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Coach Fresh: Maestro Fresh Wes talks new LP, TEDx, honorary diploma & more

Toronto, ON – From the opening effects on “Put Ya Guard Up,” to the “Skyscrapers (Remix)” that brings it to a wrap, … Read More »

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Casper TNG to headline New Year’s Eve pre-party in Ottawa on Dec. 29

Ottawa, ON – Toronto based Menace Muzik Group recently announced a New Year’s Eve pre-party in Ottawa featuring a headline performance by … Read More »

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10 new songs you need to hear: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks on Spotify

Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada recently relaunched Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks on Spotify. And this week we’re back with 10 new songs.
For those … Read More »

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Deadline approaching: Submit now for the JUNO Awards & JUNOfest

Toronto, ON – The deadline is quickly approaching to submit for this year’s JUNO Awards taking place in Vancouver.
Submission details and eligibility … Read More »

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2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards: Quake wins SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award

2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards: Quake wins SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award

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14 Jul

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 41


Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify back in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.

Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.

This week’s playlist features a ton of brand new music starting with Lunice’s brand new “Distrust” track with Denzel Curry, J.K. The Reaper, and Nell. Volume 41 also features new music from Los Poetas and ShaqIsDope, Napalm Dreams, Nixxon, RAJAN, Genre254, Quake Matthews, DillanPonders, Johnny Darko and Jake Bluez, The Free, Shapiro, Jason Shay, Allan Kingdom, Riff Raff and Blacka Da Don, Anfa Rose, Luu Breeze, JT Soul, Charlotte Cardin, City Fidelia, Myazwe, David Strickland, Koffee K, JYDN, Profit, A l l i e, Yoko Gold, and more.

Volume 41 also includes Ye Ali’s new track “Closer” (which was produced by Toronto’s Burd & Keyz and Jordon Manswell), as well as Calvin Harris’ collaboration track “Hard To Love” with Jessie Reyez off Funk Wave Bounces Vol. 1. Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 41 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.

HipHopCanada is now on Spotify: Listen to our debut weekly playlist curated by Sarah Jay - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Jul

Toronto’s FalconCrest preview mixtape with “Return of The Jedi” video (Sponsored)


Toronto, ON – With The Art of Falconry mixtape dropping this summer, Toronto’s FalconCrest drop new promo visuals for the tune “Return of the Jedi” (inspired by the Large Professor-produced “Star Wars” by Nas). The video was directed by Tray Starks and released through Toronto-based HighHeat Records. Check it out below.

Toronto's FalconCrest preview mixtape with Return of The Jedi video - HipHopCanada.com

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13 Jul

Boomin: Shadoe Grey previews #WORK debut with new video featuring The Verse


Montreal, QC – With his debut project #WORK on the way, up-and-comer Shadoe Grey releases new visuals for the single “Boomin.” The Hitman-produced record features The Verse and the video was directed by Dino Cesar. #WORK will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and other major outlets. Check out the video below.

Boomin: Shadoe Grey previews #WORK debut with new video featuring The Verse - HipHopCanada.com

13 Jul

Producer-activist David Strickland discusses the importance of the Native voice within hip-hop


Toronto, ON – On July 1, Native American producer and activist David Strickland released two brand new singles – “Rez Life” and “Window” – in protest of Canada 150.

These two tracks come to us as David gears up for the release of his forthcoming LP Spirit of Hip Hop. The releases also reinforce the importance of the Native voice within the Canadian hip-hop landscape by featuring Native artists relaying their Canadian Native experience.

Enlisting the help of some of Canada’s best Indigenous rappers (Que Rock, Drezus, Violent Ground, Joey Stylez, and Hellnback), “Rez Life” serves as a tell-all about the reservation and what it’s like growing up in this country as a Native youth. The release of “Window” is slightly more hopeful and uplifting, and focused on the ability within us all to overcome adversity; whether it’s larger scale systemic abuse or smaller scale personal hardship and suffering.

Listen to “Rez Life” and “Window” below, and check out our in-depth interview with David after the jump to find out more about his upcoming new project, his own journey to overcome hardship, and why the Native voice within hip-hop is so important for the youth.

Native American producer and activist David Strickland discusses the importance of the Native voice in hip-hop - HipHopCanada.com

“It’s important for Indigenous youth to know that we have contributed to hip-hop and that it’s a part of our DNA. The four elements of hip-hop from our vantage point is a reincarnation of native culture.”
– David Strickland

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12 Jul

Summer Vibes to showcase 10 up-and-coming Canadian artists July 29 & Aug. 12


Courtice, ON – Artists are a dime a dozen but the great ones know how to standout from the masses. One thing that’s key is having a strong live show, especially when touring still plays a significant role in an artists’s income.

So on Saturday, July 29 come to the Ballers Club (1414 King Street East) in Courtice, Ontario (sixty kilometers east of Toronto) to see what 10 up-and-coming Canadian artists are bringing to the table. 10 artists, 1 stage, with music supplied by DJ Tyco. Then on Saturday, Aug. 12, we’ll be doing it all over again with 10 new artists. Tickets for the Summer Vibes Kick Off Showcase are $20 and available online via TicketScene.ca (July 29 & Aug. 12). Check out full line-up and event posters below. For VIP, bottle service, or performance slots on future events, please contact 90NickelEvents@gmail.com.

