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VNCHY discusses Money Baby: “Although money can give you anything, it is far from ev…

Toronto, ON – At the end of last month, Toronto artist VNCHY teamed up with S.L.M.N. and GoldenBoy for a brand … Read More »

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Not So Famous: Keffaleng discusses the dangers of fame & the importance of Kid Cudi

Toronto, ON – Back in March, Toronto artist Keffaleng unleashed his sophomore release; a seven-track EP entitled Not So Famous.
Not So Famous … Read More »

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Dhamiri breaks down the state of grime in Canada & his come up as a Canadian grime ar…

Mississauga, ON – A few weeks ago I was putting together one of my weekly Spotify playlists when I came across an … Read More »

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Risk: Bane discusses his new track & why he chose not to premiere it on a blog

Earlier this month, Brampton artist Bane self-premiered a brand new track titled “Risk,” produced by Edeez, who’s become Bane’s go-to producer … Read More »

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Find A Way: Neon Dreams win Canadian Music Radio Award, shine at Juno Week

Find A Way: Neon Dreams win Canadian Music Radio Award, shine at Juno Week

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11 Mar

Toronto artist WolF J McFarlane needs your support in his fight against an eye disease


Toronto, ON – My first introduction to Toronto artist and designer WolF J McFarlane was the track “Grizzly Bears Panda” and the UpSideDownDay project several years ago. His creative genius was apparent then as he skillfully handled his own artwork, videos and pretty much everything needed to achieve his desired presentation. He was an early adopter of the do-it-yourself approach to being an artist we see so much of today.

Today it came to my attention that WolF has been suffering from Keratoconus, a progressive eye disease that causes the normally round cornea to thin and bulge into a cone-like shape. The cone-like shape deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the retina, causing blurry vision, double vision, nearsightedness, astigmatism and light sensitivity (among other symptoms), all at the same time.

As OHIP does not cover the procedure to stop Keratoconus from progressing, WolF has reached out to the community and launched a GoFundMe campaign to help with the large medical expense, as well as providing general support for the time he’s unable to work. The surgery is scheduled for March 20, and so far WolF has reached close to $8,000 of his $10,000 goal. And as an incentive to people willing to help out, the five people who donate the most will receive a print of the latest addition to his collection (which you can see on his GoFundMe page).

If you are unable to donate yourself, please consider sharing the story or GoFundMe link to help a fellow member of the Canadian arts community.

11 Mar

Watch Sean Leon’s short film “81 or (UNTIL THE WATER TURNS BLACK AND IT GETS TOO DEEP)”


Toronto, ON – Earlier this week Sean Leon released a brand new short psychological horror film titled “81 or (UNTIL THE WATER TURNS BLACK AND IT GETS TOO DEEP)”.

The film is scored to the Eestbound produced cut “81” off Sean’s just released album I THINK YOU’VE GONE MAD (OR THE SINS OF THE FATHER).

Without revealing too much, the storyline follows a young woman who is being haunted by an unwelcome presence in her home. It runs a little deeper than it that, though. It’s a psychological horror film but the psychological part of it is what’ll really get you.

The whole idea of this “unwelcome presence” is a commentary on how Sean’s plotting his moves. He’s put himself in a position where people have to pay attention to him. His presence is starting to infiltrate all corners of the music industry, regardless of whether he’s welcome there or not. There are so many people that don’t want to see him succeed at this point. But even they need to stay watching… because no matter how hard you try to get rid of him, he’ll still be there. Check out the video below.

Check out Sean Leon's new short film

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10 Mar

D-Sisive, Theo3, Loe Pesci & more to perform at The Cookout in Hamilton on March 12


Hamilton, ON – If you like good food and good music, you need to make your way to The Cookout this Sunday inside Hamilton’s Club Absinthe (38 King William St.).

Headlined by Fool’s Gold rapper (and Fuck, That’s Delicious member) Meyhem Lauren, the line-up features some incredible Canadian talent including D-Sisive, Theo3, Loe Pesci and more.

It’s an all-ages event and going down from noon to midnight so lots of opportunity to take part. The Hip-Hop Brunch takes place between noon and 5:30 p.m. and that’s followed by the Hip-Hop Dinner, going down between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The main concert takes place between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. and that’s followed by an afterparty until closing time.

