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MGK laces up for Iron Mic in Edmonton [Review] #IronMic

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment delivered the first Iron Mic Music Festival at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Western Canada’s biggest indoor … Read More »

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Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch bring the Wu Block to Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment brought the first ever Iron Mic Music Festival to the Edmonton Expo Centre. The festival … Read More »

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T.R.A. talks new album Crazy 8′s, SARS Network updates, touring & more [Intervi…

Toronto, ON – Originally published April 10, 2014 – I met Toronto rapper T.R.A., aka Tha Rhyme Animal, in person for the … Read More »

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Anno Domini talks production success & advice for aspiring CDN producers [Interview]

London, UK – In the early 2000′s, when the relationship between hip-hop and the internet really began to flourish, many aspiring MCs … Read More »

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I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

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17 Apr

Jimmy B – One Whiskey [Video]


Toronto, ONJimmy B just dropped of some touching new visuals in support of his L.O.R.D.S. project. “One Whiskey,” one of our favourites off the EP, was produced by BBSMG and the video was directed by Rajeevan Nithianythan. L.O.R.D.S. is available here for streaming and free download.

I wrote ‘One Whiskey’ as a dedication to my grandmother when she passed away. Just me and a bottle of whiskey. It’s a reflection of my past and a beacon of hope for my future. These are my emotions and thoughts after one whiskey.” – Jimmy B

Related Post: Jimmy B – L.O.R.D.S. (Life Only Respects Da Successful) [EP]

17 Apr

Cee – It Ain’t Over ft. Hezekiah [Video]


Montreal, QCCee teamed up with Philly’s own rapper-producer Hezekiah for these fresh new visuals for “It Ain’t Over” off Cee’s debut This Is All I Know. The video was done by Richard Bastarche on a Canon 6D. And it was filmed at Montreal’s Mile End. Check it out below, and cop a download of This Is All I Know over here.

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17 Apr

JD Era, Rich Kidd, A-Game & more at Roc The Mic in Toronto on May 31 [News]


Toronto, ONOriginally published April 15, 2014 – Some of Toronto’s most popular hip-hop acts will be headlining Roc The Mic inside the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St.) on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The event will feature JD Era, Rich Kidd and A-Game (Chase and Nova), along with Tommy Spitz, Young Cke, Mad Poets, Spoiled Green and Billi D’Kid aka Black Sage. There’s an army of dope DJs on board including DJ Christylz, P-Nutt, DJ Law and Andre 905 with hosting handled by Sir Lancelot.

Doors open at 9.p.m. and the show kicks off at 10:30 p.m. sharp. Don’t be late and don’t forget to bring ID as this is 19+ admission. Tickets can be purchased at several retail outlets and online via TicketGateway.com

HipHopCanada is a proud sponsor of Roc The Mic and we’ll be doing a bunch of giveaways leading up to the event so stay tuned for details!

JD Era, Rich Kidd, A-Game & more at Roc The Mic in Toronto on May 31 [News] - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Apr

Hip-Hop Royalty: Russell Simmons & Def Jam visit Arsenio Hall [Article]


Los Angeles, CA – You can’t get much more deeply rooted in hip-hop culture then when you have two of it biggest cultural promoters in one place. This was the case when Def Jam and Russell Simmons took over The Arsenio Hall Show on March 26, partly in honor of the 30th anniversary of Def Jam as a record label.

More than just another interview by Arsenio Hall, this pairing felt like two old friends sitting on a brown stone stoop in Brooklyn debating who the greatest rapper of all time was. Especially when you add in the fact that legendary West Coast producer / Snoop Dogg’s tour DJ, Battlecat, kept the music running for the entire night.

17 Apr

T.R.A. talks new album Crazy 8′s, SARS Network updates, touring & more [Interview]


Toronto, ONOriginally published April 10, 2014 – I met Toronto rapper T.R.A., aka Tha Rhyme Animal, in person for the first time in Ottawa’s Byward Market. He was pushing his crew’s latest mixtape and clearly had a grasp of how to sell music to strangers. I knew about his reputation for working hard and was already a fan of the music, but it wasn’t until that trip to Ottawa that I really appreciated his hustle and his determination to succeed.

