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Back 4 Blood: Ridgeway’s own Gudini returns with a new EP you won’t want to mi…

Toronto, ON – Gudini (who has also gone by the name Davinci) of the R-Way camp returns with a new hard-hitting EP … Read More »

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Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks: 10 new songs you need to hear on Spotify this week

Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada recently relaunched Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks on Spotify. And this week we’re back with 10 new releases you … Read More »

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Coach Fresh: Maestro Fresh Wes talks new LP, TEDx, honorary diploma & more

Toronto, ON – From the opening effects on “Put Ya Guard Up,” to the “Skyscrapers (Remix)” that brings it to a wrap, … Read More »

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Casper TNG to headline New Year’s Eve pre-party in Ottawa on Dec. 29

Ottawa, ON – Toronto based Menace Muzik Group recently announced a New Year’s Eve pre-party in Ottawa featuring a headline performance by … Read More »

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2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards: Quake wins SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award

2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards: Quake wins SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award


13 Aug

Ninetyfour’s Spree Boy Series is going strong with “Run It Up” and “24/7”

Vancouver, BC – West Coast artist NINETYFOUR started the “Spree Boy Series” earlier this summer. His third and fourth releases are here, and they make their mark with impressive production and variety in flow. “Run It Up” recruits New Jersey producer Dutchboy – whose name might be familiar because he’s been linking with artists like Omario, INDICA, and Nova.

NINETYFOUR’s second single “24/7” is equally strong. The Jayonthejuice-produced track explodes with strong bars from the Vancouver artist. Steam the two newest Yours Truly releases below, and peep more “Spree Boy Series” tracks every Tuesday.

Run It Up (Prod. by Dutchboy)

Ninetyfour's Spree Boy Series is going strong with Run It Up and 24/ -

13 Aug

What keeps you “Strong”? Listen to Sheperd & Harry Santana’s dark new collaboration

Toronto, ON – Switching up the pace completely, Toronto artists Sheperd and Harry Santana just dropped a brand new collaboration titled “Strong.”

“Strong” is a dark, ambient ballad, anchored by an instrumental melody that was co-produced by both Sheperd and Harry. There is no drum line or bass line or any sort of turn up factor to this. It’s just pure raw, emotive, expression over a bare bones instrumental. It’s a total mindf**k because on the one hand, this song is actually uplifting because it’s about recognizing your own strength. But on the other hand, it’s an incredibly dark, lonely, haunting track.

The song plays out as Sheperd poses one single question to his listener: “What keeps you strong?” And as you’re left to mull that one over and get caught up in your feels, the production takes centre stage and plays out without any vocals for the last minute of the song.

You need to listen to Sheperd's new Harry Santana produced single

13 Aug

My Religion: Classik’s new single is for all the devout, faithful rap heads

Toronto, ON – A few days ago, Toronto artist Classik (aka: Big C) released a brand new single titled “My Religion.”

Following up to the release of Gravity from 2016, Classik delivers a deeply spiritual Yondo Beats produced track of realization about his religious devotion to rap. In the same regard people attend church or read scripture, Classik has found solace within his craft.

Backed by an old school beat anchored by piano and drums, “My Religion” is an upbeat song of worship for the culture that raised Classik. Whether he’s attending studio sessions, studying lyrics, or digging back into hip-hop’s roots, rap touches every part of Classik’s life. And it’s the guiding principal for how he lives his day-to-day. Check it out below.

Listen to Midnight's

Related Post: We caught up with Classik to talk about his new video for “Need That”

12 Aug

Toronto’s drops new visuals for “I’m Up” video featuring Top5

Toronto, ON – Varna Drive’s Jigsaw and Top5 recently dropped new visuals for their single, “I’m Up.” The video was directed by Charlton Visuals and produced by Soze Brooks. The tune was produced by Sean Bently and is set to appear on Jigsaw’s forthcoming album debut, It’s Complicated. The release is HipHopCanada’s Video of the Day.

Toronto's Jigsaw previews album debut with I'm Up video featuring Top5 -

Related Post: Song of the Day: Jigsaw previews It’s Complicated project with new “Block Life” video

12 Aug

Listen up: Class is in session on KBL’s new self titled EP

Edmonton, AB – If you’re privy to Edmonton’s hip-hop scene, then you know about KBL, and if you don’t know, you need to get into it. Abbreviated for “Knowledge Beneath Lyrics”, the trio dropped their latest self titled EP this spring.

