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J. Cole, Lorde, Serena Ryder & more at Ottawa Folk Festival, Sept. 10-14 [News]

Ottawa, ON – The nation’s capital is the place to from September 10 to 14 as the Ottawa Folk Festival takes over … Read More »

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Artist to artist: Hellnback gets the grease on Merkules [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published August 26, 2014 – With the way hip-hop has been changing over the years it’s hard to … Read More »

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Time to #WAKEDAFUCUP: HipHopCanada chops it up with Onyx [Interview]

Calgary, AB – On Aug. 15, our friends over at True Rhythm brought Onyx (Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz) to Calgary for … Read More »

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On the Run with Jay and Bey in Winnipeg [Review]

Winnipeg, MB – I’ll be honest: when the rumors started circulating that Jay Z and Beyoncé were set to tour together this … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]


27 Aug

Kalen J Music – The Road ft. Evil Ebenezer, Ursa Maja & Chandre [Audio]

Regina, SK – C.J.E.’s resident drummer, Kalen J Music, just hit us with his new single titled “The Road” (featuring Evil Ebenezer and Ursa Maja on the raps, and vocalist Chandre on the hook). I’m a huge fan of what KJ has been doing, lately; mostly because I find it reminiscent of how Questlove changed the rap game. Questy helped popularize live drumming into the mainstream rap game. He found a niche and filled it. And along the way, he was able to use The Roots as a platform to unite various vocalists and MCs for some of the most hard-hitting collaborations that EVER happened.

KJ is making that happen for the Saskatchewan scene. He brings together vocalists and MCs, and generally just gets people building together. He’s even starting to get the West Coast involved with the addition of Evil on this track. Peep the audio via YouTube after the jump. And head on over to iTunes to purchase a copy of the single.

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27 Aug

JD Era – DOPE [Audio] #SOTD

Toronto, ON Just “DOPE.” Our Song of the Day is a perfect example of why JD Era is one of the most respected MCs in Canada. The Showboiz-produced banger is available to stream (and download) below.

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Related Post: DUBB & HipHopCanada announce new mixtape; Chippy’s Top 5 DUBB songs [News]

27 Aug

Tonight: The DillanPonders release show for The Boy Who Lived [News]

Toronto, ON – In case y’all missed it: T-Dot’s drug lord-rapper extraordinaire, DillanPonders, launched his highly-anticipated The Boy Who Lived LP at the beginning of the month. And tonight is the night it’s all coming full-circle at DP’s fancy pantsy release show. It all goes down at The Rivoli (334 Queen St. West), with doors opening at 9 p.m. SmashMouth Music Group’s own The Bass6 (one of the freshest producing duos on the scene) are handling music for the night. Eeeps. Admission is $5. Roll on through.

Seriously, though. If you haven’t copped a listen to The Boy Who Lived yet, you’re sleeping. So wake up. NOW. The 10-track project is fuelled by eerie drug ballads, coke-blowing introspection, lonely trips to Chinatown, and even SAILOR MOON! I’ll be hitting you with my review later on today before the show. In the meanwhile, shout-out to the big DP for his first ever headlining show. Peep the official event flyer after the jump and head on over here for more event details.

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Related Post: DillanPonders – The Boy Who Lived [Review]

27 Aug

KIDS – These KIDS ft. Evan Michael [Video]

Vancouver, BCOriginally published August 26, 2014 – Guess what, guys? The KIDS are back at it. And they’re hitting us with their latest set of visuals for the track “These KIDS” (featuring Evan Michael) off their brand-spankin’ new album, The Hazing.

This video embodies everything KID-ish about the KIDS. You feel me? They’re staying true to their adolescent roots and spitting rhymes in laundromats and playgrounds. Because why not? The track was recorded and mixed by Kelvin at 4am Styles Studio, and mastered by Jamie Kuse at Creative Music Studios. Check it out after the jump.

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27 Aug

Ghost – My Way [Video]

Vancouver, BCOriginally published August 26, 2014 – Fresh from his cross Canada summer tours, Ghost drops the visuals for his latest “My Way” from his album Have Nots. Show footage mixed with the some California backdrops shows a day in the life of this grinding Vancity emcee. See for yourself after the jump link below.

