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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”


15 Aug

Toronto producer/MC Jay Rukas releases MNDSGN-produced “Limit”

Toronto, ON – Up-and-comer Jay Rukas, producer/MC, drops off his new single featuring production by MNDSGN. You can check out “Limit” below via SoundCloud. Jay released a dope instrumental project back in May titled JstLeev. Click here to check it out on Bandcamp and stay tuned for more new music.

Toronto producer/MC Jay RUKAS releases MNDSGN-produced Limit - HipHopCanada.com

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15 Aug

Montreal’s Ezra Noir enlists Bori$ for new single, “The.Other.World”

Montreal, QC – Real City’s Ezra Noir teams up with Bori$ for his new single, “The.Other.World.” The song is featured on the Fortune Factory rapper’s The.Black.Room project. Check out the single below.

Montreal's Ezra Noir enlists Bori$ for new single The Other World - HipHopCanada.com

15 Aug

Brampton’s Kenny Coldcuts releases the Praying for a Hunna Bands mixtape

Brampton, ON – More new music coming out of B-Town’s ATM camp. Up-and-comer Kenny Coldcuts just released his Praying for a Hunna Bands project which features 13-tracks including a guest appearance by Tennessee’s Sly C. Check it out below via Kenny’s SoundCloud profile.

Brampton's Kenny Coldcuts releases the Praying for a Hunna Bands mixtape - HipHopCanada.com

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15 Aug

Song of the Day: Toronto’s Nynex19 with the Hollywood Adom-produced “In My Ear”

Toronto, ON – Our Song of the Day is a stand-out record off the new Nynex19 mixtape, Do You Love Me? “In My Ear” was produced by Hollywood Adom and samples Adele’s 2011 single, “Rumour Has It.” Hollywood Adom produced 8 of the 19 tracks on Do You Love Me? which was hosted by DJ Laz Vagez. Click here to check out HHC Editor Jesse Plunkett’s thoughts on the project from a post that went up earlier today.

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15 Aug

DSKY Moose releases “Hyrule Cake” over a beat that samples Legened of Zelda

Brampton, ON – Up-and-coming Brampton artist DSKY Moose just dropped his first track ever titled “Hyrule Cake” off his forthcoming debut mixtape entitled The Prophet.

Shout-out to Brampton, ON right now. This is your week, guys. You’re killing it. I think more than half the articles I wrote this week were about Brampton artists. Huge salute to you all. Check out “Hyrule Cake” below.

DSKY Moose releases

15 Aug

Opinion: Wu-Tang shows need to ban attendees who can’t name all the members of Wu-Tang

Calgary, AB – There can be no denying that in recent years, Wu-Tang Clan has joined the stable of notable 20th century figures whose likeness has been turned into fashion icons for basic suburbanites. This stable includes figures like the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Che Guevara, and Obama (for like a week back in 2008).

Suburbia is a war. One in which winning is determined by who can most effectively prove to everyone else how different they are. This is evidenced by the fact that becoming a master of the suburban race (or basically white people, in general), involves name-dropping an artist that no one else knows. If someone else knows about it, however, the aspiring counter-culturalist is reduced – in a process reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno – to a level reserved for fans of The Killers and The Postal Service.
Avoiding this fate is precisely why the previously mentioned artists have been turned into tools used for waging this war.

“My dad works for an oil company, so I assert my disdain for the system with this Che Guevara shirt from Bluenotes.”

“I went to equestrian bible camp every year, but this Tupac shirt from Forever 21 shows that I’m not like everyone else because not only do I tolerate black people, I be bumping that shit in the ride.”

“I’m not like the above mentioned girl, because my Wu-Tang shirt that I also bought in the mall is more underground. I Googled the lyrics to ‘Protect Ya Neck’ once so I could sing it in my ride, squad goals lol.”

Wu-Tang concerts need to ban attendees who can't name all the members of Wu-Tang

Photo source: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images North America

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15 Aug

Scarborough’s Nynex19 releases impressive debut with Do You Love Me?

