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XO artist and songwriter Belly signs with Jay Z’s Roc Nation

Toronto, ON – Ottawa native and XO affiliate Belly has officially signed with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter’s Roc Nation, as confirmed in … Read More »

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Tory Lanez does more than just Say It for Vancouver

It’s the evening of Nov. 9, and the lineup forming … Read More »

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Tyler, The Creator gets nasty; A$AP Rocky pulls out quick in Vancouver

A$AP Rocky and Tyler the Creator on tour together is a force to be reckoned with … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Song of the Day: Halifax’s Quake Matthews says “God Bless Atlanta”

Song of the Day: Halifax’s Quake Matthews says “God Bless Atlanta”


14 Dec

Xolisa – A Beautiful Mind [EP]

Toronto, ON – If you’ve never seen or heard a performer that literally filled a room with light and moved you with their tranquil energy, then you might want to take time out of your day to listen to this project. Last week, Xolisa released her debut EP called A Beautiful Mind. The EP features 5 tracks, all produced by Xolisa herself. I’ve seen this talented young woman perform at R.I.S.E Poetry and get chills every time. If the EP title isn’t enough of an indication for you, Xolisa, most definitely, has a beautiful mind and I’m glad that she was kind enough to share what goes on inside of it, with all of us. You can stream the EP below and download it after the jump. 


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14 Dec

Twelfth Letter on Backroad Radio [Video]

Toronto, ON – Late last month, Twelfth Letter stopped by Backroad Radio to drop some new material. During his visit, he also dropped a few bars. Twelfth says it himself; he’s back in attack mode. He hears that there’s a crown up for grabs and decides to come for it by offering a 2 and a half minute freestyle over the “Numbers on The Boards” beat. You can check out the footage below and hit Twelfth up after the jump.

13 Dec

Kid P – One Of Those Days [Audio]

Winnipeg, MB – You know what it’s like when you’re having one of “those days”? Kid P was having one of those days, so he wrote some verses and dropped a new track on us entitled “One Of Those Days.”

The track is laced over some sweet vibed-out production, courtesy of NuVintage. But the lyrics are pretty raw. Kid P makes some thoughtful commentary on the current social state of Canada, including the prevalence of racism and the need for increased national unity. Check it out below, and head over to SoundCloud to check out more of Kid P’s music.

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13 Dec

Swollen Members – Juggernaut [Video]

Vancouver, B.C – Here’s the official music video for “Juggernaut”, the brand new music video by Swollen Members off of their most recent album Beautiful Death Machine. Cop the album on iTunes here and check out the video below.

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13 Dec

Cellar Door – Make War, Not Love [Audio]

Calgary, AB – Calgary’s recently formed Cellar Door duo just dropped a new track entitled “Make War, Not Love” off their forthcoming Cellar Door EP. The Cellar Door duo consists of Twizzie (of the ContraVerse crew) and vocalist Shelby Leiding. Their sound combines hip-hop and R&B with ’50s classical influence, which results in a fresh cross-genre mashup. Shelby’s vocals have this eerie haunting quality to them. And Twizzie (who’s come up in the battle scene) never fails to deliver the punches.

The track was produced by Epik Da Dawn, and mix-mastered by Twizzie. And get this: the track’s bridge uses lyrics from the song “Virgin Dirt” by the post-hardcore group, letlive., from California. So give “Make War, Not Love,” a listen below. And keep it locked on the release of the Cellar Door EP. It’s coming at you soon.

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13 Dec

Selekwa – My Generation [Audio] #NorthFiya

Ottawa, ON – New music from up-and-coming Ottawa rapper, Selekwa. This is “My Generation” off his North Fiya Mixtape Vol. 1 release. Check it out below.

Top My Game: Q&A with Selekwa [Interview]


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13 Dec

K-Fresh – B.O.M.B. ft. Young Grove & Baby Grhyme [Video]

Toronto, ON – R-Low Music rapper K-Fresh releases a new street record “B.O.M.B (Back On My Bullsh%t)” with matching visuals. The last few releases have been toned down from the hard core street content that K-Fresh (aka Nem-s-iss) was originally known for. This track is for the hip-hop heads that love the gritty underground sound that was at its peak in the Golden era of rap music. The record features Toronto’s Young Grove and female rapstress Baby Grhyme. Production was handled by The Overdose and the video was directed by Check out the video below and look for the MP3 download after the jump.

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13 Dec

Fortunato – Fall For It [Video] #SOTD

Toronto, ON – Our Song of the Day is the third single released by Fortunato off his forthcoming Unseen Armada album. The new video was directed by J-True and the song was produced by Vokab (Ras Kass, Twin Gambino, Gangis Khan). Cameos include Bishop Brigante, Realiztic, and Notez.

More information is available in the press release after the jump. You can purchase “Fall For It” on Bandcamp.

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12 Dec

Cody Coyote – My Life (Hey Alright) ft. Hyper T & Shannon Hamilton [Audio]

Ottawa, ON – Up-and-comer Cody Coyote lets off a new leak from his EP, The Unity, set for release in 2014. “My Life (Hey Alright)” features Hyper T from Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut (Inuk) and Norval, ON singer-songwriter, Shannon Hamilton.

The song was produced by Sinima Beats and recording was engineered by Ottawa’s own Kemyst. “My Life (Hey Alright)” will also receive visual support with a video shot and directed by Good Guy Pictures. It’ll be available for viewing early 2014. For now, you can listen to “My Life (Hey Alright)” below.


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12 Dec

L.O.D – March [Video]

Edmonton, AB – The guys from Doom Squad have teamed up with Deffine and Sonik to form a new crew out of Edmonton called L.O.D (which is an ode to famous wrestling team “The Legion Of Doom”). And they just dropped new visuals for the track “March.”

These dudes are all on different spectrums of the hip-hop audiometre. So the video comes together as a nice little introduction to what the crew has in-store: five guys and five solid verses. The video was directed by Sonik and the track was produced by Kryple. Check it out below.

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