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Brevner delivers an authentic and impactful impression with visuals for “Chico”

Vancouver, BC – The resonating influence of an exceptional music video is underrated in our quick-to-consume media landscape, but BREVNER is one of the … Read More »

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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 25

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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A look at More Life’s ties to the UK; Plus 6 other British MCs you need to know

While taking in the More Life debut, one thing that really caught my interest was the … Read More »

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Bishop Brigante gives us the backstory for each song on his new Legacy project

With the release of a new project yesterday featuring some of his most well known singles … Read More »

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Dope Piece gets the party started in his new video for “Party Joint”

Dope Piece gets the party started in his new video for “Party Joint”

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9 Jan

Teff Hinkson teams up with Way Cool producer DviousMindZ for “Headshot”


Toronto, ON – With roots in Barbados, Teff Hinkson is making the move to infiltrate the North American music scene. Most notably, in 2016 he was the first Bajan-born rapper to move into the international market. He’s had his hands in all aspects of the music industry, and got his start in college when he cultivated Gorilla Marketing, a social media marketing company based in Barbados which received nation-wide recognition.

Teff has released two singles since branching into the North American “WDWFTS,” and “So Insecure,” which features Gallest (Rihanna’s brother). But it’s his most recent release “Headshots” which might help him make his final transition to reaching the overall North American audience.

The track is produced by WayCool’s DviousMindz, who is credited with helping a few other emcees receive international recognition in past months. The single showcases Teff’s authentic sound (and the subtle dancehall influence), while also remaining true to the trap-inspired style of North American rap which is full of heavy bass. The combination is a sound that will resonate, and the sly references to Lebron James and Kyrie Irving make it relevant.

Stream “Headshots” below, and keep your eye out for more from the Barbados artist.

Teff teams up with Way Cool producer Dviousmindz for Headshot - HipHopCanada.com

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9 Jan

Kyle Wildfern’s new single “Jerome Bettis Flow” indicates that WayCool isn’t slowing down


Brampton, ON – WayCool had a strong finish coming out of 2016 with a handful of notable releases from various artists in the collective (Josh Dillon, DviousMindz, and Jordan Cassius among a few). Some new listeners might feel like these guys came out of nowhere, but upon further listen, it’s obvious that artists like Kyle Wildfern have been putting in the hours to perfect their craft long before they got the attention the deserved.

His newest single drop “Jerome Bettis Flow” is an aggressive and well-executed statement piece signalling that he’s specifically coming for the throne in 2017 with no apologies. Where his “NO WAYS” remix seemed to cap our expectations, “Jerome Bettis Flow” easily surpassed it and showcased new technical heights for the emcee. His change-ups are calculated and eased, and his voice is almost comfortable in his assertions. Production was handled by two new faces that we’ll be keeping an eye out for, GHD and BathingMontel. We’re looking forward to a prosperous year from the collective, and right now Mr. Wildfern is leading the pack.

Stream “Jerome Bettis Flow” below.

Kyle Wildfern's new single Jerome Bettis Flow indicates that WayCool isn't slowing down - HipHopCanada.com

9 Jan

MAUJ teases upcoming EP with the release of her vibey first single, “Mind”


Toronto, ON – It wasn’t that long ago that Toronto singer/songwriter MAUJ was hinting at the release of her first single and debut EP. She followed through on her word as promised, and dropped “Mind”, just days into 2017. Acting as the lead single off the upcoming EP (which name and official date is still to be determined), the track was produced by dF.

His name might look familiar, and it should. He also produced the singer’s first ever release “Bad Decisions” and will be producing the rest of her EP. After listening to this latest release, we’re looking forward to more collaborations. The combination of the singer’s sensational tones and vocal fluidity mixed with dF’s forward-thinking ear make these two consistently seem like the perfect creative duo.

The songstress was able to elaborate on the track, and explained, “We experimented with a lot of different sounds and styles for the EP, and “Mind” is the outcome of that versatile direction. The song is about when you sort of need a time out from someone. When things get a little rocky in a relationship/friendship, sometimes you need to take a little step back. To me, space is very important, there’s nothing wrong with wanting time to yourself.”

Check out MAUJ’s velvet voice on “Mind” below.

MAUJ teases upcoming EP with the release of the vibey first single, Mind - HipHopCanada.com

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9 Jan

Take a hit at Tyler Skyy’s new “Women” video


Vancouver, BC – Vancouver-created artist Tyler Skyy released new visuals for his stimulating track “Women” fresh off his new album Rainy Days + Peace Signs.

The simplicity mixed with the strong, vibey perspectives on women the young rapper brings our attention to in the video is touching. The video includes profile-type shots of well over 100 women, of all ethnicities and ages. The ingenious concept of the video hits home for some, and explains the depraved reality of the hardships a large amount of women has to deal with on the daily, from the start to the end of the video.

As the video reaches closer to end-point, the music starts warming up. Fuzzy, warm reflections with messages of love, self-possession and family start hitting you right in the feels. It sure is a song that will make you want to turn to your neighbor (not your actual neighbor) and just give ‘em a big hug.

Check out the new video, and his new album below.

