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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 42

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

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Justin Trudeau dropped a summer Spotify playlist featuring Quake Matthews, K-OS, & mo…

Toronto, ON – Earlier this weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released his own personal 39-track Spotify playlist for summer 2017. And one … Read More »

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Producer-activist David Strickland discusses the importance of the Native voice within hip…

Toronto, ON – On July 1, Native American producer and activist David Strickland released two brand new singles – “Rez Life” and … Read More »

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Summer Vibes to showcase 10 up-and-coming Canadian artists July 29 & Aug. 12

Courtice, ON – Artists are a dime a dozen but the great ones know how to standout from the masses. One thing … Read More »

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Quake Matthews’ Celebrate The Struggle album debuts in Top 5 of iTunes hip-hop chart

Quake Matthews’ Celebrate The Struggle album debuts in Top 5 of iTunes hip-hop chart

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16 May

LARRY LUXX talks his latest remix of “Mask Off” and breaking his hiatus from releasing music


Vancouver, BC – Never before has it been a better time to be a producer in the music industry. With an overall newfound appreciation for the minds behind our favourite music, Vancouver has seen its’ own influx of creatives reveal themselves and step into their respective light. It’s been a few months since Vancouver producer/artist LARRY LUXX has released new content, but most people still recognize him as an established part of Vancouver’s rising scene. Known for creating distinct and individual remixes, he always finds a way to turn a good track into a completely new and revitalized sound.

You’ll find yourself constantly surprised with his music, as he generally breaks out of the boundaries of genres and constantly pushes himself to create unheard sounds. Following his recent hiatus from releasing content, he dropped a remix for “Mask Off” this previous week. It might be one of his most impressive tracks yet. We had to catch up with the producer to talk about what he’s been up to, and where he’s hoping to go with his career in the future. We’re silently hoping that it will include more remixes like this. Stream his rendition of “Mask Off” below, and catch our conversation after the drop.

LARRY LUXX talks his latest remix of Mask Off and breaking his hiatus from releasing music - HipHopCanada.com

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16 May

Mizzy of KIDS delivers a tribute to the hustle on “Pay The Man”


Vancouver, BC – Serving as the lead single off his upcoming album, Clarity, Vancouver-based emcee Mizzy delivers “Pay The Man.” A tribute to the hustle, this new release touches on the Mizzy’s personal experiences and the labour that he’s invested in the greater pursuit of his career in music. One of the hardest working members of the West Coast community, Mizzy is known for his work ethic and passion for the culture among the greater public. We can validate that he’s not only about the talk, but shows up to manifest it in every aspect of his life.

In our online correspondence the rapper explains his hopes – that the single, “Empowers dreamers that also share this lifestyle: working for the man, paying the man, to support the dream; until the dream is realized and supports the life.” With his upcoming album due out in the Fall of 2017, this will be a nice addition to tide fans over. The album is produced in it’s entirety by MD of the Boomsday Alliance and recorded by up-and-coming Vancouver engineer, Jay Bagasbas.

Separate from his solo work, Mizzy is one third of KIDS – a group that has championed the local scene and helped put together one of the most notable local rap showcases in the city, Catch A Vibe at the Alexander Gastown. Mizzy’s an artist you’ll want to keep your eyes on. Stream the new single below, and look out for more releases from the album in coming months.

Mizzy delivers a tribute to the hustle on Pay The Man - HipHopCanada.com

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16 May

Snak The Ripper to perform at Out4Fame Festival in Germany


Dortmund, DE – Vancouver’s own Snak The Ripper will be joining a star-studded line-up in Germany this year for the highly popular Out4Fame Festival.

The Stealth Bomb Records CEO and recording artist will be sharing the stage with artists like Common, D.I.T.C., DJ Premier, Kool G Rap, M.O.P., The Pharcyde, Pharoahe Monch, Jedi Mind Tricks, Snowgoons, Section Boyz of the UK, and a ton more. Click the jump link below for the official poster.

It all goes down August 18-20 at the Revierpark Wischlingen. Visit the official Out4Fame website for tickets and other info.

Snak The Ripper to perform at Out4Fame Festival in Germany - HipHopCanada.com

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16 May

We spoke to New Jersey’s thefame about “Contradictions” and why Canada loves his music


New Jersey – Covering the Canadian scene often includes speaking to the influence that foreign artists have on our community. Occasionally we encounter an artist from the southern states that is making a reputable mark on the Canadian scene – inserting sounds into the industry that tease our overall current taste for down-tempo and heavy bass. A popular example of this was the warm reaction that 6lack found when he connected with Central Canada upon touchdown in Toronto.

Similarly, New Jersey newcomer thefame is finding a familiar welcoming and fan-base in the north that warrants a closer look at the influence of his music. It also speaks to the contrast that can be seen in both Canadian and US markets, drastically showing the difference in prevalent tastes within the genres of R&B and rap.

Following the release of his debut album, Summer At Midnight (a complex project in itself) thefame recently returned with “Contracitions (VILLAROSA)” this past month. This latest single garnered him attention with media outlets, and was purposed as a notable step towards establishing artistic identity. Riddled with dense layers of dark production and a refluxed beat, the track has so much going on that it deserves a deeper divulge. A co-producer of the single alongside Tallen, we sat down with thefame to talk about his unique approach to music and how he’s crossing those geographic boundaries. Stream the single and catch our conversation below.

