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Kaytranada wins the 2016 Polaris Music Prize; releases 0.001% mixtape

Montreal, QC – This week marks a major milestone for Montreal super-producer Kaytranada as he won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for … Read More »

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Seth Dyer spoke with us about his new track “Together” & how he balances …

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Seth Dyer has been making some major moves lately. Following our chat with Seth last week about … Read More »

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Everything I Love: Mindbender reviews the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour

Toronto, ON – Bad Boys usually move in silence. But sometimes, like a mafia Godfather trying to … Read More »

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“We’re working on an album.” Kanye’s Vogue interview fuels anticipation for Dr…

Toronto, ON – Kanye West recently alluded to the long-awaited collaborative project with Drake during an appearance at OVO Fest, and now … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

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30 Jun

Check out Derin Falana’s new track “West” that samples River Tiber & Daniel Caesar


Brampton, ON – Brampton artist Derin Falana just released his latest single titled “West,” that samples “West” by River Tiber and Daniel Caesar.

The track was produced by Jahmal Gittens, and serves as a nod to Derin’s progress. While Derin’s Live From Rocky Mountain mixtape was a nod to his Brampton roots, this song marks a new milestone for the guy. He’s ready to extend his rap game reign beyond B-Town.

Derin took a trip over to New York recently and it really opened his eyes to how far along he’s come as an artist. This track mirrors the excitement and vibrancy Derin experienced in the Big Apple, while still paying some major homage to two of Toronto’s finest (River Tiber and Daniel Caesar). Check the track below, and peep our Q&A with Derin after the jump.

Derin Falana - Vacation [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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29 Jun

You need to watch Pimpton’s new video for “Checkered Flags”


Regina, SK – CJE artist Pimpton just dropped his video for “Checkered Flags” (produced by Dead Lighters) off the just-released Allow Us To Be Generous EP (which you should cop via Bandcamp over here).

The song is the first track on the EP and draws influence both from Lil Wayne’s early days, as well as from the film Ben-Hur.

Pimpton approached this track with that same freeverse intro style that Lil Wayne bodied back in the day. But lyrically, the track follows the themes of perseverance and victory seen in the film Ben-Hur.

Premiere: You need to watch Pimpton's new video for

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29 Jun

We caught up with Harm Franklin to find out about his video for “Private Caller/$tarbucks”


Calgary, AB – Calgary artist Harm Franklin just released a new double-video drop for “Private Caller” and “$tarbucks” off his recent project The Learning Curve 3 (which you can cop over here).

In case you’re not familiar, Harm is a Calgary artist who actually doesn’t sound like a Calgary artist. He spent a few years flip-flopping between influences before honing in on his signature sound. The Harm Franklin sound fuses wavy cloud raps with sexy soulful R&B.

The first half of the video – “Private Caller” – is all about the turn up, while “$tarbucks” serves as a Harm-inized nod to lean rap.

Dirty Harry x TroyBoi - O.G. (Rap Remix) [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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29 Jun

Soaring to Heaven: Toronto’s King Reign passes away at 40


Toronto, ON – We’re deeply saddened to report the passing of veteran Toronto MC, Kunle Thomas aka King Reign.

Last Saturday, Reign’s father revealed through social media that Reign had suffered a heart attack and was on life support in a Toronto hospital. Despite the prayers and well wishes from pretty much everyone in the Canadian scene, Reign passed away yesterday with family close by.

Soaring to Heaven: Toronto's King Reign passes away at the age of 40 - HipHopCanada.com

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29 Jun

Vancouver’s Sharuk debuts Back In June; provides major summertime vibes


Vancouver, BCSharuk is fresh on Vancouver’s music scene and recently dropped his silky R&B debut EP Back In June. The 4-track project packs a distinct curve from the typical Vancouver sound initially inspiring the question “where has Sharuk been hiding this whole time?” but giving it a second run through it becomes clear that Back In June was executed with impeccable timing. Summer ’16 is already the summer of vibes and Back In June is adamant on providing just that.

Vancouver's Sharuk debuts with Back In June; provides major summertime vibes - HipHopCanada.com

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29 Jun

CBC: GoFundMe donations raised for journalist Zack Noureddine withheld from family


Ottawa, ON – It takes a special kind of dirt-bag to defraud a family while they’re grieving the loss of a loved one.

