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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 20

Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single … Read More »

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Rick Ross wants you to know that success is yours if you’re bold enough to take it

Empires aren’t built over night, and the decade-long career of Rick Ross has been an unwavering and … Read More »

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Drake & Nineteen85 win 2 Grammy Awards for “Hotline Bling”

UPDATE: In a what will definitely come as a surprise to some, Chance The Rapper beat out Drake’s chart topping album Views … Read More »

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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 19

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Atlantic Canada

Quake Matthews releases “Just Another Love Story” video; pens himself a letter

Quake Matthews releases “Just Another Love Story” video; pens himself a letter

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18 Feb

Pink Nights: You need to listen to this new track by EMP


Brampton, ON – Brampton-Toronto supergroup EMP (Milly Manson, Pree, and producer Eestbound) just released their third single titled “Pink Nights.”

While EMP’s first two releases – “Rebellion” and “Perfect Timing” – were total slappers, “Pink Nights” is on much more of a slowed down, lean-fuelled late night tip. This track is basically what happens when you stay up all night sipping promethazine; everything goes downtempo and the after-hours play out in slow motion.

As always, Eestbound’s production on this record is monstrous. Part of the reason why I’m so fond of EMP is because they locked in Eestbound as their producer and his sound always makes a track feel some type of way. There’s a gritty, dark undertone on this track. But it’s mixed with this sensual slower tempo seduction. The end result is “Pink Nights.” Check it out below.

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18 Feb

California: UK-Toronto artist Gov breaks down his new record off forthcoming The Roses EP


Toronto, ON – UK-Toronto artist Gov recently released a brand new single titled “California” (produced by RDY) off his upcoming new EP titled The Roses. This is one of my favourite tracks of February 2017.

“California” is a moody, dark, sensual record about filling the inner void with another person. The song was originally titled “Need Somebody”, but was later changed to “California” to reflect the cinematic vision Gov had for the track in his mind.

It’s on some Cali late-night cruise aesthetic. This song is for driving down the road, feeling lonely, and needing someone to make everything temporarily better. Check out “California” below, keep it locked on the release of The Roses, and scope our Q&A with Gov after the jump.

UK-Toronto artist Gov told us about his new single

17 Feb

5M Views in 24 HRS: The Weeknd’s “Reminder” features Drake, Nav, Belly, Derek Wise & more


Stockholm, SE – Before setting out on his European tour, Starboy: Legend of the Fall, which officially got underway about an hour ago inside Stockholm, Sweden’s Ericsson Globe venue, The Weeknd celebrated his birthday yesterday by releasing his cameo-heavy video for “Reminder.” Directed by Kid Studio, with production by Vince Tran and Ryan Hahn, the video features appearances by an all-star cast including Drake, Nav, Belly, Derek Wise, A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, YG, French Montana, Bryson Tiller, Metro Boomin and even more. I looked for his new girlfriend, Selena Gomez, but the pop singer might not have been available for the shoot.

Not to read into things too deeply, but Drake appearing in the video has got people talking of a possible reunion between the XO and OVO generals. The key word being possible since it come be nothing more than Drizzy showing the XO crooner love on the set of his video. But Abel definitely knew he was fueling the fire by posting a photo of him and Drake on Instagram with the caption everyone wanted to see, #OVOXO. There’s no telling if an actual reunion is taking place, but there’s certainly a lot of demand for an official OVOXO collaborative album.

The Weeknd's Reminder video features Drake, A$AP Rocky, YG & more - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Feb

Announcement: Insane Clown Posse adds Merkules to Canadian Juggalo Weekend line-up


Calgary, ABInsane Clown Posse continues to add more acts and generate excitement for their upcoming Canadian Juggalo Weekend in Calgary this year.

We’re excited to announce that Stompdown Killaz and Stealth Bomb Records artist Merkules has joined the bill for Saturday, April 8.

Canadian Juggalo Weekend will take place on April 7 through April 8 2017 in Calgary, Alberta on the Stampede Corral. The weekend features performances by Insane Clown Posse, Ice-T, and the Psychopathic Records roster of DJ Clay, Blahzay Roze, LYTE, Big Hoodoo, DJ Carlito and more to be announced.

Announcement: Insane Clown Posse adds Merkules to Canadian Juggalo Weekend line-up - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Feb

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 20


Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.

Each Friday 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 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.