Tickets can be purchased online via TicketScene. Click the jump link below to peep the flyer.

D-Sisive, Theo3, Loe Pesci & more to perform at The Cookout in Hamilton on March 12 - HipHopCanada.com

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10 Mar

Nicki Minaj releases Remy Ma diss; new music ft. Drake, Boi-1da, Frank Dukes & Lil Wayne


New York, NY – “But here @ Young Money, we don’t do diss records, we drop HIT RECORDS & diss u ON them.

Nicki Minaj fans around the world have waited patiently for the Pink Friday rapper to respond to Remy Ma’s “ShETHER” diss track which was then followed by “Another One” which was released last week on Funk Flex‘s InFlexWeTrust website.

The delay in responding had some people questioning Minaj’s willingness to spar with the Terror Squad alum, but last night the Young Money queen made it clear she’s not backing down from anyone. Minaj released a total of 3 tracks including the Lil Wayne and Drake-assisted “No Frauds,” which takes Ma to task from start to finish. In less than 24 hours, the song has already reached the #1 SPOT ON US iTunes, the first female rapper to achieve that feat since Minaj’s own “Anoconda” in 2014. It’s already topping charts in other countries as well. Along with the diss, Minaj offered Ma a chance to win half a million dollars. The catch? Releasing a chart topping song within 72 hours, and booking a show or interview without mentioning Nicki’s name.

This diss was one of three new songs Minaj released yesterday. “Changed It,” which also features Wayne, and “Regret In Your Tears,” which speaks on her relationship with Meek Mill, and features production by Toronto producers Boi-1da and Frank Dukes. Check out all 3 songs below.

Nicki Minaj releases Remy Ma diss; new music featuring Drake, Boi-1da, Frank Dukes & Lil Wayne - HipHopCanada.com

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10 Mar

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 23


Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 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 a ton of dope new music including Keita Juma’s “Calm. Chi”, Dante Leon’s “Desperately”, Profit’s “Tied the Knot” (off The Bear Market), Ramsay Almighty’s NAV flip “Some Extra Way”, Sola’s “A Hunnid”, Allan Rayman’s “25.22” (off Roadhouse 01), NAV’s “Mariah” (off NAV), DBLCRSS’ “Scarlet” (off Hand Of God), Fidel Benjamin’s “Tru Say” (off the Nights Like These EP), Jae Ari’s “Cream Of The Crop”, Liza’s “Let You Know What”, Sean Leon’s “Xylo’s Lullaby/ Sweet Girls Always Fall For The Monsters” (off I Think You’ve Gone Mad (Or the Sins of the Father)), Derek Wise and Drew Howard’s “I Can Tell” (off Inglorious), Pter P’s “Kudos” (off of LIT), Pryde’s “Whiskey Interlude” (off Loverboy), Emay’s “Silently Ill” (off Ilah), Lais’ “For Now”, Ashton and Txmmy’s “After Sunset,” Puffy L’z’ “RiRi”, and Keffaleng’s “Lucid Dreams” (off the just released new Not So Famous project).

It seems like there’s been so much dope new music dropping lately so these playlists are staying stacked with new releases. This is seriously dope. What a time to be alive! Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 23 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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10 Mar

Peter Jackson releases the “On A Wave” video


Toronto, ON – After premiering on Much this past Thursday, Peter Jackson’s “On A Wave” video has made its online debut.

Directed by Cat Hostick and Russ De Jong for North Film Company, the new visual tells a story that perfectly captures the heart and soul of the song; delivered with top notch videography. “On A Wave,” as the single depicts, sees Jackson living the dream before encountering hard times and then ultimately bouncing back. It gives you a piece of PJ’s experiences and dedication coming up as an artist, along with the future he’s building on. And, being the family man that he is, Jackson made sure to give his kids a cameo, while his girl is portrayed by actress and model Natalie Ney.

Jackson prides himself on his role as a loving husband and father and used the lyrical sway of this record to express how important the love of the right partner is in helping a man through the life’s waves.

“On A Wave,” produced by Sheldon Moore, has been seeing an increase in radio play as of late so the release of the video is well timed and should boost support even further. The song is slated to appear on the Married to Success project set to drop later this year. Stream it now on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital outlets. In other Peter Jackson news, it was recently announced that the 9-0-Nickel rapper would be joining RiFF RAFF on his upcoming Canadian tour, and he was also featured on the new T Gramz single, “Mad Face.”

