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Grieves talks Winter And The Wolves, touring and finding balance in the music business [In…

Vancouver, BC – It’s impressive to listen to Grieves speak. He has so much passion for his music that it makes you remember … Read More »

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Dizaster talks Cassidy, Ether, KOTD, Vancouver rap & more [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – During a recent trip to Vancouver, battle rap’s most talked about emcee Dizaster sat down with HipHopCanada’s West Coast … Read More »

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Sese announces release date for YFRWN3; previews cover art [News]

St. Catharines, ON – Your Halloween won’t be complete without the latest edition of the YFRWN mixtape series. That’s right, this October … Read More »

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The Good, The Bad & The Strange: Artist to Artist with Tech N9ne [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published September 11, 2014 – Tech N9ne is no stranger to touring. Arguably one of the hardest working … Read More »

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Jay Mayne – Harold’s [Audio]

Jay Mayne – Harold’s [Audio]

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29 Jul

The 5th annual Hip-Hop Karaoke competition launches on Aug. 15 [News]


Toronto, ON – On Aug. 15, the good people over at Toronto’s monthly Hip-Hop Karaoke event dive head-first into the event’s fifth annual competition at Revival Bar (783 College St.).

If you’re not familiar with HHK, heres the Cliff Notes version: It’s serious next-level karaoke. It’s the upgraded version of your favourite dive-bar past time. Except there’s no butchering of Joan Jett. There’s no butchering of “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey. And there’s definitely no Phil Collins. Hooray! It’s just all straight-up hip-hop goodness. I mean – not really. A lot of people still suck. But the fact that they can only perform hip-hop tracks makes it that much better.

So this year’s HHK competition puts Toronto’s wannabe rap-cats into fierce competition. It all starts next month with a semi-final preliminary round. This event will feature special guest judging from Monolith (Dan-e-o, Korry Deez, Black Cat, Grimace Love, and Lancecape). Word is that they’ll be performing, as well. And the event itself is hosted by Abdominal and More Or Les, with music from DJ Numeric, DJ Dalia, and Ted Dancin’. Click after the jump for more details.

Hip-Hop Karaoke launches its 5th annual competition [News] - HipHopCanada.com

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29 Jul

KOTD and GZ Battles Present: First Defense (Live) [Review/Photos]


Vancouver, BC – Hip-hop in Vancity is growing in ways that don’t always get the spotlight, but if you’re paying attention, it’s an exciting time to see firsthand how the scene is developing. Battle rap is an often neglected and misunderstood aspect of the culture, and nowhere more marginalized than here in Vancouver. That is all changing.

The president of the KOTD Vancouver division La Sparka is making real progress cultivating an impressive array of hard-working and talented local battlers. If people didn’t take us seriously before, we certainly made our presence known earlier this year when DDSS beat every opponent in the Ground Zero tournament and became the GZ Champion of North America. He is one of the few truly impressive young stars on the Vancity roster and this past weekend he faced his toughest opponent yet, poRich, in an attempt to defend his title at KOTD‘s First Defense held at Fortune Sound.

Our team was on the scene to catch the event hosted by Organik, Gully TK, Bishop Brigante and of course, La Sparka. Peep the evening’s breakdown by Copasetic and photo gallery by Jamie Sands below.

KOTD and GZ Battles Present First Defense in Vancouver (Live) [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

29 Jul

Jakub Evolved – Writer’s Block (KIDS – The Hazing promo) [Video]


Vancouver, BC - To help raise the hype for The Hazing, KIDS will be releasing a video each week leading up to it’s release. Each video features a beat that will be on the album but with a verse by a group member that isn’t featured on the actual track. This week we are releasing Jakub Evolved’s video for “Writer’s Block.” The beat is produced by Kelvin. Visuals by KIDS. Stay tuned for more in the upcoming weeks.

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28 Jul

JayKin – D.R.E.A.M.S. (Interlude) [Audio]


Vancouver, BC – It’s been a minute since we’ve seen some new material from Vancity boy JayKin so naturally we were pretty stoked to find out that he’s back on the music grind. Peep the new joint “D.R.E.A.M.S. (Interlude),” produced by Hashbrown, below.

JayKin - D.R.E.A.M.S (Interlude) [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

28 Jul

The Bass6 – Lucid Dreams Vol. 10 [Mixtape]


Toronto, ON – SMMG’s production duo - The Bass6 – just hit us with the tenth installation of their weekly OG Mattress-collaborated Lucid Dreams mixtape series. Holy damn diggity. The Bass6 are ten tapes deep, guys. That’s commitment. You feel me?