This week’s playlist includes a lot of dope new brand new music including Yoko Gold’s “Gone”, Quake Matthews’ “Just Another Love Story”, Plaza’s “Over”, Ninety-four’s “Plottin”, Pter P’s “One Night” (off the LIT album) Sean Leon’s “81 (Prequel)” (off the just released new I Think You’ve Gone Mad album), Derek Wise’s “Damaged” (off Inglorious), Nav and The Weeknd’s “Some Way”, Johnny Darko’s “Double Cup” (off Dark Matter), Luxe’s “American Sin”, Bridgit Mendler and Devontee’s “Temperamental Love”, Pryde’s “Things To Do”, and Troy Phoenix’s “Marilyn Monroe.”

Lately there’s been a whole lot of new music popping up on this list and it’s amazing. We balanced that out with some throwbacks by K-OS, Kardi, Saukrates, and more. Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 20 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 - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Feb

Canadian producer Frank Dukes featured on new self-titled Future album


Atlanta, GA – Following the release of his 2016 album, EVOL, Future released a new album today after first announcing it would be coming a few days earlier. FUTURE is a 17-track studio album with no guest features but an all-star cast of producers. Along with Zaytoven, DJ Khaled, The Beat Bully, TM88, and other members of 808 Mafia, the new album features Toronto producer Frank Dukes on the song “Mask Off,” co-produced by Southside and Cubeatz. You can find Future now on iTunes, Spotify and other outlets.

On top of the new album, Future also recently announced the dates for his Nobody Safe Tour featuring Tory Lanez. This might come as a surprise considering Future’s relationship with Drake, and the apparent remaining hostilities between OVO and Lanez. In any event, Mr. Fargo will be joined on the Nobody stafe Tour with Migos and Kodak Black.

Canadian dates consist of Toronto on May 16, Edmonton on June 7, and Vancouver on June 9. Click the jump for the poster.

Canadian producer Frank Dukes featured on new self-titled Future album - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Feb

XO’s Nav calls on The Weeknd for new single “Some Way”


Toronto, ON – New music coming out of the XO camp. Rising star Nav enlists The Weekend for the the new song, “Some Way.”

Some Way: XO's Nav calls on The Weeknd for new single - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Feb

Song of the Day: Dillin Hoox battles his ego in the new Concrete Films-directed “Spirit”


Ottawa, ON – “Enlightenment is the ego’s ultimate disappointment.” Our Song of the Day is the the latest single from Ottawa MC/producer Dillin Hoox and his album debut, Life As I Know It. The Concrete Films-directed video pits Hoox against his ego (slickly represented by another version of himself) in a battle of the mind and self-control.

While Hoox attempts to self-improve – reading, writing, recording, staying clean – his chirping ego attempts to distract him and pull him into negativity. But Hoox clears his mind and ultimately enlightens himself. “Spirit” was produced by Diract Beats and is available for download now on iTunes.

Song of the Day: Dillin Hoox battles his ego in the new Concrete Films-directed video Spirit - HipHopCanada.com

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16 Feb

Gone: You need to listen to this new Yoko Gold track right now


Toronto, ON – Earlier this month, Toronto artist Yoko Gold released a new Evan Miles produced single titled “Gone” and it’s one of the best tracks I’ve heard this month. “Gone” is a R&B-pop ballad about loss and regret. It serves as a reminder to prioritize love. Keep those who matter to you closest.

In the summer of 2014, Yoko was asked to do a writing gig at a 67-year-old man’s estate. The man was named Doug. Yoko stayed at Doug’s house for a two-week period and got to know Doug quite well. As the two of them conversed, Yoko began to realize that Doug’s life story seemed to parallel Yoko’s own life and he felt as thought he was interacting with his future self.

“Gone speaks to the story of my life. I always wanted to make music that’s relatable to others and that’s what “Gone” is; a twisted romantic,” explains Yoko.

Gone: You need to listen to this new Yoko Gold track right now - HipHopCanada.com

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16 Feb

American Sin: Luxe discusses his new track, addiction & the glorification of substance abuse


Burlington, ON – Burlington artist Luxe just released his latest single titled “American Sin” (produced by FortuneWest) off the forthcoming …And It Fell Apart EP.

“American Sin” is a record about the glorification of substance abuse, and Luxe’s own battles with addiction. Luxe penned this song after undergoing one of his surgeries after he had been given a painkiller prescription. He’d reached a point where he’d become so dependant on his painkillers that he couldn’t function without them.

According to Luxe, we live in a society where substance abuse if glorified within pop culture. It’s cool to get f**ked up. And it’s cool to drink and drug with no limits. Unfortunately, that’s not a sustainable way of living and a lot of people fall victim to addiction. Listen to “American Sin” below, and scope our in-depth Q&A with Luxe after the jump.

American Sin: Luxe discusses fighting addiction & the glorification of substance abuse - HipHopCanada.com

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