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You Feel Me? Toronto’s Infu talks new EP, “West Side” video, plans for 2…

Since first emerging on the Toronto hip-hop scene in 2010, rapper Infu has been working hard at…

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Toronto rapper Top 5 talks Styles P, getting advice from Drake, Varna Drive & more

Toronto up-and-comer Top 5 recently made his National Capital Region debut with an all ages show inside Ottawa’s The Bourbon Room.

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I Think You’ve Gone Mad: Here’s the transcribed version of Sean Leon’s i…

Toronto, ON – On Dec. 23 2016, Toronto artist Sean Leon blew up the Internet by releasing an incredibly in-depth interview with … Read More »

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Sarah Jay’s Picks: Top 40 Up-And-Coming Canadian Rappers & Rap Crews of 2016

Calgary, AB – As we head in to 2017 at HipHopCanada, I decided I’d kick off the new year proper by delivering … Read More »

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Jam Master Jay receives tribute turntable routine from son TJ Mizell & Skratch Bastid

Jam Master Jay receives tribute turntable routine from son TJ Mizell & Skratch Bastid


18 Jan

Sled Island announces Flying Lotus as the festival’s 2017 guest curator

Calgary, AB – With less than six months until the return of Sled Island, the annual Calgary music festival just kicked off the new year with some exciting news: Flying Lotus is going to be guest curating the 2017 festival line-up this year!

Every single year, Sled Island brings a guest curator on board to hand-pick some of the festival performers. Past guest curators have included Peaches (2016), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2015), Kathleen Hanna (2014), and more.

Each year the festival brings 250 bands, music performers, comedy acts, films and visual art projects to more than 35 venues across Calgary. This year’s festival goes down from Jun. 21 through Jun. 25.

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18 Jan

Premiere: Kevin Oaks releases “Kevin Spacey” as a flip of Kaytranada’s “Hilarity Duff”

Toronto, ON – HipHopCanada has teamed up with Toronto artist Kevin Oaks (formerly known as K.Seize) to bring you the premiere of this brand new record titled “Kevin Spacey.”

“Kevin Spacey” is a flip of Kaytranada’s “Hilarity Duff” beat. This record pays homage to Kevin Spacey, Kevin Oaks’ all-time favourite actor. “Kevin Spacey” also refers to Oaks’ nickname and alter ego. According to Oaks, his Kevin Spacey side is the side of him that’s a lot more vicious on the mic and in the way he moves.

Combining that approach with his penchant for Soulection style beats, Kevin Oaks delivers a cut-throat set of lyrics backed by some classic Kaytranada booty bounce. It’s a more aggressive sound than Kevin usually delivers; the guy is bringing out his knife and fork for this one. Check out the premiere of “Kevin Spacey” below and scope our Q&A with Kevin Oaks after the jump.

Premiere: Kevin Oaks releases

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17 Jan

Scarborough’s Jessy James releases video in support of his single “Phony”

Toronto, ON – Scarborough recording artist Jessy James returns with the new “Phony” video shot by Xerox Visuals. Check out the new visuals below and stay tuned for James’ latest project, Sweet 6ixteen, coming soon.

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17 Jan

Premiere: Seth Dyer releases Adom Woods directed visuals for “Black Ghosts”

Toronto, ON – Nearly one year after writing “Black Ghosts,” Toronto artist Seth Dyer returns with a minimalistic Adom Woods directed video to accompany the record.

“Black Ghosts” released over the summer and serves as a record to bring awareness to the epidemic of innocent Blacks being murdered. Throughout the duration of the song, Seth repeats one question for his listeners: “Don’t I live in the same world as you?”

For this video, Seth and Adom connected thanks to an introduction through one of Seth’s friends. After linking to discuss potential video concepts, the two quickly decided to make this video come to fruition. The visuals maintain a simple, dark aesthetic as Seth puts the focus on his lyricism.

Check out the video premiere for “Black Ghosts” after the jump, and scope our Q&A with Seth.

Premiere: Seth Dyer releases Adom Woods directed visuals for

17 Jan

You’ll never see Conch coming with “Too Soon”

Edmonton, AB – Local rapper/producer Conch recently added a new track to his resume. With production by Lot D, Conch takes his inspiration from the likes of Big Sean, G-Eazy and Childish Gambino and puts it into his own fresh sound with “Too Soon.” The usually humble and soft spoken artist flips the script and bursts with bravado, making his mark on the game. Don’t count out Young Conch, you won’t even see him coming.

