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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 »

Atlantic Canada

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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12 Aug

Day 4: Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals claim spot as the most impressive act at Pemberton


Vancouver, BC – It’s been a couple weeks, and the reverberations of Anderson. Paak’s set at Pemberton Music Festival can still be felt (and heard among the chatter). For a festival that attracted a whopping 180,000 people this year, it’s easy to say that there was a wide variety of talent to appeal to many different tastes and styles of music. For this reasons it made sense that it wouldn’t be easy, or supported, to claim that one specific artist was the best act.

I was admittedly skeptical that there would be anyone who would obviously excel above their peers considering the line-up was comprised of so many notable acts from both classic and modern rap backgrounds. Not to mention, my doubts were even higher considering the abundance of high-profile artists who were sure to steal the spotlight (you might have also been one of those people who only came to Pemberton to see J. Cole and Snoop, and we completely understand your reasoning behind that).

 Anderson .Paak claims spot as most impressive act at Pemberton Music Fest - HipHopCanada.com

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12 Aug

VNCHY gave us the breakdown of his new single release “No Kobe”


Toronto, ON – Toronto artist VNCHY just released this new track titled “No Kobe” as his fourth single release of the year. VNCHY uses this track to draw a comparison between himself and the Black Mamba, as he delivers an important lesson in progression and exceeding expectations.

VNCHY comes in over top of a dark hard-hitting composition by IXXI engineer-producer JANDRE, and hits us with his new brand of soulful sung vocals: “I’m done with the fake shit/ Hit the breaks shit!”

VNCHY solidifies his place as

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12 Aug

Song of the Day: Friday releases In Stereo video in support of new Big Tweeze-produced EP, SHIFT


Toronto, ON – Our Song of the Day is a new video single from Friday aka Ricky Dred which we’re premiering today right here on HipHopCanada.

The video for “In Stereo,” directed by Sid “Gramps” Melo for Scattered Children Films, comes in support of the forthcoming 7-track Friday EP, SHIFT, produced entirely by Toronto producer Big Tweeze aka Phat Tony.

“In Stereo” continues and builds on Friday’s brand of #NiteTimeDrivingMusic. The eerie keyboard sound brings in the night time vibe that is accompanied by a smacking drum, Friday’s raspy voice, steady delivery and hardcore autobiographical lyrics. Gramps helps paint the picture with a lush look that pops when joined by Tweeze, Friday and model Kelly.

SHIFT will be available on Sept. 9 through all major digital retail outlets via URBNET/Fontana North.

Song of the Day: Friday releases In Stereo video in support of new Big Tweeze-produced EP, SHIFT - HipHopCanada.com

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12 Aug

We caught up with Jai Nitai Lotus to chat about his “Speed Of Thought” collaboration with Dr. MaD


Montreal, QC – Montreal artist Jai Nitai Lotus recently teamed up with Montreal super-producer Dr. MaD for this new summertime jam titled “Speed Of Thought.”

JNL and Dr. MaD have both been on the Montreal scene for a long minute, but this is their first official collaboration together. The guys got to know each other while working at the No Bad Sound studio. Eventually MaD showed Jai this beat. And Jai was feeling it. He went home and recorded his vocals that same night.

The end result is a soulful easy-listening anthem for summer in Montreal. Give the track a listen below, and peep our Q&A with Jai Nitai Lotus after the jump.

Jai Nitai Lotus wrote and produced

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10 Aug

Theo3 & Scam pay homage to King Reign, Son of S.O.U.L, more with “4 The Loved Ones”


Toronto, ON – Veterans Theo3 and Scam have come together once again. This time the artist and producer pay “tribute to great artists, great people, positive thinkers from the city’s community. From OG’s to emerging artists, we salute all those who’ve gone 2 soon and dedicate this to their memories, their families, their brethren, colleagues and friends.” The description specifically references the recent passing of Toronto MC King Reign, and OG DJ, Son of S.O.U.L. The artwork was supplied by Adrian Hayles and the family of Reign. You can find the lyrics for the song after the jump link below.

Theo recently tweeted about the support the new record has received:

Wow. The responses for #4TheLovedOnes from #KingReign and #SonOfSOUL family & friends are crazy. #MuchLove glad we could do this for the fam.

