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XO artist and songwriter Belly signs with Jay Z’s Roc Nation

Toronto, ON – Ottawa native and XO affiliate Belly has officially signed with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter’s Roc Nation, as confirmed in … Read More »

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Tory Lanez does more than just Say It for Vancouver

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Tyler, The Creator gets nasty; A$AP Rocky pulls out quick in Vancouver

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Atlantic Canada

Song of the Day: Halifax’s Quake Matthews says “God Bless Atlanta”

Song of the Day: Halifax’s Quake Matthews says “God Bless Atlanta”


8 Sep

New music: KIV wants to “Take It Back” to when he was a kid

London, ON – London rapper KIV just released a new video single on us for “Take It Back” off the upcoming mixtape titled Wake Up. KIV teams up with frequent collaborator, Del Reze, who handled the video’s directing and production.

This track is a nod to Ahmad’s “Back In The Day,” which is admittedly one of KIV’s all-time favourite hip-hop joints. KIV always has a knack for bringing things back with his genuine fresh-pressed KIV boom-bap ’90s sound. But on this track, homie brings it back with the old-school sound WHILE bringing it back to his come-up. Spoiler alert: this video also includes video footage from KIV’s childhood! IT’S THE BEST!: “Back in the days when I was young/ I’m not a kid anymore/ But some days I sit and wish I was a kid again.”

KIV- The Whole City Behind Us [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

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8 Sep

Ottawa R&B producer-singer I A N (aka Ian Lorts) makes debut with “A.M” & “S X X X”

Ottawa, ON – This is a great look for Ottawa. Rookie on the scene, I A N (aka Ian Lort$), a contemporary R&B producer and vocalist representing Frathouse Music, already has our attention. His first 2 singles, “A.M” and “S X X X” show a slight Weeknd-influence on the young artist, a testament to the overall influence Canadians are increasingly having on their own in the local market. I A N’s talent is exceptional and he’s got plenty of room to carve out his own identity (with a sound that’s already polished at that). Stay tuned for more from I A N.

I A N – A.M

Ottawa R&B producer-singer I A N makes debut with A.M & S X X X - HipHopCanada.com

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7 Sep

Watch Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge’s video for the Andy Burner-produced “The Come Up”

Toronto, ON – DeepWaters head honcho Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge, has been my favourite Canadian rapper for years and I’ve always appreciated his stylistic versatility and ability to craft records with specific targets audiences in mind.

Whether it’s calling out keyboard cowboys (“Internet Gangsta“), or reaching out to the young women from his community (“My Little Girl“), or even feeling festive (“Happy Fuckin’ Holidays“), the Scarborough vet has long since proven his advanced song-writing skills. But what always hits me the hardest with Camo is when he comes completely introspective and wears his heart on his sleeve. Either speaking intimately about a life changing moment (“Second Chance“), providing a vivid understanding of his upbringing and roots (“Family“) or speaking out to a next generation of disenfranchised youth facing the various challenges that come with their territory (“Younger Heads“).

“The Come Up,” a deep record produced by Andy Burner, is another great example, with Camo penning powerful verses offering words of wisdom to future generations; encouraging them to pursue their dreams, despite the challenges they may present. It’s a song that offers hope and inspiration. His own trials and tribulations have been well-documented through music, and with “The Come Up” you can really sense his genuine life experience on what he speaks on. The song’s eye-opening visuals were directed by Brian Gregory with Harman Toor of Seize Media credited for the aerial cinematography. My words could never do justice the amount of respect and appreciation I have for this man’s talents. Shout-out to Camo, Heavy Hudson and the DeepWaters team for another great release.

Late edit: I meant to make mention of Camo paying homage to Canadian hip-hop legend, and another Scarborough great – Maestro Fresh Wes – with the young kid in the video watching Stro’s classic “Let Your Backbone Slide.” Great to see!

