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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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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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21 Apr

MAINE gives us a dose of humour from the TOORARETODIE camp on “Eenie Miney Moe”


West London, UK – For only being 20 years old, West London emcee Maine is well on his way to creating his own wave. The TOORARETODIE camp has been putting out some trustworthy content from the UK as per recently, and Maine’s latest single “Eenie Miney Moe” is nothing short of entertaining and another solid addition. The track speaks on Maine’s experience with a female who only begins to notice him after he gains fame.

“Rockstar” & “HITTA” earned him early attention, and both made for an exciting 2017 for the young musician with airplay on BBCR1 & 1Xtra. But “Eeenie Miney Moe” stands out for his cunning lyricism. The London emcee raps, “Remember when I told you girl, better catch me before they all do girl, ‘cos now your playing Eenie Minie Moe, tryna catch a rapper before he blow like.”

Stream “Eenie Miney Moe” below.

Maine gives us a dose of humour from the TOORARETODIE camp on Eenie Miney Moe - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Maine releases new visuals from the TOORARETODIE camp for “HITTA”

21 Apr

End your week right with Carmine’s new single “Popping Them Thangs”


Corpus Christi, TX – Texas emcee Carmine comes in with some heavy vibes and vivid lyrics on his newest release, “Popping Them Thangs.” The new single is produced by his go-to colleague Deadlex, who’s worked on almost every sound we’ve heard from the emcee. He gives the single a retro feel with euphoric synths and a medley of different instrumentals.Carmine sings about making new money, returning to old drug habits, and of course – girls.

He raps, “Yea I grew up a little but I still trap some,and I hit that money dance when I peel back some/ Now I got the funds to shop, I guess I still bag some/I don’t touch none of that powder, bitches freshening up/ A kilo on my conscience is a hell of enough.

Stream “Popping Them Thangs” below.

End your week right with Carmine's new single Popping Them Thangs - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Apr

Montreal’s JT Soul won’t go unnoticed with a strong debut on his EP, 372 ; Velvet Tears


Saint-Léonard, Montréal –  Rising talent JT Soul might only be 17, but his music is doing things well beyond his years. His debut EP, 372 ; Velvet Tears is out now via ODDIO Entertainment, and the reception has been warm for the R&B singer. Produced by Jei Bandit, and mastered by Tom Coyne (credits including: The Weeknd, Adele, Justin Bieber), includes the lead singles ‘Velvet Tears (5:AM)’ and ‘Sun & Moon’ which put the artist on the map as a talent to watch for his dark tones and vivid lyricism.

JT Soul pays homage to his Montreal roots on this project. His name is inspired by the street he grew up on, Jean-Talon Street, and the project is named after the ‘372’ night bus that rode down the street from one end of Montreal to the other. This EP touches on darker and impactful themes of love, loss and drugs.

Speaking on the inspiration for the project, JT Soul recalls, “this ‘372 ; Velvet Tears’ EP details my sometimes youthful exuberant experience with love, drugs, and the streets of Montreal. The concept was conceived one night on the 372 Jean Talon night bus, and every song is a representation of my emotions and thoughts during the after hours of the nightI hope this record takes you back there with me.”

Stream 372 ; Velvet Tears below.

JT Soul won't go unnoticed with a strong debut on his EP, 372;Velvet Tears - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Apr

Pressa of BFR teams up with UK artist Giggs for new “Sexy” video


London, ONGiggs was largely unknown to many North American listeners before sliding into 2 guest spots on Drake’s More Life playlist. He joined Drizzy’s Boy Meets World tour where he would build with another rapper on tour named Pressa, representing BFR. After Pressa was invited to join Giggs’ Landlord tour, you knew it was only a matter of time before they collaborated. Enter the Bricks and Narcos-produced “Sexy.” The video was released today as Landlord: The Tour reaches London for a sold-out show inside Eventim Apollo. Check out the “Sexy” video below.

