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J. Cole, Lorde, Serena Ryder & more at Ottawa Folk Festival, Sept. 10-14 [News]

Ottawa, ON – The nation’s capital is the place to from September 10 to 14 as the Ottawa Folk Festival takes over … Read More »

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Artist to artist: Hellnback gets the grease on Merkules [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published August 26, 2014 – With the way hip-hop has been changing over the years it’s hard to … Read More »

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Time to #WAKEDAFUCUP: HipHopCanada chops it up with Onyx [Interview]

Calgary, AB – On Aug. 15, our friends over at True Rhythm brought Onyx (Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz) to Calgary for … Read More »

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On the Run with Jay and Bey in Winnipeg [Review]

Winnipeg, MB – I’ll be honest: when the rumors started circulating that Jay Z and Beyoncé were set to tour together this … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]


5 Jul

Maxal Tha Best – Harriet ft. F. Virtue & Chynna (Prod. Drainpuppet) [Audio]

Penticton, BC – Penticton-based rapper, Maxal Tha Best, recently teamed up with F. Virtue, Chynna, and producer Drainpuppet to hit us with a new record entitled “Harriet.” I don’t know if you cats remember, but I caught up with F. Virtue (who is a former Calgarian, now based in New York), last year for a chop-up about what it’s like to be a gay MC. Well, Maxal is also a gay MC. And he hits us hard with this joint: “We out here yelling we out here/ While there’s kids afraid to be out out here.”

I mean – look at that lyricism. That’s about so much more than sexual orientation. That’s universal. That’s about being afraid to be yourself. I think most cats can feel that on some level. And just so you know – this record also comes to us along with Maxal’s debut Glass Children album, which was released via SoundCloud. So peep “Harriet” below, and head over here to cop a download of the new album.


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4 Jul

Good Samaritans – Old Wayz ft. Webster & DJ Nerv [Video]

Quebec City, QC – Talented French Canadian rapper Beeyoudee has dropped of new visuals in support of his compilation, Talents Disparus Vol. 2. “Old Wayz,” produced by Moonchild, is a track by Good Samaritans featuring Webster and DJ Nerve. The video was directed by Cémont Films and comes courtesy of Les Disques Coznob. Check it out after the jump link below.

Talents Disparus Vol. 2: Compilation internationale réunissant plusieurs poids lourd du rap Québécois, Français, Américain, Tunisien et de l’Europe de l’Est. Réalisé par Beeyoudee.

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4 Jul

Shai Mate – Exponential Growth ft. Evil Ebenezer [Video]

Vancouver, BC - Local rising star, Shai Mate releases the first video from his brand new album Take Control. The single is called “Exponential Growth”. The video below was directed and edited by Hayden Baptiste and features West Coast emcee Evil Ebenezer. The track was producer by the Canadian hip-hop legend Chin Injeti (50 Cent, Drake, Eminem) – check it out.

Related Post: Shai Mate – Take Control [Review]

4 Jul

KOTD presents: West Coast Squad Tour Edmonton [News]

Edmonton, AB  – Brought to you by King of the Dot Entertainment, the battle-rap phenomenon that is KOTD makes its way to Edmonton on July 19 for a stop at the Studio Music Foundation (10940 166A Street). If King of the Dot (KOTD) doesn’t ring any bells – which I doubt – then let me fill you in: founded in 2008 in Toronto by local-resident Organik, KOTD started out as a small platform for the local battle-rap community. Fast-forward six years later; KOTD is one of North America’s – scratch that – one of the world’s top hip-hop battling leagues in urban entertainment. With co-signs from the likes of Drake, Classified, Choclair, Alchemist, Maestro and more; KOTD is renowned for its quality product and professional organization worldwide.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance. For more details, keep it locked on the events Facebook Page and peep the official flyer after the jump.


Related Post: KOTD West Coast Squad Tour stops in Edmonton [Review]

4 Jul

Win the ultimate Future Honest Tour prize pack [Contest]

Toronto, ONFuture‘s monstrous Honest Tour kicks off tonight in Vancouver. And you cats out in Toronto are probably eagerly waiting for his T-Dot show at Sound Academy (11 Polson St) on July 11. Which is an entire week away. Ugh. The struggle.

But don’t worry. We’ve got you. We’ve teamed up with our friends over at INK Entertainment to give away an Honest Tour prize pack of supreme awesome status. For real. This is the stuff that dreams are made of. The prize pack includes a pair of tickets to the show, a copy of Honest for your listening pleasure, and some 10.Deep swag to keep you fresh as can be. Peep more details and contest entry information after the jump.

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4 Jul

Arami “The Corrector” – Ali Bombaye [Video]

Vancouver, BC – For better or for worse whatever Arami “The Corrector” touches, he’s gonna make it work. His recent video “Ali Bombaye” comes from is upcoming mixtape YogE Vs Arami 2: R.I.P - dropping soon.

Coming into his own Arami spits some of his realest rhymes over a hard-hitting beat. The sharp visuals come courtesy of Behind Closed Doors Productions. Be on the look out for more content from this up-and-coming Vancouver artist.

