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Life As I Know It: The rise of Kurdish-Canadian recording artist Dillin Hoox

“I still remember the panic-stricken look on my mom’s face when I brought home the bullet casings … Read More »

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Yeezy Taught Me: Kanye West takes Rogers Place to new heights at the Saint Pablo Tour

October 15 marked Kanye West‘s return to Edmonton for the Saint Pablo Tour … Read More »

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Toronto star Rich Kidd to host first Beats.Mind.Movement. showcase on Oct. 19

Beats.Mind.Movement. goes down inside Toronto’s The Rivoli … Read More »

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Attention Artists! Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 JUNO Awards

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has officially opened the doors for submissions to the 2017 … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Fortunato launches the Four Flags Tour in Saint John, New Brunswick on Oct. 7

Fortunato launches the Four Flags Tour in Saint John, New Brunswick on Oct. 7


23 Oct

Daniel Caesar of IXXI releases new singles: “Get You” ft. Kali Uchis & “Japanese Denim”

Toronto, ON – Just prior to heading out East for the Halifax Pop Explosion 2016, IXXI’s Daniel Caesar released a pair of new singles that have been getting rave reviews from fans. “Get You,” featuring Kali Uchis, “Japanese Denim” are both powered by super talented Grammy noms Jordan Evans (Jay Z, Drake) and Matthew Burnett (Drake, Eminem), and short-listed nominees for the Polaris Music Prize, BadBadNotGood.

Caesar had previously released a live acoustic version of “Japanese Denim” to SoundCloud back in May 2015, receiving over 80k streams to date.

Burnett and Evans produced that version of the song as well, with additional contributions by Ian Culley (guitar) and Brandon Horniachek (drums). You can find that version after the jump link.

Daniel Caesar – Get You ft. Kali Uchis

Toronto's Daniel Caesar of IXXI releases new singles: Get You ft. Kali Uchis & Japanese Denim -

Special thanks to Kali and BADBADNOTGOOD. These songs mean a lot to me. I hope they come to mean a lot to you too.” – Daniel Caesar

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23 Oct

Song of the Day: Jake Bluez & Johnny Darko break down their new video for “Alone”

Toronto, ON – Earlier this week, Jake Bluez and Johnny Darko released the video for “Alone” (produced by Welldone) off the just released Broke On Instagram (B.O.I) EP.

“Alone” is a reflective track about the reality of being alone. At the end of the day, all you have is yourself. So whatever your mission or vision is in life, you have to stick to that and pursue it on your own. No one else is going to help you.

The video was shot in East Hastings in Vancouver, and alternates between solo shots of Darko and Jake walking around the streets of one of the notoriously roughest (and probably also one of the loneliest) neighbourhoods in the country. Check out the video below, and peep our Q&A with Johnny and Jake after the jump.

“Alone” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.

Johnny Darko & Jake Bluez break down their new video for

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23 Oct

DAB: WaenGang’s Tha Real K.I.D. drops new tune in advance of album release

Toronto, ONTha Real K.I.D. of WaenGang leaks new music from his forthcoming release, paying homage to dab life, his grind and his “DAB”…or down ass bitch. The new project drops at the end of October. Stay tuned.

DAB: WaenGang's Tha Real K.I.D. drops a new tune in advance of his album release -

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21 Oct

The closer to Kanye, the closer to God – Saint Pablo blesses Rogers Arena, Vancouver

Vancouver, BC – October 17th, 2016 Vancouver’s Rogers Arena witnessed the most heavily talked about shows of 2016. Kanye West‘s Saint Pablo Tour was the type of show that if you weren’t there, you were the minority in a city of hip-hop fans who witnessed one of music’s most innovative and epic shows. Through the recaps of grainy Snapchats to the similarly framed press shots, there’s not a single review that could do the Saint Pablo Tour justice. You simple just had to be there to get it.

The closer to Kanye, The closer to God - Saint Pablo blesses Roger's Arena, Vancouver -HipHopCanada

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21 Oct

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 3

Calgary, AB – At the beginning of October HipHopCanada finally joined Spotify and made our debut with the first two in our weekly playlist series (check out Vol. 1 over here and Vol. 2 over here).

Every week 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 weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.

This week Sarah returns with another 38 tracks for you to take in. This playlist features cuts from K. Forest, ShaqIsDope, Tory Lanez, Derin Falana, Drew Howard, TOBi, Mobile Pro, So Loki, Luu Breeze, and more, as well as a couple of throwback summer jams by Shad and Skratch Bastid, and Ramsay Almighty.

Volume 3 also features two brand new just-released tracks that dropped this week: Flex The Antihero’s “Shotgun Wedding” (with DillanPonders and Terrell Morris) off Born Rebels and “Ride On Me” by Bane and DBLCRSS.

Check out the playlist and tracklist 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 -

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21 Oct

Toronto singer-songwriter TiK▲ previews EP with Clairmont The Second-assisted “OHMYGOD”

Toronto, ON – We’re excited to bring you the new single from a veteran Toronto-based artist who is as multi-talented and disciplined as they come. TiK▲ (aka Tika Simone) is well respected by her peers and is known for her work in a variety of roles including actress, singer-songwriter, host, promoter, TV personality and more.