Watch Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge’s video for the Andy Burner-produced The Come Up - HipHopCanada.com

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7 Sep

Gangis Khan (aka Camoflauge) & Boogz Boogetz team up for “Think About It”

Toronto, ON – Scarborough’s Gangis Khan (aka Camoflauge) and Far Rockaway’s Boogz Boogetz come together for “Think About It.” Check it out via Camo’s official SoundCloud profile. DeepWaters baby!

Gangis Khan (aka Camoflauge) & Boogz Boogetz team up for Think About It - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Watch Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge’s video for the Andy Burner-produced “The Come Up”

7 Sep

Windsor’s J Reno releases “One Wish” (ft. Molly Gruesome) video in support of World Gone Mad

Windsor, ONJ Reno recently released some slick visuals in support of his deep Anno Domini-produced single “One Wish,” featuring Guelph’s Molly Gruesome. The video was filmed by Brad Shank and produced by Jose Castillo and Lunatic Music Group. You can find the song on the World Gone Mad album which dropped earlier in the year.

Windsor’s J Reno releases One Wish (ft. Molly Gruesome) video in support of World Gone Mad - HipHopCanada.com

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7 Sep

New music: Toronto’s Crossword releases singles “She’it” & “Loonies”

Toronto, ON – New music from Crossword. This is “She’it” produced by Sángo and LandOfEph and the Justunlimited-produced “Loonies.” Crossword’s XV album is available for purchase on Bandcamp.

Crossword – She’it

Produced by Sángo & LandOfEph

New music: Toronto's Crossword releases singles She'it & Loonies - HipHopCanada.com

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7 Sep

Song of the Day: Peter Jackson teams up with RiFF RAFF for new single, “Godly – Rim Lions”

Toronto, ON – New music from Peter Jackson featuring RiFF RAFF – visuals coming soon!

Rapper Riff Raff , who collaborated with Canadian-born superstar Justin Bieber on his new album Peach Panther, shot a music video and collaborated with another Canadian superstar on the rise, artist Peter Jackson this weekend in Toronto. This is the third time Peter Jackson and RiFF RAFF have worked together to release music. RiFF RAFF, also known to fans as Jody Highroller, arrived fashionably late to rap along on the video for Canadian hip-hop artist Peter Jackson’s record ‘Godly.’ A Ferrari, three Hummers a classic Bentley, a Audi R8, and an endless array of luxury vehicles were complimented by scantly dressed models throughout the video, shot in and outside of Hillyard’s Rim Lions, a store specializing in custom rims and tires. Look out for the video dropping in the next few weeks.

“Godly – Rim Lions,” produced by Metcalfe Productions, is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. You can catch PJ right now on Akon’s Canadian Tour. Click here for more details.

Peter Jackson teams up with RiFF RAFF again for new single, Godly - Rim Lions - HipHopCanada.com
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7 Sep

Vancouver’s Larry Luxx releases 4-track project, A Tribute to Eazy-E

Vancouver, BC – Just in time for the legend’s birthday, Vancity producer Larry Luxx has released A Tribute to Eazy-E, a 4-track project featuring remix’s of tracks from the late rapper and record producer’s catalogue. Check out the tribute after the jump link below.

Happy Birthday Eazy!

Vancouver's Larry Luxx releases 4-track project, A Tribute to Eazy-E - HipHopCanada.com

7 Sep

Find coverage of Calgary’s One Love Music Festival on our Instagram page

Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada’s Sarah Jay and Rosa Jason were front and centre for this past weekend’s One Love Music Festival, providing a ton of great coverage directly from the event via our social media feeds. Look out for the full review coming soon but in meantime make sure to check out our Instagram feed for all the photos and video clips we’ve released so far.

Related Post: Review: Sarah Jay’s very long breakdown of the first ever One Love Music Festival

7 Sep

Team Next’s ImYoungin & Swagga P put on for Austin, TX with new “Can’t Even Lie” video

Austin, TX – Grind Life Films reached out with some fresh visuals from Team Next’s ImYoungin and Swagga P. “Can’t Even Lie” was originally released on Team Next project, The Recipe, produced by Boz.

Team Next's ImYougin & Swagga P put on for Austin, TX with new Can't Even Lie video - HipHopCanada.com

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