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Jay Elec brings out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller & more at BK Hip Hop Festival [Review]

The 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival was sponsored by HipHopCanada. Our very own Maxwell Benson was on hand to capture the … Read More »

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Rico Love talks Usher, social media, writing platinum hits & more [Interview]

Edmonton, AB – On July 5, Rico Love made a stop in Edmonton while joining Future on the Honest Tour. The New Orleans … Read More »

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Bishop Brigante talks KOTD West Coast Squad Tour, starting tonight in Calgary [Interview]

Calgary, AB – Calgary, get ready for KOTD! Tonight marks the official start to the King of the Dot West Coast Squad … Read More »

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Future gets Honest: cover art and why he always wears sunglasses [Interview]

Calgary, AB – On July 6, Future rolled through Calgary for a stop along his Honest Tour. Following two monstrous shows in … Read More »

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Mike Boyd – This Aint Funny ft. Classified [Video]

Mike Boyd – This Aint Funny ft. Classified [Video]

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21 Jul

Rico Love talks Usher, social media, writing platinum hits & more [Interview]

Edmonton, AB – On July 5, Rico Love made a stop in Edmonton while joining Future on the Honest Tour. The New Orleans native had arrived at Encore after a 16 hour drive from Vancouver, so it ended up being a bit tricky to confirm a time for our interview. After about three or four time-changes, Rico’s tour manager finally locked us in and escorted us to his tour bus around 11 p.m. (Note to self: never choose cute over comfort. Trekking across the West Edmonton Mall parking lot, in 3 inch wedges, may as well been a mile. Lesson learned).

This was my first time being on anyone’s tour bus, so trying to contain myself and act like I have 100 times wasn’t easy. My eyes wondered, I chatted it up with the bus driver, and I wanted nothing more than for someone to ask me if I wanted a tour… it didn’t happen. The leather, the lights, the wood finishing – damn. Tour life is truly the good life. Rico eventually emerged from the back of the bus, looking fresh and refined as ever (after all, he was set to perform directly after the interview).

For those of you who are not familiar with this R&B star – his resume of artists he’s worked with is immaculate. He started his own label (Division1) in high school, and he taught himself to sing strictly from songwriting. Check it all after the jump.

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“Some of my biggest hits were written in 10 to 15 minutes. But it’s not because I don’t respect the process, that’s just how fast it comes to me.” – Rico Love

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21 Jul

YEG to the World: Vol. 2 Recap [Review]

Edmonton, AB – July 9 marked Volume 2 of The 25th Dynasty’s YEG to the World at YEG Dance Club. This is the new thang that has hit the Edmonton scene, which is a monthly showcase of local urban talent. Five acts – whether it be DJs, MCs, or producers – get the opportunity to showcase their art in a 10 to 15 minute set. Volume 2 included Diversity, Arlo Maverick, K-Blitz, K-Riz, Lee’On, Loonie Tunez, Rezza Reckt, and DJ TNT.

It was a small turn out, which made for a slow start, but it also made the performances more intimate. I’d say the highlight of the night was during Rezza Reckt’s set. Rezza (who is also a producer) took to the DJ booth to give us a taste of the latest he’s been cooking in the kitchen. While mixing his beats – K-Blitz, Arlo, K-Riz and friends got caught up in a cypher. Completely unrehearsed and unexpected – it was just all in the moment. “Check this out…they’re cyphering behind my beats,” Rezza proudly stated into the mic. “This is hip-hop right here.” True story. That is what hip-hop is about; supporting each other and working together to build a movement. The majority of the room was all the homies – showing their favorite MC’s love as they gave their all on stage. That’s always a beautiful thing to see.

YEG to the World Volume 3 goes down August 13 (spoiler alert: this showcase is an R&B edition), mark your calendars and come support your local artists at YEG Dance Club.

Keep it locked on HipHopCanada for more details and peep the photos, from Volume 2, after the jump.

YEG to the World: Vol. 2 Recap [Review]-

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19 Jul

Chef’s Plate – PYD (Remix) [Audio]

Toronto, ON – Toronto duo Chef’s Plate is back with a new remix, this time a bass-heavy rework of Justin Bieber’s “PYD” featuring R Kelly.

A fun mashup with some soulful bass,” said Junia-T.

The track, as well as new mixes, was chopped up live last night at MeNu; an interactive series, in the basement of Tattoo, fusing live production into a party atmosphere, exploring an eclectic collection of reworked tracks and fresh cuts.

The remix was mixed and mastered in (Lord) Quest’s Kitchen and artwork was handled by Wolf J. Check it out below.

