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Drake vs. Joe Budden: No Shopping, Afraid & some background on the beef

Toronto, ON – As the internet weighed in on Drake’s diss to Joe Budden, by way of his verse on French Montana’s … Read More »

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Day 5: Alessia Cara makes powerful Ottawa debut at Bluesfest

Ottawa, ON – Brampton-born Alessia Cara made her Ottawa debut on the City stage Wednesday for Day 5 of Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest.
She … Read More »

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Day 4: Belly makes hometown return at Ottawa Bluesfest with special guest Travis Scott

Fans surrounded Bluesfest’s City Stage in droves on Sunday to watch Ottawa’s most successful MC to date do his … Read More »

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Dylan Guthro releases “Here Till The Mornin'” with Quake Matthews; drops three

Dylan Guthro releases “Here Till The Mornin'” with Quake Matthews; drops three

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26 Apr

Rihanna’s Anti Tour hit Vancouver Saturday night and proved why she’s the shining star of music


Vancouver, BC – Do you remember where you were when you heard Rihanna for the first time? I remember that moment more vividly than a lot of things in my life. I was 13 years old, and skimming through Youtube when I came across the music video for “S.O.S.” I watched that video 20 times that day on repeat, and spent 5 hours trying to re-choreograph her dance moves with no such success. Needless to say, my 13 year old self was entranced with her from the very first time I saw her perform. I feel like she’s had that same effect on most people. There’s always been something alluring about watching her move on-screen, which has kept us constantly wondering about her next move. She’s a master at wielding her confidence in the public eye, and it’s been that lack of self-doubt which has won her the admiration of the world (not to mention she has incredible intuition for creating music which leads us progressively forward). As a complete rarity, she’s become an icon of everything the world isn’t – but everything we wish we could be. How could we all not love her for being brave enough to venture on her own path when we all secretly wanted to be that fearless person as well?

The last time Rihanna was brought to Vancouver it was in April 2013 for her Diamonds World Tour. After a three year break from our city, her fans were beyond amped to welcome her back. Anti, her 8th studio album, (and her most successful one yet) went platinum at record speeds and semi-broke the internet with it’s stealthy release. The announcement of her return on April 23rd for its’ following tour was excitedly anticipated. Tickets for the Vancouver show sold out months ago, resells were going for ridiculous prices, and it was anticipated to be one of the most sought after shows to hit Rogers Arena for 2016. If you could get your hands on a ticket you were lucky, because on Saturday night – Rogers Arena was the place to be. She’d also recruited buzzing emcee, Travis Scott to open for her tour – a move which promised a high energy introduction. Everything about the show held high expectation that could’ve easily been overcompensated, but the evening was not only a stunning tribute to her longevity as an artist, but was an unforgettable spectacle to everyone in attendance.

Rihanna's Anti Tour hit Vancouver Saturday night and proved why she's the shining star of music - HipHopCanada.com
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fenty Corp

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26 Apr

Yelawolf Brings his Slumerican Tour to a sold out Commodore Ballroom


Vancouver, BCYelawolf and crew brought their Slumerican Tour through the Commodore Ballroom last week with supporting act, Canadian pop singer and Yela’s fiancé, Fefe Dobson.

Check out our review and photo gallery below.

Yelawolf Brings His Slumerican Tour to a Sold Out Commodore Ballroom (Review)

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26 Apr

KIDS Faust Life Tour Kick-Off was an evening of musical delights and talented supporting acts


Vancouver, BC – We’re quickly approaching the summer now, and one of my favourite local groups, KIDS, are gearing up to take off on their Faust Life Tour for the next couple of months. They appropriately put on a well-deserved kick-off event last Friday, April 19th down at Media Club to send-off of their Canada-wide tour which begins this week. If there’s anything that these guys know how to do, it’s put on one hell of a live show by drawing out a turn-out of loyal fans like no other act I’ve seen in Vancouver. It’s a lot easier to fill a club on a Friday night with bodies, but every time I’ve seen these guys perform, their fans consistently show up for them and follow them wherever they go. I was especially amped for this particular evening, as it was set to feature a cornucopia of other local acts, such as: Mynamesbn, Isaac Shah, DJ Billy Bishop.

Kids Tour Kick Off (Review)

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25 Apr

Contest: Win a pair of wristbands to Canadian Music Week (CMW) in Toronto


Toronto, ON – HipHopCanada has teamed up with AB Co. to give away two pairs of wristbands to Canadian Music Week (CMW) in Toronto this year from May 2 through May 8.

Celebrating its 34th year, CMW is Canada’s biggest new music festival. Every year the festival and conference take over all of downtown Toronto for seven days of live music (with many venues open until 4 am).

One of my favourite annual festivals for MANY reasons, CMW is the festival that actually puts the spotlight on so many of the artists we support here on HipHopCanada. This year has a stacked line-up featuring performances from Drezus, Flex The Antihero, JD Era, JiMMY B, Kaydee, KIDS, Rich Kidd, Sha, The Posterz, Wasiu, and many many more.

Along with the Canadian acts, comes a slew of dope international performances from UK grime artist Skepta, as well as Brooklyn artist Amir Obe, D.R.A.M, and more (check the full list of performers over here).

