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Tory Lanez releases album debut, I Told You; sits at No. 2 on iTunes’ Top Albums cha…

Toronto, ON – Today is a big day for Canadian hip-hop as Tory Lanez has officially released his album debut, I Told … Read More »

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The best show of Osheaga 2016 was Tory Lanez at the Scène Verte Sonnet

Montreal, QC – On Sunday July 31, the annual Osheaga music festival finished strong with its third and final day of festivities … Read More »

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Here’s what happened when Mac Miller wrapped Day 3 of Osheaga 2016

Montreal, QC – The annual Osheaga music festival finished off its 2016 run on July 31 with one last day of shows … Read More »

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OVO Fest: Drake & Future pack the house at Summer Sixteen Tour stop in Toronto

On Aug. 1, I attended Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen concert in Toronto … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia’s Mitchell Bailey teams up with Cam Smith & Gold Bangz for “W

Nova Scotia’s Mitchell Bailey teams up with Cam Smith & Gold Bangz for “W


22 May

Dynamic celebrates EP release with Canada Day party in Ottawa [News]

Toronto, ON – Ottawa might not be the party capital of the world 364 days of the year, but on Canada Day there’s no better Canadian city to be in!

On July 1, Toronto based rapper Dynamic (aka Ya Favourite Lightskin) returns to his hometown of Ottawa for a release party inside Rainbow Bistro (76 Murray St.). The party will be celebrating the release of Dy’s new project, A Collection Of Thoughts, which will be available early hours on Canada Day. Along with Dynamic, other acts will be on hand to celebrate the EP’s release including Ras Lee & The Vibes Band, The Key Components (Aspects & Moun Fou) and Hyf The Gypsy Sun.

To coincide with the release party announcement, Dynamic has released a new acapella performance for a verse that appeared on his Free Promo mixtape (hosted by DJ Ducats) back in ’08. Click here to check out Free Promo now. Watch the video, directed by Robert Mentov, after the jump (along with the Canada Day flyer).

This is a HipHopCanada-sponsored event and we will be in the building! See you there!

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22 May

Wolfpack – Bass Club [Audio]

Prince Albert, SK – Only days away from the drop-date of their Wolfpack EP release, Wolfpack recently released their latest single, “Bass Club.” MCs Chuck Woods and Mer spit their verses over an easy-going throwback beat produced by Rayne Drop.

This “Bass Club” sounds like a pretty legit place to kick it. It’s kind of like Vegas: “What happens at the Bass Club/ Stays at the Bass Club.” So here’s what goes down at said Bass Club: Wolfpack performs for free, because it isn’t “about the wage.” And the skinny MC boy gets six groupies. Six groupies. Ya heard? And I see what y’all did there with that “Grab a beer/Or a whiskey…” line. Because Chuck is Irish, and drinks whiskey, and stuff (more on this on Wolfpack’s previous release “Come With Me Now,” in which a bottle of Jameson serves a muse, of sorts). Check out the audio for “Bass Club” below and get ready for the Wolfpack EP release on May 26.


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22 May

SeT – AuRA [Video]

Toronto, ON Well this is dope. SeT, one of my favourite up-and-comers from Toronto, has released new visuals for the WMEgal-produced record “AuRA.” The Curtiss Randolph-directed video comes in support of SeT’s forthcoming debut album by the same name scheduled for a June release. Click the jump to check out the video now.

AuRA is the energy and shine I’m sending out to the world. It is the light that was created by darkness or the energy, which came from nothing. It is a fearless scream to the world telling them to notice us (the people).” – SeT

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22 May

Roc The Mic [Mixtape]

Toronto, ON – In support of the Roc The Mic concert going down at the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St.) on May 31, Roman Arts and Entertainment releases a promotional mixtape by the same name.

The event will feature performances by a dope line-up of MCs that include JD Era, Rich Kidd, A-Game, Tommy Spitz, Mad Poets and Spoiled Green. Music will be provided by DJ Christylz, P-Nutt, DJ Nana, Spoonz, DJ Law, and Andre 905 while Sir Lancelot holds down the hosting duties. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the first act going on at 10. Bring ID as it’s 19+ event. Tickets are available for purchase online via

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22 May

J Coop – Sundays Best ft. AM [Video]

Toronto, ONJ Coop just launched new visuals for his track “Sundays Best” off Self Reflection: Do I Stand Out?. The track features some bumping production – courtesy of Matt Law – that’ll take you back to those chill-out house parties filled with plastic red beer cups and good-feel vibes.

The visuals were done by Aurelien Offner and Joffrey Saintrapt. Check it after the jump and head over here to cop a download of Self Reflection: Do I Stand Out?.

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22 May

True Rhythm presents Onyx “Wakedafucup Album Release Tour” in Calgary [News]

Calgary, ABOriginally published May 20, 2014 – On Aug. 15, our fam over at True Rhythm bring Onyx‘s Wakedafucup Album Release Tour to Dickens Pub in Calgary. The East Coast rap crew (Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr, sans Sonny Seeza) are fresh off the release of their latest studio album, Wakedafucup.

