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T.R.A. talks new album Crazy 8′s, SARS Network updates, touring & more [Intervi…

Toronto, ON – Originally published April 10, 2014 – I met Toronto rapper T.R.A., aka Tha Rhyme Animal, in person for the … Read More »

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Anno Domini talks production success & advice for aspiring CDN producers [Interview]

London, UK – In the early 2000′s, when the relationship between hip-hop and the internet really began to flourish, many aspiring MCs … Read More »

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Kid Ink in Vancouver on My Own Lane Tour [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published April 3, 2014 – Rising to hip-hop celebrity on his own terms, Kid Ink is a hustler … Read More »

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Tyler, The Creator announces Canadian tour dates [News]

Winnipeg, MB - Western Canada is about to get rowdy this summer as Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator prepares to take over. The … Read More »

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I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

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24 Feb

JD Era – Rice In Chinatown (Prod. Fast Life) [Audio] #SOTD


Toronto, ONOriginally published Feb. 22, 2014 – For yesterday’s installation of #EraFriday, JD Era dropped a new track on us entitled “Rice In Chinatown” (off his forthcoming Barz: Volume 1 mixtape). While last week’s single release (“Love And Pain (Remix)“) was all heartfelt and affectionate, this week’s joint gets a little bit hungry. In fact, it’s downright gnarly. The track was produced by Fast Life Productions. “Rice In Chinatown” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. Check it out below.

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JD Era - Rice In Chinatown (Prod. Fast Life Productions) [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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24 Feb

HeatWave – Crazy Love ft. Justine Nakkazi [Video]


Uganda, AF - You know that love that’s not just love, it’s “Crazy Love” ? HeatWave drops another video from his upcoming mixtape Live From Africa all about that. “Crazy Love” features the lovely Justine Nakkazi and was filmed romantically by the water in Uganda.

So you never knew Heat kills it with the ladies? Well now you know. Be on the look out for that mixtape and plenty more videos from HeatWave, dropping soon.


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24 Feb

Immaculate – Solitude [Review]


Vernon, BC – The pride of Vernon B.C., rapper Immaculate, releases his latest full-length album Solitude which he claims is his absolute best work to date. The album features artists such as Emotionz, Cryptic Wisdom and Rob Grounds with production coming from the likes of Life and Death Productions, SwAy, Kyle English and Keitz Beatz, just to name a few. Immaculate is also in the midst of an upcoming Canadian Tour with Ghettosocks, Relic and Attikus called The GOLDEN Tour which kicked off in Vancouver earlier this month.

Immaculate - Solitude [Review] - HipHopCanada.com

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24 Feb

St. Kelly – Pandora’s Box [Review]


Vancouver, B.C - Pandora’s Box is the latest release from rapper/producer St.Kelly. The album was almost entirely self produced and recorded at his personal Vancouver studio, The Pyramid. Following this project, Kelly will be adopting the new moniker “Cola” as his sound veers from the soundscapes of Pandora’s Box, which is very well suited for headphones, to heavy, minimal beats that translate well on club and festival systems.

St, Kelly - Pandora's Box [Review]

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24 Feb

10 at 10 Spotlight: Meeko G [Interview]


Calgary, AB – For this month’s 10 at 10 Spotlight, we feature veteran MC and Calgary rookie, Meeko G. Those in attendance at 10 at 10 on Feb. 5 (or anyone who happened to be plugged in to the Calgary Twitter scene) likely saw Meeko shut down the 10 at 10 stage, despite being slotted at the tenth performer for the night. Not to be deterred, Meeko made sure no one left Commonwealth without feeling treated (as attendees should soon come to expect). Calgary got its first taste of Meeko G at 10 at 10 Vol. 29. But what most didn’t know is that he’s been a veteran of the game out in the East for decades.

Though he hails from Lagos, Nigeria, Meeko came up in the mid ’90s Toronto scene after moving to Canada in 1991. At the time, he saw the scene in Toronto as a mirror of what was happening in East Coast American rap and was hooked instantly. He started working out his own rhyming ability, first perfecting a Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch track and working out from there.

10 at 10 Spotlight: Meeko G [Interview] - HipHopCanada.com

“The community is making things happen. Much respect to the major players behind it. As an artist it’s a big deal to have something like that taking off.” – Meeko G

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24 Feb

FIN-StheCEO – Peasant to a King [Audio]


Toronto, ON – Veteran producer/MC, FIN-StheCEO, drops off a new single called, “Peasant to a King.” Check out the self-produced record below via Bandcamp.

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FIN-StheCEO - Peasant to a King [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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22 Feb

Low End Theory delivers a surprise Erykah Badu performance in L.A. [Review] #HHCLA


Los Angeles, CA – On Feb. 12, the weekly Low End Theory event at Airliner (2419 North Broadway) in L.A. went down as scheduled. Except that the Low End Theory team brought in a surprise that no one had expected: a special guest performance from Erykah Badu.

Low End Theory delivers a surprise Erykah Badu performance in L.A. [Review] #HHCLA - HipHopCanada.com

21 Feb

History Repeated: Canada wins Olympic hockey games and Maestro brings the hip-hop [News]


Toronto, ON – You’re probably well-aware of this by now, but Canada beat the U.S. during the Olympic semi-final hockey game today. And that was just after yesterday’s amazing gold medal win by our Canadian women’s hockey team. So now we’ll all be up at some ungodly hour on Sunday morning to tune in to CBC to watch our Canadian men’s hockey team play against Sweden in their gold final game. Nothing brings the nation together like good old Canadian hockey— well, that, and Maestro Fresh Wes.

History Repeated: Canada wins Olympic hockey games, and Maestro unites the nation with hip-hop [News] - HipHopCanada.com

“We want to appeal to an entire country with our Olympic programming, not just two or three million sports fans. And “Reach for the Sky” does just that.”
- Chris Irwin, Executive Producer, CBC Olympics

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21 Feb

Factor – Miami Nights ft. Paranoid Castle [Audio]


Saskatoon, SK – Hey everyone. It’s Friday today. But it’s not just any Friday. It’s the second installation of the Factor Friday’s “Single Series.” HipHopCanada has teamed up with Factor to bring you a fresh new single at the end of each month in 2014. That’s right – Saskatoon’s hard-hitting producer has a whole year of sweet new tuneage in-store for us.

This month’s single is entitled “Miami Nights.” And it reunites the Paranoid Castle duo: Factor and Oakland’s own Kirby Dominant. When Kirbs and Factor get together, Paranoid Castle devours. On this particular joint, they’re devouring in Miami. The track was produced by Factor, and mastered by Deeskee. It features Kirby on the raps, and Enver Hampton on the bass. Check it out below.

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Factor – Miami Nights ft. Paranoid Castle [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Feb

Strictly Cypher kicks off at Cartems hosted by Junk [Photos]


Vancouver, BC – When we get invited to a rap cypher that includes donuts and beer you better believe we show up. Cartems held the very first Strictly Cypher hosted by Northwest Division’s Junk. The NWD boys were in the building along with decent sized crew who threw down frees off the dome while onlookers snacked on delicious Cartems donuts and Cariboo Beer.

Tell your friends to get their bars ready because this event will be happening once a month. In the meantime check the photo set by KassKills below.

Strictly Cypher kicks off at Cartems hosted by Junk [Photos]

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