So we’re super excited to be able to give away access to such a dope festival. Check after the jump to find out how to enter in on this contest via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Contest: Win a pair of wristbands to Canadian Music Week (CMW) in Toronto - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Apr

ShitIStoleOffTheInternet is an EP from Mynamesbn that’s sicker than your average


Vancouver, BC– Earlier this week we featured Mynamesbn‘s first video drop, and it wasn’t long after uncovering this guy that I found his EP hiding away in the Soundcloud universe.

A transplant from Panama City, Panama – Mynamesbn releases really great turn-up music that’ll instantly put you in the mood for your weekend fiascos (ironically his newest EP features a track titled “OnTheWeekend”.)

His feature EP ShitIStoleOffTheInternetis no exception, and features a number of songs with consistently heavy beats, and hard bars. We already recapped his first single “FYIYABMSITBOAR” but the other four tracks are worth speaking on as well, and definitely worth considering. Check out the EP below, and get yourself acquainted.

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25 Apr

DK & Justo show us the “Nightmare in Brooklyn” with this new video release


Halifax, NS – Halifax producer DK recently joined forces with Brooklyn-based rapper Justo to form a duo that fuses American East Coast rap bars with Canadian East Coast rap beats.

Earlier this month, the duo put out their latest visual offering for “Nightmare in Brooklyn,” which appears on The Fire Next Time compilation album (which was released on the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King beating on Mar. 3).

DK & Justo show us the

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25 Apr

JSTMKY’s new Keep Dreaming mixtape is a good look for the Victoria emcee


Victoria, BC – The West Coast has been making some recent noise in terms of promising artists, but Victoria is making a comeback as a musical hub in the lower mainland as well. Whether it’s that chilled out, laid-back lifestyle that is influencing creative new musical developments or just the changing times – whatever it is, we like it because we’re getting some solid emcees out of the mix. Cue the entrance of Victoria’s latest featured rapper, JSTMKY, who is making his own waves to put himself on the musical map of the West Coast.

I love introducing new artists because it’s always like a breath of fresh air into the scene, and JSTMKY has a sound that definitely is going to insert some more diversity into ours. His new mixtape Keep Dreaming is solid sound for a first attempt. JSTMKY mixes his distinct voice alongside influential samples from current music to great a project that is both new but also familiar.

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25 Apr

Drake announces Summer Sixteen Tour & OVO Fest; releases cover art for VIEWS


Toronto, ON – With only a few days left until the Apr. 29 release of his highly anticipated VIEWS album, Drake almost broke the Internet on Apr. 24 when he dropped a tour announcement, the OVO Fest announcement, AND the album art for VIEWS.

First, Drizzy posted up the album art for VIEWS , which features him sitting atop Toronto’s CN Tower. He posted the artwork to his Twitter, along with the message: “To the city I love and the people in it…Thank you for everything #VIEWS.”

Then he made the announcement for the seventh annual OVO Fest, which takes place July 29 through Aug. 1 with appearances from Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa.

And finally, Drake announced his upcoming Summer Sixteen Tour with Future, Roy Wood$, and dvsn. The tour kicks off on July 20 in Austin, TX with stops in more than 30 different cities in North America, including Canadian shows in Vancouver and Toronto.

Drake releases 2 new songs off Views From The 6: Pop Style & One Dance - HipHopCanada.com

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24 Apr

Lyfe Harris links up with $ha for “Searching” & “Pull Up”


Toronto, ON – Los Angeles artist (by way of Atlanta) Lyfe Harris recently linked up with Toronto OVO affiliate $ha (one of the original members of P Reign’s Reps Up crew) for these two new faded tracks titled “Searching” and “Pull Up.”

The tracks feature a slew of production credits from some of our favourite Canadian producers including BatmanOnTheBeatz, Dzy, Hurricane Jamal, and STRETCH.

“Searching” is a nod to the ladies still out there trying to find someone to satisfy them, and the dudes like $ha and Lyfe who are gonna stay waiting up do things those ladies didn’t even know they were searching for. The track was produced by BatmanOnTheBeatz and Dzy, and rolls with Lyfe’s M.O. of ambient spacey turn-down music. It’s a 2 a.m. kind of track.

“Pull Up” rolls even deeper into the waves. If you’re going to smoke out to something tonight, do it to this song. The track features a four-way collaborative effort on the beat from BatmanOnTheBeatz, Dzy, Hurricane Jamal, and STRETCH. The production really takes the spotlight on this one, as $ha and Lyfe deliver a melodic set of vocals asking a certain female to “Pull Up” and come through. Check out both of the new tracks after the jump.

Lyfe Harris links up with $ha for

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23 Apr

MostHigh’s Daniel Worthy showcases his vocal abilities on “Chargie” with Ahkilo & OZ


Toronto, ON – Earlier this week, MostHigh producer Daniel Worthy released his latest single titled “Chargie.” This track comes to us as Daniel’s second release as both a vocalist and producer, and features OZ on additional backing vocals.

“Chargie” is a follow-up to the 2015 released “10 Years” track, which officially marked Worthy’s resurgence as a vocalist. While Worthy is known by most for his production credits and beat placements with OVO, he’s also an insanely talented vocalist.

Utilizing a reggae influenced bass-heavy beat (produced by Worthy and his MostHigh counterpart, Ahkilo), Daniel Worthy delivers this track as a dark-edged faded jam. Check it out below, and peep our Q&A with Daniel after the jump.

JJape enlists the help of Prezident Jeff for this new track titled

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