For more of Conch’s music, you can find him on Soundcloud. Check out “Too Soon” below.

You'll Never See Conch Coming with

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17 Jan

ATL-based Canadian rapper DruggOfChoice drops new visuals for “DRUGS-123”

Atlanta, GA – Newfoundland born ATL transplant DruggOfChoice returns with a new video for his AK All-Day-produced single, “DRUGS-123.” The songs takes you on a tour of the city to the backwoods and back. The Fashionably Late EP is dropping February 7. In the meantime, you can check out the new video below.

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17 Jan

Toronto’s Dre Specz drops 2 new Prince Beatz-directed videos for “Rum Prophets” & “Fist High”

Toronto, ON – Rapper Dre Specz of Gully Side Camp starts the year off with 2 new visual releases directed by Prince Beatz, who is responsible for over 500 Canadian hip-hop videos to date.

The first video, “Rum Prophets” was released on Jan. 7 and features Lord Fury of the Moon Crickets. Then “Fist High” was released just a few days ago with support from Fury and members of The Moon Crickets’ Toronto-based extended family including Rock Rein and GKnight.

Both songs were produced by Philthy Pro. You can watch them both after the jump link below.

Dre Specz – Rum Prophets

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17 Jan

Gravestones: Luxe opens up about his first single release since undergoing chemo

Burlington, ON – Burlington artist Luxe (formerly Luxe Taylor) just released a brand new track titled “Gravestones” (co-produced by Luxe, Frenchy and Mancuso) as the first single off his forthcoming …And It Fell Apart EP.

This song marks Luxe’s first release since undergoing chemo treatments for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He’s spent the last five months on an extremely scary journey. But throughout that journey, Luxe used his craft as a way to cope with his situation.

Luxe built a home studio and brought his laptop with him to chemo treatments so he could mix beats. Luxe estimates that he has created at least 30 songs since his diagnosis, and he’s now selected a handful of them to release as an EP.

“Gravestones” marks a very evident shift in musical direction for Luxe. It’s a much darker sound with a grittier, trap undertone. Luxe morbidly alludes to his hypothetical death on the hook (“Let ’em dance upon my grave”) while simultaneously allowing himself to move past any haters or fake friends who didn’t pull through for him. “Gravestones” is our Song of the Day. Check it out below and scope our Q&A with Luxe after the jump.

YLuxe Taylor just dropped this PSA for all the

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16 Jan

Toronto rapper Pressa releases video for Murda Beatz-produced “Novacane”

Toronto, ON – With a recent string of notable co-signs (Meek Mill, Lil Bibby) adding to his already growing buzz, Blue Feathers recording artist Pressa drops fresh visuals for his Murda Beatz-produced single, “Novacane.”

The track was premiered during Young Murda’s set on a recent episode of OVO Sound Radio and then released on the Canadian super-producer-in-the making’s new mixtape, Keep God First. He also makes a cameo appearance in the video.

“Novacane” was directed by Jesse Dart for Die Fire Films and edited by Jack Smith for BFR. Just one of many things Pressa has in the works for 2017 including the Press Machine mixtape and a Canada-wide tour. Stay tuned and check out the video below.

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16 Jan

Hamilton artist DBLCRSS discusses his latest composition & being in “Exile”

Hamilton, ON – Hamilton based artist DBLCRSS (aka: one of my favourite GTA producers right now) recently released a brand new composition titled “Exile.”

According to DBLCRSS, being in “Exile” (whether from friends, relationships, or anything else) fosters personal growth. Being alone isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

This track started off with a drumline and was built from there. The record is incredibly cinematic, and shows us yet another side of DBLCRSS’ musicality that we haven’t seen. I have yet to come across an artist on the come-up in Canada right now who produces beats with this much diversity.

“Exile” is currently available for free download. So if you want to cop this beat and spit some bars over it or add some vocals, you should do it. Check out the record below, and scope our Q&A with DBLCRSS after the jump.

Hamilton artist DBLCRSS breaks down his new

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