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Squamish Valley Music Festival with Eminem, Nas, Danny Brown & more [Review/Photos]

Vancouver, BC – On the weekend of August 8, 2014, Squamish Valley Music Festival kicked off in Squamish, British Columbia with headliners … Read More »

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Bishop Brigante brings all-star line-up out for Blu Ice Nightclub Grand Opening [News]

Toronto, ON – One of the hottest line-ups the GTA has seen in a while is going down Aug. 22 and 23 … Read More »

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Into His Zone: Danny Brown impresses at Encore [Review]

Edmonton, AB – On August 9, our friends at Nightshift Entertainment brought Danny Brown to Encore to perform live for the first … Read More »

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Rewind: Pemberton 2014 coverage recap with Snoop Dogg, OutKast, Kendrick & more [Arti…

Pemberton, BC – Late July, HipHopCanada’s own Sarah Sussman and Sarosh Rizvi provided us with some amazing coverage of the Pemberton Music … Read More »

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Miracle – Body Bag [Video]

Miracle – Body Bag [Video]


15 Aug

J. Cole – Be Free [Audio] #SOTD

Ferguson, MO – In honor of the young man murdered by police in his own Missouri community, “Be Free” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. J. Cole sent this over to a publicist (shouts to Kathryn Frazier at Biz 3), with this message:

What up Kathryn, Tired of seeing black boys killed. Tired of seeing black men killed. No more being numb to it. Made this yesterday. Not gonna wait for the album to put it out. It’s now. peace

This added to the message he had included on the SoundCloud upload:

Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free” – Cole

And then even more on the Dreamvillain blog:

There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It’s so easy to try to save the world when you’re in college. You got nothing but time and no responsibility. But soon life hits you. No more dorms, no more meal plan, no more refund check. Nigga need a job. Nigga got rent. Got car note. Cable bill. Girlfriend moves in and becomes wife. Baby on the way. Career advances. Instagram is poppin. Lebron leaves Miami. LIFE HITS. We become distracted. We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a fuck if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal. I made a song. This is how we feel. – Cole

R.I.P. Michael Brown. Be Free.

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15 Aug

Tory Lanez – The Mission [Audio]

Toronto, ON – Stepping away from Fargo Fridays, at least momentarily, Swave Nation is injected with a new anthem in “The Mission” by Tory Lanez. The track was co-produced by Lanez, Noah Breakfast and Christian Louie.

You can catch Tory on the Lost Cause Tour for 11-dates between Oct. 2 and Oct. 19. The tour comes to Toronto’s The Drake Underground on Oct. 19 to wrap things up. Click here for more details.

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15 Aug

Tory Lanez kicks off 11-date Lost Cause Tour in October [News]

Toronto, ON – Catch Tory Lanez on the Lost Cause Tour this October, kicking off in Los Angeles inside The Echo. The tour will then bring Tory to 5 straight Texas dates, followed by Atlanta, Boston, New York City, Burlington (Vermont) and Buffalo before he stops in his hometown, Toronto. Click the jump link below for the full tour listing.

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Related Post: Tory Lanez – The Mission [Audio]

15 Aug

Rowdy Rebel – Computers ft. Bobby Shmurda / Like Huh ft. Nya Lee [Video]

New York, NY – Brooklyn’s GS9 Music movement is one of the hottest things in hip-hop right now, catching the attention of everyone from Jay Z, Drake, French Montana, Meek Mill, Justin Bieber, and the list goes on… and its growing fast. The Shmoney Dance is taking over and “Hot Nigga” is reaching for 9 million views on YouTube. Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel (or Rebbel) have teamed up for a new video in support of GS9′s Shmoney mixtape, in which the song “Computers” is featured on. The tape also features the “Shmoney Dance” anthem and the aforementioned “Hot Nigga,” which recently had Lil Wayne turn all the way up in Miami. “Computers” has a similiar blueprint to “Shmoney Dance” which sees Rebel setting the tone of the song before Bobby Shmurda breaks it open with his high energy devlivery. The post also contains the newly released “Like Huh” featuring Nya Lee and production by Murda Beatz. Check them out after the jump.