Pressa of BFR teams up with UK artist Giggs for Sexy video - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Apr

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 29


Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.

Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.

This week’s playlist is loaded up with a ton a dope new music starting with Husser’s brand new single “Can’t Blame ‘Em”. The playlist also features new music from CJ Flemings, Will, Jessie Reyez (who just dropped a new project titled Kiddo that you should go take in ASAP), Infu, Johnny Darko and Fameless, OSIYM and Clairmont the Second, Spotty Josif and Ayoo Angie, Luu Breeze, JT Soul, Ebhoni, Dead Obies and Naadei, CMDWN, Merkules, Evil Ebenezer, Seth Dyer, Named Tobias, So Loki and one super dope Mississauga grime track by Dhamiri.

Volume 29 also includes a nod to our Canadian producers with the addition of GoldLink and Ciscero’s “Fall In Love” (produced by Kaytranada and BadBadNotGood), as well as Kendrick Lamar’s “LUST.” (co-produced by BadBadNotGood). There’s also a dope little instrumental beat on there titled “Groundplay” by Montreal super-producer Da-P.

Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 29 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.

HipHopCanada is now on Spotify: Listen to our debut weekly playlist curated by Sarah Jay - HipHopCanada.com

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20 Apr

Johnny Darko is ignoring all of his “Unread MSGS” on this new Fameless produced single


Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Johnny Darko just released a brand new single titled “Unread MSGS” from his massive unreleased archive of 50+ tracks. The song was completed last year, but got shelved as Johnny started exploring his sound. Now this track is finally available for public consumption.

Although we’ve come to know Johnny as Toronto’s turnt-up slumlord, this song switches pace with a smoother, jazzy Fameless beat, and some of Darko’s softest bars yet. This track is directed at a female and was written at a time when Johnny was trying to balance the demands of being a good boyfriend while trying to put his all into his music. But the track’s message is a bit more universal than that.

“Unread MSGS” is ultimately about making yourself your own top priority, and allowing yourself to ignore all those unread messages. Everyone is always going to want something from you at some point. But sometimes you just need to go on silent mode and stop replying to those messages.

This track comes to us as Johnny gears up for the roll-out for his upcoming collaborative DnD project with Jake Bluez. DnD stands for “Dusty N Depressed” and serves as the follow-up to Jake and Johnny’s B.O.I (Broke On Insta) release. Listen to “Unread MSGS” below, and scope our interview with Johnny after the jump.

Unread MSG's - Johnny Darko - HipHopCanada.com

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20 Apr

$heed discusses “Like Me”: People don’t really start f**king with you until you have a hit single


Toronto, ON – Earlier this month Toronto artist $heed released a brand new single titled “Like Me” (produced by JP Soundz). This track comes to us as $heed’s first new single since the release of the Ward 11 mixtape.

“Like Me” is a shot fired at the sheep mentality of music fans. It’s a commentary on how people only seem to want to support an artist once it’s cool to do so. As $heed pointed out, music fans like the security of knowing that they’re not the only ones putting on for an artist. Because – god forbid – you should bump an artist with no hype. Unfortunately, that’s how it goes. And that’s how it’s always gone.

And it’s not just about the music fans, either. Females and friends do the exact same thing. People only seem to catch interest once you start making moves and getting places. Take in the track below, and scope our Q&A with $heed after the jump.

$heed discusses

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20 Apr

Hopsin makes waves in Edmonton: Check out these photos from The Borderline Tour


Edmonton, AB – This month Hopsin returned to Edmonton for yet another unforgettable performance. The Borderline Tour hit The Ranch Roadhouse April 13 featuring local support from Aidan Murphy and Hop’s tour supporting artist Token.

Tyler Johnstone, our newest member to the HipHopCanada family, made his debut with some great shots from the show. Check out his photos after the jump.

Hopsin Makes Waves in Edmonton on the 'Borderline Tour'- HipHopCanada.com

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