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Quake Matthews releases “Just Another Love Story” video; pens himself a letter

Quake Matthews releases “Just Another Love Story” video; pens himself a letter

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30 Dec

Take me down to Paradise City: OVO Sound’s Mike Zombie releases catchy new single


Willingboro, NJ – OVO Sound’s Mike Zombie, known primarily for his impressive production portfolio, puts on his rapper hat for the catchy new Guns N’ Roses-inspired “Paradise City.” The track makes use of GNR’s famous “Take me down to Paradise city” chorus line, giving you a peak at Zombie’s state of mind as he effortlessly shows off his lyrical might and versatility.

Delivering flying bars atop a multicolored production, a sample from Stranger Thing‘s ‘No Autopsy,’ Mike tells a story about life over the past year. When the gravity of life’s emotions become weighing, Mike packs up his bags and parts to ‘Paradise City.’

Check it out below.

Take me down to Paradise City: OVO Sound's Mike Zombie releases catchy new single - HipHopCanada.com

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30 Dec

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 13


Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify back in October and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week. Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.

This week’s playlist includes several brand new just-released tracks including “Hercules” by DillanPonders (off the just-released new Acid Reign project which is probably Ponders’ best album so far), “Dangerous” by Roy Woods (off the newly released Nocturnal EP), “Beyond The Pines” by Derek Wise, “Down In The Hamptons” by HERO, “R U Down” by Jydn, and more.

The playlist also features records from Majid Jordan, Sean Leon, Plaza, Ikeno, Junia-T, DijahSB, EverythingOShauN, Drew Howard, City Fidelia, Ninetyfour, and more.

Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 13 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.

HipHopCanada is now on Spotify: Listen to our debut weekly playlist curated by Sarah Jay - HipHopCanada.com

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28 Dec

DBLCRSS breaks down his 2016 blow-up & explains why you can’t just pay him for a beat


Hamilton, ON – Representing the GTA West, Hamilton based artist DBLCRSS was one of the best things to happen to the Canadian production scene this year.

After landing himself as a regularly featured artist on The6Track, the Nü Faith Inc. co-founder made a name for himself by delivering a slew of 2016 collaborations with guys like Ramsay Almighty, Bane, Van Hill, LEO., and more.

Artistically, DBLCRSS is still a bit of a mystery. He doesn’t show his face in association with his music, and it seems like he just kind of came out of nowhere this year. And that’s because 2016 was the year that DBLCRSS actually decided to premiere himself as an artist.

DBLCRSS produces in Logic X Pro and FL Studio 11, and draws a lot of his inspiration from older films and books. He almost always starts his compositions with a drum line, and builds the beat from there. He’s one of few producers I have come across who A) actually has his own distinct sound and B) has enough diversity within that signature sound to slaughter any kind of beat he touches; from dancehall, to Afrobeat, to trap, and everything else in between. But for some reason, the guy’s sound is totally left field from what we’ve come to associate with “the Toronto sound.”

This week I caught up with DBLCRSS for an exclusive interview to break down the year 2016. We talked about DBLCRSS’ massive rise to Internet fame, his work process for making beats, his forthcoming debut EP, his decision to branch out from working with rappers, why you can’t just pay him to cop a beat and more.

DBLCRSS breaks down his 2016 blow-up & explains why you can't just pay him for a beat - HipHopCanada.com
Photo courtesy of Nü Faith Inc.

Selling beats often results in your production being slobbered on by half-wit engineers who refer to YouTube tutorials every single time they mix.” – DBLCRSS

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28 Dec

Song of the Day: Jahkoy just dropped a new track co-written by Ye Ali titled “Acceptance V1”


Toronto, ONOriginally published Dec. 24, 2016 – Following up to the release of his monstrous debut Foreign Water EP in October, Def Jam signee Jahkoy just dropped off a brand new single titled “Acceptance V1” (produced by BiznessBoi and Th3ory).

“Acceptance V1” was co-written by Ye Ali. So stylistically it’s on much more of a Ye Ali tip. This is exactly how you would assume it sounds; a sexy after-hours Ye Ali jam with buttery smooth Jahkoy vocals.

It’s also a very honest telling of what happens when you catch feels. You’re still probably gonna want to take your clothes off after you hear this record. But it’ll resonate with you and also probably leave you thinking about a certain someone: “Girl I’ve been drinking/ Browsing your pictures/ Got me up thinking/ You should accept me.”

“Acceptance V1” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. Listen to it below, and if you haven’t downloaded Foreign Water yet you should get on that ASAP.

You need to listen to Jahkoy's debut Foreign Water EP - HipHopCanada.com

27 Dec

JellyTooFly & Sola release new visuals for their collaborative “Too Much”


Toronto, ON – On Christmas Day, JellyTooFly and Sola dropped off brand new visuals for their collaborative track titled “Too Much.”

The video was directed by Rodzilla and takes us into a house party with Jelly and Sola. I’ve been such a huge fan of this record since it dropped because the bars slap so hard. Sola kicks off on the first verse. Then Jelly comes in on the hook. And then Jelly delivers arguably one of her best, hardest-hitting verses of all time.