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Related Post: Ghost – Boarding Pass [Mixtape]

27 Aug

TripSixx – Built Like That (Prod. Tay Lewis) [Audio]

Toronto, ON – T-Dot’s own TripSixx just teamed up with SmashMouth Music Group producer, Tay Lewis, to deliver a new single titled “Built Like That.” This track comes to us off Trip’s forthcoming Trip Set (slated for release later on this year).

Tay delivers a floaty summer beat with a key hook in the minor key. So it’s breezy; but it’s also got that eerie unsettling edge to it. And then Trip devours. He calls out his fellow rap cats for not being “built like that.” And he’s got this whole Future-influenced thing going on. This track totally could have been on the Honest album. And people would have been none the wiser that it was actually an up-and-coming rap cat from the North.

Obviously the best line in the entire song is when Trip is all like, “I’m on the phone/ Politics as usual/ Metamucil/ I be shittin’ on them/ Regular.” Because Metamucil makes you poop. And it keeps you regular. Props to Trip for that line; and for advocating for adequate fibre consumption. Check it at 1:56. And while you’re at it, listen to the entire track below.

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27 Aug

Sense – The Strategy [Mixtape]

Toronto, ONOriginally published August 26, 2014 – The wait is over as Sense brings us his brand new mixtape The Strategy hosted by Chip Fu. The talented up and coming emcee ends the Summer with a banger of a tape that is definitely worth checking out. Listen below and tune in for more new music soon!

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Related Post: Sense – Rolling Out [Audio]

27 Aug

Dipset’s here to stay: Cam’ron performs live at Encore [Review]

Edmonton, AB – On August 22 Eiffel Tower Entertainment and Pearl Entertainment teamed up once again to keep hip-hop alive in YEG. This time the duo brought Diplomat‘s legend, Cam’ron to perform a live show at Encore in light of The First of the Month Tour.

For all of you youngsters, if the Diplomats were a little bit before your time, allow me to briefly fill you in: long before A$AP Mob, YMCMB, MMG, etc – there were the Diplomats (better known as Dipset).  Made of Harlem-based MC’s;  Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey, Jim Jones, and (of course) Cam’ron  - Dipset was more than a rap-group, it was a movement in hip-hop culture.  A movement which (in my opinion) paved the way for many rap artists / groups we see today. But let’s not get into a history lesson (Although, I suggest you do the homework).

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Related Post: Eiffel Tower Entertainment presents: Cam’ron live at Encore [News]

27 Aug

R.A The Rugged Man will hit Vancouver on Sept 5 [News]

Vancouver, BCOriginally published August 25, 2014 – It’s that time again. R.A The Rugged Man is coming back to Vancity’s Fortune Sound Club to rock the house one more time. Special guest Merkules will be in the building on September 5 along with RCThaHazard & The Hazmat Crew and Lane & DJ Bates.

Cop tickets at Red Cat, Zulu, Beat Street, Dipt or online here and make sure to show up on time because this is an early event. Peep the event poster below.

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Related Post: Getting Hiiigh with TDE’s first lady: SZA [Interview]

27 Aug

T.Y. – Hold Me Down [Audio]

Hamilton, ON – Originally published August 26, 2014 – Hamilton-based MC T.Y. returns this week for the third installation of #TYTuesday. T.Y. is campaigning for his forthcoming project by hitting us with a new remix every single week. Last week T.Y. got in on “You Got Me” by The Roots. The week prior, he remixed Souls of Mischief’s “93 til Infinity“ and threw us a very Pro Era-esq performance. Actually, I ended up hailing him as, “Canada’s answer to Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew.”

Anyways, T.Y. is back this week with a remix of “Provider” by N.E.R.D (side note on that: you may remember the video featuring Pusha T as a drug dealer; tee hee). Check the track below.

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Related Post: Joey Bada$$ to hit Vancouver with B4.Da.$$ Tour on October 11 [News]

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