This was sometime in the winter of 2003 and T.R.A. was already several stops into a personal tour he was taking across Canada to chop CDs. Several months earlier, Toronto (and Canada) had been overwhelmed with the SARS outbreak, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Thousands of people were affected and Toronto’s tourism industry was threatening to take a major hit. The SARS outbreak inspired several benefit events to help revive Toronto’s economy, mainly the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto event also known as Toronto Rock and SARS Fest (July 30, 2003). The hip-hop community wasn’t really involved in the event, but SARS was taking on a new meaning in the scene.

T.R.A. talks new album Crazy 8's, SARS Network updates, touring & more [Interview] - HipHopCanada.com

That way of thinking can be a community poison, causing individualism in something that needs to be united. That brings distance between the local artists believing they will be the next famous solo artist out of Toronto, and that may not be the case.” – T.R.A.

Related Post: T.R.A. & Phat Tony – Crazy 8′s [EP]

17 Apr

Classified & Mike Boyd open for Hedley at Rexall Place on Apr. 4 [Photos]


Edmonton, AB – Back on Apr. 4, our friends over at LiveNation brought Classified and Mike Boyd to Edmonton’s Rexall Place for a stop along Hedley’s Wild Life Tour.

Despite the pop-rocking teeny-boppers that showed up for the evening, Classified and his younger brother, Mike Boyd, delivered a set of that gave Canadian hip-hop solid representation. Peep our show review over here, and check out these dope photos that Andrew Lynn (SpitMilk Productions) took, after the jump.

We also have a review and photos from the Ottawa Wild Life tour stop so click here to check that out.

Classified & Mike Boyd at Rexall Place on Apr. 4 [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

17 Apr

Billionaire B – Big Homie (Remix) [Audio]


Los Angeles, CAOriginally published April 16, 2014 – If there is one thing Billionaire B knows how to do, it’s how to kill it on a remix. This time he effortlessly goes in over Puff Daddy’s “Big Homie” track featuring Rick Ross. Check it below.

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Billionaire B - Big Homie (Remix) [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Apr

Fortunato – The Street ft. Grhymes, Notez & Realistic [Audio] #SOTD


Toronto, ONOriginally published April 16, 2014 – Cross-country connections are made on the latest from Fortunato. “The Streets” features Vancity emcee Grhymes with Notez and Realistic of Toronto’s Teesdale projects and King of the Dot. Production comes from Blanxx of The Lost Info – check the track out below. “The Street” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.

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Fortunato - The Street ft. Grhymes, Notez & Realistic [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Apr

Win tickets to The Underachievers at Fortune Sound April 19 [Contest]


Vancouver, BC - Originally published March 19, 2014   - The Flatbush two, The Underachievers are making their way to Vancity on their Eyes Of The World Tour with guests Dillon Cooper, Denzel Aquarius’ Killa Curry and Azizi Gibson on April 19. The pair, who are signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, will hopefully be dropping some fresh cuts from their upcoming album The Cellar Door at Fortune Sound but either way, it’s set to be a great show.

Our pals at Timbre Concerts wanna give you a chance to cop a pair of tickets on them. So we’ve got an offer for you. Screen shot the event flier below and repost the either Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #TheUnderachieversVancity to enter. Don’t forget to tag us @HipHopCanada to get a little extra attention. To purchase tickets hit the link here. Good luck Vancity!

Win ticket to the underachievers at fortune sound april 19 [contest]

17 Apr

DillanPonders – Threatz (Remix) [Audio]


Toronto, ON – SmashMouth Entertainment’s own DillanPonders has just dropped a remix over Denzel Curry’s “Threatz” as an appreciation track dedicated to his DP fans. And it’s exactly what you would expect. Because Dillan is the type of dude to make an appreciation joint with lines like “I could have you dead by the sun-up,” or the overtly phallic “Swallow the icing/ You’re welcome.”

But that’s just how DillanPonders shows his love. He’s not going to be like, “Yo guys. I love you. I love you. Yeah, I love you.” No. He’s dropping lines like, “N*ggas don’t like me/ It might be because I f**ked all of their wifeys.” Kind of makes you appreciate the dude even more, no? He keeps it 100 because he keeps it DillanPonders. Drugs and dongs, and all that other ish. Check it out.

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DillanPonders - Threatz (Remix) [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Underachievers Live in Vancouver [Photos]

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