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Peter Jackson releases Since I Was 16; debuts at #53 on iTunes [News]

Toronto, ON – 9-0 Nickel Entertainment’s Peter Jackson has officially released his album, Since I Was 16. The 12-track original release features … Read More »

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The KOTD #Quarantine2 breakdown with Sketch Menace [Interview]

Calgary, AB – In case y’all have been sleeping, Mar. 28 marks the date of the massive #Quarantine2 KOTD event in Calgary … Read More »

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On the phone with Rae Sremmurd [Interview]

Edmonton, AB – With the January release of their debut album SremmLife, a surprise appearance with Rihanna at DirectTV’s Pre-Super Bowl Party, … Read More »

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Behind the scenes with Pimpton & JD Era [Interview]

Edmonton, AB – In between shows during the western leg of his KCMKV2 Tour, Regina’s rising star Pimpton made a stop … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

J-Bru – Daily Operation ft. Classified & Choclair [Video]

J-Bru – Daily Operation ft. Classified & Choclair [Video]

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16 Jan

On Our Radar: Chillin’ with Dystinkt Beats [Interview]


Edmonton, AB – When I reviewed Dystinkt Beats’ mixtape Seoulful Instrumentals last fall, I took interest in finding more about the man behind the music. Though the Edmonton-based producer likes to keep a low profile in the hip-hop scene (he literally doesn’t show his face anywhere), he’s provided beats for some of the finest MCs in the city.

To my luck, Dystinkt obliged when I extended the invite to an interview. On a balmy October evening, we caught up at The Tea Girl to sit down and chop it up about his craft with some hip-hop on the side. Peep the interview after the jump.

On Our Radar: Chillin' with Dystinkt Beats [Interview] - HipHopCanada.com

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16 Jan

Jai Nitai Lotus – Ends In Transition [Video]


Montreal, QC – Montreal MC-producer Jai Nitai Lotus has just put down a serious new self-directed video for “Ends In Transition” off his recently released mixtape entitled Acknowledgement.

Jai goes in over top of the instrumental from Thundercat’s “Return to the Journey,” and rips into both his darkest, as well as his most hopeful thoughts with this very poignant spoken word piece: “I looked in my daughter’s eyes/ And they told me/ ‘Daddy look out for the children of the world’.” Check it after the jump.

Jai Nitai Lotus - Ends In Transition [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

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16 Jan

Smoke Dza, Sir Michael Rocks, Nacho Picasso & iLL Chris smoke out Vancity (Live) [Review/Photos]


Vancouver, BC – The Electric Owl caught a strong patch of haze this past Tuesday as Harlem’s blazing lyricist Smoke Dza and company took over the club with the help of presenters Timbre Concerts.

Smoke Dza Smokes out the Electric Owl (Live) [Photos]

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15 Jan

Dirty Harry – The Ride Home (Intro) [Audio]


Calgary, AB – Calgary up-and-coming MC Dirty Harry recently hit us with a teaser intro track titled “The Ride Home (Intro)” off his forthcoming Learning Curve 3 EP.

Y’all will want to get that #TLC3 hashtag rolling ASAP. Trust. This song is beast. And if you were lucky enough to roll through 10 at 10 in Calgary this week, you’ll have been lucky enough to have seen Harry perform this live from the Commonwealth stage (complete with that final hard-hitting “I’m a f**king stallion” line). Special shout-out to New’L, Fingaz, and Pleuto for hopping on stage during Harry’s set, too – you cats are mad cool.

Dirty Harry - The Ride Home (Intro) [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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15 Jan

Flex The Antihero – Medicated ft. DillanPonders & Emerson Brooks [Video]


Toronto, ON – SmashMouth Music Group artist Flex The Antihero just released his latest visuals for “Medicated,” featuring a verse from DillanPonders, and Emerson Brooks on the hook.

This track was produced by MMac and Emerson Brooks, and comes to us off of Flex’s SALEM LP. The track will also appear on the deluxe edition of the project which is scheduled for release next month.

As you can probably guess from the track’s name, this joint is all about “medication” (i.e.: vices). Flex brings us into the thick of substance abuse and deviancy with a very dark commentary about his (and your) need to remain “medicated” at all times, at any cost: “Medicated/ I’m feeling numb.” The video was directed by Jason Baskey. Check it after the jump.

