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KMPNY is coming: The emerging Toronto duo talks fake love, unity & their debut with 2…

Toronto, ON – The beginning of May 2017 marked the debut single release from emerging Toronto duo KMPNY (pronounced “company”).
The rapper-producer … Read More »

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CRTC kills funding for MuchFACT & BravoFACT; Sign the Change.org petition

Ottawa, ON – Originally published May 22, 2017 – It goes without saying, MuchFACT has been a vital tool in the development … Read More »

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Daddy Issues: Wasiu talks about making psychological rap that’s disguised as strippe…

Montreal, QC – At the beginning of the month, Montreal artist Wasiu released a new single titled “Daddy Issues.”
The track was produced … Read More »

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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 »

Atlantic Canada

Quake Matthews just dropped a teaser trailer for his upcoming Celebrate The Struggle album

Quake Matthews just dropped a teaser trailer for his upcoming Celebrate The Struggle album

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26 Dec

Innovators – Ground Shakers: The Art of Blending with Keys N Krates [Interview]


Vancouver, BCOriginally published November 26, 2014 – Sitting down with the gentlemen of Toronto based electro-trap band Keys N Krates was a welcoming and mellow experience. Recently completing their tour to promote the Every Night EP, the group responded to our interview requests during their recent stop in Vancouver for the Hennessy: Art Of Blending event at Fortune Sound with co-headliner Just Blaze. The trio, who consists of drummer Adam Tune, turntablist Jr. Flo and David Matisse on the keys, were laid-back and confident as they gathered post sound-check to graciously allot us with a few moments of their time.

Although they were mostly poised, munching on Whole Foods peanut butter and oatmeal cookies, their pre-show demeanor was the exact opposite of their on-stage presence. If you’re unfamiliar with a Keys N Krates show, this is your fair warning. Their presence is so overwhelmingly energetic that it’s ground shaking. Literally, the ground was shaking beneath them. These guys fully embody the phrase “turn up”.

Our West Coast team sat down with the trio to talk over some topics including the hip-hop scene in the Six, playing as a live band and their early music memories – check it out below.

Innovators - ground shakers: The Art Of Blending with Keys N Krates [Interview]  - HipHopCanada.com

We’re always looking for weird places to draw our sounds from whether it’s sampling an angelic choir from YouTube or taking some sound from the street and pitching it. The whole thing of what we do is taking things out of context and recontextualizing them in a way. So, I guess that’s blending.” – Jr. Flo

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26 Dec

French Montana heats up Edmonton (Live Review) [Photos]


Edmonton, ABOriginally published December 2, 2014 – Only in Alberta: a foot of snow falls literally overnight, the roads are glass, and the parking lots have become snow banks. Is that gonna stop our Friday night? Hell nah. It all went down at Encore on November 28; South Bronx native and original Coke Boy, French Montana braved the storm for the Edmonton stop of the Set it Off tour. Courtesy of our good friends at Pearl Entertainment, Nightshift Entertainment and Eiffel Tower Entertainment.

I touched down at the venue shortly after 11:00 p.m. (after having my vehicle pushed out of the snow on two occasions, but let’s not get into that). Unfortunately, due to my mishap, I missed the opening performances from K-Blitz, Dizzy, Prince Gill and Chubby C & Domino. Sorry guys – I got you next time!

French Montana Heats Up Edmonton [Review]- HipHopCanada.com

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26 Dec

EST Over Everything: MGK returns to Edmonton [Review]


Edmonton, ABOriginally published December 11, 2014Machine Gun Kelly has been unstoppable ever since he kicked off the No Class Tour in September. Taking the smallest amount of breaks in between shows, MGK wasted no time jumping feet first into the Canadian leg of the tour. The big homies at Nightshift Entertainment brought Kells, along with [EST 19XX-signed] Dub-O, to perform a sold-out show at Union Hall on December 5. HipHopCanada was a proud sponsor of the Edmonton stop.

If you know anything about MGK’s following then you know it’s something of a phenomenon. His fans absolutely worship him, so I wasn’t at all surprised to see Union Hall packed by no later than 10:00 p.m. (now that’s how you start a show). I also wasn’t surprised to see the young crowd of 20-somethings dripped in MGK everything; EST 19XX and Lace-Up T-shirts were a common trend, and you could easily point out the people who weren’t donning the classic black EST bandanna. For those unfamiliar: EST (Everyone Stands Together) is not only MGK’s [founded] record label, it’s become a movement and a lifestyle for his fans.

