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You Feel Me? Toronto’s Infu talks new EP, “West Side” video, plans for 2…

Since first emerging on the Toronto hip-hop scene in 2010, rapper Infu has been working hard at…

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Toronto rapper Top 5 talks Styles P, getting advice from Drake, Varna Drive & more

Toronto up-and-comer Top 5 recently made his National Capital Region debut with an all ages show inside Ottawa’s The Bourbon Room.

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I Think You’ve Gone Mad: Here’s the transcribed version of Sean Leon’s i…

Toronto, ON – On Dec. 23 2016, Toronto artist Sean Leon blew up the Internet by releasing an incredibly in-depth interview with … Read More »

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Sarah Jay’s Picks: Top 40 Up-And-Coming Canadian Rappers & Rap Crews of 2016

Calgary, AB – As we head in to 2017 at HipHopCanada, I decided I’d kick off the new year proper by delivering … Read More »

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Jam Master Jay receives tribute turntable routine from son TJ Mizell & Skratch Bastid

Jam Master Jay receives tribute turntable routine from son TJ Mizell & Skratch Bastid


17 Oct

Edgar Penwork enlists Junk & Brevner to help deliver lyrical ingenuity on “Il Fumo”

Vancouver, BC – While we get a lot of releases on the West Coast, once in awhile an artist creates something that is a cut above the average. Stealth Bomb Records artist Edgar Penwork enlists the help of label-mate Junk and Vancouver’s own Brevner for “Il Fumo.”

The track is produced by Alcapella and is a string-driven banger which weaves ingenious bars from all three artists proving that intellectual lyricism is still a valuable attribute. Individually, they each bring a professional sound and quality to the track that makes this one of our favourite fall releases.

The instrumental opening is cinematic, and the chorus taunts classic hip-hop roots with rolling 808’s with a modern twist. Their voices are clean as they each touch on the pros and cons surrounding the human desire to sin and stray from what is conventionally “right” and “wrong,” as well as current political affairs. Check out “Il Fumo” below and join us as we vibe out to this track.

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17 Oct

Shah subtly touches on gender inequalities in new video “Pay Day 71”

Toronto, ON – Toronto emcee, Shah returns with the fourth episode of his audiovisual series “Pay Day 71.” The video picks up where he left off on his last video for “Ridin Shotty With God” as he escapes the desert setting to return to his hometown of Toronto.

The use of female lead roles is a characteristic that fits well with the overall theme for this video which addresses gender inequalities and specifically the different standards for pay between genders. The 71 in the title of the track refers to women earning 71% of what men do for the same work.

Shah has established himself as a poetic storyteller that uses cinematic visuals and heavy bars to reach his audiences and it appears to be working as this is his first single headed to major radio stations. Produced by recognized Downtown Music, the track is one that you’re likely to hear more of in the near future. Check out the video below.

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17 Oct

To Whom It May Concern: Chui of UTVMG previews next mixtape with “Faded”

St. Catharines, ONChui of UTVMG released new music Sunday evening off his forthcoming release, To Whom It May Concern. You can listen to “Faded” below via the UTVMG SoundCloud page.

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16 Oct

Song of the Day: Smoke Dawg & Skepta release the video for their “Overseas” collab

Toronto, ON – BBK and Halal Gang connect as Skepta goes “Overseas” for a new Tristan Prime-directed video by Smoke Dawg. Smoke saw a boost in fame when Drake posted a clip of his and Mo G’s local breakout hit “Still.” The caption on IG read “Ginobli dance all summer,” a reference to the moves that would later be seen in Drizzy’s “Hotline Bling.”

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16 Oct

Behind the scenes of the Hollywood Dreams Tour with Post Malone

Toronto, ON – Hip-hop journalist and filmmaker Issey Abraha (aka @DempzCarter) dropped off his newly released interview with Republic Records recording artist Post Malone.

The interview was conducted during Malone’s recent Toronto tour stop and covers a range of topics including stories about his come up as an artist and the delay of his official album debut, Stoney. The Syracuse, NY-native took the bold step of releasing a mixtape back in May with his album debut release date serving as the title. Unfortunately it back fired when Aug. 26 came and went without a release. Malone issued an apology to fans via Instagram but that didn’t stop some from criticizing the move.

