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HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 9

Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify earlier this year, and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every … Read More »

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A$AP Ferg is at the top of his game and Still Striving

He’s been on a tight tour schedule for the better part of the last year but A$AP Ferg shows no signs of slowing down.

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Review: Here’s what happened when Tory Lanez brought the I Told You Tour through Cal…

On Nov. 17, our friends over at Timbre Concerts brought Tory Lanez through Calgary for a stop along the I Told You Tour in support of Tory’s debut album release I Told You.

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Bored In Canada: We caught up with The Posterz to talk about their new EP & boredom i…

Montreal, QC – On Oct. 31, Montreal rap trio The Posterz (Husser, Kris The $pirit, and producer Joey Sherrett) released a brand … Read More »

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We caught up with DopePiece to talk about his “DIRTYDOPE” single

We caught up with DopePiece to talk about his “DIRTYDOPE” single

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25 Nov

Toronto producer DviousMindz gives a fresh remix to the Weeknd’s “Star Boy”


Toronto, ON – This past week, Waycool producer, DviousMindz dropped his newest release “STAR BOY (DVIOUSMINDZ RMX)” which offers a laid-back feel to the Weeknd’s  mainstream hit. DeviousMindz has recently copped notice as a Canadian producer to watch, following his admired work with Brampton artists, Kyle Wildfern and Josh Dillon.

Through his past releases, he’s generally showcased his talents in the rap scene by working alongside heavy hitting rappers. This addition is the first move we’ve seen from him which breaks away from his usual style of production to show his potential crossover versatility. The laid-back vibe of this remix translates into a completely original and expressive new perspective.

Check out the remix below, as well as his resume of other great collaborations – all of which are worthy listens.

Toronto producer Dviousmindz gives a fresh remix to the Weeknd's Star Boy - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Nov

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 8


Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada finally joined Spotify earlier this year, and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.

Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by our Associate Editor In Chief, Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.

This week Sarah returns with another 38 tracks for you. This week’s playlist features artists from coast-to-coast; from British Columbia through Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec… all the way East to Nova Scotia. The track list includes records from The Celestics (that’s Kaytranada and his brother Lou Phelps), River Tiber, Immerze, Tory Lanez, K-Riz, Jay Mayne, Jazz Cartier, Naadei, City Fidelia, Troy Joe, and more.

Vol. 8 also features several records that have dropped recently including A-Game’s “Tby”, M Mac and Flex The Antihero’s remix of “Grey Ghosts” by Birds Of Bellwoods, Ramsay Almighty’s “Humble Pie”, Jay Mayne’s “Be Me” (off #stillchoptrees), Kavale’s “Need Somethin'” (off Carpe Diem), Shabazz’s “Aphrodite (Por Que?)” (off Alma Sola), K. Forest’s “All In One” (off Eyes Of Taiga), 11:11’s “I Know” (off 11/11), JAHKOY’s “1000 Times” (off Foreign Water), and Swamp Thing’s “Neil deGrasse Tyson” (off Pray to Science).

Check out the playlist and tracklist below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.

HipHopCanada is now on Spotify: Listen to our debut weekly playlist curated by Sarah Jay - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Nov

EverythingOShauN breaks down his new video for “Poet” with Xpress aka DJXP


Brampton, ON – Earlier this week, Brampton artist EverythingOShauN teamed up with his producer Xpress aka DJXP to release this Customatic directed video for “Poet” off Until Now.

The guys took inspiration from the opening hook of the song and decided to base the video around that: “Walking round the city like I own the shit”. The video takes us through downtown Toronto, Kensington, and the West End.

One thing I love about this video is how XP is in it. Producers don’t usually come through to star in rap music videos. Way too often the guys get benched to their behind-the-scenes roles. So I love how XP in on here. Because we get to see the guys’ dynamic as a duo. Watch the video after the jump, and peep our Q&A with EverythingOShauN to find out how it all came together.

And go listen to Until Now ASAP if you haven’t done so yet.

Now You Know: EverythingOShauN breaks down his latest music video - HipHopCanada.com

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24 Nov

Jeremy Parkin is one of the few young producers making music in the far north


Whitehorse, YT – In previous generations of society, music was only accessible, in large, to those who were geographically located in close proximity to the hubs of major Canadian cities. Access to advanced musical technologies and tools were reserved for the lucky (or well off). Many potential audiences were isolated from the widespread reach of music and the overall connectivity that we take for granted today. People who share current perspectives, which were grown in lucrative cities, may criticize the increase in technological connectivity with their own fair reasoning. But the rise of an online generation has cultivated a movement of internet-grown producers. These changes in mediums have made music more accessible than ever, and proved to be vital in engaging new generations of musicians – especially those who find themselves raised in small communities.

A perfect example of the positive creative increase is clear in the introduction of Yukon producer, Jeremy Parkin. The Yukon is the far northern province of Canada which directly neighbours Alaska. Parkin has introduced himself online as an artist who blurs the boundaries of electronic and rap music with his production, and the result is commendable. He recently made the trek down to Vancouver to collaborate with local Vancity emcees, KIDS. The result from the link helped establish his own debut set at the Alexander Gastown’s weekly showcase, Catch A Vibe (a newly-formed evening which has embraced the introduction of local hip-hop talent).

We caught up with Jeremy to talk about what it’s been like to make music in the remote north, how he’s got to this point in his career, and where he still intends to go. Check out our conversation after the jump.