Take a hit at Tyler Skyy’s new Women video - HipHopCanada.com

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9 Jan

JETSET’s first single “Time Of Your Life” cements him as a Toronto artist to watch


Vancouver, BC – Three months after releasing his first single “Time Of Your Life”, Toronto artist JETSET has managed to establish himself strongly fairly early into 2017. He managed to a cop a spot opening up for Canadian leading rapper, Tory Lanez on New Years Eve. And that’s been a progressive next step for him after receiving rotation on Toronto’s Z103.5 Fm.

“Time Of Your Life” itself is an upbeat tribute to better things, and JETSET teamed up with producer Savilion to develop an epic and triumphant musical atmosphere. The song has bigger potential than what the underground community can hold. It’s catchy and relatable lyrics give it an overall hit sound, and it aims to depict the rising direction the singer is headed.

Keep your eyes out for more from JETSET, and catch his upcoming live show in Toronto at UNCRWND on January 20th at Rivoli.

Heights Of Eighty Six - Heart [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

9 Jan

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


Ottawa, ON – Toronto up-and-comer Top 5 recently made his National Capital Region debut with an all ages show inside Ottawa’s The Bourbon Room. Coming straight outta Toronto’s north-west Varna Drive, Top 5 and his entourage, The Varna Drive Boys, arrived in town a day early to sit down for an exclusive interview with HipHopCanada Ottawa rep (and CapCityHipHop founder / Nu BRL Radio co-host) Lil Thrilla.

Before the Q&A session got started, it was clear the young star in the making has a natural comedic side to him, with bare jokes and laughter coming from all of us at the hotel. It set the tone nicely for a conversation about a variety of topics including “The Jungle,” aka Varna Drive, as well as the new Varna clothing line inspired by the neighbourhood. He also talked about connecting with Styles P while he was in Canada, and how the track “Who Gon Do It” came to be. He also touched on his relationship with Drake, the advice he’s received from him, and a forthcoming collaboration between the two artists we should be looking out for. Last but not least, Top 5 explained why he doesn’t really mess with other Toronto rappers other than members of his squad like JigSaw, a fellow up-and-coming artist from Varna Drive.

This interview was definitely one for the books. Check it out after the jump link below and stay tuned for a recap of Top 5’s Ottawa show.

Varna Drive to Ottawa: Toronto rapper Top 5 talks connecting with Styles P, advice from Drake & more - HipHopCanada.com

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9 Jan

Jay Branks drops visuals for “For You” and follows up with audio for “Lonely”


Vancouver, BCJay Branks is on the come up for 2017 and with his clean sound, sharp visuals and steady stream of quality content, the young R&B singer is beginning to gain momentum.

Branks rings in the New Year with fresh vibes providing visuals for his track “For You” spread across some rugged West Coast landscape. More recently he updated his Soundcloud with “Lonely” featuring frequent collaborator Justice. We highly recommend that you check out both releases below.

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9 Jan

Yung Tory releases new video for “Stop” & a “Run It Up” remix with Lil Durk


Toronto, ON – Scarborough artist Yung Tory kicked off the new year with two monstrous new drops: a video single titled “Stop” (produced by Gamerboomin and TrillGotJuice) and a “Run It Up” remix with Lil Durk.

Yung Tory made some major waves in 2016 because his flow is so monstrous. I’ve totally been sleeping on this guy and I’m slapping myself for not checking him out sooner. Yung Tory is real nice. Huge thanks to the homie Malcolm for recommending I check Tory. Watch the video for “Stop” and scope the “Run It Up” remix after the jump.

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9 Jan

Maestro Fresh Wes to help Carleton University celebrate 75th anniversary on Jan. 18


Ottawa, ON – The godfather of Canadian hip-hop, Maestro Fresh Wes, returns to Carleton University on Jan. 18 to help the school kick off its 75th anniversary celebrations.

Maestro studied at Carleton in the mid-1980s, and credits his experience on campus and in a new city with giving him the inspiration to take a shot at making music full-time.

A couple years later, the song “Let Your Backbone Slide,” released with his debut album in 1989, helped hip-hop generate mainstream attention and respect in Canada — and the rest is history.

Being at Carleton and in Ottawa really helped me find myself. Then I transcended. I went back home to Scarborough, worked hard, and a year and a half later I got my record deal.

Click here to read the full story.

Maestro Fresh Wes to help Carleton University celebrate 75th anniversary on Jan. 18 - HipHopCanada.com

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9 Jan

Left Field: Pryde kicks off 2017 with a brand new video single


Brampton, ON – Brampton artist Pryde kicked off the new year with the release of a new video single titled “Left Field” on Jan. 2.

Following up to 2016’s release of I Don’t Belong Here, Pryde delivers a turn-up banger about the people in his life switching up on him. The song is a slapper and it sounds really upbeat. But ultimately, it’s actually a sad record about the friends and females who are on their way out: “Shorty you so uptight, uptight yeah/ You were someone I could trust right, trust right yeah/ From the time you went so left field, left field.”

The video was directed by SamureyeFilms and Russel Llatino, and the track was produced by NCP and K-Beatz. Check out “Left Field” below and if you haven’t yet listened to I Don’t Belong Here, make sure you go do that ASAP.

Pryde releases new mixtape, I Don't Belong Here; announces Toronto release party on April 18 - HipHopCanada.com

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