting Sevn Thomas to produce the track (with credits like Kanye West and Drake) – it’s no surprise that “Ways” goes harder than anything we’ve seen in a moment. Speng is still independent, but he doesn’t sound like he should be. And while we don’t often think of Montreal as a hip-hop hub, he’s drawn attention to the area simply because his sound is so elevated, and bars polished.

If you missed his visual premiere on “In The Fire,” we encourage you to catch that here before you stream the single. It’s been a moment since we’ve felt a surge of new energy in the Canadian scene, but Speng feels like that voice to get people excited about the genre again. Pairing him with Sevn is just the icing on the cake. Catch his debut album, Expressions of Now, out now 

Stream “Ways” below. 

Montreal emcee Speng Squire recruits Sevn Thomas for his new single Ways - HipHopCanada.com

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