Jeremy Parkin is one of the few young producers making music in the far north - HipHopCanada.com

I had to, kind of, look beyond what’s been around me my whole life.” – Jeremy Parkin

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24 Nov

Dame Price premieres double video release for “Ms. SoSo / Pesos”


Toronto, ON – HipHopCanada has teamed up with Toronto’s Dame Price (of Once Upon a Grind) to bring you the double video premiere for “Ms. SoSo / Pesos”.

Dame is gearing up for his highly anticipated album release later this week. And this video will get you really excited about that. This exemplifies Dame’s wide-ranging lyrical and musical abilities. On the one hand, guy can get up in his feels about the females. But he can also make a serious squad anthem.

“Mr SoSo” (which we premiered on the site over here) serves as a nod to all the females out there who say they’re ’bout it, but aren’t actually ’bout it. “Pesos” is on more of a hustle mentality. Dame mobs out with his boys and delivers a record for anyone trying to get that paper. As Dame explained it to us, “Ms. SoSo” is about a failed relationship that couldn’t work because of the lifestyle associated with “Pesos.”

Check out the video premiere below and click after the jump for our Q&A with Astral Black (who co-directed this video) and Dame.

Premiere: We caught up with Dame Price to talk about his new single Real 1 - HipHopCanada.com

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24 Nov

LMG: Halifax’s Konyon Cash teams up with groupmate Wizzle Brown for new single


Halifax, NS – After moving to Canada from Liberia in 2005 at the age of 9, Konyon Cash continued to hone his dance skills before eventually taking up rapping in 2008. While developing his craft as an MC, Cash formed the group LMG (Legit Music Group) and recruited Wizzle Brown and Abel Remi to the movement.

Cash recently teamed up with Brown for his latest single – the Danny e Beat-produced “LMG” – and enlisted SwitchOn Records to handle the visuals. “LMG” is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Along with focusing on his music, Cash is promoting his clothing line, Jallah Apparel. Click the jump link below to view the video now.

LMG: Halifax MC Konyon Cash teams up with groupmate Wizzle Brown for new single - HipHopCanada.com

23 Nov

Ramsay Almighty discusses his new “Winter Calls” track in memory of his father


Kitchener-Waterloo, ON – Currently rostered as our SOTD pick, Ramsay Almighty just released his new seasonal single “Winter Calls.”

This track was initially penned as a poem in memory of Ramsay’s father who passed away two years ago in December. Ramsay took a really different approach to this record from what we’re used to seeing. It’s is an instrumental-backed song with no raps; just singing. The record serves as a very important reminder to enjoy the moment and feel some joy this season.

Whether it’s the love you’re feeling for your family and/or friends, or the pure excitement you get from seeing the snow and experiencing the change in seasons, let yourself feel some type of way when you hear this one. Check after the jump for our Q&A with Ramsay about this track. And go stream the track over here.

Song of the Day: More new music from up-and-comer Ramsay Almighty; this is Winter Calls - HipHopCanada.com
Ramsay Almighty (Photo: Facebook)

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23 Nov

Tasha The Amazon dropped her Die Every Day EP & you need to hear it


Toronto, ONOriginally published Nov. 22, 2016 – Earlier this month Toronto artist Tasha The Amazon (who is now signed to The Windish Agency) dropped her monstrous debut EP titled Die Every Day.

The eight-track EP was entirely produced by Tasha and Danthrax (i.e.: the Bass & Bakery duo), and features singles “Picasso Leaning” (one of the best Canadian rap songs that dropped this year), “Prayer”, “Nowhere” (featuring RetcH), and “My Level.”

I was quick to hop on to the M.I.A. comparison when I first started listening to Tasha. Stylistically, a lot of her flows and the production she works with are very similar to what M.I.A has done over the years. But Tasha has a much darker edge to her craft.

She bodies this rebellious, aggressive, melodic style of rapping that can only be described as Tasha The Amazon. Lyrically, Tasha The Amazon is on some higher level. You listen to one of her songs and go “F**K! THAT BAR WAS HARD!” at least ten times.

The EP kicks off with “Picasso Leaning” before going into two new songs: “Watch It Burn” and “All Black.” The fourth track on the EP is the single “Prayer”, which serves as a sinister pseudo-religious offering from the outcasts and a mocking of what everyone thinks religion should be. Then Tasha teams up with RetcH for “Nowhere”, and wraps the EP with “My Level”, the title track “Die Every Day” (one of my favourites), and the grand finale track entitled “The World.”

Tasha The Amazon dropped her Die Every Day EP & you need to hear it - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Nov

Song of the Day: More new music from up-and-comer Ramsay Almighty; this is “Winter Calls”


Kitchener-Waterloo, ONRamsay Almighty keeps the new music coming with the timely released “Winter Calls.” This one is arguably even more catchy than his last single, “Humble Pie,” and while the beat is arguably less hard-hitting, it’s perfect for the subject matter the track brings forward: “May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.”

Song of the Day: More new music from up-and-comer Ramsay Almighty; this is Winter Calls - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Nov

A$AP Ferg is at the top of his game and Still Striving


Vancouver, BCOriginally published November 14, 2016 – He’s been on a tight tour schedule for the better part of the last year but A$AP Ferg shows no signs of slowing down. He’s just come off a heavy show roster that had him hitting Australia, New Zealand, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo in a matter of months, finally bringing his Turnt And Burnt Tour to one of his most beloved cities in Canada. In the dressing room of Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre before his all-ages show, he’s cozied up on the couch in sweats and slides getting ready for his sold-out performances later that evening.

A$AP Ferg is at the top of his game and Still Striving - HipHopCanada.com

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