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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 … 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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Kid Ink in Vancouver on My Own Lane Tour [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published April 3, 2014 – Rising to hip-hop celebrity on his own terms, Kid Ink is a hustler … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

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]


15 Apr

Welcome to Dillaville Tour stops at Vancouver’s Fortune Sound April 22 [News]

Vancouver, BCWelcome to Dillaville – long live J Dilla. Keeping the spirit of the great producer alive, Slum Village along with Slim Kid3 and Fatlip of Pharcyde will be making a stop at Vancouver’s Fortune Sound to pay tribute the late J Dee. With local acts Ghost and HeatWave in the cut and a stack of J Dilla inspired donuts from Vancity’s best donuterie Cartems, April 22 is set to be a great night. All proceeds from the donuts will go to the Lupus Society of BC and Lupus Canada.

Wanna win tickets? Tweet us @HipHopCanada with hastag #DillavilleVancity to enter.

Advance tickets available at Highlife, Zulu, DIPT, Urban, Red Cat, Beatstreet and online here.

Cartems Donuts will also be available on Saturday, April 19 at Vinyl Records for Record Store Day where Vancity can catch Ghost along side a handful of Vancouver’s finest musical talent. Details can be found here.


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15 Apr

JC Subliminal – OG [Review]

Vancouver, BC - JC Subliminal’s latest effort offers a rich blend of styles and sounds, both in the instrumental and vocal avenues. Whether it be the classic New York street feel of “Hip-Hop” or a rock infused ballad titled “Walking Away”,  JC’s versatility is easy to acknowledge and appreciate. Pair with this his gift of writing catchy hooks and OG  makes for an album you can sing along and vibe to at pretty much any event, time or place.

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15 Apr

e.d.g.e – La Musica De Captain Nasty [Audio]

Vancouver, BC - While preparing both the Captain & Commander EP – with producer Savage Beats – and the Penwork Project mixtape – with DJ Krisp Kutz (Klash Akt) - e.d.g.e. puts the pen to French Montana’s “88 Coupes” instrumental (prod. by Harry Fraud) on “La Musica De Captain Nasty” – check it out below.


15 Apr

GiNZ – Barrage (Prod. EZ-A) [Audio]

Toronto, ON – The homie GiNZ has just dropped a new EZ-A-produced track – “Barrage” – that he’s been sitting on for a year. It was time to drop this joint, though. Because EZ-A just dropped his #DeadPrince remix EP which samples this particular beat. So it made sense for GiNZ to deliver his audio for us, too. “Barrage” has got an East Indian feel to it. And as the track’s name suggests, it’s this hungry we-comin’-at-you vibe. Check it below.


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15 Apr

Win tickets to see Bizarre Ride Live with Slum Village at Commonwealth on Apr. 24 [Contest]

Calgary, ABUpdated Apr. 18, 2014 – Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Welcome To Dillaville Tour has been postponed across Canada. The Apr. 24 show in Calgary has been cancelled.

On April 24, our friends over at Commonwealth Bar and Stage and 10 at 10 are taking Calgary down to Dillaville. The double headlining Welcome to Dillaville show brings together two former Pharcyde members, and Slum Village to celebrate all things Dilla.

Local acts Meeko G (featured here last month) and Dion Lynch (also recently featured on HipHopCanada) will add in some of that local flavour, as well. And HipHopCanada has teamed up with 10 at 10 to give away two tickets to the show. Check out the details after the jump.

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14 Apr

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 would visit sites like or (a much different looking) to find beats and promote their records. The “Instrumentals” categories were broken down by countless sub-genres for different production styles, equipped with thousands of beats by producers from around the world. One name in particular constantly charting well on these sites was Munich, Germany born UK-based producer, Adrian Boeckeler aka Anno Domini (AD).