Fingaz and Starr linked up with the producing Snowgoons crew for the project and dropped it back in March. While hip-hop is starting to embrace softer rap elements (shout-out to soft rap, by the way – it’s great), Onyx takes it all back to the grimier elements of the rap game with some solid horrorcore, anecdotal narratives, and – of course – those gnarly Snowgoons beats. Check out the official event flyer and peep event details after the jump.

True Rhythm presents: Onyx - Wakedafuckup Album Release Tour in Calgary [News] -

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22 May

Moka Only – Sex Money Moka [Album]

Vancouver, BCOriginally published May 16, 2014 – On May 13, Moka Only dropped his highly-anticipated Sex Money Moka project. The 19-track album is conceptually split up into parts of the day: morning, afternoon, and night. Moka sticks to his M.O. of multi-syllabic rhyme schemes, obscure content (shout-out to that one joint titled “Sunshine and Cakes”…because…sunshine and cakes), and production samplings that will get you downright giddy. The album includes collaborations with the likes of Jon Rogers, LMNO, Mr. Brady, Korry Deez, and Dave PSY.

And that whole Sex Money Moka thing? That’s completely open to interpretation: What does sex mean to you? What does money mean to you? And most importantly – what does Moka Only mean to you? Listen to this album and decipher it all for yourself. This is Moka Only’s 670,476,005th album release – no I’m totally kidding. Sort of. Moka is steadily approaching his 100th project release. He’s pretty far along in terms of establishing the most extensive discography that ever happened. Bars for days? Not even; it’s more like bars for…decades. Stream Sex Money Moka below, and head over here to purchase a digital copy of the project your own consumption. I’m currently reviewing this, so I’ll hit you all with my review soon enough.

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22 May

Drake, SonReal lead 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards nominations [News]

Toronto, ONOriginally published May 21, 2014 – Toronto’s Drake and Vancouver’s SonReal have received a combined 11 nominations for the 25th anniversary of the MuchMusic Video Awards. Drake’s 6 nominations ties him with rockers Hedley for most nominations this year while SonReal’s 5 nominations have him coming in second – HUGE news for the West coast rapper!

Drake had the edge on SonReal back in March as the pair went up against each other at the JUNOs in the Rap Recording of the Year category. While Drake is likely still considered the favourite by most industry analysts, SonReal’s Napolean Dynamite inspired “Everywhere We Go” (Dir. Mad Ruk Ent.) video has done huge things for the young artist’s career and this exposure will only further that. Win or lose, being nominated in the Video of the Year category by the country’s biggest music video network is nothing to scoff at.

With six nominations in total, Drake is up for Video of the Year, Director of the Year, Hip Hop Video of the Year, International Video of the Year by a Canadian, Your Fave Video (twice), and Your Fave Artist or Group. SonReal also grabbed a nomination in the Your Fave Video category along with Video of the Year, Director of the Year, MuchFACT Video of the Year, and Hip Hop Video of the Year.

The other Hip Hop Video of the Year category nominees include P. Reign’s “We Them” featuring A$AP Rocky, D-Sisive’s “Friend of Mine” (Dir. Briin “Briin?” Bernstein & Daniel AM Rosenberg) and Classified’s “Higher” (Dir. RT!) featuring B.o.B.

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22 May

Admiral Live presents: Lloyd Banks live in Barrie on May 30 [News]

Barrie, ON – On May 30, our friends over at Admiral Live team up with B101 to bring G-Unit’s legendary East Coast rap cat, Lloyd Banks, to Sound Empire (46 Dunlop St West). Say it with me, now: G-g-g-g-g-g…G-Unit! The show itself is going down in Barrie. But the Admiral Live fam invites everyone from the GTA and beyond to check the show. They’ve even partnered with the Comfort Inn location on Hart Drive for the evening. So if you’re coming in from out of town, get some of that Barrie hospitality and call the Comfort Inn at (705) 722-3600. Because comfort.

Opening support for the evening will be provided by Harvey Stripes, iLLvibe, Diaz, Urban Havoc, and Gee Wunder. Early bird tickets are already sold out but you can still cop your advance tickets for $29.95 – $32.50. Tickets are available for purchase online, as well as at Tropical North Surf Shop (42 Dunlop St East).

And if you want to get in on some fancy pantsy bottle or booth service, text (705)-309-0638. Doors open at 9 p.m. This is a 19-plus event, so make sure you have your ID on you. Peep the show flyer after the jump, and head over to the event’s official Facebook page for more details.

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22 May

Bias Truth – Monumental [Video]

Toronto, ONOriginally published May 21, 2014 – T-Dot’s own Bias Truth just launched new visuals for his track “Monumental” as a lead-up to his forthcoming debut BMore BFore: The Revisit.

Bias Truth comes in on some spacey floating production and hits it hard: “Something monumental is among us/ Something monumental is upon us.” Think about it. That rolls deep. So deep. Bias isn’t actually going into detail about what – specifically – said monumental thing is that is among us or upon us; which actually allows the listener to determine their own monumental life entity. So good. The video was shot in Toronto by Es-Ef. Check it after the jump. And keep your ear to the ground on the debut album drop.

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