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Day 3: Tory Lanez crowd surfs his way through high energy set at Pemberton Music Festival

Pemberton, BC – 2016 has felt like a year of progress and new emergence for many artists, and Tory Lanez potentially had the most … Read More »

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Drake vs. Joe Budden: No Shopping, Afraid & some background on the beef

Toronto, ON – As the internet weighed in on Drake’s diss to Joe Budden, by way of his verse on French Montana’s … Read More »

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Day 5: Alessia Cara makes powerful Ottawa debut at Bluesfest

Ottawa, ON – Brampton-born Alessia Cara made her Ottawa debut on the City stage Wednesday for Day 5 of Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest.
She … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Dylan Guthro releases “Here Till The Mornin'” with Quake Matthews; drops three

Dylan Guthro releases “Here Till The Mornin'” with Quake Matthews; drops three


29 Apr

Snak The Ripper – Just Giver [Review]

Vancouver, BC – In July of 2013, Snak The Ripper founded Stealth Bomb Records and news of the new label blew up all over the internet. Snak finished 2013 with a relentless tour schedule making stops throughout Europe, Canada and the USA. Following the tour, Snak worked tirelessly in the studio to bring us his latest album Just Giver.

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29 Apr

Snak The Ripper’s Just Giver now available on iTunes [News]

Vancouver, BCSnak The Ripper‘s highly anticipated album Just Giver has finally dropped on iTunes via Stealth Bomb Records. This 12 track album is quite possibly Snak’s greatest achievement yet with features from label mates and SDK fam Jacyln Gee, Merkules, Caspian and Young Sin. A handful of producers including Stuey Kubrick, Sapient and Religion add their touch to Just Giver as well and Stompdown Killah’s Keep6 goes crazy with the crayons to make up the epic album cover.

Check out Max Dishaw’s review of Just Giver here and cop the album on iTunes here.

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29 Apr

Five minutes with MGK at Iron Mic Music Festival [Interview]

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment brought a monstrous debut Iron Mic Music Festival to the people of Edmonton. Iron Mic Music Festival is Western Canada’s biggest indoor hip-hop music festival. The event’s line-up was stacked to include five hip-hop heavyweights: Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, and MGK.

HipHopCanada caught up with all five MCs over the course of the evening to chop-it up. After MGK‘s set came to an abrupt halt (i.e.: it got cut off) at the end of the night, HipHopCanada went backstage to chit-chat with the Machine that is Gun Kelly. And I have to be real, here: this was – hands down – one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever conducted.

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Shit’s getting sketchy right now. And I would love nothing more than to be able to use my voice to tell 100,000 kids to go out and make a difference.” – Machine Gun Kelly

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28 Apr

Hood & Jamz – Medication Vol. 2 [Mixtape]

Toronto, ON – Brand new mixtape from Toronto duo Hood & Jamz. Check their latest and follow up to Volume 1 – Medication Vol. 2


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28 Apr

A.Y.E. – 90 Now [Review]

Calgary, AB – How can someone as young as 22 manage to embody the Golden Age of rap? Let’s be real for a minute, here – he or she would have been in diapers during that era. So how would he or she really know?

A real artist knows; and that’s how A.Y.E. done did it on his latest mixtape 90 Now. From beginning to end, it’s nothing but ’90s influenced beats – and A.Y.E. produced them all.

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28 Apr

Don Von Jovi – Hard Times [Audio]

Montreal, QC – Following the release of his track “Go Girl” a few weeks back, Toronto’s Don Von Jovi teams up with producer Fly Boi Eastwood once again for this new song to be featured on his upcoming Dreams.Visions. Journeys. album. Titled “Hard Times”, the song reflects on the trials and tribulations of today and questions financial responsibility, as well as social-political issues destroying our neighborhoods. Check it out below and tune in for more from the up and coming emcee. Don’t sleep on this one.


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27 Apr

Smoke DZA: The Kushed God reps hockey and rocks Tom Ford [Interview] #IronMic

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Harlem’s own Kushed God (aka: Smoke DZA) made his debut Edmonton performance at the first – ever – Iron Mic Music Festival at the Edmonton Expo Centre. When I initially saw Smoke, the first thing that struck me about him was his Mark Messier Oilers jersey. I mean – I didn’t figure Smoke as a hockey fan; much less a Western Canadian hockey fan. After all, Smoke is rocking with the Beast Coast. But as he pointed out: Mark Messier played for both the Edmonton Oilers, and the New York Rangers. And – you know – Smoke is from New York. Either way, Messier repped both the East side and West side (Canadian West side… but still) during his athletic career. So what am I getting at, here? Mark Messier became the unlikely common denominator that united Smoke DZA and the YEG crowd. Smoke’s Iron Mic appearance set the foundation for a beautiful blossoming Mary Jane-laced E-Town rap bromance.

Smoke’s been in the game for more than a decade, now. He came up on the scene as a battle rapper (cool fun fact: this one time, he battled Immortal Technique). He was also one half of the Smoke & Numbers duo alongside his childhood friend, Numbers. Smoke was discovered by Jonny Shipes of Cinematic Music Group, and found himself ghostwriting for the likes of Hi-Tek, and more. He split from Smoke & Numbers in 2008 to pursue a solo career. He dropped a string of weed rap tapes. And finally – at the beginning of April 2014, he released his debut three-part Dream.ZONE.Achieve album.

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I dreamed when I was battling. I zoned when I was ghost-writing. And now I achieve when I’m Smoke DZA and I’m doing it on my own and everything collectively has fallen into that place.” – Smoke DZA

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27 Apr

Win tickets to see JD Era, Rich Kidd, A-Game and more at Roc The Mic [Contest]

Toronto, ON – On May 31, our friends over at Roman Arts and Entertainment bring the monstrous Roc The Mic event to the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St.) in Toronto. RTM features headlining performances from some of our favourite rap cats, including JD Era, Rich Kidd and A-Game (Chase and Nova), along with Tommy Spitz, Young Cke, Mad Poets, Spoiled Green and Billi D’Kid aka Black Sage. DJ Christylz, P-Nutt, DJ Law and Andre 905 will be DJing throughout the evening. And Sir Lancelot is hosting.

HipHopCanada is a proud sponsor of Roc The Mic, so of course we’re delivering the goods. We’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to the show every Monday leading up to the event. Peep all the contest entry details after the jump.

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25 Apr

D-Sisive launches Desolate Radio & Sleepy Time with Orville Knoblich [News]

Toronto, ON – Derek Christoff aka D-Sisive let us know about two great new initiatives he’s been working on. The Desolate Collective including Desolate Radio and Sleepy Time with Orville Knoblich. Click the jump for details about both in D-Sisive’s own words.

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25 Apr

The Red, Gold and Green Machine – The Look Of Love [Audio]

Vancouver, BC – One of Vancity’s finest female vocalists Tonye Aganaba has joined forces with a couple of L.A cats to form the super group, The Red, Gold and Green Machine. Emcee Dr. Oop and (unofficial member) Nucleus along with Magic T are the trio that make up the smooth sounds of the RGGM. Peep their first single “The Look Of Love” below.

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