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Jay Elec brings out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller & more at BK Hip Hop Festival [Review]

The 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival was sponsored by HipHopCanada. Our very own Maxwell Benson was on hand to capture the … Read More »

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Rico Love talks Usher, social media, writing platinum hits & more [Interview]

Edmonton, AB – On July 5, Rico Love made a stop in Edmonton while joining Future on the Honest Tour. The New Orleans … Read More »

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Bishop Brigante talks KOTD West Coast Squad Tour, starting tonight in Calgary [Interview]

Calgary, AB – Calgary, get ready for KOTD! Tonight marks the official start to the King of the Dot West Coast Squad … Read More »

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Future gets Honest: cover art and why he always wears sunglasses [Interview]

Calgary, AB – On July 6, Future rolled through Calgary for a stop along his Honest Tour. Following two monstrous shows in … Read More »

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Mike Boyd – This Aint Funny ft. Classified [Video]

Mike Boyd – This Aint Funny ft. Classified [Video]

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19 May

Northwest Division – R.B.P.H. [Review]

Vancouver, BC - Volunteer Media and Household Records present the debut album from Vancity’s fastest rising up-and-comers, Northwest Division titled R.B.P.H. Everything from Golden-Era type boom bap joints, to industry club bangers, ignorant party rap and also a few very personal songs are what it has to offer. If you’ve had the privilege of seeing Junk and Hungry perform live, you’ll know how strong their chemistry and team spirit is and this absolutely translates over to their recorded work as well.

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18 May

Doctor J – The Beat Goes On [Audio]

Montreal, QC – Summer has arrived and Real City’s own Doctor J celebrates the great weather with some new funky sounds from his #LachineStyle series. This time he goes in over a classic by The Whispers, which the younger crowd might remember from the sample Will Smith used on “Miami”. Peep that below and check in for more new music coming sooner than later!


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17 May

DUBB – Fake Love (Prod. Daniel Worthy) [Video] #SOTD

Los Angeles, CA – “Fake Love” is one of several songs on the acclaimed DUBB mixtape, Never Content, produced by Toronto’s own Daniel Worthy (the other being “LA Riot”). The video was directed by Hector Toro and James Bahman. “Fake Love” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. Click here to download Never Content.

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16 May

JC Subliminal – Make It Work [Video]

Vancouver, BC – The fourth video from JC Subliminal‘s album OG comes “Make It Work” directed and edited by Driv3By and shot in Vancity. Cop the album on iTunes here and check the video below.

16 May

Mr. MacDonald – Wannabe [Video]

Vancouver, BC – Vancity’s Mr. MacDonald has always had an original approach to hip-hop and his latest “Wannabe” from upcoming album Leeann’s Son is the proof. The B Sharp artist is on some real shit in his most recent video and was also very hands on, taking the lead in writing, directing and editing the video. The result is a dark, captivating story that is hard to look away from. Check “Wannabe” below.

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16 May

P. Reign – Chickens ft. Waka Flocka Flame / Pon Tour [Audio]

Toronto, ON – New music from Reps Up boss P. Reign, set to appear on his highly anticipated Dear America mixtape. “Chickens” features Waka Flocka Flame and production from Southside. The artwork was designed by Scarborough’s Darkie. The post also contains the newly released “Pon Tour.” Check out “Chickens” below and look for “Pon Tour” after the jump.

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16 May

10 at 10 Spotlight: Enigma [Interview]

Calgary, AB – Every month we team up with our 10 at 10 crew from Calgary to spotlight one artist from the month’s showcase [1]. For Volume 31 we shine the light on Enigma; the MC who just might have the record for most times touching the 10 at 10 stage. Of all the 10 acts to grab the mic in April, you’d recognize Enigma right away by how hype his stage show is. But to understand Enigma – the MC – you need to know a little about Enigma the dude.

1. Ok, almost every month. My bad on that one.

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Once I embraced my heritage and found I didn’t have to fit in a musical box, that’s when my music elevated.” – Enigma

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15 May

10 at 10: Vol. 32 Recap [Video]

Calgary, AB – On May 7, our fam over at 10 at 10 and Commonwealth Bar & Stage in Calgary brought it hard for Vol. 32 of the monthly hip-hop showcase. We all agreed that this was – hands down – possibly the best 10 at 10 that ever happened. Ever. Killer performances, great vibes, and no shortage of hip-hop lovin’ feels. So many feels.

In case you’re not familiar – every month, 10 acts each get 10 minutes to perform a set on the stage, starting at 10 p.m. And it’s all hosted by Beni and RS Poe. While 10 at 10 started off as a modest showcase, it has grown into the leading local platform for artist growth and building. Let me put it this way: if you’re in Calgary and you miss a 10 at 10, you really need to rethink your entire life. This month’s installation saw some dope performances including those by Sargeant & Comrade, Egyptian Productions, and Edmonton’s own Evrlove Music, as well as by several of our T-Dot friends from UNITY (including Testament, Killa Beatz, and the sassy Britta B who I am now semi-obsessed with). Peep the recap video after the jump, and keep it locked on details for Vol. 33.

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15 May

Pimpton at CMW: The business, the lingo, and all that wet love [Interview]

Toronto, ON -I have this bad habit of forgetting. I mostly forget that Canada’s music scene extends much farther than my comfortable hip-hop-hub in Toronto. Then, I was reminded by the liveliness in the hotel lobby of the Toronto Marriott where hundreds of people – mostly industry professionals – hustled through to sit in on panels hosted by other industry professionals, chat with their industry professional friends, and somehow find themselves in impromptu interviews with industry hopefuls who obviously have plans to come for their industry professional spots.

It was Canadian Music Week, and I was able to observe all of this while waiting for Pimpton, a 23-year-old rapper (based out of Regina, Saskatchewan), whose work has been showcased here on HipHopCanada many times before. This time around, he was here in Toronto, preparing for a showcase later that evening. Linking up just before he took off to shoot a music video, we discussed CMW, the business and politics of the music industry, his upcoming releases, Toronto slang, and how he’s essentially the Gretchen Weiners of hip-hop (except the word he uses actually has potential to catch-on). Here’s to hoping you all got that reference. Conversations like these are my favourite because not everyone is aware of all the hard work that goes into maintaing a spot in this industry. And for the artists that do, it makes it so much easier to support their grind. Peep the interview with Pimpton after the jump.

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People want so much for free that it’s like, you have to be around business oriented people to actually consider this a… a career.” – Pimpton

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15 May

Win tickets to see Sage Francis in Vancouver June 12 at Fortune Sound [Contest]

Vancouver, BC – Timbre Concerts is steady bringing that fire through Vancity – and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

Co-presented by HipHopCanada and Strange Famous’ own Sage Francis will be live in the flesh on June 12 at Vancouver’s Fortune Sound. On the road to promote his latest Copper Gone, Francis will be joined by B. Dolan and local openers Friends With The Help. Purchase tickets at the usual suspects: Red Cat, Zulu, Highlife and Beatstreet or online here.

Share this post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #SageFrancisVancity for a chance to win a pair of tickets. Make sure to tag us @HipHopCanada for a little extra attention. Check full event poster after the jump.

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Related Post: Sage Francis and B.Dolan in Vancouver (Live) [Photos]

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