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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 25

HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single … Read More »

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A look at More Life’s ties to the UK; Plus 6 other British MCs you need to know

While taking in the More Life debut, one thing that really caught my interest was the … Read More »

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Bishop Brigante gives us the backstory for each song on his new Legacy project

With the release of a new project yesterday featuring some of his most well known singles … Read More »

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Drake premieres More Life playlist on OVO Sound Radio: Listen Here!

Drake has released his latest project, officially titled More Life: A Playlist by October Firm … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Dope Piece gets the party started in his new video for “Party Joint”

Dope Piece gets the party started in his new video for “Party Joint”

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29 Jan

Winnipeg emcee Myazwe talks about his newest single “Right My Wrongs”


Winnipeg, MBOriginally published Jan. 18, 2017 – Toronto and the West Coast generally get the most credit for giving rise to promising rap talent, but Winnipeg’s Myazwe is making a smooth entry into the industry as one of the few from his location. Myazwe’s newest release “Right My Wrongs” weaves memorable and bars around listeners as he raps, “It sucks when it’s the right girl, wrong time.” The lingering reflection is a sentiment many can relate to, and ties in his quickly spit witticisms with an overarching theme that many listeners will embrace.

Myazwe’s voice is considerably unique from other sounds in the current industry, and his approach follows the same independent suit. From his experiences growing up around other notable rap creatives and cousin, Allan Kingdom, it’s no surprise that Myazwe learned how to stand out from his peers with quality music early on. And as a self-produced artist, he credits his musical independence as the “millenial way” – referring to the new generation of artists who are taking the reigns and responsible for most of their own production that’s been self-taught.

Catch our conversation below where we talk about “Right My Wrongs”, his upcoming project, and what it’s like to be a rapper from the prairies.

Winnipeg emcee Myazwe talks about working with Dutchboy on his new single Right My Wrongs - HipHopCanada.com

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28 Jan

Song of the Day: Toronto’s Puffy L’z connects with UK artist Nafe Smallz for “SuperStar”


Toronto, ON – Since Drake and Skepta’s allegiance has come to light in the past couple of years, there’s been an increasing amount of collaborations between artists from Canada and the UK. In particular, artists from Toronto and London. Both cities are more influential than ever when it comes to the international hip-hop sphere as a whole. Even Swizz Beatz was telling BBC Newsbeat reporter Nesta McGregor back in December that he felt US hip-hop artists needed to look to the UK for inspiration.

Musically the UK is stronger than the US right now. As far as the hunger and the unique vibes,” he wisely proclaimed. And I’d argue that the same can be said about Canada.

The Canadian and UK hip-hop scenes had instances of collaborating long before Drizzy got a BBK tattoo, but market-crossover is starting to pop up everywhere you look. From Robin Banks remixing the Geko single “Baba,” to OVO Sound Radio supporting a variety of UK acts, Smoke Dawg performing with Luton, England artist Nafe Smallz at London’s XOYO nightclub this coming Feb. 16, and the list goes on…

Nufe’s latest video features another Halal Gang artist from Toronto who is really starting to make some noise. Canadian-Somali Puffy L’z, coming out of Regent Park, has close to 3 million collective views between just 3 solo music video releases, including 530K on his latest visual, “Propa,” directed by King Bee. The new banger, “SuperStar,” was produced by Sean Murdz and Scotty Styles and hosted on UK’s popular Link Up TV network. The video has just under 100K in only 3 days and L’z is getting a lot of love for his contrbution to the tune. “SuperStar” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. “That Toronto yute went in.

Song of the Day: Toronto's Puffy L'z connects with UK artist Nafe Smallz for SuperStar - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Puffy L’z celebrates touring with Drake, releases visuals for “RiRi”

27 Jan

Tonight: Atlanta’s 24hrs & Ye Ali bring the Open Late Tour to The Mod Club in Toronto


Toronto, ON – After bringing his Open Late Tour to NYC’s famous SOB’s venue yesterday, mysterious Atlanta artist 24hrs is in Toronto tonight with special guest Ye Ali. The show is one of 2 Canadian dates on the 8-date tour, along with a gig in Vancouver at Fortune Sound Club on Saturday, Feb. 4. Tonight’s all-ages show gets started at 9 p.m. inside The Mod Club (722 College Street).

24hrs is currently promoting his recent projects, including 12:AM and the James Royo-produced EP, Sunset BLVD (featuring the Post Malone-assisted, James Royo-produced banger, “Malibu”), and is also gearing up for a collaborative release with Ty Dolla $ign tentatively titled 24 Dollas. The first single to leak was the Wiz Khalifa-assisted “What You Like,” produced by Hit-Boy. Considering the positive response to previous collaborations between the pair – including the recently released Roy Woods single, “Only You” – it’s no surprise that anticipation for the mixtape has been building steadily.