Toronto's Theo3 & Scam come together to drop a tribute 4 The Loved Ones they've lost - HipHopCanada.com

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10 Aug

DirtyDeeds aka C4 releases album featuring JD Era, Clairmont the Second, Cola & more


Toronto, ON – New music from Didier Arlot-Tovel, aka C4 and DirtyDeeds. His latest project, Let’s Be Friends, is a 15-track multi-genre release featuring some dope guest appearances by JD Era, Témi, Clairmont the Second, Cola from WFTKR, and Jaz Minx. After a brief hiatus, Era seems to be back in full force as he’s gearing up for a big performance at TDOT FEST and has 2 spots on the DirtyDeeds project.

You can find the album on DirtyDeeds’ Bandcamp profile, along with the one and only DirtyDeeds Let’s Be Friends Velcro Back Hat, designed by SNDWRx Audio. All proceeds benefit the Sickkids Foundation. Check it out below.

DirtyDeeds aka C4 releases new album featuring JD Era, Clairmont the Second, Cola & more - HipHopCanada.com

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10 Aug

New music: You NEED to hear this insane new record from Jimmy Prime, “Silver & Chrome”


Toronto, ON – The man credited with coining the term ‘The 6’ is back with a new single you won’t want to miss. Jimmy Prime posted the Eestbound-produced “Silver & Chrome” single to his SoundCloud profile earlier today. This is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day – check it out below. I have zero doubt this will be a huge blip on Sarah Jay’s radar, so I’m holding off on writing a review in hopes she comes with it. I’ll say this though, the record is lit!

New music: You NEED to hear this insane new record from Jimmy Prime, Silver & Chrome - HipHopCanada.com

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10 Aug

Calling all DJs! Sign-up now for the newly announced Online Regional DMC DJ Competition


Toronto, ON – Our good friends at DMC Canada just dropped off the flyer for their next regional battle. This time they’re rolling out the DMC Canada Online Regional DMC DJ Competition.

DJs interested in taking part in the Online Regionals need to submit a 6-minute set to DMC Canada no later than Monday, Aug. 22 at midnight (Eastern Time). The event is open to DJs from coast-to-coast and the top 3 DJs will win prizes courtesy of Pioneer DJ (and more). You can register through the official website, DMCDJChamps.com.

The winner will advance to the National DMC DJ Championships on Saturday, Sept. 3, taking place in Toronto. Click the jump link below to check the official flyer and press release.

Calling all DJs! Sign-up now for the newly announced Online Regional DMC DJ Competition - HipHopCanada.com

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10 Aug

The best show of Osheaga 2016 was Tory Lanez at the Scène Verte Sonnet


Montreal, QC – On Sunday July 31, the annual Osheaga music festival finished strong with its third and final day of festivities at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal.

Osheaga’s final day featured performances from SonReal, Little Simz, Skepta, Mac Miller and Montreal’s Dead Obies crew. But the best performance of the day (and of the entire 2016 festival, itself) was Tory Lanez‘s show at the Scène Verte Sonnet.

The Swave Nation kingpin was initially scheduled as the Sunday night final show headliner. But due to travel issues, Tory had to swap spots with Mac Miller (who wasn’t able to make it to the festival in time for his earlier evening set). I took huge issue with this because Tory should have headlined.

I don’t know what the circumstances were that caused Mac Miller to show up late. And I don’t know what the circumstances were surrounding the set switch. But I do know that Tory should have been the finale. That’s no disrespect to Mac Miller. Because I love that guy and he put on a supreme show. But it wasn’t what it should have been.

The best show of Osheaga 2016 was Tory Lanez at Scène Verte Sonnet - HipHopCanada.com
Photo by Sarah Jay for HipHopCanada

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9 Aug

Sway in the Morning: Tory Lanez freestyles, talks Drake, I Told You album debut & more


Los Angeles, CA – With his album debut set to drop just over a week from now, Tory Lanez has announced that he’s done talking about Drake. From here on out it’s about I Told You, which will be officially released on Friday, Aug. 19.

Along with a spitting a dope freestyle for the Sway in the Morning radio show on Monday, Tory addressed the Drake controversy that has been surrounding him and made it clear he wanted to focus on his own material.

Tory Lanez freestyles, talks Drake controversy, I Told You album debut & more with Sway In The Morning - HipHopCanada.com

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