Related Post: From Africa to Canada: Words with Arami The Corrector [Interview]

4 Jul

Rochester (aka Juice) – Toronto ft. Lindo P, Tona & Spek Won [Audio] #SOTD

Toronto, ON – Today’s Song of the Day is a track off the Rock Bottom original soundtrack released by Toronto vet Rochester (aka Juice). “Toronto,” produced by Rich Kidd, is one of 12 tracks featured on the project and it features Lindo P, Tona and Spek Won. Check it out below.


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Related Post: Rochester’s Rock Bottom Filxtape finds a new home on HipHopCanada [News]

4 Jul

Rochester’s Rock Bottom Filxtape finds a new home on HipHopCanada [News]

Toronto, ON – Blocktrade Music is proud to announce, Rochester aka Juice’s Rock Bottom flixtape has found a new home on HipHopCanada. The film features appearances by Canadian legend Maestro Fresh Wes, UFC Pro fighter Sean Pierson, Showdown Joe, Angelica Charrupi and Flow 93.5 FM’s Jeni. It also highlights the musical talent of Kim Davis, Tona, Spek Won, Blache and Cuban; along with the production talent of Rich Kidd, Tone Mason, Twin, Snaz and many others.

Proud to see my dude, Rochester, elevate his game. The Rock Bottom flixtape once again shows he is trying to think outside the box. Innovative!” – Maestro Fresh Wes

Rock Bottom has traveled nationally and has been featured in multiple indie film festivals; Blocktrade has decided to give it a permanent home on the HipHopCanada website. Blocktrade Music teamed up with Eagle Eye Records to create Rochester aka Juice’s flixtape. The name flixtape comes from the merger of short film and mixtape; the ‘tape’ is based on the music from Rochester’s Rock Bottom mixtape. The Rock Bottom flixtape`s clean cut sound was created by the sound engineering talent of Blaow.

Rock Bottom is the story of a determined young MMA fighter who has lost one too many battles. Rockey (Brendo Craig), who has worked hard at his dream, loses his final fight which pushes him to give up. He goes back to a labours job so he can provide for his wife (Candace Leblanc) and daughter (Kira Leblanc). However, he is shortly laid off. Feeling like he has no other options, he catches up with old friends who plan a heist that would fix all of his financial woes. The events which follow make Rockey understand what ‘rock bottom’ really is. The concept is inspired by the movie Rocky, but revamped to suit a younger generation.

Click the jump to watch the flixtape, and to stream or download the soundtrack.

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4 Jul

Bishop Brigante – The Collection [Mixtape]

Toronto, ON – Without actually releasing an official album, Bishop Brigante has become of one of the most recognized artists to come out of Toronto. The actor and co-host of King of the Dot has released several big singles over the years and became a staple in the Toronto battle scene early on in his career. There’s been several key projects along the way, including his contributions as a member of S.L.U.G. on The Weight Is Over, but none more complete to the “Brigante Experience” than The Collection. The Collection is considered the official street LP from Bishop, with almost every song featuring original production from the likes of Boi-1da, T-Minus, Rich Kidd, KinSmuv, DJ Kemo and more.

Guest appearances include Drake, Nate Dogg, Sticky Fingaz, MC Lyte, Mr. Probz, JD Era, Hush (aka Young Tony), OVO’s Jonny Roxx, Kim Davis, Ken Masters, Big Zeeks, Mike G and more. Needless to say, it’s a must-have for any Brigante fan. Download or stream this HipHopCanada-sponsored release after the jump via DatPiff.

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4 Jul

Why G-Eazy is the greatest: The Bay, E-40 and his Canadian bromance [Interview]

Toronto, ONOriginally published July 3, 2014 – Back in March, my friend, Kate, talked my ear off for weeks about a show she was going to see. Of course, I asked what artist, to which her response was “this guy who raps and is really fucking cute.” Oh, okay Kate.

When her plans practically belly-flopped, I wound up agreeing to go with her to see this show last minute (shortly before I learned that I would be reviewing it). See, the thing is, I love Kate, but I don’t always love her idea of what “really awesome rap music” is, and agreeing to see someone named “G-Eazy” with no real knowledge of his music could have left me short one friend. (No shade here, by the way. If you heard even half of the songs that Kate makes me sit through, you’d completely understand my apprehensiveness.)

Still, against my better judgment, I stuck to my word and trekked out to The MOD Club in Toronto to be apart of the These Things Happen Tour. Everything I had expected to happen… happened: the under-aged pre-drinks in the Tim Horton’s washroom, the sea of girls in crop tops complaining about being frozen (all the while, red flannels converted into belts hung from their waists), the over-use of the word “bro” in the venue lineup, etcetera, etcetera. What I didn’t expect to happen though… also happened.

Why G-Eazy is the greatest: The Bay, E-40 and his Canadian bromance [Interview] -

I’m on this raised-platform-stage and I’m put on display, but at the same time I’m just a human. I’m just a regular person at the end of the day and, you know, I just want them to know that I do appreciate every single one of them.” – G-Eazy

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