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Soaring to Heaven: Toronto’s King Reign passes away at 40

We’re deeply saddened to report the passing of veteran Toronto MC, Kunle Thomas aka King Reign … Read More »

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CBC: GoFundMe donations raised for journalist Zack Noureddine withheld from family

Ottawa, ON – It takes a special kind of dirt-bag to defraud a family while they’re grieving the loss of a loved … Read More »

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Wasiu gave us a very thorough break-down of his new track “No Jumper”

Montreal rapper Wasiu recently released his latest single titled “No Jumper,” co-produced by … Read More »

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Rising rap star Don Mulatto of Sault Ste. Marie passes away at 20

It’s with a very heavy heart that we report the death of Don Mulatto … Read More »

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Music, sobriety, family & the various other Layers of rhyme-slayer Royce da 5’9

Music, sobriety, family & the various other Layers of rhyme-slayer Royce da 5’9


12 Apr

Luxe Taylor just dropped this PSA for all the “Bandwagon Girls”

Burlington, ONLuxe Taylor (formerly Luc Toews) just released his latest single titled “Bandwagon Girls” as a warning shot fired at any girl who tries to date a successful rapper for all the wrong reasons.

If you’re a rapper on the come-up, you’ve probably had to deal with this on some level. When you get into the game, you’re itching for fame and success, and – by association – lots of attention from the females.

As Luxe explained to me: “The song is about a type of girl I’ve been seeing more frequently; the type of girl that is drawn to the success, but was no where around when you were “shooting in the gym.” When you’re a struggling artist, there’s always those hot girls you’re trying to get with. But they’re not paying any attention to you. Then when shit starts popping off for you, all the sudden they’re texting you asking you to chill, for tickets etc. I wrote this song after touring with Cole and Tech N9ne and all these big artists. And these pictures would drop of me with so and so. And my music started getting more attention. And all the sudden these girls come out of the woodworks and trying to fuck with you. Haha. They’re attention-seeking [and] they want to be part of the hype. [This song is] a way to call these girls out and let them know I see how they’re moving.”

YLuxe Taylor just dropped this PSA for all the

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12 Apr

New music: Membrain and the Basement EP (with support from Rosko Keyes)

Toronto, ON – New music coming out of the GTA. This is up-and-comer Membrain with the Basement EP. 7-tracks with one feature by Rosko Keyes. Check it out below and don’t miss the new visuals for “Scare.”

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Related Post: Scare: Membrain releases new video in support of Basement EP

11 Apr

Leondro released this song for his mom titled “Super Big”

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Leondro recently teamed up with Yoko Gold to hit us with this new release titled “Super Big.”

“Super Big” is a nod to Leondro’s mother and how she supported him throughout his come-up and made sacrifices that ultimately helped him reach where he’s at now: “Never wanna do you harm/ You the beat in my heart/ My mom, good God, you did one hell of a job/ I praise you, my angel, hail with a halo/ ‘Cause when I was a kid, I never listened what you say so/ …as often as I oughta/ But my momma is the truest, if you knew her, then you knew it.”

This song serves as a nod to every parent who has ever supported a child; whether it be financially, emotionally, etc. This song is for y’all.

The track officially premiered at the Easter Seals Telethon in Toronto on April 10. All funds raised through the Easter Seals Telethon will make a difference for children who live with physical disabilities in Ontario. Check it out below.

You need to hear this new Allan Rayman track,

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11 Apr

40 Lower River: Toronto rapper Redway’s estate releases new song on his birthday

Mississauga, ON – Toronto rapper Shane Redway’s life was tragically cut short by a car accident in August 2015, but – as his friends have vowed – his memory will live on through his music. It was unclear how Redway’s remaining catalogue of unreleased material would be handled, but it appears that fans of the “YKTO (You Know The Ones)” artist can expect several new posthumous releases throughout the course of the year.

The first song, released today on what would have been Redway’s 26th birthday, was produced by longtime Redway collaborator, WondaGurl (Jay Z, Big Sean), and is tiled “40 Lower River” after a block in Toronto’s developing West Don Lands. The track speaks on the fakes and phonies you’re bound to encounter on your road to music industry (or otherwise) success.

Before the untimely passing of the late Redway, Redway & The BLVD was gearing up to release songs, videos and eventually a project for his fans. Here is one of many cuts to look forward to for the rest of the year!