Tonight: Atlanta's 24hrs & Ye Ali bring their Open Late Tour to The Mod Club in Toronto - HipHopCanada.com

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27 Jan

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 17


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 includes a bunch of brand new records including Major Lazer’s “Run Up” with PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj, VNCHY’s “Good Life” (off EMINENT: 002A_0316), Jessie Reyez’s “Shutter Island”, Stevie Ross’ “All On You” (off Something In Wonderland), The 25th Hr’s “Regrets” (off Regrets), Free n Losh’s “Me 4 Prez” with Terrell Morris, A l l i e’s “Wildcat”, and Syph’s “Going Crazy” with Skeme and Yakki Divioshi.

Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 17 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

Related Post: HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 25

27 Jan

Khalid talks finding his voice & charting his own path to success


El Paso, TX – Originally published Jan. 25, 2017 – At just 18-years-old, R&B singer/songwriter Khalid isn’t your typical teen. With a newly acquired deal under his belt from RCA Records, his rise to the forefront of the music industry has been swift and organic in its’ origins. After all, it was only during the first quarter of 2016 that the vocally-trained soul singer started releasing music online as an independent artist residing in the border city of El Paso, Texas. One of his earliest releases, “Location” quickly surpassed expectations – collecting over a million streams in a mere two months, and ultimately leading the new high school graduate to sign with RCA.

While the release of “Location” established his marketable credibility, it’s Khalid’s unmatched voice and seamless delivery that undeniably wins him respect within the greater international music community (and with his growing fan base). His lyrics deliver the perfect concoction of depth and nostalgia that is both present and reminiscent. Currently he’s embarking on his first headlining North American Tour – appropriately named, The Location Tour.  It’s on the afternoon of January 15th, while preparing for his third show in Toronto, Canada, that we connect for a quick phone interview.

Khalid talks finding his voice, and charting his own path to success [Interview] - HipHopCanada.com

Growing up was a lot of ‘nos’. People kept telling me – ‘No, this isn’t what you should do,’ or ‘No, you should sing this way.’ But I gave myself the yes. ” – Khalid

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26 Jan

This weekend: Redman & Method Man live in Calgary on Jan. 28


Calgary, AB – After rescheduling the date from their originally announced 2016 stop in Calgary, Def Jam’s Redman and Method Man are finally coming through the YYC to perform at Marquee this upcoming Saturday.

This show is brought to us by the good folks over at Blueprint Alberta, DubSac Productions, True Rhythm, and Nightshift Entertainment. It’s been a long time coming, and we’re super excited that it’s finally going down.

The show is sold out at this point but a small number of tickets are still available online via Blueprint. Note that if you purchased tickets for the previously scheduled show, your tickets are still valid for this show.

For more information and show updates, head on over to the event’s official Facebook page.

Method Man & Redman To Perform in Edmonton & Calgary- HipHopCanada.com

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26 Jan

Boomin: D Chase releases new video in support of 41613 project


Toronto, OND Chase drops new visual in support of 41613 project. Shot in Toronto, D Chase let’s the streets know business is “Boomin.” You can watch the Pro League Films-directed video below.

Boomin: D Chase releases new video in support of 41613 project - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Triple L Music Group’s D Chase drops new visuals for “Bad Ting”

26 Jan

Song of the Day: Ziyaad Luceō discusses “Broken Skies” & watching a loved one battle addiction


Brampton, ON – Earlier this month Brampton artist Ziyaad Luceō released a brand new single titled “Broken Skies.” “Broken Skies” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.

Produced by Raava, “Broken Skies” is a track about watching a loved one deal with addiction and having to witness everything unfolding from the sidelines. Ziyaad’s been watching a close female friend struggle through her journey to sobriety, and her battle inspired him to pen this song.

The track drifts between heavy, sad vibes, fused with an uplifting, optimistic undertone. While the battle at-hand may seem overbearing, Ziyaad has hope for a better outcome and a brighter future. Take in “Broken Skies” below, and check out our in-depth conversation with Ziyaad Luceō after the jump.

Broken Skies: Ziyaad Luceō discusses his new track & what it's like to watch someone battle addiction - HipHopCanada.com

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26 Jan

Hellbound Bishop teams up with director Michael Jacobs for “Whole Thang” & “On My Own”


Montreal, QC – A couple of recent video releases from Real City recording artist Hellbound Bishop including “Whole Thang” and “On My Own” (featuring Smizzy HurryKane). Both tracks were produced by Auzi and the videos were directed by Michael Jacobs. DNUOBLLEH coming soon. You can check out both videos below.

Hellbound Bishop – Whole Thang

Produced by Auzi | Directed by Michael Jacobs

Hellbound Bishop teams up with director Michael Jacobs for the Whole Thang & On My Own videos - HipHopCanada.com

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26 Jan

Check out the Lost In The Sauce mixtape by Ottawa’s YNR aka YoungNRestless


Ottawa, ON – New music from Ottawa’s YNR aka YoungNRestless. This is the 9-track Lost In The Sauce mixtape featuring Gutta Rock and Dead Eyes. Peep it below.

Check out the Lost In The Sauce mixtape by Ottawa's YoungNRestless - HipHopCanada.com

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