The idea here is that you can never be too much and that nothing is ever too much. Be extra AF and don’t think twice about it. But also know you can never have too much of a good thing; whether it’s money, fame, or whatever else. Check out the video after the jump.

JellyTooFly & Sola release new visuals for their collaborative

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27 Dec

DVSN releases two new videos for “Too Deep” & “With Me/ Do It Well”


Toronto, ON – OVO signees DVSN (aka: Daniel Daley and Nineteen85) kicked off the end of 2016 proper by dropping two new videos last week for “Too Deep” and “With Me/ Do It Well.”

It’s been a minute since DVSN has made any major releases but Sept 5th made its mark pretty strong this year. Definitely one of the most underrated albums of 2016.

Sticking with their minimalist, elusive M.O., DVSN keeps their videos very simple. “With Me” follows a female as she cruises down the road and listens to the song. And of course the “Do It Well” part of the one video transitions into pole dancing because “Do It Well” was the best catching-feels-for-a-stripper-anthem-of-the-year.

The video for “Too Deep” also keeps it simple, juxtaposing quicksand and fire with the uncontrollable feelings that go hand-in-hand with falling in “Too Deep” with someone. Check out the video for “With Me/ Do It Well” below, and scope the trailer for “Too Deep.” To view the full video for “Too Deep”, head on over to Apple Music.

DVSN releases two new videos for

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24 Dec

This Must Be Heaven: DillanPonders breaks down his new Eestbound & Houssam produced single


Toronto, ON – With only a few days left before Acid Reign drops, SMMG artist DillanPonders recently released this brand new record off the album titled “HEAVEN” (produced by Eestbound and Houssam).

“HEAVEN” is one of the most aggressive tracks Ponders has spit on. But it’s also one most optimistic tracks Ponders has spit on. This is a record about the completely subjective concept of “HEAVEN”. For Ponders, “HEAVEN” is a state of being and a mindset. He recognizes that he is blessed to have his squad and the people around him.

This is on some gratitude tip. And it’s a friendly Ponders sponsored reminder to stop trying to acquire materialistic things in order to obtain joy or clout or whatever. True happiness comes from within.

Listen to “HEAVEN” below (shouts to SwitchMedia on the cover art), and scope our Q&A with DillanPonders after the jump. And make sure you keep it locked on the release of Acid Reign on Dec. 28. I swear that album is going to be a game changer.

This Must Be Heaven: DillanPonders breaks down his new Eestbound & Houssam produced single - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Dec

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 12


Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify back in October and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.

Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.

This week’s playlist includes several brand new just-released tracks including Roy Woods’ “Involved” (off the JUST released new Nocturnal EP), Derek Wise’s “Ryan Glamsling,” Sean Leon’s Jazz Cartier diss “Fav Rapper/ Hundred Million Religion”, Hero’s “She Will Always Let You Down” (off the Loosies project), DillanPonders’ “Heaven”, Ikeno’s “Maple Surrp Freestyle”, and DJ Dre Killspree’s Tory Lanez featured “Toronto Girl Postal.”

This playlist also features Jonathan Emile’s Kendrick Lamar assisted “Heaven Help Dem”, which made headlines after Emile challenged Top Dawg Entertainment, Interscope Records and Universal Music Group when he was forced to take down his song due to alleged copyright infringement. The Montreal artist took the labels to court and won his case.

Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 12 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.

HipHopCanada is now on Spotify: Listen to our debut weekly playlist curated by Sarah Jay - HipHopCanada.com

23 Dec

Roy Woods just released his new Nocturnal EP via Apple Music & Spotify


Brampton, ON – Following the release of his Waking at Dawn EP earlier this year and a surprise video drop for “Go Go Go” this week, OVO signee Roy Woods just dropped his new Nocturnal EP.

This seven-track EP sticks to Roy’s signature sound; offering up ambient, after-hours tipped records about love and feelings. The EP only includes two features on it: Majid Jordan on “Chilli Peppers” and MadeinTYO on “Instinct”. It’s an EP for anyone who’s up late; whether you’ve got company or you’re getting lost in your own thoughts. It’s on that vibe.

Woods just wrapped up his Unlocked Tour after performing 15 dates across North America. That’s a major look for Woods. So it’s good to see him wrapping 2016 with another project release. Stream the Nocturnal EP after the jump via Spotify, and go cop a download of the project via iTunes.

Roy Woods just released his new Nocturnal EP via Apple Music & Spotify - HipHopCanada.com

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22 Dec

Sean Leon just released “81 PREQUEL” as the prequel to last year’s “81”


Toronto, ON – After causing an online fury in response to his “FAV RAPPER / HUNDRED MILLION RELIGION” Jazz Cartier diss, Sean Leon is back this week with a new track titled “81 PREQUEL.”

This song comes to us as the prequel (obviously) to last year’s monstrous Eestbound produced “81.” The original track was a nod to Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against Toronto on January 22, 2006.

For this prequel, Bijan Amir handles the production by flipping the same sample from “81” into a brand new composition. Sean also flips the original by putting a fresh spin on his phrasing and lyrics.

Sean Leon just released

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