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50 Cent, Fetty Wap, Migos, DJ Mustard, Night Lovell & more to perform at Bluesfest 20…

Ottawa, ON – RBC Bluesfest 2017 has some big names coming to Ottawa, some for their National Capital Region … Read More »

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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 20

Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single … Read More »

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Rick Ross wants you to know that success is yours if you’re bold enough to take it

Empires aren’t built over night, and the decade-long career of Rick Ross has been an unwavering and … Read More »

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Drake & Nineteen85 win 2 Grammy Awards for “Hotline Bling”

UPDATE: In a what will definitely come as a surprise to some, Chance The Rapper beat out Drake’s chart topping album Views … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Quake Matthews releases “Just Another Love Story” video; pens himself a letter

Quake Matthews releases “Just Another Love Story” video; pens himself a letter

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24 Sep

The Come Up Show catches up with Saukrates [Interview]


Toronto, ON – Our friends over at The Come Up Show (hi, Martin Bauman) recently got on the phone with the legendary Saukrates for a lengthy chop-up (almost 30-minutes-long). Soxx has been in the game for a minute. And as Adam Bomb once pointed out – Soxx sings, produces, AND raps. And he does all three better than most cats can just do one.

The podcast covers a lot of territory. We learn about the first time Soxx ever heard hip-hop. Spoiler alert: it was in Edmonton at one of his parents’  post-cricket match parties. And it was “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash. We also learn about Saukrates’ extracurricular activity-filled youth (he played the violin and sang in the school choir). His mom wanted to get him doing more things, so he picked up on it.

Soxx takes the time to shout-out some of the relationships he has fostered in the scene. Particularly, we get a solid commentary on how Redman went from being one of Saukrates’ idols, to a mentor, to a brother And apparently, Red’s nickname for Saukrates is “Champ.” Cute. Soxx also takes a minute to talk about his relationship with Rich Kidd (who is producing Soxx’s forthcoming album).

Young Kidd – You Aint Gotta Ask [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

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24 Sep

Bronze Age – Cola Wars [Audio]


Edmonton, AB – Edmonton MC-producer Bronze Age just hit us with his latest single titled “Cola Wars.” This track is the lead single off Bronze’s forthcoming Bronze Age EP (due out at the end of October).

Bronze digs from all influences on the track’s production. We’ve got the minimalistic piano that kicks it off. A female voiceover starts by questioning Bronze as to what he’s thinking about. He replies: “Time.” And that leads us into the music. As the song progresses, we get into some pretty heavy synth, and a touch of boom-bap. Check it below.

Bronze Age - Cola Wars [Audio]

24 Sep

IV League Studios Booth Sessions Episode 2 ft. Rude Dowg, Baseline & J-Bru [Video]


Halifax, NSDJ IV and the IV League hit you with a sick line-up of East Coast MCs for Episode 2 of the IV League Booth Sessions including Rude Dowg, Baseline and J-Bru. These guys got in there and just snapped! Episode 3 is coming soon so keep it locked. Click the jump to view Episode 2.

IV League Booth Sessions is sponsored by HipHopCanada.com, TMG Entertainment, Moose Media, Twisted Mounty, CrateConnect Clothing, Friday Knights, Gear Glass & Raw Smoking Papers.

IV League Studios Booth Sessions Episode 2 [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Sep

Kardinal Offishall plays free show on Sep. 24 at Canada’s Walk of Fame [News]


Toronto, ON – From Sep. 22 through Sep. 24, Canada’s Walk of Fame has partnered with RBC and Tim Hortons to bring Toronto a three-day music festival of supreme status. The festival features several star-studded headlining performances, as well as a series of free programming with performances from all genres: The Treasures, Tommy Swick, The Abrams Brothers, Karl Wolf and more.

Of course – we wouldn’t be sending this memo your way unless there was SOMETHING included for the hip-hop heads. So trust. Y’all are going to get pretty excited on this one. You ready? Our dude Kardinal Offishall is putting on a free show on Sep. 24 at David Pecaut Square (215 King St West).

