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New York rapper Troy Ave talks Canadian Tour, White Christmas 3, Young Lito & more

Ottawa, ON – BSB Records rapper Troy Ave was recently in the Nation’s Capital for the second date of his White Christmas … Read More »

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2016 JUNO Awards: Drake, Kardinal, k-os & more nominated for Rap Recording of the Yea…

Toronto, ON – After months of waiting patiently, CARAS has finally revealed the nominations for the 2016 JUNO Awards taking place in … Read More »

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Understanding Summer Sixteen: With Meek Mill digested, Drake sets his sights on bigger tar…

Listening to Episode 14 of OVO Sound Radio earlier tonight, it’s clear … Read More »

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Night Lovell talks “Dark Light” hitting a million views, Young Thug, Jazz Cart…

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Atlantic Canada

Halifax’s Aldean Alliston aka AL Boogie releases fresh visuals for “Make A Kil

Halifax’s Aldean Alliston aka AL Boogie releases fresh visuals for “Make A Kil

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8 Feb

Runnin’ It: Derek Wise gets back on track with the Glam Wave EP


Toronto, ON – Originally uploaded to SoundCloud late 2015 as a 3-song release, Derek Wise finally settled on 6-tracks for the final version of his new Glam Wave EP. In true Wise form, the project has zero guest appearances but it packs a punch with a roster of talented producers including Urs Truli, Tommy Kruise, Geoff Wood and France’s Ikaz Boi.

Wise has the hip-hop blog’s on standby and that’s a key step to climbing the ladder. Some of the more popular hip-hop spots are already singing the Toronto MCs praises. Pigeons and Planes noted that Wise’ “lyrical delivery is consistently adventurous but settles into enough of a groove to compliment the ambient qualities of the instrumentals.” And HypeTrak, describing Wise as one of the most talented artists in Toronto, praised the young talent’s “melodic, triplet flows” delivered over “hazy yet hard-hitting instrumentals.

You can check out the Glam Wave EP below.

Runnin' It: Derek Wise gets back on track with the Glam Wave EP - HipHopCanada.com

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6 Feb

Swisslizz showed up with some game on his new EP, Tales From 25


Vancouver, BC – Over the last two weeks we’ve seen a slew of new releases within the Vancouver hip-hop scene. Many of our well-known local emcees have dropped new projects in an attempt to bring some fresh competition to the game. The collaborative support that we’re seeing between local artists is a refreshing change heading early into 2016. Last week we released some words on the release of Raeliss’ new mixtape, which features production by Shah and Swisslizz. This week we’re here to introduce Swisslizz‘ latest EP Tales From 25 which also has production by Vancouver-based producer, Shah. The project is an equally well-produced product which establishes a strong identity for Swisslizz, and one which inserts a unique and melodically-inspired rap tone to diversify the generally unsaturated local scene.

Swisslizz showed up with some game on his new EP Tales From 25 - HipHopCanada.com

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6 Feb

No Rush: Tyler Durand gears up for his Elephants Got Wings EP with a new lyric video


Brantford, ON – With his new Elephants Got Wings EP set to drop Saturday, Feb .13, seasoned lyricist and songwriter Tyler Durand releases a slick lyric video for “No Rush.” The Dumas Harshaw-produced single features Toronto vet iLLVibe. Check it out after the jump.

Aside from his music career, Durand is also the owner of upstart creative brand MAWLife Clothing. Follow him on Twitter for the latest developments on the brand.

No Rush: Tyler Durand gears up for his Elephants Got Wings EP with new lyric video - HipHopCanada.com

6 Feb

New York rapper Troy Ave talks Canadian Tour, White Christmas 3, Young Lito & more


Ottawa, ON – BSB Records rapper Troy Ave was recently in the Nation’s Capital for the second date of his White Christmas Tour. After performing classics tracks like “Bang Bang” and “All About The Money,” Troy gave fans a little taste off of his White Christmas 3 mixtape. During the performance at Ritual Nightclub, Troy brought out fellow BSB Records artist Young Lito to perform some of his recent tracks. Local Ottawa rappers Leon Fa Du Fond, Kidd Major & Antonyo Dinero, Drae, and Frank Blak also graced the stage opening up for Troy and Lito.

After the show, HipHopCanada’s Ottawa rep (and CapCityHipHop founder Lil Thrilla) caught up with the New York rapper backstage. Troy spoke with Thrilla about his Canadian Tour and White Christmas 3, Young Lito up-and-coming projects and more. Check out the interview below.