EST Over Everything: MGK returns to Edmonton [Live Review]- HipHopCanada.com

26 Dec

Dkay hustles to build up the Vancouver Sound [Interview]


Vancouver, BCOriginally published December 8, 2014 – Up-and-coming hip-hop artist Dkay is rapidly gaining a buzz surrounding him in Vancity. He dropped an energetic album, Give Her That Dkay, this October (available for free download on his website here) and recently released a brand new video for “Grizz,” a track from the album that captures the fun and fly elements of his music.

Dkay’s live performances have garnered much attention from fans and the general Vancouver music community. He has shared the stage with the likes of MGK, G-Eazy, Ace Hood, Hopsin and JRDN. This August, if you were out at the YG concert you would have caught DKay putting on a spectacular opening show with the stature of a mainstream rapper, and successfully holding his own. The trajectory of DKay’s career is certainly upwards bound. HipHopCanada sat down with Dkay to talk about his music, his style and his career. Check it out below.

DKay builds up the Vancouver Sound [Interview] - HipHopCanada.com
Photo: KassKills (HipHopCanada)

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25 Dec

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from HipHopCanada


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from everyone at HipHopCanada! We hope that all of our viewers are blessed, and with there families… safe and sound.

For all of the aspiring artists out there, we present you with the gift of 100 free beats courtesy of our friends over at Anno Domini Beats. Click here to check them out. This is also the perfect time to plug the Anno Domini & HipHopCanada present “A Track with Crooked I” contest. Click here for details on that one.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from HipHopCanada

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23 Dec

Bishop Brigante talks about the allure of battle rap [Video]


Toronto, ON – In this new video, Toronto MC/entrepreneur Bishop Brigante discusses the allure of battle rap. The Scarborough native recently announced he’d be returning to the battle ring as part of King of the Dot’s Blackout 5 event. Click here for more details or check out the video below.

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23 Dec

Vancouver producer The Dirty Sample to release Raw Produce album January 15 [News]


Vancouver, BC – For the past few years, Vancouver producer The Dirty Sample has been steadily piecing together his new project, Raw Produce. The 22-track release features a large variety of supporting artists including Guilty Simpson, Adam Bomb, D-Sisive, Roc Marciano, FATTMATT, FATTSNAK, Moka Only and many more. You can find the complete track listing after the jump link below.

Raw Produce will be available January 14, 2015 as a digital download as well as a shortened, limited edition vinyl released at a later date. You can pre-order the digital release now on iTunes.

Producer The Dirty Sample to release Raw Pockets album January 15 [News] - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Dec

The Dirty Sample – Gun In My Pocket ft. D-Sisive, Adam Bomb & Techtwelve [Audio]


Vancouver, BCThe Dirty Sample bring in a heavy line-up for his dope new single, “Gun In My Pocket.” The track features D-Sisive, Adam Bomb (Freedom Writers/Naturally Born Strangers) and Ottawa-native, DJ/producer Techtwelve. The song is the first single off The Dirty Sample’s forthcoming album, Raw Produce, set for a January 14, 2015 release date. Check out the song below.

The Dirty Sample - Gun In My Pocket ft. D-Sisive, Adam Bomb & Techtwelve [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Dec

Big Lean – All Times ft. King Louie (Dir. Zac Facts) [Video]


Toronto, ON – Another dope visual release from Parma Court’s Big Lean, representing Da Degrees. The Zac Facts-directed “All Times” features Epic Records artist King Louie (aka King L) of Chicago. Check out the video after the jump. Look out for Lean’s next release, Enough is Enough, coming soon.

Big Lean - All Times ft. King Louie (Dir. Zac Facts) [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Dec

A-Game x TI – The Paperwork Tour Experience [Video]


Toronto, ON – Check out footage of twin duo A-Game opening for T.I. The footage was shot and edited by Toronto director Zac Facts. Check it out after the jump.

The Substance Entertainment Group also just announced that A-Game would be joining Rich Homie Quan’s 2015 Canadian Tour. The Toronto date will take place Tuesday, February 7 inside the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Find tickets here. You can find the flyer for that show after the jump and more details will be available soon.

A-Game x TI - The Paperwork Tour Experience [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

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