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k-os breaks down Views From The Stix & talks about what it’s like to work with …

Toronto, ON – On May 20, k-os released his second ever mixtape titled Views From The Stix. The project is 15 tracks … Read More »

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Smokers Club: DillanPonders & Jimmy B join Cam’ron, Smoke DZA & more on Ca…

The Smokers Club Tour returns for another year with a fitting debut in Vansterdam, aka Vancouver on Tuesday, May 31 … Read More »

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Beyonce shuts down Commonwealth Stadium on Formation Tour

Albertan’s know what they’re in for every May Long Weekend. Rain or more … Read More »

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Classified releases video for “Work Away” in support of relief efforts in Nort…

Enfield, NS – On May 5, Classified released this video (directed by Jason Levangie) for his David Myles assisted “Work Away” off … Read More »

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Classified talks about his collaboration with Snak The Ripper & Slug on “Never

Classified talks about his collaboration with Snak The Ripper & Slug on “Never

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23 May

Johnny Darko breaks down his new “Dolphin Pussy” collaboration with DillanPonders


Toronto, ONJohnny Darko and DillanPonders are two of my favourite Canadian rappers so I’m a huge fan of the fact that they’ve been doing a ton of collaborations this year. Their latest offering is a new single titled “Dolphin Pussy” (produced by Roca Beats).

A reference to the little blue dolphin ecstasy pill that rappers love to rap about, “Dolphin Pussy” is one of the heaviest songs we’ve seen from the duo of JD AND DP (who are apparently – according to this song, at least – the new Cheech and Chong). It’s not so much about drug consumption though; it’s a track about moving on in life. Both Dillan and Darko recently ended longterm relationships and are trying to navigate their next steps in life.

DillanPonders & Johnny Darko just got a f**king

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23 May

Smokers Club: DillanPonders & Jimmy B join Cam’ron, Smoke DZA & more on Canadian dates


Vancouver, BCThe Smokers Club Tour returns for another year with a fitting debut in Vansterdam, aka Vancouver on Tuesday, May 31. This year’s line-up is especially enticing as Cam’ron, the Underachievers, Smoke DZA, Nyck Caution (of Pro Era) and more are set to be on the bill.

The tour will span across North America with 2 additional Canadian stops along the way. Monday, July 4 inside Toronto’s Sound Academy and Tuesday, July 5 inside the Olympia De Montréal. Both of those Canadian dates will feature local support from Toronto’s own Jimmy B and DillanPonders. Additional performers on the tour include MobSquad Nard, G-Jet and Liam Tracy. Unfortunately the Underachievers will not be able to make it out for the Montreal date (and remains to be seen if they’ll be at the Toronto show).

The weed-friendly tour is hosted by Purple City Productions original founder, Shiest Bubz, representing Harlem, NY. You can find ticket info on TheSmokersClub.com. Click the jump link below for the full listing.

Smokers Club: DillanPonders & Jimmy B join Cam'ron, Smoke DZA & more on Canadian dates - HipHopCanada.com

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23 May

Building A Dynasty: Toronto’s Mani releases 12-track project through Beats and Dreams


Toronto, ONBuilding a Dynasty, mixed and mastered by Notion at Illnote Studio, is the latest project from Mani of Beats and Dreams Productions. The release features a combination of original tunes and freestyles with guest appearances by Chris Brooks, Enos Rose, Sammy B, Adam Wilson and the aforementioned man on the boards, Notion. Production comes courtesy of Sammy and King Sohrab. Check it out via SoundCloud below.

Building A Dynasty: Toronto's Mani releases 12-track project through Beats and Dreams Productions - HipHopCanada.com

23 May

Mani reps for Toronto in new “6 Feet” video featuring Enos Rose & Chris Brooks


Toronto, ON – Coming in support of his Building a Dynasty project, Mani of Beats and Dreams Productions releases new visuals for the sinister-sounding single “6 Feet.” The track, produced by Sammy B, features guest appearances by Enos Rose and Chris Brooks. The video was shot and edited by Danny Alexander – check it out after the jump link below. Click here to download Building a Dynasty.

Toronto's Mani calls on Enos Rose & Chris Brooks for the 6 Feet video - HipHopCanada.com

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23 May

On The Road: FTG’s Dre Square, Frenchbillz & Kid Frankie team up for new video


Toronto, ON – The FTG crew dropped off their latest visual release, “On The Road” featuring crew members Dre Square, Frenchbillz and Kid Frankie. The video was shot and edited by Jordan Stamina, who is also credited with producing the record. You can find the tune on iTunes now, and the video after the jump link below.

