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MGK laces up for Iron Mic in Edmonton [Review] #IronMic

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment delivered the first Iron Mic Music Festival at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Western Canada’s biggest indoor … Read More »

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Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch bring the Wu Block to Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment brought the first ever Iron Mic Music Festival to the Edmonton Expo Centre. The festival … Read More »

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T.R.A. talks new album Crazy 8′s, SARS Network updates, touring & more [Intervi…

Toronto, ON – Originally published April 10, 2014 – I met Toronto rapper T.R.A., aka Tha Rhyme Animal, in person for the … Read More »

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Anno Domini talks production success & advice for aspiring CDN producers [Interview]

London, UK – In the early 2000′s, when the relationship between hip-hop and the internet really began to flourish, many aspiring MCs … Read More »

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I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

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20 Apr

Joey Bada$$: Edmonton ‘Til Infinity [Photos] #IronMic


Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, our friends over at Pearl Entertainment delivered the first installation of the Iron Mic Music Festival. The festival is Western Canada’s largest indoor hip-hop music festival, and it serves to bridge the gap between legendary international rap-cats, and locals on the come-up. This year’s festival featured headlining performances from Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, and MGK. It was insane in the membrane.

Brooklyn’s finest young stunna – Joey Bada$$ – took the stage around 7:45 p.m., after joining Smoke DZA – who Joey refers to as his “big brother” –  in a performance of “Fhvt BVsturd,” (off Smoke’s debut Dream.ZONE.Achieve album).

This was Joey’s first roll through Edmonton. While HipHopCanada was lucky enough to catch up with Joey at his Alberta debut in Calgary last year, he never ended up stopping over in E-Town. So his arrival in the YEG was long overdue.

Joey Bada$$: Edmonton 'Til Infinity [Photos] #IronMic - HipHopCanada.com

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20 Apr

Smoke DZA: Dreams, Zones & Achieves at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic


Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, our friends over at Pearl Entertainment rolled out the first – ever – installation of the Iron Mic Music Festival. Western Canada’s largest indoor hip-hop music festival brought hip-hop heavyweights Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, and MGK together on one bill for a night of supreme hip-hoppity goodness.

Of the five international headliners to grace us with their presence, Harlem’s own Smoke DZA was first on the roster for the evening. Following the local Edmonton opening sets, Smoke hit the stage at 7 p.m.

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

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18 Apr

Tomorrow: Iron Mic Music Festival at the Edmonton Expo Centre [News]


Edmonton, AB – Tomorrow is the day, people. It’s finally time for Iron Mic Music Festival to kick things into high-gear for Western Canadian hip-hop heads. Our good friends over at Pearl Entertainment are pleased to present – not one, not two, not three, not four, but – five monster headliners: MGK, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, and Smoke DZA.

The festival also includes a local showcase component with performances from E-Town’s own Mitchell Lawler, Chubby C & Domino, Blackson Gutta, Evrlove, and Dizzy. [Editor's side note: remember how I've been raving about Evrlove Blake's Triangles, Circles & Squares mixtape? Yeah. That's happening. Live.]

And what’s even more exciting? HipHopCanada’s Prairie hip-hop honeys – Rosa and Sarah – will be onsite all throughout the day to bring you coverage of the show. So keep it locked. And if you’ve somehow managed to sleep on getting your tickets, you can still cop them via Ticketmaster (online and at all Ticketmaster vendors), as well as at Foosh (10544 – 82 Ave NW), Quantum Leaf (11727 Jasper Ave), FS (located inside of West Edmonton Mall), and ROZ Urban Wear (located inside of Londonderry Mall) in Edmonton.

Tomorrow: Iron Mic Music Festival at the Edmonton Expo Centre [News] - HipHopCanada.com

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18 Apr

Trinidad Jame$ threw a party at Encore last night and everyone got free liquor [Review]


Edmonton, AB – Last night, our friends over at Nightshift Entertainment brought Trinidad Jame$ to the YEG to kick off a monstrous long weekend of hip-hop. In case you missed the memo – Iron Mic Music Festival is going down on Saturday. It’s Western Canada’s largest indoor hip-hop music festival. So Jame$ kicked things off last night at the festival’s pre-party inside West Edmonton Mall’s Encore.

So here’s what happened: Jame$ hits the stage – and ugh – there’s no one in the venue. Maybe a handful of ladies. And dozens of dudes. Anyways, Trinidad Jame$ was basically like, “F**k it. Let’s just party.” So he started handing out red cups. And then he started pouring it up. And then the Grey Goose came out. And an Edmo Trinidad Jame$ party happened.