We spoke to New Jersey's thefame about Contradictions and why Canada loves his music - HipHopCanada.com

16 May

LD bANKO runs it in his new video for “8 Miles (Shots For Everyone)”


Brampton, ON – Brampton newcomer and Made2Eat artist LD bANKO just released a brand new video for his 2016 released single “8 Miles (Shots For Everyone)”. The song is a nod to the cult classic film 8 Mile, and serves as shots fired at anyone who ever slept on or hated on the underdog.

For this video LD took a low-budget, DIY approach by filming himself literally out on an 8 Mile run. LD’s approach for the visuals so perfectly coincides with the DIY commentary of the track. You can’t always rely on people to be there when you need them, so you’ve got to pave your own way. That’s exactly what LD did with the video. He directed and filmed his own video with basically no budget.

Brampton newcomer LD bANKO breaks down his new track

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16 May

Premiere: Devon Tracy makes them “Feel A Way” with new Charlton Visuals-directed video


Mississauga, ON – Budding star Devon Tracy kicked off 2017 by premiering his “Brothers” video on The Source and building awareness for his summer project, Life After Midnight.

The response to “Brothers” has been promising for The 23-year-old artist, and he continues his Life After Midnight promotional campaign with the release of yet another video. This time Tracy teams up with Charlon Visuals to visualize the new single, “Feel A Way,” calling out his haters and naysayers in the process.

Tracy spoke with us about the meaning of the record:

“This record is about execution, killing the competition with success and continuing to shine regardless of how others feel about you. No Matter what you do, people will always have something to say. Remain humble, stay focused and let your work speak for itself.”

Premiere: Devon Tracy makes them Feel A WAy with new Charlton Visuals-directed video - HipHopCanada.com

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16 May

Premiere: CJE’s Pimpton and Killah Ralph explore sex culture & coming-of-age in new “Spray” video


Regina, SK – HipHopCanada has teamed up with CJE artists Pimpton and Killah Ralph to bring you the premiere of this brand new “Spray” video.

Directed by RoyalZ Productions and produced by Top Riley (aka: Suede), “Spray” explores the late night massage parlour culture in Saskatchewan, as well as that deep-rooted need within every pubescent boy to enter manhood and come-of-age sexually.

On that same tip, the video and song also mark another cherry-popping milestone that is Killah Ralph’s world premiere as a CJE artist.

Premiere: CJE's Pimpton & Killah Ralph come-of-age in this massage parlour

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15 May

Premiere: Alpha Omega & The Leisure Principle join forces as AOXLP to release new “Sorry” video


Vancouver, BC – Vancouver-based postmodern-pop group The Leisure Principle have teamed up with Prevail and Neph from hip-hop group Alpha Omega to form a new group called AOXLOP, and they just dropped this new video for “Sorry”.

The video was directed by Leisure Principle guitarist Dave Thompson. The Caravaggio-inspired music video sheds light on the century-old topic of love. The track is the first single from Alpha Omega and The Leisure Principle’s new collaborative EP, AOXLP, which is expected to surface later this year via Kitsilano Records.

AOXLP is a rock/alternative/hip-hop fusion act from Vancouver, BC whose members have a rich and vast history in the music industry. Members include Prevail (of Swollen Members), David Spidel of Bif Naked (bass) and DT of High Holy Days (guitar). Rounding up the line-up is Baxwar MC Neph, Dr Liesa Norman (flute and vocals) and Cam Stephens (drums).

Premiere: Alpha Omega and The Leisure Principle join forces as AOXLP to release new

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15 May

Power Play: Canadian rappers score big with hockey anthems


Ottawa, ON – It’s taken a decade, but the Ottawa Senators have made it back to the Eastern Conference Finals of the NHL Playoffs. They currently hold a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series against the Pittsburgh Penguins after winning Game 1 in overtime on Saturday. They’re the only Canadian team left.

Ten years ago yesterday, the Ottawa Senators were taking a 2-0 series lead into Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Buffalo Sabres. They had won two hard fought games in Buffalo and Game 3 was the first to be played at home in the then-named Scotiabank Place. Ottawa would go on to win the game and eventually the series.

But that’s not really what I remember about that game. I’m not even a Sens fan. Go Oilers.

Canadian rappers score big with hockey anthems - HipHopCanada.com

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15 May

Martin C. Pariseau wins the 2017 Prism Prize for Kaytranada’s “Lite Spots” video


Toronto, ON – On Sunday May 14, director Martin C. Pariseau was awarded the 2017 Prism Prize for Kaytranada’s “Lite Spots” music video. The prize of $15,000 was awarded at the fifth annual Prism Prize Awards Presentation at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

The Prism Prize is now currently the largest cash prize in the whole entire world for music videos. The award recognizes artists and innovation within Canadian music videos. The award is produced by the not-for-profit Association for Music and Innovative Arts, and has become one of the most important prizes for increasing CanCon’s footprint on an international level.

Previous winners have included Philip Sportel for Kalle Mattson’s Avalanche (2016), Chad VanGaalen for Timber Timbre’s Beat The Drum Slowly (2015), Emily Kai Bock for Arcade Fire’s Afterlife (2014), and Noah Pink for Rich Aucoin’s Brian Wilson is A.L.i.V.E (2013).

Martin C. Pariseau wins the 2017 Prism Prize for Kaytranada's

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