I first discovered Anno Domini’s work online in 2000 and since then he’s built a production empire that not only boasts an impressive client list (over 100 million recorded online song plays since 2006), but also supports the careers of countless other aspiring producers., part of the Anno Domini Beats Music Group, offers a similar feel to the sites that first introduced me to AD back in the day: Showcased beats which can be streamed, downloaded, rated, shared and, most importantly, licensed in just a few clicks. AD is part of the first wave of producers who pushed the production-leasing concept on social music sites and was quite successful in the process. The growth of the Anno Domini name online led to more established artists reaching out, and corporations in need of music to license, pulling out their cheque books.

Production credits include names like Rick Ross, Kool G Rap, Wu-Tang Clan, D-12, Three 6 Mafia, Styles P and the list goes on… and on. The corporate clients are just as impressive. The Anno Domini brand has excelled online and continues to build in pretty much all avenues of music entertainment: TV, film, video games etc. You might hear him on the soundtrack of your favourite video game or an MC spitting over one of his beats during Freestyle Friday sessions on BET’s 106 & Park. Even a particularly well known intergovernmental militarily alliance reached out to the young producer for his work (find out who in the Q&A below).

With the a recently added Canadian business partner, and tons of new opportunities on the horizon, AD graciously took some time out of his busy schedule for a quick Q&A. Aspiring producers take note – a ton of free great advice is put forward by a man who’s made a living off music for almost 10 years.

Without further ado, I present my interview with Anno Domini.

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14 Apr

ELMNT – Night’s Over Egypt (Prod. Tut Piece) [Audio]

Toronto, ON – Former T-Dot resident ELMNT has been on his hustle lately. Dude dropped three singles in one week; including this super dope ode to the late great Nate Dogg entitled “Night’s Over Egypt.” ELMNT comes in on some Tut Piece production that samples Nate Dogg’s “I Got Love,” with additional sample cuts done by ELMNT, himself.

This joint’s got that old-school West Coast bump-and-grind feel that Nate Doggy Dogg epitomized. But ELMNT works the production and makes it his own with some gnarly rhymes and serious straight-talk that calls out ELMNT’s fellow rap cats. The Serbian-Canadian now resides in Italy. But come on – he’s basically still Torontonian fam. Check it below. And get ready to Nate-out.


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14 Apr

HeatWave – No Way In Hell [Video]

Vancouver, BC – From his recently released Live From Africa mixtape HeatWave gets it poppin’ in his latest video “No Way In Hell”. No way in hell Heat gets caught lookin’ anything but fresh, this round rockin’ Gods & Generals gear from Texas to Vancity. Check the video out below.

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14 Apr

Wolfpack – My Team (Prod. Rayne Drop) [Video]

Prince Albert, SK – Last month, the Wolfpack duo (Chuck Woods and Mer) teamed up with producer Rayne Drop to drop the Lorde-sampled audio release for “My Team” off their forthcoming The Wolfpack EP.

I just caught word that Wolfpack had launched some visuals to accompany the track so I gave them a peep. And it’s a gem of a video. It features black-and-white home video-type footage of the Wolfpack doing their Wolfpack team business. Like kicking it. And recording. And holding up a grammatically-correct whiteboard that says, “F**k it we’re young.” And dancing with the camera on side-tilt. Ugh. Basically, what I’m getting at here – is that the Wolfpack team is solid. I have team envy right now. Also, they quoted me on the YouTube video blurb. Which gives me warm fuzzies. Salute, fam! Check the video below.

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14 Apr

Tre Nyce – Still Can’t Tell Me Nothing [Video]

Vancouver, BC – As he gears up for his debut in XXL’s Freshman issue next month, Tre Nyce launches new visuals for his track entitled “Still Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” This is a solid turned-right-up track; just listen to that opening line: “Haters call it lies/ I call it writing out my dreams.” That’s serious can’t-tell-me-nothing business, right there.

This joint’s got that hungry, out-for-blood vibe. Nyce gets in against a backdrop of tall buildings and open skies. Sky is the limit, right? And then he just goes hard. And ish turns up. The production on this joint was done by DJ Kemo, and the video was directed by Nyce’s Atlanta-based Famolotti homie, 5 Deezy. Check it below.

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