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Raiel talks “Wrong Turn,” his upcoming project, Deep Blue and making music tha…

Vancouver, BC – A couple months back we had the chance to interview West Coast artist Raiel about his developing sound, and … Read More »

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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 42

Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify back in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every … Read More »

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Justin Trudeau dropped a summer Spotify playlist featuring Quake Matthews, K-OS, & mo…

Toronto, ON – Earlier this weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released his own personal 39-track Spotify playlist for summer 2017. And one … Read More »

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

Toronto, ON – On July 1, Native American producer and activist David Strickland released two brand new singles – “Rez Life” and … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Halifax’s Neon Dreams goes Gold with “Marching Bands” single featuring K

Halifax’s Neon Dreams goes Gold with “Marching Bands” single featuring K

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3 May

Austin Sexton kicked off new music monday with his retro single “About Last Night”


Santa Barbara, CA – Singer/songwriter Austin Sexton recently dropped the visuals for “U” and rides the momentum of its’ success by leading ‘New Music Monday’ with his next single. “About Last Night” is a step away from the sound that the Santa Barbara singer brought to us on “U” but it’s equally as moving (if not even more romanticized and reminiscent). You’ll love the track for its’ retro feels, and delicately high croons that take us into Jackson territory.

Known for integrating rich instrumentals and acoustics into his tracks, “About Last Night” shines with vibrant guitar features and warm vibes. You’re sure to be an Austin Sexton fan after this latest release, and there’s very few artists who have recently trekked near this sound and succeeded.

Stream “About Last Night” below.

Austin Sexton kicked off new music monday with his retro single

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3 May

Edmonton’s Pat Grim releases “Announcements” on the heels of his upcoming EP


Edmonton, ABPat Grim (of Brothers Grim) dropped some heat last week in a new video for his single “Announcements.” This track is in support of his solo project P.O.P.S (Product of Public Schooling) which is set to be released this month.

“Announcements” is testament to the cracks that continue to hide under the rug of public schooling. In under two minutes, Pat gives a very telling indication that this EP already speaks for itself. Raw, honest and with bars to match. Directed by Sonik and produced by Rayne drop, check out “Announcements” after the jump.

Video: Pat Grim Releases 'Announcements' on the heels of his upcoming EP- HipHopCanada.com

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3 May

Premiere Brampton songstress Aiona’s enticing visual debut on “You and I”


Brampton, ON – 2017 has undoubtedly been the year for WayCool, and Aiona has made an exceptional entry into the Canadian music scene with her stunning and rich vocals. A regular feature on HipHopCanada in the recent months for consistently delivering rounded and vibrant tracks full of soul and grit, the Brampton-based singer premieres her first music video today with us for “You and I.”

The Civil Savage-directed video follows Aiona through a variety of settings, placing a strong focus on her striking features and stunning silhouettes which were shot by Drew (@shotbydrew). She wields her confidence in front of the camera with a grace that most have to learn, and a surprising ending will keep you engaged until the very end. Check out the new video below, and get formally acquainted with the quickly rising talent.

Premiere Brampton songstress Aiona's enticing visual debut on You and I - HipHopCanada.com

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2 May

Ziyaad Luceō rehashes The Tranquility EP-ish with the release of “Tranquility Continuum”


Brampton, ON – Brampton artist Ziyaad Luceō just released a new track titled “Tranquility Continuum” in celebration of the two-year anniversary of his debut mixtape, The Tranquility EP-ish (which is still available for listening via DatPiff).

Utilizing production from Whoarei (who produced a lot for The Tranquility EP-ish) and Medasin, Ziyaad delivers “Tranquility Continuum” as more-or-less of a rap lullaby. The song itself was actually written three different times before Ziyaad finally wrote this version (which strategically incorporates the names of all the songs from The Tranquility EP-ish).

Ziyaad Luceō rehashes The Tranquility EP-ish with the release of

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1 May

Thoby G & E.U. Afool release new Frank Films-directed video for “Introduction”


St. Catharines, ON – Choom Gang’s E.U. Afool and Thoby G recently dropped a fresh new Frank Films-directed video for their single, “Introduction.” The song, produced by Chiveer, is available on TIDAL, Spotify, Apple Music and other outlets.

Thoby G & E.U. Afool release new Frank Films-directed video for Introduction - HipHopCanada.com

1 May

Just Move: Listen to GOVI’s new booty bounce collaboration with Clairmont The Second


Toronto, ON – Toronto rap prodigy Clairmont The Second recently teamed up with Ajax super-producer GOVI for a brand new collaboration titled “Just Move.”