On The Road: FTG's Dre Square, Frenchbillz & Kid Frankie team up for new video - HipHopCanada.com

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23 May

Song of the Day: Veteran rapper Dynamic releases video for Quest-produced “DFP Style”


Toronto, ON – Ottawa native and Bring Ya Eh Game founder Dynamic enlists Almiros of Favelafilms to direct the visuals for his Quest-produced single, “DFP Style.” Check it out after the jump link below.

“DFP Style” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day.

Veteran rapper Dynamic releases new video for Quest-produced DFP Style - HipHopCanada.com

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23 May

Beyonce shuts down Commonwealth Stadium on Formation Tour


Edmonton, ABOriginally published May 21, 2016 – Albertan’s know what they’re in for every May Long Weekend. Rain or more rain. Sometimes Mother Nature will add a dash of snow for decoration. On May 20, the kick off of the coveted holiday-weekend and the day of Beyonce‘s Edmonton stop of her Formation World Tour, the weather couldn’t have been worse for an outdoor show.

Like clockwork, a cold 6 degrees mixed with bitter wind and rain. But that isn’t going to stop Queen Bey and it certainly won’t stop the Beyhive. We put on our parkas and our Timberlands, headed to Commonwealth Stadium and dealt with it. It’s Beyonce.

There were no Timbs or parkas for Beyonce and her dancers. Only leather or sequenced-bodysuits, lace-fronts, heels and leotards. It was fierce and it was fabulous. Opening the show with “Formation”, Beyonce and her dancers confidently marched onto the the stage in all black with bolero hats. Those. Hats.

Beyonce Shuts Down Commonwealth Stadium on Formation Tour- HipHopCanada.com
Photo courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment

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22 May

$ha just dropped a grime banger titled “Tings Dem” & you need to hear it


Toronto, ON – UTU member and OVO affiliate $ha (formerly Sha Hustle) just dropped a new grime banger on us titled “Tings Dem” only days after he hit the stage with the reigning grime king Skepta in Toronto at Danforth Music Hall.

Aside from Tre Mission, I don’t think I’ve actually seen anyone in the Canadian rap scene take a notable stab at grime.

This song rides out over top of some filthy production by Ashley Scott, with additional production courtesy of Stretch. It’s one of $ha’s more aggressive songs but it hits hard, anchored by one line that $ha repeats throughout the track: “Which man talkin’/ Greezy/ Youngins/ Pull up with the tings dem.” Check it out below.

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21 May

You need to listen to k-os’ Views From The Stix mixtape featuring Kaytranada, Boi-1da, and more


Toronto, ON – Canadian rap veteran k-os just unleashed his second ever mixtape release titled Views From The Stix. The project serves as an obvious nod to Drake’s recently released VIEWS album (which was originally set to be titled Views From The 6). But it’s much less about Drake than you’d think.

This tape isn’t a spoof or a mockery or anything like that. It’s just k-os being k-os and doing what he’s been doing all of these years; it’s a nod to the alternative lane of Canadian rap. It’s the k-os breed of experimental funk and soul fuelled rap that we’ve come to expect from the guy.

The mixtape also marks the conception of the KEVIN production duo that is k-os and Kaytranada (aka: Kevin Brereton and Louis Kevin Celestin). In addition to some monstrous collaborations with Shad, Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, Boi-1da and more, a large chunk of the production on this project is credited to KEVIN.

The definitive guide to k-os at the Junos: Why 2016 was the #BestJunosYet  - HipHopCanada.com

21 May

The Blue released “The People’s Champ” & told us why Shad is his favourite rapper


Calgary, AB – Calgary artist The Blue is back from his hiatus with the release of his latest single titled “The People’s Champ” (produced by Brandon Taylor).

The Blue and I go way back. One of the first articles I ever wrote for HipHopCanada way back in 2013 was an ‘On Our Radar’ interview piece with the guy. At the time he was only 16 years old and was fresh off some Internet buzz due to his “Loose Laces” collaboration with Transit.

“The People’s Champ” is a classic track by The Blue. It’s got his signature upbeat optimism that I’ve always found to be comparable to Shad. As I took in a first listen of the track, my initial thought was “This sounds like Shad with a bit of Chance The Rapper.” Funnily enough, a few moments later The Blue delivered this line on the track: “Favourite rapper?/ Man you know it’s Shad/ And Chance the Rapper second after that.”

The Blue - There You Go ft. Transit & Emily Ripley (Prod. Makemdef) [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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