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Kaytranada wins the 2016 Polaris Music Prize; releases 0.001% mixtape

Montreal, QC – This week marks a major milestone for Montreal super-producer Kaytranada as he won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for … Read More »

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Seth Dyer spoke with us about his new track “Together” & how he balances …

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Seth Dyer has been making some major moves lately. Following our chat with Seth last week about … Read More »

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Everything I Love: Mindbender reviews the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour

Toronto, ON – Bad Boys usually move in silence. But sometimes, like a mafia Godfather trying to … Read More »

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“We’re working on an album.” Kanye’s Vogue interview fuels anticipation for Dr…

Toronto, ON – Kanye West recently alluded to the long-awaited collaborative project with Drake during an appearance at OVO Fest, and now … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

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17 Sep

Daniel Caesar came to Vancouver and everyone is talking about his euphoric performance


Vancouver, BC – This fall we’ve been lucky enough to witness an ample number of rising Canadian talents make the trek to the West Coast to hit our stages. While Toronto generally receives it’s notoriety for the over-heading success from artists like Drake and Tory Lanez, many show-goers, and music fans alike, are aware of the current uprising of redefining artistry coming out of central Canada. If you look just past the peripheral of mainstream artists, you may have discovered Toronto singer/songwriter, Daniel Caesar who has been credited with leading a period of revival and invigoration for the music community, especially in Toronto.

Gone are the times when artists need to be easily boxed in a single genre, and Caesar has pushed the restraints of many seamlessly. His sound easily fits within the constraints of R&B music, but artistically confuses these boundaries with soul, jazz, and gospel influences. Best described as intimate croons with overarching melodic ballads, Daniel has managed to make feel-good serenades the most effective sentiments in a detached era. Being the forward thinkers that they are, Stussy Vancouver took the initiative to bring him to the West Coast to perform at the Biltmore Cabaret last night (and we’re so thankful that they did). The result was a performance and evening unlike any other that I have attended this year, and one which was ecstatically received by Vancouver.

Daniel Caesar came to Vancouver and everyone is talking about his euphoric set - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Sep

Atmosphere Brings Fishing Blues Tour to Vancouver


Vancouver, BC – September has been a busy month for Vancouver so far, bringing in hip-hop heavyweights such as Anderson.Paak, Bishop Nehru, Action Bronson & The Alchemist, just to name a few. While vibes and excitement were high from the Bronson show only two nights before, Minneapolis alternative hip-hop duo Atmosphere came through Vancity to put one hell of a sold-out show at the Commodore Ballroom in support of their new record Fishing Blues.
Eager fans were packed in the Commodore waiting for opening act Brother Ali, inspecting the variety of props on stage like shooting targets, potted plants standing almost six-feet tall and colourful little castles at the foot of the DJ booth which sported a heavy turntable/MPC setup, and a large banner of the associated acts. The merch booth was already almost sold-out before Ali started, carrying Rhymesayers goods from vinyls, turntable slip-mats, long socks and pins to t-shirts, hoodies, CD’s and limited edition posters. The Rhymesayers merch game was on point, as they knew what their fanbase liked and provided goods that were not usually seen at rap shows, which proved to be a perfect formula for success.

Atmosphere Brings

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17 Sep

New music: Listen to “Famous” by Sauga City recording artist Fame Holiday


Mississauga, ON – New music from up-and-comer Fame Holiday (mixed and mastered by Mnstrm). Check out “Famous” below.

New music: Listen to Famous by Sauga City recording artist Fame Holiday - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Sep

Frankie Payne previews new Message In A Bottle LP with Big Tweeze & Sproxx-produced single


Toronto, ON – More music from the Freedom Writers camp, and another Toronto veteran. Frankie Payne aka Jugganot is gearing up to release his new album Message In A Bottle through Proletarian Music and Free People Association.

The 13-song album Message In A Bottle touches on a wide range of topics and messages while exploring a fresh musical blend of hard hitting beats, smoothed out soul and laid back grooves. Stand out tracks include Justice, Different (featuring Tanika Charles), Half A Quarter, What U Doing, Mirror Man and the title track Message In A Bottle.

With the project on the way, Frankie has released the album’s title track, a new single produced by Anthony “Big Tweeze” Corsi and Freedom Writers in-house producer Big Sproxx. Check it out below and stay tuned for more new music from Frankie Payne coming soon.

Toronto's Frankie Payne previews new Message In A Bottle LP with Big Tweeze & Sproxx-produced single - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Sep

Song of the Day: Theo3 calls out shady promoters on new Sproxx-produced single “Rock 4 A Fee”


Toronto, ON – Veteran Toronto recording artist Theo3 comes crashing in and demolishes an ill hard-hitting Big Sproxx beat with “Rock 4 A Fee.” Cards get pulled on the new single as Theo boosts his lyrical prowess and belittles shady promoters and inept MCs.