Kardinal Offishall plays free show tomorrow night at Canada's Walk of Fame [News] - HipHopCanada.com

23 Sep

eMC brings classic hip-hop to Fortune Sound Club (Live) [Photos]


Vancouver, BC – Masta Ace & Wordsworth & Punchline & Stricklin = The mighty eMC Crew. Live and in full effect the quad made a stop at Vancity’s Fortune Sound Club this weekend and you know they brought that eMC fire to the Northwest Coast.

Fav joints from The Show and recently released The Turning Point made it easy for the crowd to reciprocate the good vibes coming off the stage and the boys showed no signs of slowing down, despite their OG status.

Local acts Aspire and Kids were in the building and tore it up in usual form. HipHopCanada was front and centre to catch the action – peep the photo gallery by our boy Jamie Sands below.

EMC Brings Classic Hip Hop to Fortune Sound Club (Live) [Review/Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Sep

Grieves talks Winter And The Wolves, touring and finding balance in the music business [Interview]


Vancouver, BC – It’s impressive to listen to Grieves speak. He has so much passion for his music that it makes you remember what the game is all about. Winter And The Wolves is his most recent album reaching the charts of the Billboard 200, and since it’s release in March he’s been touring almost non-stop.

HipHopCanada’s Holly Brown Bear, spoke with him over the phone about touring, music, relationships, and Rhymesayers as well as his upcoming tour through Canada. Check it out below and be sure to catch Grieves in a Canadian city near you in early October.

Grieves talks Winter and the Wolves, touring and finding balance in the music business [Interview] - HipHopCanada.com

Why is it rappers feel like they have to show each other their balls? It’s so frustrating to me and the fact that I’ve come to the realization that I’m not playing that game and I’m just happy whether I’m sitting on the keyboard, up on the stage, or doing post edit vocals alignments for someone I don’t even know, I’m happy. I am successful in my own eyes.” – Grieves

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23 Sep

T.Y. – Sucker For Love [Video]


Hamilton, ON – As you may know, T.Y. is gearing up to launch a new album. We recently ran a weekly #TYTuesday series to debut new tuneage and remixes by the Hamilton MC. Now that #TYTuesday has come to an end, T.Y. hit us with the first video and lead single release off the album: “Sucker For Love.”

The track was produced by Chef Byer. Y’all may remember that Chef produced OB O’Brien’s “Steve Nash.” Anyways, he was really feeling T.Y. and decided to executive produce the entire forthcoming project release. Chef Byer makes the gnarliest beats. This particular track has that kick-back vibe-out feel; it’s a definite summer jam. And T.Y. gets personal on us as he delivers a commentary on his love life, and his love of the love life. Dude’s a total sucker for love. The video was directed by Steph Verschuren of Visual Disco. Check it after the jump.

T.Y. - Sucker For Love [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Sep

Kenny Gourmet on diversification and how he fits into hip-hop [Prolific Profile]


Vancouver, BC – Audio engineer, producer, emcee and entrepreneur – the young and very talented Kenny Gourmet wears many different hats. He caught up with HipHopCanada’s Max Dishaw to talk about his various roles and how he applies his skills on a daily basis. He’s made it clear that he’s in this for the long run and there’s no turning back. His latest album titled Time Zones is out now and is a testament to his hard work and dedication.

Check out our latest profile on Kenny Gourmet below.

Kenny Gourmet on diversification and how he fits into Hip-Hop [Interview] - HipHopCanada.com

“Having that as the only thing on my mind, pouring every single dollar into this music. There’s just no turning back. If you really want something this badly there’s no other option..” – Kenny Gourmet

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23 Sep

Peter Jackson – I’ll Be Good (Freestyle) [Video]


Toronto, ON – Make sure you check out the “I’ll Be Good” freestyle from 9-0 Nickel’s Peter Jackson. The track features PJ going in on Foxy Brown’s classic “I’ll Be” featuring Jay Z and production by Trackmasters. The video was directed by Captured Film & Photography.

PJ’s track will be featured on his forthcoming mixtape release titled 1996: The Golden Era, hosted by DJ Reddy Rell of HipHopTXL. Stay tuned for that and take in the video below.

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23 Sep

J Noble – Keep Going / The Grind ft. Maraiika (Dir. WestnyleFX) [Video]


Toronto, ON – Fresh new visuals from MSWInc. artist, J Noble and director WestnyleFX. Check out “The Grind,” featuring Maraiika, below and look for “Keep Going” after the jump.

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