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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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Kid Ink in Vancouver on My Own Lane Tour [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published April 3, 2014 – Rising to hip-hop celebrity on his own terms, Kid Ink is a hustler … Read More »

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Tyler, The Creator announces Canadian tour dates [News]

Winnipeg, MB - Western Canada is about to get rowdy this summer as Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator prepares to take over. The … Read More »

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

Toronto, ON – I met Toronto rapper T.R.A., aka Tha Rhyme Animal, in person for the first time in Ottawa’s Byward Market. … 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]


20 Feb

Bigg Pesh & Halfstar – Higher Level ft. Jessie Alanna [Video]

Selkirk, MB – Newfoundland-born, Manitona-based brothers, Bigg Pesh and Halfstar, just released new visuals for their track “Higher Level” (featuring Jessie Alanna) off of the upcoming Conceptual Theatre project. The track was produced by Bigg Pesh, and the video was shot and edited by Broms (of Deepcave Records).

It’s a gnarly little track. And it’s a total trip back to the days of back-street cyphers and old-school beats. And what’s cool about Pesh and Halfstar, is that they throw some of their Beast Coast influence into the mix. And – as always – shouts to our dude Broms and his Deepcave Records look for holding things down for Manitoba’s hip-hop scene.

20 Feb

ESMA – Fall Back (Prod. Fingazz) [Video]

Edmonton, AB – Edmonton’s own ESMA recently dropped new visuals for the single “Fall Back.” ESMA is kind of like E-town’s own Nicki Minaj. She’s got the whole sassy-pants Onika Tanya Maraj thing going for her. And a makeup routine, to match. But she’s also unapologetic in her in message – and that is that cyber-bullying is bad news bears.

The video hits hard with a message inspired by the Amanda Todd ordeal. In case you missed the memo on that one, Amanda Todd was only 15 years old when she committed suicide at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia in October 2012. Before she died, Todd posted a video on YouTube wherein she used flashcards to share her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and assaulted. The video went viral after her death. Proceeds from the sale of “Fall Back” will go towards the Amanda Todd Legacy Fund. The track was produced by Fingazz and co-written by ESMA and Fingazz. The video was directed by Steve Van Diest, and produced by Tiburon Films. Check it out below and cop a download of the track via iTunes.

20 Feb

Friday – Not Around ft. Puzzle [Video]

Toronto, ONFriday (aka Ricky Dred) has released new visuals in support of his Born 2 Win LP. “Not Around” was produced by 5 Star Beatz and the video was directed by Sonic Life Media.

Related Post: Friday aka Ricky Dred – #Home [Album]

19 Feb

Calgary Herald gets familiar with JUNO-nominated A Tribe Called Red [Article]

Calgary, AB – Mike Bell of the Calgary Herald posted a great article earlier today about the aspirations of Ottawa’s JUNO-nominated crew, A Tribe Called Red. The trio received a pair of nominations recently including Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Electronic Album of the Year for their album, Nation II Nation. The group consists of DJ NDN, DJ Shub and Bear Witness; they’ll be at Calgary’s Hi-Fi Club tomorrow (Thursday) night.

A Tribe Called Red are a Canadian electronic music group, who blend instrumental hip-hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming.” – National Post

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Related Post: Drake & Classified pick up multiple 2014 JUNO Awards nominations [News]

19 Feb

Neeco PosterBoy – The Eat Food [Audio]

Ottawa, ON – Check out the new single from SkrillaBoyz Ent. artist Neeco PosterBoy. “The Eat Food” will appear on a new mixtape from Neeco set for release this spring. In the meantime, you can take in his his 2013 mixtape, Year of the Posterchild, via DatPiff.


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Related Post: Niko Doughski – Feelin’ You ft. Krissy G. [Video]

19 Feb

Jay Northside – Danger Chamber ft. Madchild & Sese [Audio]

Edmonton, ABJay Northside calls on his fellow BAXWAR cohort Madchild and Union Gang’s Sese for a new banger called “Danger Chamber.” The trio absolutely destroy the Rob The Viking produced beat for a track that appears on Jay’s I Can’t Be Stopped album. Mixing was handled by DJ Nato of Edmonton. Check it out below. #BAXWAR

Related Post: Mike Boyd releases …Note The Sarcasm LP; joins Classified & Hedley on tour [News]

19 Feb

Down With Webster: “Feel So Alive” live in CBC Music Studio 211 [Video]

Toronto, ONDown With Webster recently spent some time kicking it over at CBC Music Studio 211 in Toronto. The heavyweight Canadian rap-rock band recently released their Party For Your Life album. And it kind of blew up the Internet. Seriously. Kids were skipping school to cop that album. It was insane. But what’s more, CBC recently announced that they’d commissioned DWW to write a song to play during the network’s coverage of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. And the DWW dudes came out with this new joint entitled “Feel So Alive.”

Peep the performance of “Feel So Alive” below, and check out performances of “One In A Million,” “Going Nowhere,” and “Chills” (all of which can be found on Party For Your Life) after the jump. And make sure you keep up with all things CBC Music over at

Related Post: JWalk – Get Some ft. Camm Hunter [Audio]

19 Feb

Ty Zeta – Ty Zeta EP [Review]

Langley, B.C - Local rising talent, Ty Zeta releases his debut self titled EP in the wake of a strong social media campaign and buzz from his peers. The project was recorded and engineered entirely at Nautic Wave Studios by the prodigy Johnny Alvernaz. Production of the EP was shared between Alex Valenzuela and Ty himself, showcasing his talent as a beat maker.

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19 Feb

Shariq DeVonte – Stolen From Africa: The Soul Redemption [EP]

Ottawa, ON – Ottawa based hip-hop artist Shariq DeVonte releases a new EP in collaboration with Stolen From Africa to celebrate 10 years of the Stolen From Africa movement. Stolen From Africa, longtime affiliates of HipHopCanada, is an arts education organization based in Toronto that promotes the cultural and historical awareness of the African Diaspora.

Stolen From Africa: The Soul Redemption EP features Jigz The Flyer, Charley Moon, Tara Don and more. Production comes courtesy of Jiggy Hendrix, Sol X, LabMunk and Nock Nock. Check it out below.


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Related Post: Charley Moon – Billion $ Regime (Rich In Spirit) [Video]

19 Feb

JRDN chats about his new EP, touring, and Beyonce [Interview]

Halifax, NS - It was certainly a blessing in disguise that I was propped up at home alone with my phone in my hand and computer in my lap early last week. Because anyone around me would have seen how flushed my cheeks were. “How’s it going? It’s JRDN!” came from the other end of the line.

Between smiling (and low-key blushing), I didn’t think I’d be able to make it through the entire phone call with the Halifax, Nova Scotia R&B sensation. Here was a man who had seemingly dropped (more like, gracefully descended) from the sky in 2010 with a song titled “U Can Have It All” (and I bet the chorus just instantly played in your head). While we were trying to figure out whether or not to pronounce his name using vowels (spoiler alert: you do), JRDN was working on his self-titled JRDN EP that was released on Feb. 11. The seven-track-project is available for download on iTunes.

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Related Post: JRDN, P. Reign, K’naan amongst winners at 2012 SOCAN Awards [News]

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