You can find the track on the new Sproxx compilation project, Born Here Raised Here, which features a couple of others tracks with Theo3 including “Light Work” and the posse cut “City On My Back.”

“Rock 4 A Fee” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day but make sure you click here to check out the entire Born Here Raised Here project.

Song of the Day: Theo3 calls out shady promoters on new Sproxx-produced single Rock 4 A Fee - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Sep

Veteran producer Sproxx reminds us why he’s one of the best with Born Here Raised Here LP


Toronto, ON – Veteran Rexdale producer Sproxx has helped the careers of dozens of Toronto artists, and his new project is a great sample of the diverse pool of talent he’s worked with. It also showcases his immense talent as a producer and why he’s so highly respected for his craft.

Some of the tracks are newer than others, and some of the records have been key singles for the artists featured on them. Like JB’s “My City” or Junia-T’s “My, My, My” (featuring Briskinthehouse), the first big release from the Sauga City artist/producer since his 2014 banger, Eye See You. Not to mention the insane posse cut “City On My Back” featuring Sproxx’s Freedom Writers crew along with Via Linez, Point Blank’s Stump Gets, D-Sisive, TRA of The SARS Network, JD Era & and the late great King Reign (R.I.P.) Other acts on the release include T Gramz, Los Poetas (featuring Tony Touch) and Shad. Not to be missed!

Born Here Raised Here is available to stream and download now through Sproxx’s Bandcamp profile.

Veteran producer Sproxx reminds us why he’s one of the best with Born Here Raised Here LP - HipHopCanada.com

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17 Sep

EMP just released their debut single “Rebellion” & you need to hear it


Brampton, ONEestbound, Milly Manson, and Pree recently formed the EMP supergroup and released their debut single “Rebellion.”

In case you’re not familiar with the crew’s line-up; Eestbound is the producer, Milly is the rapper, and Pree is the singer. Eestbound is one of the most important Canadian producers on the come-up right now. His name gets a lot of hype because he co-produced Travis Scott’s “Antidote” with Wondagurl. But the reason I f**k so heavily with the guy is because he’s produced for so many of my Canadian guys: Sean Leon, Bane, Brad Bonds, Jimmy Prime, and (of course) Milly Manson.

This single is the revolution of the new Toronto. It’s a song that puts a sound to the next generation of Toronto music. Milly and Pree deliver their vocals over top of one of Eestbound’s signature bass-heavy bounce bangers. And as you listen you’ll kind just want to thrash, and smash shit.

Check out “Rebellion” below, and keep your eyes on EMP because I’m super excited to see what else they have cooking up.

You need to hear this three-parter from Sean Leon titled

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16 Sep

Len Bowen puts on for The Prairies with brand new EP


Winnipeg, MBLen Bowen has been grinding for a minute to put his city of Winnipeg on the map. Originally apart of the group The Shadez he ventured out on his own with his 2010 release Long Story Short. He recently resurfaced with a brand new EP titled Goin’ Away Party that boasts features from RichKidd, Grand Analog and JRDN with mastering from Rob The Viking.

We caught up with Bowen for our most recent Prolific Profile feature. Read up on him after the jump and check out his Goin’ Away Party EP (available on Bandcamp) below.

Len Bowen puts on for The Prairies with brand new EP - HipHopCanada.com

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15 Sep

You need to listen to Jahkoy’s “California Heaven” collaboration with ScHoolboy Q


Toronto, ON – Toronto vocalist and Def Jam signee Jahkoy just teamed up with T.D.E. artist ScHoolboy Q for a brand new record titled “California Heaven.”

Jahkoy lends his vocals to a soft West Coast female worship anthem, while Groovy Tony delivers a raunchy (pseudo-religious) feature verse about f**king all the LA girls: “Give me work work/ Thats missionary like church church/ Legs open like pearly gates in a thug mansion/ Get a thug passion.”

Stream a teaser of “California Heaven” via SoundCloud below, and head on over here to stream the track via Spotify.

Jahkoy teams up with ScHoolboy Q for

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15 Sep

SonReal, Joey Bada$$, Bryson Tiller & more to perform at Ottawa’s CityFolk Festival


Ottawa, ON – This city has one dope festival after another. Between Bluesfest and House of PainT, there is no shortage of opportunity to see some amazing hip-hop acts during the festival season. Now CityFolk (formerly the Ottawa Folk Festival) is here for another run just in time to wrap up the summer. Last year was a huge success and now the festival organizers are looking to expand on that with this year’s impressive line-up.

CityFolk Festival 2016, running from Sept. 15 to 18, kicks off today in Ottawa’s famous Landsdowne Park, a world-class attraction that blends modern amenities, courtyards, heritage buildings and green space. The festival takes place in Landsdowne’s Green Lawn.

SonReal, Joey Bada$$, Bryson Tiller & more to perform at Ottawa's CityFolk Festival - HipHopCanada.com
Joey Bada$$, SonReal & Bryson Tiller are
scheduled for CityFolk Festival 2016

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