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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 »

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Tyler, The Creator announces Canadian tour dates [News]

Winnipeg, MB - Western Canada is about to get rowdy this summer as Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator prepares to take over. The … 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]


9 Mar

ShaqIsDope – Early Beginnings: The Shaquille Baptiste Story [EP]

Toronto, ONShaqIsDope recently launched a brand new EP entitled Early Beginnings: The Shaquille Baptiste Story. I need to put it out there: this dude is like Drake 2.0. I’m not even kidding, you guys. He sounds eerily similar to Drizzy. Especially on “Writings On The Walls” and “The Greatest,” and “Emotions.” Serious Champagne Shaqqy, up in here.

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9 Mar

Filip Filipi – Mandolins Cry / Blood In My Eyes ft. Opera Steve [Video]

Victoria, BC – New visuals from MC and social activist Filip Filipi for his “Mandolins Cry / Blood In My Eyes” video. Click here to purchase “Mandolins Cry” on iTunes and click here to purchase “Blood In My Eyes” featuring Opera Steve. The video was directed by Gregory J. Brown and edited by Zachary D. Kerrholden.

We recently reported on Filipi’s continued successful efforts to raise medical aid for Serbia. Click here to check that out now.

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9 Mar

King Reign – Killer ft. DJ Grouch (Prod. Gameboy) [Audio]

Toronto, ONA staple in the Canadian urban industry, David “Click” Cox, put us on to the latest single from King Reign – and those ridiculously dope cuts by DJ Grouch:

Toronto’s own King Reign is back! The first single “Killer” off his highly anticipated album Sincere is a story seen through the eyes of many who live in urban communities. “Killer” represents the angst of growing up a target based on misconceptions and racial stereotypes. King Reign speaks from the aspect of being a victim of circumstances. He sheds light on living in a world where beauty is skin deep. Where often judgments are made in haste based on our outer appearances. “Killer” describes the struggle many face as they tread a thin line between love and hate. Referencing Trayvon Martin, the judicial system, and the political system King Reign inserts a high level of consciousness while refraining from being overly preachy.

With Production from Gameboy and scratches from Toronto’s DJ Grouch “Killer” is combination of boom bap hip-hop interspersed with fluid conversation. King Reign invites the listener into his world providing introspection and vulnerability.


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8 Mar

Teddy Franchize – City Lights [Video]

Toronto, ONTeddy Franchize recently launched some new visuals for his track entitled. “City Lights.” Those would be Toronto’s city lights, by the way. Teddy is repping the T-Dot and hitting home his whole, “dream big” and try to “live bigger” motto. He’s turning up and cranking out over a banger-of-a-beat. The video was directed by Adrian Patterson.

And keep it locked. Because Teddy is gearing up to launch his forthcoming Until Next Time EP later on this year. So until next time (that was funny, right?) check out the video below.

8 Mar

Montreal’s HMAN announces new Cloudsurfing mixtape [News]

Montreal, QC – While on the final leg of his European tour with hip-hop vets The Beatnuts, Unknown Battalion frontman HMAN releases the official artwork and track listing for his highly anticipated Cloudsurfing mixtape dropping on March 20.

The project features a compilation of 15 solid tracks that includes guest appearances from Stealth Bomb Records’ own Jaclyn Gee, original Roc member Freeway, Fiend and more. While DB Koopa handles most of the production on the project, HMAN calls on the likes of Alex Lustig, Skin Deep and King Nazeem for that extra touch.

Be sure to check in for the new tape right here on Thursday, March 20 and tune in for a new video off the project later this week.

HMAN Announces New

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8 Mar

HeatWave – Live From Africa [Mixtape]

Uganda, AFHeatWave made his way to Uganda, Africa to get back to his roots and experience the culture of his birth place first hand. While he spent 30 days in Africa he also connected with some local artists and producers and the result of the whole experience was his latest mixtape release Live From Africa. Featuring some of Uganda’s own up-and-coming talent, HeatWave puts his experience on record to share with his fans and fam. Cop the mixtape on DatPiff here or check it out below.

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8 Mar

The rebirth of Northern hip-hop: CJ Flemings discusses what Montreal’s missing [Interview]

Montreal, QC – CJ Flemings is undoubtedly one of the freshest voices to emerge out of Montreal as of late. I say that because listening to his music immediately evokes a feeling of familiarity, while presenting something new and fresh that most of the hip-hop emerging from the North lacks. What’s that you ask? I’m talking about vision.

Cycling through the hundreds of Canadian verses that adroitly mimic Drake’s flow on “The Language,” it’s easy to hear that many Canadian MCs are still infatuated with fast cars, money, clothes and scantily-clad women. Then there’s the “others” (those like Fleming) who find themselves desperately seeking out that alternative frame of mind. While the United States continues to showcase vibrant alternative acts like N.E.R.D. front-man, Pharell Williams, and the solo dolo stoner Kid Cudi, Canadian’s find themselves struggling to champion a similar voice and sound that brings something very different to the table. Enter CJ Flemings.

The Rebirth of Northern Hip-Hop: CJ Flemings Discusses What Montreal's Missing [Interview]

People are recognizing there is a problem with our hip-hop scene.” – CJ Flemings

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8 Mar

Tre Nyce – Jeep / All I Know [Audio] #SOTD

Vancouver, BC – Our Song of the Day is the hard-hitting Trzzlam-produced “Jeep” by rising star Tre Nyce. The song was mastered by Canadian legend, DJ Kemo. Check it out below SoundCloud.

The post also contains another banger; the DJ Kemo and Vago-produced “All I Know.”

Tre Nyce – Jeep

Produced by Trizzlam


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8 Mar

Blacka Da Don – I Understand Her Grind ft. Tory Lanez [Audio]

Toronto, ON – Producers Downtown Music and Chilz On Da Beat came together for “I Understand Her Grind” by Blacka Da Don featuring Tory Lanez. Check it out below.

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8 Mar

CBC Music features HipHopCanada in Must Read Canadian Music Blogs list [News]

Toronto, ON – Our team awoke to a nice surprise Friday morning as we discovered that CBC Music had graciously included us in their Canadian music blogs you need to be reading list.

On putting the list together, CBC’s Chris Dart explained the process: “…we’ve collected a few domestic music blogs that you can use as gatekeepers on your search for new sounds. Some of them drill deep into one genre, others are focused on a specific region of the country, while still others are generalists. Whatever you’re looking for, musically speaking, one of these blogs will help you find it.”

It’s a great honour for us to be acknowledged by CBC and, by expanding our audience with new viewers, we can promote Canadian hip-hop even more effectively across the country. Needless to say, we’re stoked!

To check out the listing, including the write-up about HipHopCanada, click here. Big shouts to our London, ON-based affiliates, The Come Up Show, for also being featured.

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