New York rapper Troy Ave talks Canadian Tour, White Christmas 3, Young Lito & more - HipHopCanada.com

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6 Feb

All-Star Weekend: Drake set to face NBA legend Reggie Miller in ping pong challenge


Toronto, ON – As if there wasn’t enough to look forward to for this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend taking place in Toronto. The actual All-Star Game is Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14 kicning off a 8:00 p.m. But before that, there’ll be plenty of other great events to check out… assuming they’re all open to the public. NBA 3-point legend Reggie Miller recently challenged Drake to a ping pong challenge via Twitter, and much to nobody’s surprise, Drizzy graciously accepted.

All-Star Weekend: Drake set to face NBA legend Reggie Miller in ping pong challenge - HipHopCanada.com

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6 Feb

Dizzy stays on top of his game with new mixtape Been Dizzy


Edmonton, AB – Nearly six years ago, HipHopCanada profiled Edmonton product and well regarded MC, Dizzy. While interviewed he was asked what drives him to be successful in such a competitive line of work. He replied, “the love of the music and a firm belief that I have what it takes to make a career out of doing what I love to do. Cheesy, I know, but that’s what it is.

But that isn’t cheesy at all. Actually, that is exactly the attitude needed to keep your head above water in the rap game. Everyone and their mother is a critic. There will be those who encourage you to follow your dreams and reach for the stars. However, there will also be haters who talk shit to try to stop your shine… but they ain’t saying nothing.

Dizzy Stays On Top of His Game with New Mixtape Been Dizzy - HipHopCanada.com

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6 Feb

Doom Squad’s NineLivez releases solo project, Nickel Plated 9’z


Edmonton, AB – In Fall 2015, Doom Squad member NineLivez released his second solo project, Nickel Plated 9’z. The album fittingly consists of nine tracks produced entirely by his Doom Squad counterpart, Kryple, and includes features from Pooky G, PWK, Trippz, Rome Angel and Troubl3z.

NineLivez confidently carries himself throughout the small body of work with hard hitting lyrics, yet he holds down a calm-consistent flow. “Nickel Plated 9’z”, for example, is likely the hardest and most uptempo track on the album – but his flow remains smooth, steady and his delivery is mean. The first track, “Deebo”, embodies a clean west coast sound; he remains calm but he’ll still break your neck.

NineLivez Releases Solo Project - 'Nickel Plated 9'z'- HipHopCanada.com

6 Feb

Migki Barrz makes his Prairies debut with new single “MVP”


Edmonton, AB – Introducing Migki Barzz, making his HipHopCanada debut with the new single “MVP.” Born in Jamaica and coming up in Toronto, the young MC made his way to Edmonton in hopes to find better opportunities and eventually found his niche in the local scene. “MVP” (produced by Rendition) will be featured on Migki’s upcoming EP, MIG. Check out the track below.

Migki Barrz Makes His Prairies Debut with

6 Feb

Logic impresses on Vancouver stop of Incredible World Tour


Vancouver, BC – Logic is keen on representing “peace, love and positivity”. He had the audience sing this motto several times this past week at Vogue theatre. The Maryland rapper has a formidable fan following. His brand of hip-hop is on the skinny jean wearing, Childish Gambino side. He has Steph Curry-like gorgeous, mixed-race looks and takes the rare initiative of using hip-hop as a tool for youth empowerment. Logic’s raps are inquisitive. He talks about race, social justice and politics. He might initially strike you as a more rated version of Justin Bieber but he really is legit.

Having grown up surrounded by poverty and addiction, Logic’s choice to be positive is a conscious decision, not a fanciful privilege. At twenty-five, he is four mixtapes and two albums old. He released The Incredible True Story last November and it reached number 1 on the Billboard Hip-Hop and R&B Albums chart. Logic hadn’t even hit the radio when that happened. If you keep all that in mind, it becomes easier to understand why there was such an excited crowd at the Vogue last night for the rappers first show on his Incredible World Tour.

Logic Kicks Off

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6 Feb

Jicknordan and CDN Movement team up for High Hoser


Dartmouth, NS – We’ve got some shine for our friends on the East. Scotian emcee Jicknordan and CDN Movement recently released a collection titled High Hoser.

The five-track project puts on for the East coast underground pretty hard with some funky, creative production to give an extra boost. Most notable is the track “Boredwalk” that pulls a sample from Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Women”.

High Hoser available for stream and download via Datpiff here – check it.

Jicknordan and CND Movement team up for High Hoser - HipHopCanada.com

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