Her new single “OHMYGOD,” is a sensual rhythmic record that will surely spark interest for her forthcoming sophomore EP. After the release of her critically-acclaimed EP, Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid, TiK▲ returns with a single that explores spiritual themes and experiences. The 80’s-inspired gospel record features up and coming rapper/producer Clairmont The Second and is produced by local treasure Harrison. This is the first release from her upcoming project, Carry On, which will serve as a spiritual soundscape for anyone going through a healing process.

“OHMYGOD” is simply an ode to TiK▲’s ever-evolving relationships with God and herself. It is in her powerful testament that TiK▲ naturally brings out the authenticity in both of her collaborators. TiK▲ colours the simple harmonies with her raw, organic vocals making for a simple yet powerful record that will resonate with listeners all over the world. TiK▲ will be taking her music on a Canadian and European tour early 2017.

Catch her live on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at The Drake Hotel in Toronto.

Toronto soul singer-songwriter TiK▲ previews new EP with Clairmont The Second-assisted single, OHMYGOD -

Related Post: No Favors: Clairmont The Second talks about his new video & the do-it-yourself approach

20 Oct

No Favors: Clairmont The Second talks about his new video & the do-it-yourself approach

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Clairmont The Second recently released his latest video for “No Favors” off his July released album, Quest for Milk And Honey.

In case you slept on the album, I’m already hailing it as one of my Top 10 favourite Canadian rap albums of 2016. I’m really excited about what Clairmont is doing right now.

“No Favors” is a record about doing things by yourself without help from others. If you want something done right you have to do it yourself, right? That’s pretty much what Clairmont is getting at, here. He doesn’t want handouts. He’s not going to ask you for favours. He’s going to do it all himself and get his due credit.

So of course Clairmont opted to do just that with this video. He directed it. He edited it. He did the treatment for it. And he even did some of the videography for it (with a little bit of help from Aysha Brown and Shane Bramwell, a.k.a Hezi). But other than that, no favours at all. Check out the video and peep our Q&A with Clairmont after the jump.

Clairmont The Second just dropped the Quest for Milk and Honey album & you need to hear it -

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20 Oct

Texas emcee Carmine does everything right on “A Cam’Ron Song”

Corpus Christi, TX – Whether you reside south of the border or on the Canadian side, there’s been a lot of division in our populations in the midst of the current status of world and political affairs. As we all individually navigate these challenging times, it’s never been more evident the power that music has to bring people together.

Corpus Christi emcee Carmine recently dropped his newest single “A Cam’Ron Song” and upon first listen it was obvious that it’s the feel good track that we’ve been in need of. Occasionally we come across a release which helps remind us why we love the genre – and this is one of those examples.

Carmine pays homage to Killa Cam’s classic sound, and the beat and background vocals support a warm sound that is genuine and unpretentious. No matter your personal style of rap music, it’s a safe bet to say that you’ll vibe to this one. Credit is due to Carmine’s right-hand man Deadlex who provided the soul sample and heavy drums. With a full length album approaching in the near future, the track is a perfect indicator that his honest and lyrical wordplay is going to be a sure shot. Check out the track below.

Texas emcee Carmine does everything right on A Cam'Ron Song -

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20 Oct

We caught up with Flex The Antihero to talk about his new Born Rebels album

Toronto, ON – On Oct. 20, SmashMouth Music Group artist Flex The Antihero released his highly anticipated new Born Rebels LP.

The 10-track project comes to us following Flex’s brief hiatus from and eventual return to the rap game. In 2014, Flex released his debut SALEM album. But shortly afterwards, he took a step back from the music and fell off the map. When Flex returned to the music, he picked up right where he left off with Born Rebels. He built the project into this conceptual, cross-genre masterpiece about living life as a “born rebel”, and choosing to defy the pre-determined life path that everyone else seems to be riding out on.

That’s always been Flex’s M.O. though. The guy has always been in his own lane. He’s so far removed from any sort of “Toronto sound”. That, and his entire approach to branding is miles ahead of what so many guys are doing; from his black and white Instagram aesthetic, down to his line of merchandise.

Born Rebels puts the spotlight on Flex’s signature rap-rock style. He fuses highly technical rap bars with live instrumentation, as well as co-production courtesy of long-time collaborators M Mac and Emerson Brooks. This album also features collaborations with DillanPonders, JiMMY B, and Terrell Morris, along with additional production credits from Chef Byer, MFTHM, Fameless, Jay Emess, Evan Miles, Welldone, Creamie, and Doc.

Check out Born Rebels below, and peep our Q&A with Flex The Antihero after the jump.

We caught up with Flex The Antihero to talk about his new album Born Rebels -

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19 Oct

Canadian rap and U.K. grime have collided: Smoke Dawg & Skepta collaborate on “Overseas”

Toronto, ON – Earlier this week, Canadian rap and U.K. grime collided when Toronto rapper Smoke Dawg (Halal Gang/Anno Gang/Dream Team) teamed up with Skepta for this new video and single titled “Overseas.”

“Overseas” marks the cross-global connection between Toronto and London. Smoke Dawg enlists Skepta’s help for the second verse, as well as on the hook: “I’m overseas (out in London)/ Overseas (in the six)/ Yeah, you know I’m flying overseas (yeah)/ They see the diamonds and they freeze (bling)/ Yeah, ten gunshots and then we leave.”

The track was produced by Murda and the video was directed by Tristan Prime. Check it out after the jump.

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