Toronto, ON – It’s been a couple of years now, but Toronto rapper Mouse Sucks has officially made me a fan. Since July, I’ve been recommending his singles “Debbies” and “Jumping” to anyone that would listen, and now he’s blessed us with a gang of new material. Both singles can be found on the newly released EP, Andtheniwhippeditout, which is available on Apple Music, Spotify and other services. Check out the EP below.
Toronto, ON – Earlier this week SAFE surprised us all by making a comeback from his hiatus to drop a brand new three-track self titled EP. And then he followed that up with another release, a summer wrap-up loosie titled “Summer’s End.” So it’s safe to say that Safe is back.
It’s been nearly two years since the Halal Gang member released the Stay Down EP and got his big OVO co-sign from Oliver Et-Khatib.
The two initially met at the shoot for Jimmy Prime’s “Northside” video and from there Oliver slowly brought SAFE into the fam by asking him to work at the OVO Toronto pop-up store. And then when SAFE disclosed that he was an artist, Oliver gave him a backing.
But since then, it seems SAFE has shed his OVO affiliation (I’m solely basing this assumption off the lack of #OVO hashtags, the lack of co-sign from the OVO camp, and the fact that none of these songs premiered on an episode of OVO Sound Radio) and is coming back to us to establish himself as a solo artist without backing from Drizzy and the gang.
Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify back 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 kicks off with dvsn’s new track “Mood” which comes as the duo gears up to release their second album Morning After.
Volume 49 also features a ton of brand new music including tracks from Devon Tracy, Saudin, Daniel Caesar, Haviah Mighty, LocateEmilio and Jordan Solomon, Ty Senoj and Goldchain, Dear Lola, K. Forest, Ramriddlz, DillanPonders, Khaliowe, Matthew Chaim, McCallaman, Jay Whiss, Harvey Stripes, Pryde, Sheperd, Tona Tencreddi, Block Uno, and more. Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 49 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.
Toronto, ON – “KAWAIIGOD,” the new release from roc lee is the perfect example of how diverse the music scene really is in Toronto. With such a vast variety of cultures and influences in the city, it is inevitable that the music, which comes out of Toronto, is as diverse and intricate as the people living in it. Roc lee, a Korean born, rapper who now resides in Toronto after spending a year living in Atlanta, is the perfect example of how truly diverse the Toronto music landscape really is.
“KAWAIIGOD”, is an aggressive and raw release, which puts the rapper’s personality at the forefront. It differs vastly from his previous releases, like the melodic “Nothing New,” and really puts the rappers diversity on display. Sonically, the track resembles something like XXXTentacion’s recently platinum single “Look At Me,” with a very grungy bassline and a high-energy lead rap vocal, something that is not typical of today’s Toronto hip-hop.
Brampton, ON – As an artist, it is always important to be multi-dimensional and Haviah Mighty shows us that with her new acoustic rework of “On The Low.”
In a video that was created in collaboration with Toronto creatives, Breathe Entertainment, Haviah Mighty strips down her song “On The Low” into an authentic, acoustic version and forces the listener to embrace the raw emotion and messaging that the song provides.
The song in its original form was released as part of Haviah’s latest EP titled Flower City and was produced by Montreal producer Young Dreadz. In the reworked version, the 808’s and synths are replaced with powerful piano chords and allow Haviah’s undeniable passion and energy to be at the forefront of the record.
Today, we’re thrilled to premiere the video debut from up-and-comer Kaija with the Devante Thomas-directed “Pretty Girls.” Check out the video and accompanying press release below.
Toronto, ON – Premiering today on HipHopCanada comes the solo video debut from Canadian-based Kiwi singer-songwriter Kaija (pronounced ka-ya). After gaining experience in her hometown of Auckland, New Zealand – as a member of the duo Unwonted, and songwriting for other artists – the 20-year-old talent made the decision to relocate to Canada to pursue her dreams.
Kaija didn’t wait long to make her presence felt, drawing inspiration from another artist’s song to pen her new buzz record “Pretty Girls.”