Zack Noureddine, 25, was a contributor at HipHopCanada (as well as other publications) and a friend of our organization. He passed away in Toronto after being assaulted and randomly targeted for robbery by a group of soulless twats. Emergency crews were called to Yonge Street and Lola Road just after midnight on Dec. 30, 2015. When they arrived they found Zack in distress. They got him to the hospital but sadly he passed away a short time thereafter.

By late April 2016, 3 men had been charged with Zack’s death: William Lordhu Cummins, 29, Patrick Smith, 26, and Matthew Moreira, 31, of Toronto were charged with second-degree murder and robbery. At the very least, the Noureddine family could find some comfort in knowing that justice for Zack was in motion.

CBC: GoFundMe donations raised for journalist Zack Noureddine withheld from family - HipHopCanada.com

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29 Jun

VNCHY told us about his “Issues” & explained why love is a problem


Toronto, ON – Toronto artist VNCHY just released his latest single titled “Issues” (produced by Jordon Manswell).

“Issues” is a song about love. But it’s not a love song. It’s a song about love being an issue. This song is different from a lot of what we’ve seen from VNCHY in the past because he’s singing on here; not rapping.

I first got familiar with VNCHY as the deep-toned grizzly rapper, and mastermind behind the Neverland: 001A_0315 EP (which was one of the best releases of last year).

But at the beginning of 2016, VNCHY told me that he was going to be taking more of a melodic direction with his craft. He sent me over a rough clip that he was working on and I realized right away that the man had the voice of an angel. So I’m extremely excited to see how VNCHY is branching out with his artistry. Check out “Issues” below, and peep our Q&A with VNCHY to find out more about this new release.

VNCHY solidifies his place as

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28 Jun

The best rap show of Sled Island 2016 was TT The Artist at Commonwealth Bar & Stage


Calgary, AB – On Jun. 23, Baltimore rapper TT The Artist came through Commonwealth in Calgary to perform her first of two sets during the annual Sled Island music festival.

Going into this show, I honestly had no idea who TT was. But the girl’s show at Commonwealth ended up being my favourite rap performance of Sled Island 2016. That’s right: my favourite rap performance of the entire festival.

Just after 10:30 p.m., TT took the stage and cranked the venue’s energy from 0 to 100 real quick. She bounced around the stage like a little fireball, spitting through her discography of tracks like “Thug It Out,” “Queen,” and more. It was a surreal

In addition to being one of the sexiest, pro-pussy shows I’ve ever attended, TT’s performance was also one of the most turnt sets I’ve witnessed. She typically spits over fast BPMs, and adds both trap and dancehall influences into her music. Basically, TT The Artist is unfuckwitable.

Sled Island 2016: The best rap show of this year's festival was TT The Artist - HipHopCanada.com

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28 Jun

Premiere: Pressa enlists director Niño Luey for the Terminator 2-inspired, “John Connor”


Toronto, ON – The Canadian rap scene is riding a new wave as Toronto’s latest budding star Pressa continues to circulate and generate buzz across the internet; just two solo videos, “TBH” and “Deadmihana,” bringing in over 1,300,000 views. After his latest videos the northside rapper returns with another NV aka Niño Luey-directed video, visualizing the new single titled, “John Connor,” paying homage to the 1991 James Cameron-classic, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. And HipHopCanada is thrilled to bring you the premiere!

The Blue Feathers recording artist is gearing up for a ton of new releases, putting on for Toronto. So, watch close and stay tuned for more Pressa.

“John Connor” is available for viewing below and you can download the tune now on iTunes.

Premiere: Toronto's Pressa enlists director Niño Luey for the Terminator 2-inspired, John Connor - HipHopCanada.com

Pressa Armani is here to take over the City of Toronto. BFR or BE-A-FAR.” – Pressa

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28 Jun

Golden shakes up the neighbourhood with new video


Vancouver, BC – Fresh from a cross Canada tour Stealth Bomb’s own Golden still has enough energy in him to make it back home and wake up the neighbourhood. His latest video from his recently release album Showers just dropped and it is everything you would expect. Huge hits from the blunt, drinks straight from the bottle and all the debauchery you can fit into two-and-a-half minutes. Check out the self directed video and Hunter Bentley produced track  “Neighbors” below and read up on Golden here.

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