Toronto, ON – Discovering a new artist is like Christmas for music enthusiasts. Discovering 3 incredible new artists in a span of 2 hours is just flat out overwhelming, especially since I’m already eager to tell you about each of them individually (and I’m working on a new mixtape series with your girl Sarah Jay, shameless plug – stay tuned!). But I started here with the artist who’s mixtape has been out the longest.

Somehow Do You Love Me? The Mixtape Vol. 1 the debut from Fam Vic/Society R.I.C.H.’s Nynex19 slipped by me when it first dropped July 19, but now that I’ve taken it in I can assure you it won’t be leaving my radar anytime soon. Having listened to a few of his uploads from a couple of years ago, it’s impressive how much Nynex’s growth and development shines through on Do You Love Me?

The versatile display of talent is solid from start to finish and one of the most complete projects I’ve heard coming out of the 6ix this year. Do You Love Me? gave me a great understanding of what Nynex has to offer while leaving me looking for more, despite it being almost 20-tracks deep. He raps about various subjects from schmoozin’ the ladies, calling out wack MCs, living life and everything in between. Some of the tape’s hooks were stronger than others but for the most part Nynex has mastered the concept of making a catchy song.

Scarborough's Nynex19 raises the bar with Do You Love Me? The Mixtape Vol. 1 - HipHopCanada.com

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15 Aug

Stop This: Skrilla Ghad of ROS Worldwide releases hard-hitting new single

Toronto, ON – Ok so the last time I heard new music from Skrilla Ghad I locked in a dope new addition to my playlist and had the line “I’m trying to ball like I’m Lillard” relentlessly stuck in my head for the better part of 2 weeks. The catchy “BillUp” was of course referring to Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard.

After digging through Da Landlord’s catalogue on SoundCloud, I came into his new song “Stop This” with high expectations. The single features the ROS (Remember Our Struggle) rapper calling out lame rappers and fraudulent indiviuals, wrapped by some Toronto slang, stop this. The expression more or less speaks for itself but here’s a good working example pulled from YYZ Magazine:

You need to fix your phone fam.

Stop this, my phone been bless

“Stop This” has more aggressive and hard hitting feel than the smoker anthem “BillUp,” complimented by Skrilla’s ability to switch up flows on the fly. Needless to say, expectations were exceeded… the Ghad was out to make a statement. Stay tuned to HipHopCanada for more from the ROS Worldwide team.

Stop This: Skrilla Ghad of ROS Worldwide releases hard-hitting new single - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Aug

Drake “plagued and pained” by OVO Fest after-party violence

Toronto, ONDrake initially remained quite about the shooting that occurred Aug. 4 shortly after the OVO Fest after-party, but earlier today his silence was broken.

In a message posted on the official OVO blog, Drake offered his condolences to the families of the after-party shooting victims, as well as anyone else in the city who has lost someone to senseless violence in the past.

I encourage my generation to show as much value and gratitude as you can for the lives we have been gifted.

Duvel Hibbert, 23, was shot to death on the patio of Muzik Nightclub, while Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, was killed on Dufferin street, a short walk from the club.

Find the full statement after the jump link below.

Drake plagued and pained by the violence at OVO Fest after-party - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Aug

Win 2 tickets to see Obie Trice in Vancouver on Aug. 20th

Vancouver, BC – That’s Entertaining Productions, Hip-Hop (HHK) Karaoke Vancouver & Fortune Sound are presenting a very special August edition of HHK with former Shady Records emcee Obie Trice on August 20th at Fortune Sound Club. Heads up – we have to scoop on a set of free tickets.

On tour to support his recently dropped album The Hangover, Trice will know doubt be bringing out all the good girls, and bad ones too, along with a hefty lineup of HHK performances.

Flipout and DJ Seko will be in the cut as usual and tickets for the evening can be purchased at Dipt, Red Cat, Zulu or line here.

Wanna know how to win guest list for you and a friend? Hit the jump link below.

To register for Hip-Hop Karaoke on August 20th email your raps to: hhkvancouver@gmail.com

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