Flex The Antihero - Medicated ft. DillanPonders & Emerson Brooks [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

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15 Jan

The Extremities – F**k The Police [Video]


Toronto, ON – Every now and then, The Extremities duo (producer-DJs Fresh Kils and Uncle Fester) hit us with a brilliant live MPC and turntable routine. So I was geeked as f**k to find out that the duo delivered the goods – once again – with this dope new routine titled “F**k The Police.”

So let me break this all down for you: Producers and DJs too often get caught up behind the scenes while MCs take centre stage. This series gives due shine to the masterminds behind the beats and sounds of the music you take in.

It gives us a close-up look at a craft that often gets glazed over as Macbook musicianship. PSA: This is not Macbook musicianship. This is an MPC and turntable routine; your mind will be blown. The video was directed by Jawn Taboika (of 40oz Heroes). Check it after the jump.

The Extremities - F**k The Police [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

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15 Jan

LolaBunz – Real Hip-Hop (Dir. Ashley Iris Gill) [Video]


Toronto, ONLolaBunz teams up with director Ashley Iris Gill for her “Real Hip-Hop” video. The song features Lola rapping on the instrumental of a Mobb Deep classic, “Survival Of The Fittest.” Stay tuned for more from Lola.

LolaBunz - Real Hip-Hop (Dir. Ashley Iris Gill) [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

15 Jan

Nelson Down – B!tch I Get It (Prod. All Things Hip) [Audio]


Ottawa, ON – Check out the new single from Nelson Down. This is the All Things Hip-produced “B!tch I Get It.”

Nelson Down - B!tch I Get It (Prod. All Things Hip) [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Jan

Maestro Fresh Wes – I Can’t Breathe ft. King Reign [Video]


Toronto, ON – The Godfather of Canadian hip-hop – Maestro Fresh Wes – just hit us with a very important new lyric video single release titled “I Can’t Breathe.” This track was produced by Tone Mason, and features backing vocals by one of Canada’s rising new wave artists, King Reign.

The track was initially inspired by the Eric Garner situation in New York. But following the devastating NYE Toronto shooting of Director X – who directed Maestro’s “Stick To Your Vision” video – Maestro pushed for immediate release of the track. This joint will be featured on Maestro’s forthcoming Compositions Vol. 1 EP. So keep it locked on that, and more. Shout-out to iLLvibe Studios on the video. Check it after the jump.

Maestro Fresh Wes - I Can't Breathe [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

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14 Jan

MD – Good As Gone (Promo) [Audio]


Vancouver, BC – On Jan. 8, Vancouver artist MD (of The Boomsday Alliance) dropped a dope freestyle over top of the DJ Premier-produced “Good As Gone” by the Dilated Peoples. And this freestyle is dopeness maximus.

Here’s some background details for you: I wrote a pretty extensive rant on #DearRappers back in July about freestyles; namely, I was sick of everyone hopping over the same beats and cranking out the same unoriginal flows. I challenged MCs to work on penning genuine freestyles; freestyles that were in-line with each artist’s own respective identity. So MD of The Boomsday Alliance penned this freestyle as a response to that very article. He didn’t freestyle over “0 to 100,” or “A Milli,” or any other joint that you’d expect a freestyle on.

Instead, he picked a DJ Premier beat that he – PERSONALLY – felt was “criminally under-viewed and appreciated” and put his own spin on it. For the record: his spin is a very important social commentary that y’all should hear. Check what MD of The Boomsday Alliance had to say about his track, take a peep at the freestyle below, and check the lyrics after the jump:

“This was written in response to a blog written by KassKills & Sarah Sussman of HipHopCanada.com on July 1st 2014 [#Dear Rappers: Stop Sending Me 0-100 Freestyles]

I chose what I felt was a criminally under-viewed and appreciated song produced by DJ Premier and I am using this as the start of my weekly Thursday releases for 2015. After signing with AMP Records and dozens of video game and music placements I am releasing new vocals. Original material is next week.”

MD of The Boomsday Alliance -  Good As Gone (Promo) [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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