In just eight tracks, the group (which consists of Kancer, B-Lung and Organic) bring fresh, relateable content to the table. Whether it’s dealing with the everyday struggle of getting by or just letting it all go to get faded (cue “Pennies”) it’s all there – wrapped up with clever rhymes, polished cadence (the interludes alone are pure gems) and intricate production.

Not to sound cliche but KBL keeps it 100 and that’s what makes them so relateable. They’re honest and haven’t wavered to appease anyone or anything except the music and lyrics they believe in. Knowledge Beneath Lyrics is available via Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play. To keep up with their latest content, check out their website.

Listen: Class is in session on KBL's Self Titled EP-

12 Aug

Photo recap: Kid Ink & Merkules celebrate Canada 150 in Edmonton

Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse put on special event for the City of Edmonton to celebrate Canada 150. Special guests included Lia Cole, Aidan Murphy, Neon Dreams, Merkules, Rich Chigga and headlined by Kid Ink.

HipHopCanada’s Tyler Johnstone was in the building to catch the action, check out the gallery after the jump.

Photo Gallery: Kid Ink & Merkules Celebrate Canada 150 in Edmonton-
Photo by Tyler Johnstone

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12 Aug

Dizzy’s been putting in that work on his latest project Been Dizzy III: Blackout

Edmonton, AB – I’ll be the first to admit that we slept on Dizzy‘s most recent project Been Dizzy III: Blackout, which the Edmonton MC released last fall-winter.

Since then he’s dropped four visuals in support of the album, opened for a handful of major artists (including T.I. and Redman & Method Man) and is currently touring coast to coast with fellow Canadian artists Cash Dough and DJ $lim (From The Kitchen To The Club Tour). And that’s just scratching the surface. We’ve got some catching up to do.

Dizzy's been putting in that work on his latest project

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12 Aug

Jae Ari explores his perspective on love & sex in this video for “IJS (I’m Just Sayin’)”

Toronto, ON – Earlier this week Toronto artist Jae Ari released the accompanying visual for his favourite track of all time, the Hpnotic718 produced summer soul anthem “IJS (I’m Just Sayin’)”.

We caught up with Jae when he dropped the track, and he explained to us that that song was penned several years ago when Jae was dabbling heavy in more soulful, old school R&B inspired tracks.

“IJS” was inspired by a situation with a female that left Jae feeling used and questioning all of his relations with women. Basically, he caught feels for a girl who wasn’t into guys. But she wanted to experiment so she tried things out on Jae. And of course he got hurt.

This Dynasty Artists Picture Corp directed video takes us through that experience as Jae catches feels and falls for a girl. And as he spends more time with her, he notices a few red flags that he ultimately ignores. And then his girl winds up in bed with another girl.

Jae Ari explores his perspective on love & sex in this video for

Related Post: I’m Just Sayin’: Jae Ari discusses his relations with women & making one of his favourite tracks

12 Aug

Deep: Jaee Bryant & WondaGurl go deeper than rap on their new collaboration

Charleston, SC – One of the most exciting collaborations to surface this summer, 20-year-old rapper-producer Jaee Bryant teamed up with Toronto super-producer WondaGurl for this new single titled “Deep”.

This track comes to us off Jaee’s forthcoming BLOO album (due out on Sept. 22), which will be his third album in just over six months.

“Deep” is about how it’s all much deeper than rap. This is Jaee’s own call-to-action to bring focus back to the culture and the importance of actually saying something that matters. Backed by some signature WondaGurl heat, Jaee serves this track up as a three-minute-long public service announcement about digging beyond the hype and beyond any selfish motives.

Jaee is basically an old head trapped inside of a new head’s body. He’s got a penchant for conscious, lyrical bars, and a mandate to get back to the roots of the culture. He started off as a producer in 2012, and quickly realized that he had more to say than he thought he did. So he started rapping. He’s got a very distinct gritty flow, and a rough-edged raspy delivery.

Deep: Jaee Bryant & WondaGurl go deeper than rap on their new collaboration -

11 Aug

No Mistakes: You need to watch this video for Nessly & Killy’s new summer heater

Toronto, ON – Earlier this week Atlanta artist Nessly and Toronto rapper Killy teamed up with 88rising for this new “No Mistakes” video release.

Produced by Alecto and MikeHector, the “No Mistakes” video is a turnt up punch-to-the-face for when you’re really, really feeling yourself.

Both Killy and Nessly have had surprisingly massive rises to fame. They both came up as underground Internet rappers, and both seemingly went from struggle SoundCloud artists to overnight viral sensations.

Viral underground Toronto rapper KILLY just dropped a new video single titled

Related Post: Song of the Day: Toronto artist KILLY pairs with Bluxz for “Forecast” hit

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