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New York rapper Troy Ave talks Canadian Tour, White Christmas 3, Young Lito & more

Ottawa, ON – BSB Records rapper Troy Ave was recently in the Nation’s Capital for the second date of his White Christmas … Read More »

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2016 JUNO Awards: Drake, Kardinal, k-os & more nominated for Rap Recording of the Yea…

Toronto, ON – After months of waiting patiently, CARAS has finally revealed the nominations for the 2016 JUNO Awards taking place in … Read More »

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Understanding Summer Sixteen: With Meek Mill digested, Drake sets his sights on bigger tar…

Listening to Episode 14 of OVO Sound Radio earlier tonight, it’s clear … Read More »

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Night Lovell talks “Dark Light” hitting a million views, Young Thug, Jazz Cart…

Here’s an understatement: Night Lovell had a big year in 2015. From releasing … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Halifax’s Aldean Alliston aka AL Boogie releases fresh visuals for “Make A Kil

Halifax’s Aldean Alliston aka AL Boogie releases fresh visuals for “Make A Kil

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15 Oct

New music: DOB wrote a rap about what happens when we become a “Silhouette”


Toronto, ON – Toronto artist DOB just hit us with a new jam titled “Silhouette,” which is the first track off DOB’s forthcoming Figure 8 project.

In case you missed my post last month about DOB’s track titled “Sugar High,” I’ll give you the down-low on the concept behind Figure 8, again: the EP is based on the life story of a guy who DOB grew up with. DOB wanted to tell that story and show the cycle of destruction that happens when fathers aren’t fathering correct. It gets passed down into the next generation.

DOB releases

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14 Oct

GOLDHEART breaks up with L.A. and releases a new video for “Dark”


Montreal, QC – Montreal songstress GOLDHEART recently released new Jay Baskey-directed visuals on us for “Dark” off the Part 2 EP.

GOLDHEART recently joined the SmashMouth Music roster alongside DillanPonders, Flex The Antihero, and JiMMY B. This girl is something else. She’s got a soft feminine delivery, but she doesn’t stay confined within the genre of pop. She’s not a rapper. And she’s not an R&B singer, either. She’s GOLDHEART.

GOLDHEART breaks up with L.A. and releases a new video for

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11 Oct

Nixxon doesn’t care about the money because he feels “No Way”


Toronto, ON – Up-and-coming Toronto artist Nixxon (formerly known as JesseRay) just dropped a new video (shot by Joe Cash Productions) for “No Way” off the For No Good Reason EP.

This song is all about the flex and braggadocio. Nixxon has reached a point where he doesn’t care what people think about him. But it’s a little darker than that. Nixxon also uses this tune to speak to a deep emotional void within himself. Part of the reason why he’s able to feel so apathetic towards his peers and his own financial standing is because he quite literally feels “No Way.”

You always hear people tell you that you need to stop caring about what other people think about you. But what happens with you stop caring altogether? Check it out after the jump.

Nixxon is back from his hiatus and he's in

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10 Oct

Doom Squad teams up with Boosh & The Dip for “September 2015 Cypher”


Edmonton, ABDoom Squad took a new approach with their monthly cypher in their latest collaboration “September 2015 Cypher”, featuring Edmonton’s Boosh & The Dip. After running 18 months deep (and counting), what makes September 2015’s cypher so unique is the fusion of Boosh’s four-piece band, The Dip. Kryple, Ninelivez, Trippz and Boosh body their verses, making the entire collab the perfect package. Check out the Sonik-directed video after the jump.

Doom Squad Teams up with Boosh & The Dip for September 2015 Cypher [Video]- HipHopCanada.com

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10 Oct

2016 JUNO Awards: Nomination submissions accepted until Nov. 13


Calgary, AB – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has officially opened the doors for submissions to the 2016 JUNO Awards.

Those submissions, after judges narrow down the list, will make up the large majority of the nominations for the next awards taking place in Calgary between March 28 and April 3.

The big question will be who will take home the Rap Recording of the Year category. The past 3 winners include Naturally Born Strangers (Adam Bomb, Tona & Rich Kidd), Drake and Classified (ft. David Myles). Stay tuned for more coverage. Submission information is available after the jump link below.

2016 JUNO Awards: Submissions open until Nov. 13 - HipHopCanada.com

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10 Oct

Tech N9ne gave us A&R advice and told us why he doesn’t do rap beef


Calgary, ABOriginally published Oct. 8, 2015 – Legendary underground rap lord and Strange Music co-founder Tech N9ne recently kicked off the Canadian leg of his Special Effects Tour in Windsor, ON at the end of last month.

Tech’s been coming through Canada for a minute, now. And every time he comes through he’s got another new monster release to show for. In May, Tech released his Special Effects album featuring collaborations with Eminem, Lil Wayne, Hopsin, 2 Chainz, and more. And what’s more – Tech didn’t have to pay for ANY of the features on this album. But more on that later.

Strange Music also recently announced the forthcoming release of Strangulation Vol. II, a collaborative body of work featuring music from Tech, Kriss Kaliko, and the rest of the Strange Music squad. So I was super excited when I found out that I FINALLY got to do an interview with the man.

Due to some miscommunication and time zone changes, I got a call from Tech on Oct. 6 just minutes before I had to leave my place for an appointment. My phone rang and I picked it up.

Tech N9ne gave us A&R advice and told us why he doesn't do rap beef- HipHopCanada.com
Photo: Richard Lecoin (HipHopCanada)

9 Oct

Naadei teams up up with 2 Chainz and High Klassified on “Lisa”


Montreal, QC – Montreal vocalist Naadei recently teamed up with High Klassified and 2 Chainz for this new track titled “Lisa.”

This track explores the idea of cultural appropriation. And by “explores,” I mean just that. Naadei isn’t necessarily saying cultural appropriation is a bad thing. But she’s not glorifying it either. She’s putting it out there for y’all to decide what you think about it: “All my white girls/ All my white girlfriends/ With your credit cards/ Your big-ass house girlfriends/ Got 2 Chainz on I knew you’d like that/ I got HK on I knew you’d like that.”

Naadei teams up up with 2 Chainz and High Klassified on

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9 Oct

JayKin drops new video for “Wasabi” produced by Mosaic


Vancouver, BCJayKin recently recently some brand new visuals for his track “Wasabi” produced by Mosaic.

Dropping on Self Serve Records, JayKin’s Japanese influence is heavy on this one and is the inspiration behind the name and theme of the video.  Cop the track at selfserverecords.com and peep the video below.

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8 Oct

K-Rec remixes Lumidee’s “Never Leave You (Uh Ohh)”


Vancouver, BC – Some recent material from Vancouver DJ/producer K-Rec comes by way of a shiny new remix. Taking on Lumidee’s “Never Leave You (Uh Ohh)” K-Rec puts his airy sound and personal touch on a R&B classic.

Take a listen below.

K-Rec remixes Lumidee's

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8 Oct

Kreator Smoke drops video for “Second Chance” featuring HellnBack


Long Plain First Nation, MB – Young emcee Kreator Smoke by way of Long Plain First Nation reserve recently dropped a new project with mentor and Canadian hip-hop vet Hellnback.

The track is called “Second Chance” – produced by Boogey with video shot by Winnipeg’s Nu-Media. Check it out below.

Kreator Smoke – Second Chance Feat. HellnBack from Nu-Media on Vimeo.

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