So here’s a little story for you: Back in January a bunch of rap cats decided that they wanted to embark on weekly single-track-release missions (wherein they’d commit to releasing a new single or freestyle every single week). Most of them lasted a couple of weeks. A few of them made it into February. Most of them fell off the map. Bottom line – it’s hard to release a single every single week. But The Bass6 haven’t just been hitting us with singles. They’ve been curating entire mixtapes for us. So give some daps where daps are due. Shout-out to The Bass6. Check out the mix below.

The Bass6 - Lucid Dreams Vol. 9 [Mixtape] - HipHopCanada.com

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28 Jul

iLoveMakonnen – On & Off (M Mac Edit) [Audio]


Toronto, ON – SmashMouth Music Group producer M Mac just hit us with his own spin on Atlanta-based iLoveMakonnen’s “On & Off.” Full disclosure: I hadn’t heard much of iLoveMakonnen prior to this edit. The Bass6 production duo (also part of the SmashMouth fam) use a lot of iLoveMakonnen’s stuff in their weekly Lucid Dreams mixtape releases. But I decided I should go lurk the original track before writing this post.

The original “On & Off” has a floating R&B feel to it. It’s one of those summer jams for tuning in and vibing out. It’s borderline indie-dream pop. But M Mac took it up a notch. He threw some drums into the mix and delivered a monstrous trap-fused, sexed-up edit. Because drums make everything better. Right? Check it out below.

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iLoveMakonnen - On & Off (M Mac Edit) [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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28 Jul

Sense – Digital Revolution ft. BLAX [Audio]


Brampton, ON – Rapper/producer Sense teams up with BLAX for this new track to hold fans over until the release of his new project The Strategy hosted by Chip Fu. Both artists go in and bring some hard hitting bars over the Sense produced banger. Take it in and look out for the new project coming soon!

Digital Revolution ft. BLAX [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

28 Jul

The Kendrick Lamar experience at Pemberton Music Festival 2014 [Review]


Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 18, Kendrick Lamar came through Pemberton Music Festival 2014 to perform a set at the Mt. Currie stage.

It’s been a minute since good kid, m.A.A.d city came out. But most people are still bumping it on the regular – it was that legendary. So swarms of Pemby attendees flocked to the Mt. Currie stage at some ungodly hour to get prime stage-front real estate. Unfortunately, King Kendrick was almost an hour late arriving to his show. Despite the very vocal frustrations of the audience, all was forgiven when Kendrick took the stage. Because attending a K-Dot show is a milestone. A major rap milestone. Check the official HipHopCanada review of Kendrick’s set after the jump.

The Kendrick Lamar experience at Pemberton Music Festival 2014 [Review] - HipHopCanada.com

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27 Jul

Melanie Durrant – Four Seasons [Audio]


Toronto, ON – After the success of her 2014 JUNO nominated “Gone,” the beautiful and talented Melanie Durrant releases the intimate new single “Four Seasons”. Check it out below. In “Four Seasons” Durrant teams up with veteran producer Allstar once again, who provides a throwback vintage sound to the singer’s distinct, mesmerizing and powerful voice. The single will be included on Durrant’s sophomore album, Anticipation, coming soon.

Melanie Durrant - Four Seasons [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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26 Jul

Here’s what happened when Snoop Dogg rolled through Pemberton Music Festival [Review]


Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 19, Snoop Dogg (aka: Snoop Lion, Snoopzilla, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoopadelic,, etc, etc, etc) rolled through Pemberton Music Festival 2014 for a performance at the festival’s main stage. Everyone was double-checking their schedules prior to the show: “A Snoop show at 6:30 p.m.? Is that for real?” “Snoop’s a headliner. Why is he performing so early?” It seemed weird that one of hip-hop’s heaviest heavy-weights had been given such an early slot.

It all made sense, though. Snoop’s not trying to be the hard O.G. that he once was. Reincarnated was his mid-life crisis. He seemingly worked through a lot of his image issues and is now embracing a softer Snoopy persona; which included the freshest pair of heart-shaped sunglasses that ever was (apparently our girl @kasskills has the same pair, courtesy of Forever 21 – eeeps!). But here’s the bottom line: this wasn’t intended to be one of those late-night sets of bumping-and-grinding. Excess marijuana aside, it was pretty much a family affair. Probably one of the most wholesome sets of the festival. Also of note and importance: Snoop was repping a Canucks jersey. Love when rap cats use sponsored sports paraphenilia to bond with their fans on a local level. Check the HipHopCanada review of it all after the jump.

Here's what happened when Snoop Dogg rolled through Pemberton Music Festival [Review] - HipHopCanada.com

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