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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 »

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

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


25 Sep

Tommy Spitz – God’s Got My Back [EP]

Toronto, ON – Whether it’s his distinctive look, outgoing personality or his love for the local scene, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that could fill the shoes of Toronto rapper Tommy Spitz. Hip-hop has always been about telling stories through music, sharing personal reflections and depicting everyday struggles.

With Spitzo’s God’s Got My Back EP dropping today, he tells his personal story for the first time. The project features guest appearances by Sean Price, KinSmuv, Illa B, Deebalo, Manga Saint Hilare and Jimmi Freshh while production was handled by Shy Juelz, Arion Knight, PCauz, Hungree Mon and Nick Zervos.

To celebrate the new release, Spitzo will be performing live tonight (Sept. 25) at Toronto’s Crawford Bar (718 College St.). It kicks off at 10 p.m. and admission is free all night so come out and show your support. Along with hard copies of God’s Got My Back, there will also be crew neck sweaters for sale. See you there! #OneTwoooo

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25 Sep

Dele O – Pop That [Video]

Winnipeg, MB – Last month our dude Dele O dropped a new video release for his track “Pop That.” This video was directed and edited by Michael A. Morgan for Inner Circle Pictures, and it comes to us off Dele O’s recent Prodigal Son album release. It’s a track for the cuties with booties. Specifically, the cuties with booties who can pull some of that freaky-ass ish. Think of this as the official ode to the butt. Dele O wants ’em popping, and dropping, and everything else in between.

And to make things even better, Dele O used a J Ricky beat for this joint. J Ricky is a Calgary cat. And if you know Calgary’s production scene, you know J Ricky is that dude. He’s next-level. Take a peep at the video after the jump, and head on over here to check Prodigal Son.

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24 Sep

Kendrick Lamar Talks ‘i’ cover art, Isley Brothers sample & new album [Video]

Los Angeles, CA – After releasing “i,” an upbeat, bubbling track based on live instrumentation and a rousing Isley Brothers sample, Kendrick Lamar talked to Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP (a CBS Radio station) about the song’s message, album art and that sample, plus everything else on his mind… including a new album on the way. Check out the interview below and you can find the single after the jump. It’s available for download on iTunes.

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24 Sep

Freeway continues Ontario tour in Barrie on Oct. 10 [News]

Barrie, ON – On Friday, October 10, current Rhymesayers Entertainment roster member and former Roc-A-Fella Records mainstay, Freeway, continues his Big Beards / Broken Ankles Tour with several Ontario tour dates. Brought to you by 9-0 Nickel Entertainment, the dates currently consist of Barrie on Oct. 10, Oshawa on Oct. 11 and Niagara Falls on Oct. 15.

Each of the 3 dates will be supported by Canadian rapper Robbie G and Contraban. Click the jump link below to check out the official flyers.

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24 Sep

KAi Sky Walker- Down 4 (Prod. Jodye Fosterchild) [Audio]

Vancouver, B.C. – KAi Sky Walker releases “Down 4”, the third official single off his up coming project New Mind | Old Soul: [Chapter V]. Sky Walker paints a vivid picture of where he’s from and what he likes to do over the wavy, samurai-inspired banger. Production by new kid Jodye Fosterchild – check it below.

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24 Sep

St. Graye – Night’s Long ft. J. West (Soft Boy Remix) [Audio]

Vancouver, BC J. West drops a verse on Vancouver electro rock artist St. Graye’s track “Night’s Long” for this week’s #WestWednesdays. The track was originally a remix done by Norwegian producer Soft Boy, and now officially has the hip-hop remix treatment courtesy of West.

With every Wednesday, J. West has showcased his diversity, from classic boom bap tracks like “W Still High,” to trap bangers like “100.” Even on this electro rock track, J. West finds himself right at home to delivers a smooth 16. This week’s track is full of love and romance! Check it out!

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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).

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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, TMG Entertainment, Moose Media, Twisted Mounty, CrateConnect Clothing, Friday Knights, Gear Glass & Raw Smoking Papers.

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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).

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