Toronto, ON – Earlier this week OVO’s elusive dvsn duo (producer Nineteen85 and vocalist Daniel Daley) released a brand new single titled “Mood” along with a fan-shot video for their previous single “Don’t Choose.
Of course the releases surfaced on Sept. 5th – which is the title of dvsn’s debut solo album from March 2016. It’s also the date on which they dropped their first ever single “With Me” (Sept. 5, 2015).
“Mood” comes to us after last month’s announcement of the duo’s new album Morning After. The guys stayed pretty quiet after the release of Sept. 5th. But then they dropped “Think About Me” in May and “Don’t Choose” in June, and it seemed like maybe (hopefully) a second project was on the way. Now it’s confirmed and the roll out has commenced.
In keeping with their M.O. of highly emotional late night bedroom anthems, Nineteen85 and Daniel deliver “Mood” as a nod to all the lovers who are consciously making an effort to keep the fire burning: “Now I’m gonna make a time to make love/ I’m gonna make a point to just focus on us/ Now I’m gonna make sure you get enough/ When I make it all about you, take care of us.” Check it out after the jump and scope the fan video for “Don’t Choose.”
Photo by Kira Hunston
New Westminster, BC – For those music fans who felt like the West Coast missed out on the full festival experience this summer, Safe & Sound Entertainment quickly answered any discontent when they announced an end-of-summer festival that would feature many of the top voices in Canadian R&B. With headliners including Majid Jordan, dvsn, and Jessie Reyez, the festival was primed to offer a day of atmospheric music from vocally strong artists, and matched with a handful of Vancouver’s most notable local artists.
Highlights of the opening sets included those from Tonye Aganaba and Hayleau – both of whom are known on the West Coast (and beyond) as strong vocalists. Introducing the festival is no easy task, but they drew listeners to the stage on a high note with charismatic sets. K-os followed as a dignified special guest with an upbeat set that had everyone from the VIP to the general admission area dancing to many of his classics. Between performances were sets from Vancouver’s influential music contributors and DJs, including: The Freshest, Jay Swing, Andishae, DJ Arems, and Flipout.
Toronto, ON – Yesterday LA recording artist Tre Capital and Toronto artist Daxz surprised us by dropping a collaboration they did together titled “Can’t Stop” (produced by Matthew Brown). Tre Capital has a particular fondness for Canadian artists, and he seems to have a real knack for choosing them. His list of artist and producer collaborators includes everyone from Sean Leon to Prezident Jeff, Eestbound and WondaGurl.
For those who aren’t familiar, Daxz came up as “the Toronto producer behind ‘Back To Back’ by Drake”. But he never actually set out to be a producer. He just picked it up and then his production career popped off.
Daxz was eventually able to get back to his original plan of pursuing solo artistry. He quietly started dropping his own rap tracks, and then dropped a ridiculously slept on project back in April titled BAIB. The project had no features, but did have (as to be expected) a long list of monstrous production credits including Bijan Amir, WondaGurl, Jordan Lewis, and more.
Then yesterday Tre Capital and Daxz surprised us by dropping “Can’t Stop”, a breezy little summer song saturated in melodic auto-tune bars to tide you through these last few days of warm weather. Check it out below.
Brampton, ON – Yesterday Brampton artist K. Forest released a new single titled “Same Energy.” Produced by K. Forest with co-production courtesy of dF, “Same Energy” is one of those classic emotional, ethereal K. Forest anthems. It’s also basically a crash course in convincing yourself to hold off on catching feelings for someone.
This is a track for when you’re into someone but your energies just aren’t aligned. And you keep hoping that you’ll end up on the same wavelength, but it’s not happening. And then you start reminiscing on the times when there was a different kind of energy and you start to realize that the person’s actions and words don’t match up.
This track comes to us as K. Forest gears up for the release of his Pray for A Beautiful Sky album. He spent the first few months of the year on hiatus, but has been steady dropping new music on us every single month since the spring. Check out “Same Energy” below.