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The identity of H.E.R. remains a mystery, but the authenticity behind her music is crystal…

Vancouver, BC – It’s a Friday evening in the sunny coastal city, and the energetic lines of youth stretch around UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium. … Read More »

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Ojibwe First Nation artist Alja discusses what it feels like to be “Outnumbered̶…

North Bay, ON – Earlier this summer Ojibwe First Nation artist Alja released a brand new nine-track mixtape entitled C.H.I.E.F, which features … Read More »

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Baltimore’s Trey Rx explains the emotional investment on his debut project, Frequenc…

We first got wind of Baltimore-based artist Trey Rx when he released “i-83” a few weeks back … Read More »

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DillanPonders got his first MuchFACT grant & used it to make a video for “Heave…

Toronto, ON – As he gears up to release No Mans Land on Aug. 30, SMMG artist DillanPonders just released a brand … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Halifax’s Neon Dreams goes Gold with “Marching Bands” single featuring K

Halifax’s Neon Dreams goes Gold with “Marching Bands” single featuring K

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10 Jun

Halifax duo Kin Crew stay unruly in wild “Night Club” video


Halifax, NS – Check out the video for the hard trap record “Night Club” by award-winning East Coast duo, Kin Crew. The song seems to have been especially embraced by YouTube car and bass enthusiasts, with the song being used as the soundtrack to various user videos. Great exposure for the group who are holding down their own beats, cuts and vocals. “Night Club” is available for viewing below.

In 2017, Kin Crew’s goal will be to transform their traditional hip-hop vibe to an EDM, festival trap sound. Bringing creative sound design and intense energy to the festival stages.

Halifax duo Kin Crew stay unruly in wild Night Club video - HipHopCanada.com

10 Jun

Toronto’s Jayy Brown & Bally team up for the 94VSN-directed “Bros”


Toronto, ON – Ten days in and young Jayy Brown has racked up close to 75K views with the visuals for his catchy new Bally-assisted “Bros” single. The song was produced by NikoGotBangers and the video was co-directed by Brown and 94VSN.

Toronto's Jayy Brown & Bally team up for the 94VSN-directed Bros - HipHopCanada.com

10 Jun

There’s No Option for Cabilasian N***a! We Love Hip Hop Ep. 16 featuring Frankie Payne


Toronto, ONFrankie Payne in the building! We had a great convo about his hip-hop beginnings! Jane Street days, Split Decision, Graffiti Logik to Jugganot (Brown Bricks) to now! Plus we have a full serving of Hip Hop tea on Tiger Woods, Drake, Lil Wayne and Baby in the same studios daily and MORE!

You can find the We Love Hip Hop podcast on iTunes and other outlets.

There's No Option for Cabilasian N***a! We Love Hip Hop Episode 16 Frankie Payne - HipHopCanada.com

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9 Jun

Premiere: Hamilton artists DBLCRSS & Jay Portal discuss their new grunge-trap “Rockstar” anthem


Hamilton, ON – We’re very excited to announce this exclusive new premiere out of Hamilton for the track “Rockstar” by DBLCRSS and Jay Portal.

One of the most diverse producers of the new generation, DBLCRSS has a chameleon sound that sees him mastering almost every genre or style of production he touches. He has a real knack for picking up on an artist’s vibe and creating a beat to fit that artistry.

Although DBLCRSS recently told us he wasn’t planning on working with rappers anymore, he decided a collaboration with Jay was necessary because A) he doesn’t even really consider Jay a rapper, and B) Jay has a very distinct grunge-punk sound that DBLCRSS wanted to work with.

The two artists eventually combined forces to create “Rockstar”, a trap-heavy emo-punk-rock anthem for all the rockstar-wannabes out there. Listen to the premiere below, and check out our in-depth interview with the guys after the jump.

Premiere: Hamilton artists DBLCRSS & Jay Portal discuss their new grunge-trap

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9 Jun

Myniakal is dead: SRRYINADVNCE’s frontman is now Mykal Gannon & he just dropped a new track


Toronto, ON – After years of releasing content under the moniker Myniakal, the SRRYINADVNCE frontman Mykal Gannon is back with a new name and a new track “Gone Since”.

The record (which was produced by Goldsoul and Luca Mauti) details the transition that the artist has had over time and as he moves from his glorified drug induced music to a fresh direction with a bigger purpose.

When asked about who Myniakal was and who he represented, Mykal said that “He was an act! Like a stage persona! He was just down for drugs and getting lit all the fucking time”. In contrast, the new artist that has been birthed by the homies at SRRYINADVNCE, Mykal Gannon, is a more refined individual, an authentic artist that people can really connect to.

Myniakal is dead: SRRYINADVNCE's frontman is now Mykal Gannon & he just dropped a new track - HipHopCanada.com

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9 Jun

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 36


Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify back 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 features a ton of brand new music starting with Da-P’s “Ms. Communication” collaboration with theMIND and Sun. Volume 36 also features new music from Wasiu, PARTYNEXTDOOR, anders, Raahiem, Keita Juma, Johnny Darko, So Loki, Mat Johnston and Kaytranada, Nue, Shapiro, Benji Yashi, Joe Impala, Robert Robert, Gov, Jayoh Birch, Safakash, Jay Worthy and more.

Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 36 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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8 Jun

Maurice Moore brings double the vibes on “Just 2” and “Scars”


Ottawa, ON – STXRY’s Maurice Moore released 2 new tracks this past Sunday as part of his six-week Sunday Gems series. The Ottawa-based artist has established himself as a Canadian R&B voice to watch, and also a member of Kehlani’s TSNMI mob. With his debut mixtape The Amber Room expected in the coming months this summer, “Just 2” and “Scars” put Maurice at the front of our attention and keep us alert to his upcoming moves.

“Just 2” is produced by Australian producer UNO Stereo and merges trap influences with 80’s R&B. Maurice relays lyrics that tell of his pursuits of a female love interest, but the high energy and uptempo beat. When Maurice sings, “I work hard just to love you,” we’re positive he’ll win you over.

Oppositely, “Scars,” is a dark and heavy tribute to Maurice’s struggle and hustle. The track is produced by Tev WoodsKingBNJMN (who also produced “bed time.“) and Auracle. You’ll hear subtle dub-step references as Maurice flexes his songwriting abilities – proving he’s grown past being just a local talent to an artist ready to take on more.

Check out the two new singles below, and keep an eye out for future Sunday Gems releases.

Maurice Moore – Just 2 (Prod. by UNO Stereo)

Maurice Moore brings double the vibes on Just 2 and Scars - HipHopCanada.com

8 Jun

Scarborough newcomer Savadouchi discusses his “Black Out” video & ongoing battle with the bottle


Toronto, ON – Scarborough up-and-comer Savadouchi just released a brand new CJ directed video for the track “Black Out” (produced by JayTrillBeats). This song comes to us as a turning point for Savadouchi as he comes to terms with mourning his best friend’s death and realizing his relationship with alcohol is pretty messed up.

The title “Black Out” is – obviously – in reference to black out drinking and getting so loaded up that you can’t remember anything that’s happened to you. Facts. Savadouchi and squad used to be called “The Black Out Boys” because they always drank so much. But the title is also in reference to the passing of time and how Savadouchi fears he will eventually forget the memories he had with his best friend.

Savadouchi uses this song to air out everything that’s going on in his head, as well as to own up to everything he’s done that he’s ashamed of. It’s a raw song with an equally raw accompanying visual. The video kicks off at the gravesite for Savadouchi’s best friend, and that sets the tone for the rest of the video. From there, Savadouchi takes us into an apartment loaded up with liquor and weed; a nod to his continuous battle with substances. Then the video takes us out into Scarborough Bluffs, where Savadouchi gives the nod to the Borough he’s lived in his entire life.

Check out the “Black Out” video after the jump, and scope our first ever in-depth interview with Savadouchi.

Scarborough newcomer Savadouchi discusses his

8 Jun

Behind-the-scenes of Summer Jam 2017 with HOT 97’s TT Torrez


New York, NY – The team at HOT 97 has been hustling hard as they approach Summer Jam 2017 at MetLife Stadium this Sunday, June 11. The annual event is sure to be yet another iconic moment in hip-hop with Stadium Stage performances by Chris Brown, Fat Joe & Remy Ma, Migos, DJ Khaled & Friends, Trey Songz, French Montana & Friends, Tory Lanez, Joey Bada$$, Desiigner, Funk Flex & Friends, Konshens, Charly Black, and Jidenna. Plus, Faith Evans presents 20 Years of B.I.G.

The Festival Stage is not to be missed with Young M.A, A Boogie, Don Q, Dave East, Lil Yachty, D.R.A.M., PnB Rock, Casanova, and PHresher. Held just outside MetLife Stadium – this is the premier platform for emerging artists to showcase their talent prior to the Stadium show.

It goes without saying that a festival of this caliber takes months of planning and countless hours of hard work. We caught up with HOT’s Music Director and Radio Personality, TT Torrez, who plays key role in putting Summer Jam together year after year. Even with her very hectic schedule, she still managed to squeeze in a little face time to give us a look behind the scenes. Check it out after the jump!

Behind The Scenes of Summer Jam 2017 with HOT 97's TT Torrez [Interview]- HipHopCanada.com

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7 Jun

Austin Sexton is back with his new single “Someone” and it’s groovy beyond compare


Santa Barbara, CA – The appreciation of funk music is making it’s current comeback, and we’ve been watching Santa Barbara artist Austin Sexton for a moment. He recently released the third (and final) single from his upcoming project, and “Someone” is exactly as great as we anticipated. The track features Sexton’s warm and rolling voice as he sings about his love for a significant other. Austin always incorporates insanely catching lyrics that make his tracks quick favourites, and “Someone” similarly gives listeners these great vibes and retro feels.

He sings, “I know you don’t trust yourself with this lovin’, but I don’t know a single person who doesn’t, have a hard time finding someone to call their own.” If that isn’t the truth about modern day love I’m not sure what is. Check out the new track below, and peep the smooth bars from Yonas Michael which provide the perfect ending.

Austin Sexton is back with his new single Someone and it's groovy beyond compare - HipHopCanada.com

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