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A fun mashup with some soulful bass
- Junia-T

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18 Jul

K-Rec – Confused ft. HeatWave & Lamar Ashe [Audio]

Vancouver, BC – Some new material coming from DJ/producer K-Rec’s upcoming EP, Third Beach titled “Confused”. The track has Vancity emcee HeatWave spitting some love lyrics with East Coast crooner Lamar Ashe adding his touch over K-Rec’s impeccable production. It’s airy, lovely and sweet but most importantly easy on the ears for those summertime vibes. Peep the track below.


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18 Jul

Win tickets to see YG live in Montreal [Contest]

Montreal, QC – On July 24, our friends over at Nightshift Ent, EscapeMTL, Rickey D, Dubsac, and Mez Muzik bring YG to Arena Montreal (2313 Saint Catherine Ouest) for a stop along the My Krazy Life Canadian Tour. Doors open at 9 p.m., and opening support for the evening will be provided by Ghost, Blockmode, Yung Jungle, and Nyce & Stoney.

And to make things that much better, we’ve teamed up with the Mez Muzik fam to give away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan. That’s right – the show is less than a week away and we’ve got the hook-up for one lucky head. Peep all of the contest entry details after the jump.

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18 Jul

DillanPonders – Swallow / SMCG [Audio]

Toronto, ON – SmashMouth Music Group MC DillanPonders is now less than a month away from dropping his sophomore LP, The Boy Who Lived. So to get us that much more excited for the release, the drug-rap kingpin just hit us with the lead single off the project; a single consisting of two tracks: “Swallow” and “SMCG” (which stands for SmashMouth CReW Gang – by the way).

As is to be expected, DP hits us hard with his wavy drug rap supremacy. “SMCG” (produced by BatmanOnTheBeatz) is actually DP’s own rendition of “Or Nah.” So it sounds like getting blown on blow. And “Swallow” is surprisingly smooth – for a DP joint. It features UK vocalist Ziba (who you may remember as the featured songstress on DP’s remix of “XXX”). It’s a track about fellatio. But it’s an excellent track about fellatio. Check it below and keep it locked on The Boy Who Lived. That’s coming at you on Aug. 13.


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18 Jul

Madchild – White Knuckles [Video]

Vancouver, BCMadchild of Swollen Members shows why he’s one of the top MCs in the country with his new single, “White Knuckles.” The Battleaxe Warrior boss is gearing up for his new project – the Deluxe EP, Switched On - set to drop September 30. Check out the Ryan Lindow-directed “White Knuckles” after the jump.

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18 Jul

New York Buzz: Bobby Shmurda, GS9 and the Shmoney Dance [Video]

New York, NY – On Wednesday, Drake hosted the 2014 ESPY Awards in LA and started it with a monologue that has some people suggesting him for Oscar host candidacy. During his intro, he came in with a Jahlil Beats-produced record and hit a dance move or 2 before addressing the audience. Some have erroneously speculated that it was a preview to a new Drizzy song, while others are more familiar with “Shmoney Dance,” which originally caught a buzz from a Vine.

Drill, originating in Chicago’s South Side and made popular in the last few years, has definitely had noticeable influence on the direction of hip-hop trends. In East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Bobby Shmurda and his GS9 clique have exploded in popularity as his drill-sounding, Jahlil-produced “Hot N***a” banger (originally produced for Lloyd Banks) – and trend setting “Shmoney Dance” – had already put the young MC on the map. A co-sign from Drake at a show of that magniute will certainly take things even further for the rising star (as well as Roc Nation’s Jahlil Beats). A few days earlier, he was invited to the Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club where he shouted-out Jay Z and Beyoncé for showing love on their On The Run tour. Overall, he’s arguably one of the hottest rapper out right now.

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Hot N***a is New York’s Answer to Chicago Drill Music.” – Complex

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17 Jul

An inside look at 416RISE with YYZHilightz [Video]

Toronto, ONYYZ Hilightz host Jemelle Williams experiences 416RISE inside Daniels Spectrum. Wiliams speaks with founder Randell Adjei and more about the impact of the R.I.S.E. initiative on the eve of its second year. Featuring appearances and performances by Maestro Fresh Wes, D’bi Young, Erik Flowchild, La Rose, 5 Fingers 1 Fist, and more.

17 Jul

P. Reign – Where You Been (Prod. Bass Line) [Video] #SOTD

Toronto, ON – New visuals from the Reps Up team. As OVO affiliate P. Reign gears up for the release of his Dear America mixtape, he lets off a new video directed by Footage Worldwide. “Where You Been,” produced by Bass Line, is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.

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