Go hard for those who do the same for you. Keep it a buck. Spread love.” – Redway

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11 Apr

RT! directs stunning new video for “Jameson Ave” off the Naturally Born Strangers LP

Toronto, ON – It’s been over a year now since Toronto hip-hop trio Naturally Born Strangers (Adam Bomb, Tona & Rich Kidd) took home a Juno for Rap Recording of the Year, but the self-titled album that earned them the award keeps producing classic material. This time in the form of newly released RT!-directed video for the Rich Kidd-produced banger, “Jameson Ave” It’s as visually stunning as the song is catchy…truly amazing work from the veteran Toronto director that you won’t want to miss. Making its debut on The FADER, RT! spoke to the NYC-based publication about the video’s inspiration:

The video is a tribute to wild nightlife, where memories are like messy dreams. The imagery is based on the Baroque era of classical painting that mythologized larger-than-life figures and events, and didn’t shy away from showing debauchery, violence, and sex. It took inspiration from a bunch of classical painters and paintings but in some cases reality was stranger than fiction.

Check it out below.

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11 Apr

Behind The Scenes at the 45th Annual JUNO Awards – Part 2

Calgary, AB – In part one of our behind-the-scenes coverage at the JUNO Awards, we gave you a sneak peak of all the action on the red carpet and inside the media centre. The beauty of having that exclusive access is the face time we get with the nominees, winners and everyone in between. What makes award shows so exciting is the unexpected at every turn and the mere minute you have with every artist, before they’re whisked away.

HipHopCanada was able to catch up with a few of the nominees and winners over JUNO Weekend, as they circulated the red carpet or took part in the Q&A sessions backstage. Artists included: Kafinal (Reggae Recording Artist of the Year), Kardinal Offishall (Rap Recording of the Year Nominee), SonReal (Rap Recording of the Year Nominee) and Alessia Cara (Performer and Breakthrough Artist of the Year). We also caught up with R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Nominee, Patrick Lehman the day after the televised broadcast on Sunday night.

From Canadian hip-hop legends like Kardi, to the next wave like SonReal, everyone brought good vibes for a wonderful celebration of Canadian music. See how it all went down after the jump.

Behind The Scenes at the 45th Annual JUNO Awards - Part 2 [Interviews]-

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11 Apr

Ottawa’s Cashtro Crosby releases “Free Max B Part 1” video in support of 2 Million Fans mixtape

Ottawa, ON – Ottawa based Pittsburgh transplant Cashtro Crosby has dropped off his latest visual release in support of his 2 Million Fans mixtape and the liberation of Harlem singer-rapper, Max B, currently serving 75 years on murder conspiracy and robbery charges. The Triple B-powered “Free Max B Part 1 (Bootleg)” was shot by Lo and edited by Speng Hoffa. Check it out after the jump.

If you plan on making it to Ottawa for Bluesfest this summer, make sure you factor in Cashtro and DJ Mes’ July 14 performance at Lebreton Flats. Click here for more information about the festival.

Along with the Bluesfest appearance, Cashtro is preparing for the release of 2 new EPs including Triplimatic Immunity Vol. 1 (on the way) and Live From Never Land (set to drop in May). Stay tuned!

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11 Apr

We caught up with Classified to chat about his new animated video for “Having Kids Is Easy”

Enfield, NS – East Coast rapper Classified just released new animated visuals for his dad anthem, “Having Kids Is Easy” off the recently released Greatful album (which you can cop over here).

For this video Classified teamed up with director Justin Lee, who delivered a dope little animated video of Classified in his paternal element; dealing with his kids, minding his language, reading bedtime stories, sneaking off to smoke pot, and being exhausted AF. Check the video after the jump, along with a quick Q&A we did with Classified to find out more about the video.

Check out this new animated video Classified released for

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11 Apr

Song of the Day: PAK rapper Hazzy is “Loco” on new single

Toronto, ON – Today’s Song of the Day, and our third post from this artist today, is the new “Loco” single from Toronto up-and-comer Hazzy. The young MC represents the PAK movement and is currently pushing a new EP titled Hier Learning. Check it out below and look out for the video, coming soon.

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Related Post: Cut It: Toronto up-and-comer Hazzy releases new video in support of Hier Learnin

11 Apr

Cut It: Toronto up-and-comer Hazzy releases new video in support of Hier Learnin

Toronto, ON – Up-and-comer Hazzy from PAK releases the “Cut It (Freestyle)” video in support of the new EP the track is featured on. The visuals were shot and directed by Pro League Films. Check it out after the jump or click here to download Hier Learnin.

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Related Post: Song of the Day: PAK rapper Hazzy is “Loco” on new single

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