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14 Aug

Emilio Rojas – Dead Presidents ft. DUBB [Video]

New York, NY – Going coast-to-coast, NYC rapper Emilio Rojas and LA’s DUBB team up for a new joint called “Dead Presidents.” The Fred Focus-directed visuals come in support of this Audio Push-produced banger which samples Jay Z’s famous song by the same name. You can find the track on Emilio’s latest mixtape, Zero Fucks Given, hosted by DJ Camilo. Check out the video after the jump. Shouts to Chippy Da God.

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14 Aug

Buckshot & P-Money – Just Begun ft. Raz Fresco [Video] #SOTD

Brooklyn, NY – From New York to Auckland, Black Moon’s Buckshot and New Zealand’s most renowned producer/DJ, P-Money, are making waves with their new BackPack Travels album. The duo released the collaborative full-length project late June through Dawn Raid, Dirty Records and Duck Down Music.

The latest single, “Just Begun,” features Toronto’s own Raz Fresco, who absolutely bodies the hard hitting P-Money beat. “Just Begun” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. Check out the video after the jump.

In other Raz Fresco news, the 19-year-old is preparing for the release of his upcoming album debut, Pablo Frescobar, which will be coming out on Duck Down The Toronto MC singed a distro deal with the NYC label back in May. Stay tuned for more.

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14 Aug

Brandon Taylor – Burrito Flow [Video]

Calgary, AB – Back in March we hit you with the audio for the self-produced “Burrito Flow” by Calgary’s young up-and-comer, Brandon Taylor. Earlier this week, Brandon hit us to let us know he’d dropped a video to accompany the track.

This song is all kinds of fun. Very Shad-influenced. And mad props on that self-produced beat. I’ll just reiterate the underlying pun in this song (in case you didn’t read my previous post on the audio): the chorus goes, “I make insane (w)raps/ That’s burrito flow.” Which is a pun. Because burritos are wraps. And Brandon raps. Har. Har. Har. Check the video after the jump, and head over to DatPiff to cop a free download of Taylor’s 16 Bars & Running tape.

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Related Post: Brandon Taylor – Burrito Flow [Audio]

14 Aug

NBA denies offer to drop fine if Raptors fire Drake; Drizzy calls out ESPN panelist [News]

Toronto, ON – New developments in the Drake x Kevin Durant x Toronto Raptors getting fined saga. The NBA has denied a claim by a Globe and Mail article suggesting the league offered to wave the tampering fine they issued to the Toronto Raptors if the team agreed to drop Drake as their Global Ambassador.

As the Raptors’ global ambassador, Drake must follow our anti-tampering rules. At no point did we suggest his title be removed but we were clear that as long as he acted as a representative of the team, he is subject to the league’s rules,” Tim Frank, the NBA’s Senior Vice-President of Basketball Communications, said in a statement to The Canadian Press on Wednesday.

Drake invited Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant to OVO Fest this year, and during the concert he asked Toronto fans to give the NBA MVP a sample of the type of support he’d receive if he ever found himself as a member of the Raptors organization.

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14 Aug

Young Allwood – No Reply ft. Tona [Video] #HMHS

Toronto, ON – Eighty 8 Five presents the latest visual release coming in support of Half Man | Half Savage, by Young Allwood. “No Reply” features Freedom Writers’ spitter Tona Tencreddi and was produced by King Michael. The video was directed by Shankeith Creative and edited by Zac Facts. Check it out after the jump and look for the single on iTunes.

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14 Aug

Tech N9ne & Lil Jon to headline this year’s Halifax Hopscotch festival [News]

Halifax, NSTech N9ne (with Krizz Kaliko) and Lil Jon are headlining this year’s Halifax Hopscotch Urban Arts Festival. The Halifax Regional Municipality released a press release with more details. You can find it after the jump link below. See you there!

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