Peter Jackson releases the On A Wave video - HipHopCanada.com

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9 Mar

Jidenna emerges as a unifying leader on debut album, The Chief


Brooklyn, New York – They say that all good things take time, and Wondaland-signed artist Jidenna may know the value of patience for the greater pursuit of quality, better than anyone. Following his introduction with Janelle Monaé’s label, and supported under leadership from Sony Records, the Brooklyn-based rapper first received industry-attention in 2015 for his single “Classic Man” and his collaboration with Monaé on “Yoga.” His entrance into the music community has marinated with the public for the past two years, steadily increasing his following with well-received appearances such as a highly-noted performance at the 2016 BET awards.

Speaking candidly to his fans in interviews and editorials about his diverse background and international perspectives, Jidenna’s debut album The Chief is a project that many have been anticipating. Familiar fans gravitate towards the rapper’s uncanny ability to weave socio-political content into the mainstream by revamping the lyrical aspect of storytelling in hip-hop. Whether you find yourself typically drawn to classic forms of lyricism or more mainstream-based sonics, The Chief successfully offers something for everyone. With the release of the album a few weeks behind us now, a candid conversation with the rapper touches on a project that is 15 years in the making. His reflections support the profile of an artist with an overall vision for bettering his community, and whose honest ambitions have established him as a respected voice in rap.

Jidenna emerges as a unifying leader on his debut album The Chief - HipHopCanada.com

Every country has been founded by a mixture of people, and it’s a beautiful thing that makes this world exciting to be in. I hope that I can bring people closer to the truth – that we’re all one.” – Jidenna

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9 Mar

Ottawa songstress Vi breaks down her debut single “Fool’s Gold”


Ottawa, ON – Earlier this month, Ottawa vocalist Vi released “Fool’s Gold” as her debut, first-ever single release.

Produced by Craig Betts, “Fool’s Gold” was written about Vi’s past relationship. Basically, another female came into the picture pretending to be something she wasn’t in an attempt to break apart Vi’s relationship with her man.

The song speaks to how so many people have motives that aren’t genuine. People present as a certain type of way, but sometimes it’s not who they really are. It’s like fool’s gold, which is basically the ultimate geological poser; trying to be glitzy and ritzy and gold, when ultimately it isn’t.

That’s how some people are, too. Check out “Fool’s Gold” below, and scope our Q&A with Vi after the jump.

Ottawa songstress Vi breaks down her debut single

9 Mar

We caught up with Van Hill to talk about his latest single “Rollin”


Brampton, ON – Brampton artist Van Hill recently released his latest single “Rollin” (produced by GHD and shivvy B) as a follow up to his Sad Day at Wonderland EP.

Taking a completely different approach from the EP, Van delivers a hungry slapper anthem that marks a switch in his emotional state. He dropped Sad Day at Wonderland to get the sad and depressive feels out of his system. Now he’s got that cleared out and he is ready to roll.

There’s an undertone of urgency in this record. And as Van explained it, sometimes it feels like time is moving way too fast. So the only solution to dealing with life as it comes as you is to pick up the pace and get “Rollin.” Check the record below, and scope our Q&A with Van after the jump.

We caught up with Van Hill to talk about his new single

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8 Mar

Canada Loves Dilla starts tomorrow in Vancouver; 6 dates in total


Vancouver, BC – Legendary producer J Dilla died over 10 years ago, but his legacy grows stronger with each year that passes.

The Slum Village member was adored by Canadian hip-hop heads when he was alive, and they have cherished his memory with every opportunity since his untimely passing.

Tomorrow a new tour celebrating Dilla’s life kicks off in Vancouver inside Alexander Gastown (91 Powell Streeet) with special guests Illa J (Dilla’s younger brother), DJ Rhettmatic of The World Famous Beat Junkies, Dankery Harv, DJ Spinna and DJ Soko.

Along with Vancouver, the Canada Loves Dilla Tour will also make stops in Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Hamilton. A portion of the profits from the shows will be donated to the J Dilla Foundation. Click the jump link below for more details.

Canada Loves Dilla starts tomorrow in Vancouver; 6 dates in total - HipHopCanada.com

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