July 29 performances include Jade Narine, Young Soldiers, JR Mason, FRANK, Profit, Burgz, KC, Trillz, Vanessa Elisa, M-Touch, and Prince Young. Aug. 12 line-up includes DWTM (Down With The Mob), Xander Burger, Wizdom, Sizzy Saint, Sappire Steamy, Joe Stwert, Genisus The Ruckus, GK Nesso, KC Trillz, and DJ Bonez 519.

Summer Vibes Kick off to showcase 20 up-and-coming Canadian artists on July 29 & Aug. 12 - HipHopCanada.com

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12 Jul

Kingston rapper B. Rich accuses Coca-Cola of ripping off trademark


Kingston, ON – A Kingston rapper is going after to Coca-Cola for using the catchphrase “Out for a Rip” on recent promotions. As CBC reported today, rapper Brendan Richmond aka B. Rich had a trademark filled for the phrase back in 2014 and it was officially registered in April 2016. It applies to musical work and performances, as well as merch.

Now the Kingston artist has released a demand letter in the form of a YouTube video called “Out for the Sip” to tell one of the world’s most powerful brands to stop using the catchphrase.

Kingston rapper B. Rich accuses Coca-Cola of ripping off trademark - HipHopCanada.com

12 Jul

Break You Down: VNCHY discusses self-reflection & why his new single doesn’t need a hook


Toronto, ON – On Jun. 29, Toronto recording artist VNCHY released a brand new video single titled “Break You Down.”

Produced by S.L.M.N., “Break You Down” is a self-reflective free verse. The track was released to explore what VNCHY’s been doing lately and how he can better himself in all facets of his existence. There’s no hook on here, and no catchy melody repetition to follow along with. This is a song you actually have to sit and digest. Which is probably why it was released in conjunction with this Saru directed video.

The video itself sticks to a very minimalistic aesthetic with a home-video style of cinematography. According to VNCHY, the video’s aim is to take things back to the more aggressive, in-your-face style of artistry that VNCHY delivered during the earlier parts of his come up. Check out the video below and read our in-depth interview with VNCHY after the jump.

Break You Down: VNCHY explains his self-reflection process & why his new single doesn't need a hook - HipHopCanada.com

“…the only time you should speak about your problems is after you’ve figured out the solutions.”
– VNCHY

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11 Jul

Haitian-Canadian artist Profit releases new album Ebb & Flow


Toronto, ON – Check out the new Ebb & Flow album from Haitian-Canadian recording artist Profit. The album was released on Canada Day and features 20-tracks with support from Alliston Davis, Dryve, Kubz and Adecia. You can find it now on iTunes, Spotify and other outlets, or stream it below.

Haitian-Canadian artist Profit releases new album Ebb & Flow - HipHopCanada.com

11 Jul

We talked to Toronto songstress Khadijah Lopez about her stunning new EP, Paradigm


Toronto, ON – The appreciation for female vocalists across the music industry has never been greater with the current rise of neo-soul artists like SZA, H.E.R. and Kehlani finally gaining the attention and the credit they deserve next to their male counterparts. Toronto’s Khadijah Lopez is undoubtedly one of the most stunning voices that Canadian R&B has to offer, and she’s an artist who is championing her own sound with a similar confidence and success. She recently released her debut EP, Paradigm and the project is a compilation of moving and honest personal reflections that are sparked by deeply intertwined R&B and soul influences.

With production from Jay Glavany, Juan Bennett, and Jordon Manswell (who has credits like Canadian rap talent Sean Leon) – the value of this project is high in every aspect. And with a feature from Toronto emcee Devontée, Paradigm seamlessly puts forth collaborations with some of Canada’s most creative minds and artists. We recently had the opportunity to speak to Khadijah about her new EP. With the same authenticity that she brings to her music, her reflections and humbleness make her an artist who we think will quickly become a favourite of yours, as well. Stream the new album below where you can also catch our candid conversation.

We talked to Toronto songstress Khadijah Lopez about her stunning new EP, Paradigm - HipHopCanada.com

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11 Jul

Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” passes “Gangnam Style” as most watched YouTube video


Pittsburgh, PA – Since first breaking on to the mainstream with his 2010 Stargate-produced single, “Black and Yellow,” Wiz Khalifa has remained in the upper echelon of rap personnel and has proven to be quite successful. The song would be come Wiz’s first number-one single in the US.

He wouldn’t top the chart again until 2015 when he released “See You Again” (featuring Charlie Puth) for the Furious 7 soundtrack as a tribute to late actor Paul Walker who passed before the movie was released. “See You Again” was the best selling-song of 2015 worldwide, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 20.9 million units according to IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry).

That song would become the first hip-hop record to reach a billion views on YouTube and also the first song to two surpass two billion. Yesterday, the “See You Again” video passed Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to become the most viewed video in YouTube history with over 2.894 billion views.

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