We’re still coming down from the monstrous release that was Clairmont’s Quest For Milk and Honey. If there’s one thing that album showed us, it was how diverse of an artist Clairmont is. He effortlessly transitions between gospel, jazz, and wavy cloud trap; on some serious chameleon flow abilities.

“Just Move” has a booty bounce vibe, and seems to echo the message we got from Clairmont’s recent collaboration with Del Bel: just dance, and move your body, and feel the music without any inhibitions.

Clairmont is also an extremely talented producer. So even though he didn’t produce this track, you can tell he’s meticulous about the vision for his music, and respecting the producer. He gives GOVI’s production it’s own spotlight by fading in and out on the chorus so that the beat’s bounce takes centre stage.

Take in “Just Move” below, and if you haven’t scoped the Quest For Milk & Honey album yet, go listen to the Black Edition of the project ASAP.

Just Move: Clairmont The Second and GOVI teamed up for a brand new collaboration - HipHopCanada.com

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30 Apr

Quake Matthews just dropped a teaser trailer for his upcoming Celebrate The Struggle album


Halifax, NSOriginally posted April 18, 2016 – Following the single and video release for “Just Another Love Story” earlier this year, Halifax artist Quake Matthews just surprised us by launching a teaser trailer for his upcoming new album titled Celebrate The Struggle.

The album is slated for release this summer on July 7 and features collaborations with Ria Mae, Neon Dreams, Jrdn, and JK of Justin Timberlake’s band The Tennessee Kids. This album announcement also comes with the announcement of Quake’s upcoming European tour in May. Quake will be performing 11 shows in in four countries including the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark.

And based on the content we’ve been seeing from Quake lately, this project is going to be a game changer. The visuals play out entirely in black-and-white until the end of the trailer, when Quake releases a single red balloon into the air.

Check out the trailer after the jump, read the official album press release, and keep it locked on the full album roll-out.

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29 Apr

Gov returns with “Physical” the new single from his upcoming EP


Toronto, ON – We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Toronto-based emcee Gov to talk about his debut album Nights (and you can catch our conversation here). Following up that release is “Physical” – the new single from his upcoming EP.

The track is produced by Vino – who also produced his single “Body On Me” and who is also the executive producer of the EP. An ode to the love interest who inspired much of of the EP, “Physical” was written during the fall of 2016. The sultry, slow jam is inspired deeply by old school R&B, and is sure to be a great listen for those who are just catching on Gov’s wave now.

Stream the new single below.

Gov returns with Physical the first single from his upcoming EP - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: We talked to Gov about collaborating with Toronto’s rising artists and his debut EP, Nights

29 Apr

You need to watch this new Roy Woods video for “Love You”


Brampton, ON – Earlier this week OVO artist Roy Woods released a brand new video for his track “Love You” (produced by Ahkilo and FrancisGotHeat) off the December 2016 released Nocturnal EP.

Arguably one of the most emotive songs on the EP, “Love You” is a song about Roy trying to move on from his feelings for a female. He tried to keep things simple – he only wanted to love her – but it didn’t work out. And so he spends the song both reminiscing and trying to convince himself to keep it moving.

If you listen to “Love You” to feel some type of way, don’t watch the video. It’ll ruin the song. Because the video is basically a live feed of Roy Woods being total jokes. It’s a very interesting juxtaposition; the sad love song and the zero-f**ks-given Roy visual. But it makes sense. Nocturnal was such a sadboy EP. And now that we’re gearing up for summer, music fans aren’t in sadboy mode anymore.

Roy Woods just released his new Nocturnal EP via Apple Music & Spotify - HipHopCanada.com

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29 Apr

Phases: Majid Jordan finally dropped a new track & you need to hear it


Toronto, ON – Earlier this week Majid Jordan surprised us all by finally dropping a new single titled “Phases”. This is the first track that the OVO duo (Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman) has dropped since the release of their self-titled debut album last year.

“Phases” shows us a more vulnerable side of Majid’s past as he opens up the song with a first verse about his decision to come to Canada from Bahrain to attend the University of Toronto: “I came to this country, didn’t know a damn thing/ 18 year old and in need of planning/ Thought I was ready, I wasn’t ready/ Guess it’s me and myself again/ Time to go make some friends/ Find me somebody to keep me safe.”

Sticking to their M.O. of synth-y, emotive pop ballads, Majid Jordan delivers “Phases” as an upbeat dance record about living life on life’s terms, and navigating through all the phases. Take it in below, and keep it locked on (hopefully) more newness from the guys.

OVO Sound's Majid Jordan release new video for My Love featuring Drake - HipHopCanada.com

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