Other topics include the 41-date Hollywood Dreams Tour which features Toronto rising star Jazz Cartier and San Fran artist, Larry June. The tour kicked off in San Diego on Sept. 14 and reached Toronto on Oct. 5, following a Montreal show a couple of nights earlier. The tour will back in Canada at the end of the month for shows in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Check out the video below and look out for more from Dempz.

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15 Oct

Ottawa’s D Chase teams up with Toronto director Nino Luey for new “Trap & Flex” video

Toronto, ON – Ottawa’s own D Chase, currently residing in Toronto, releases new visuals for the track “Trap & Flex.” After making several club appearances this past summer alongside Canada’s #1 Turn Up King, DJ Capone, and visiting different Canadian cities, Chase felt it was once again time to enlist BFR director Nino Luey (aka NV) for the sky high visual. Look out for Chase’s Late Nights, Early Mornings project dropping some time in the near future. Peep the video below.

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15 Oct

Toronto star Rich Kidd to host first Beats.Mind.Movement. showcase on Oct. 19

Toronto, ON – This coming Wednesday, Oct. 19, Toronto based UrbanArts will be launching the first edition of their new showcase series, Beats.Mind.Movement. (BMM), inside The Rivoli (334 Queen St W).

Hosted by Canadian MC/producer and BMM facilitator, Rich Kidd, the showcase will feature performances by 14 of the program’s participants including MCs, singers and producers. The young talents will perform music they’ve created while enrolled in the program, and upstart DJs Kappa Mezu, Damar Miller and August will run sets in between performances.

This your formal invitation to come witness the future of the Toronto music scene. If you are within the age range of 16 to 24 and interested in joining the program for future rounds, UrbanArts will have volunteers at the show to sign you up. This is an all ages event so feel free to bring all family and friends. HipHopCanada will be in the building to scope out new talent to cover on the site. See you there!

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15 Oct

We caught up with Montreal artist JT Soul to talk about his new track “Rosé”

Montreal, QC – Earlier this month, Montreal up-and-comer JT Soul released a new record on us titled “Rosé” (produced by TheBeatPlug) as his second official release under ODDIO Ent.

“Rosé” is somewhere on the spectrum between a club joint, an afterhours jam, and a smoke-out track. It’s a nod to the cult-favourite light-coloured pink wine, and all the good-time vibes associated with it. JT (admittedly) has never actually drank Rosé, but he caught the wave. Whether you’re at the club and feeling yourself, or home alone lighting one up, you’ll vibe with this one.

Check it out below, and peep our Q&A with JT Soul after the jump.

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14 Oct

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 2

Calgary, AB – Last week HipHopCanada finally joined Spotify and launched with the first installation of our weekly playlist series.

Every week we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.

This week we’re back at it again with another 38 tracks to set your weekend off proper. This playlist features cuts from Jazz Cartier, Clairmont The Second, Tona, Derek Wise, and Roy Woods, as well as tracks from The Lytics, TOBi, Len Bowen, Savannah Ré, Moka Only, and more.

Check out the playlist and tracklist below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.

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13 Oct

PLAY: JAPE breaks down his new EP & discusses his return to the rap game

Toronto, ON – Up-and-coming Toronto artist JAPE (formerly of Mississauga) recently teamed up with Canadian super producer Prezident Jeff for this just-released EP entitled PLAY.

This five-track EP marks JAPE’s return to the rap game after he took a brief hiatus. PLAY is JAPE’s new platform and branding, and it stands for “Pray, Live and Yearn”. This EP serves as an offering of what JAPE is capable of, and a teaser of (hopefully) what we’ll be seeing from him in the future.

JAPE has parted ways with the StayOutLate collective, and is now working under the All Money Is Legal label. JAPE sings. He also raps. He can make love songs. He can make bangers. And through it all, he’s honed in on this dark edge to his artistry.

Most of the project was produced by Prezident Jeff but the second track on the EP “DOA” features production courtesy of Montreal’s own High Klassified. The project also includes a feature from Thorobread on the EP’s final track “Bezel.”

Check out PLAY below via SoundCloud, and scope our Q&A with JAPE after the jump. JAPE told us all about the meaning behind PLAY, his work process with Jeff, the importance of paying for beats up front, and more. We also got him to give us a very thorough track-by-track breakdown of the EP.

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