Trinidad Jame$ threw a party at Encore last night and everyone got free liquor [Review] - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Apr

Win tickets to the Welcome To Dillavile Tour in Ottawa [Contest]


Ottawa, ON – We recently announced that our friends over at Kapacity Entertainment are bringing the Welcome To Dillaville Tour to Ottawa’s Ritual Nightclub (137 Besserer St) on May 1. The tour brings former J Dilla associates of Bizarre Ride Live (with former Pharcyde members, Slimkid3 and FatLip) and Slum Village together on one bill, to take us back to those golden J Dilla days. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show goes down at 10 p.m. Local opening support will be provided by Prehistoric, Eddie Quotez, Spitten Image, and DJ Acro.

And to make things even better for you, we’re teaming up with Kapacity Entertainment to give away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan. Maybe you’re a religious J Dilla devotee and want to pay homage. Maybe you’re the biggest FatLip fan that ever was. Maybe you have Slum Village’s entire discography. Or maybe you just need to indulge in some great hip-hop to honour the late great Dilla. Either way, this show is going to be too good to handle. Peep all of the contest entry details after the jump.

Kapacity Entertainment presents: Welcome To DILLAville Tour in Ottawa [News] - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Apr

Win tickets to see Flatbush ZOMBiES live in Toronto [Contest]


Toronto, ON – We recently announced that our friends over at SmashMouth Entertainment had teamed up with Canadian Music Week Festival and Monster Energy to bring the Flatbush ZOMBiES, back to Toronto on May 9. And because we like to deliver the goods, we’ve teamed up with the SmashMouth fam to give away a pair of tickets to the show. That’s right – we have two tickets to give away to one lucky fan.

If you’re not familiar with the ZOMBiES, you’re BetterOffDead. Seriously. Go sit in the corner. The ZOMBiES are all sorts of ridiculousness; gnarly Beast Coast goodness, drenched in psychedelics and juicy juice. The show goes down at the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St) on May 9. Doors open at 8 p.m., and opening support for the evening will be provided by Bodega Bamz, and more. Peep contest entry details after the jump.

Canadian Music Week & SmashMouth Entertainment present: Flatbush ZOMBiES live in Toronto [News] - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Apr

Jimmy B – One Whiskey [Video]


Toronto, ONJimmy B just dropped of some touching new visuals in support of his L.O.R.D.S. project. “One Whiskey,” one of our favourites off the EP, was produced by BBSMG and the video was directed by Rajeevan Nithianythan. L.O.R.D.S. is available here for streaming and free download.

I wrote ‘One Whiskey’ as a dedication to my grandmother when she passed away. Just me and a bottle of whiskey. It’s a reflection of my past and a beacon of hope for my future. These are my emotions and thoughts after one whiskey.” – Jimmy B

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17 Apr

Cee – It Ain’t Over ft. Hezekiah [Video]


Montreal, QCCee teamed up with Philly’s own rapper-producer Hezekiah for these fresh new visuals for “It Ain’t Over” off Cee’s debut This Is All I Know. The video was done by Richard Bastarche on a Canon 6D. And it was filmed at Montreal’s Mile End. Check it out below, and cop a download of This Is All I Know over here.

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17 Apr

JD Era, Rich Kidd, A-Game & more at Roc The Mic in Toronto on May 31 [News]


Toronto, ONOriginally published April 15, 2014 – Some of Toronto’s most popular hip-hop acts will be headlining Roc The Mic inside the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St.) on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The event will feature JD Era, Rich Kidd and A-Game (Chase and Nova), along with Tommy Spitz, Young Cke, Mad Poets, Spoiled Green and Billi D’Kid aka Black Sage. There’s an army of dope DJs on board including DJ Christylz, P-Nutt, DJ Law and Andre 905 with hosting handled by Sir Lancelot.

Doors open at 9.p.m. and the show kicks off at 10:30 p.m. sharp. Don’t be late and don’t forget to bring ID as this is 19+ admission. Tickets can be purchased at several retail outlets and online via TicketGateway.com

HipHopCanada is a proud sponsor of Roc The Mic and we’ll be doing a bunch of giveaways leading up to the event so stay tuned for details!

JD Era, Rich Kidd, A-Game & more at Roc The Mic in Toronto on May 31 [News] - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Apr

Hip-Hop Royalty: Russell Simmons & Def Jam visit Arsenio Hall [Article]


Los Angeles, CA – You can’t get much more deeply rooted in hip-hop culture then when you have two of it biggest cultural promoters in one place. This was the case when Def Jam and Russell Simmons took over The Arsenio Hall Show on March 26, partly in honor of the 30th anniversary of Def Jam as a record label.

More than just another interview by Arsenio Hall, this pairing felt like two old friends sitting on a brown stone stoop in Brooklyn debating who the greatest rapper of all time was. Especially when you add in the fact that legendary West Coast producer / Snoop Dogg’s tour DJ, Battlecat, kept the music running for the entire night.

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