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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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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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8 Aug

Sean Leon holds his own during intimate show in Vancouver


Vancouver, BC – From legends like Erykah Badu and Quest Love to big name Canadian artists like Tory Lanez and Majid Jordan, Vancouver’s Alexander Gastown has been host to some of the best in the game. With their intimate space and low-key house party feel, artists are quickly drawn to the heritage venue for cozy headlining slots and after-party vibes. It was no surprise that future classic Sean Leon was booked for a Saturday night set with his DJ Jordan Fall and support from Vancity-based, Toronto transplant ninetyfour with Stevie Ross. The space was a perfect fit for his rare and potent sound and the openers were a well-suited compliment.

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8 Aug

Song of the Day: Along with his new mixtape, Sese drops visuals for “Hyperbolic”


St. Catharines, ON – Coming in support of the brand new mixtape from Nightmare Klub’s Sese, the project’s video single is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. “Hyperbolic” was produced by Ottawa’s own Yedgar and the video was directed by Frank Douglas. The new mixtape, The Buu Saga: Sese is Majin Buu, is the third installment of Sese’s Dragon Ball Z-inspired series. Click here to take in the new project now or click the jump link below to watch “Hyperbolic.”

Song of the Day: Along with the new mixtape, Sese releases new visuals for Hyperbolic - HipHopCanada.com

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8 Aug

The Buu Saga: Sese releases third installment of his DBZ-inspired mixtape series


St. Catharines, ON – The wait is over! If you’re an avid reader of HipHopCanada.com, you’re likely more than aware of Nightmare Klub rapper Sese and his Dragon Ball Z-inspired mixtapes, The Saga Series. You might also know Sese from the massive co-sign Drake gave him on the strength of this very series. Hip-hop heads and DBZ fans alike have been celebrating the release of the mixtapes and videos, with Sese receiving a fair share of exposure as a result.

First there was The Frieza Saga, which saw Sese take on the persona of egotistical DBZ villain, Frieza, throughout the contents of the tape. Then came Volume 2, The Cell Saga, which was centered around Cell, an android constructed from cells taken from various fighters of the Dragon Ball Z universe. And now the latest and final chapter of The Saga Series is here and it features Sese as DBZ villain named Buu from the Majin race, hell bent on destroying all competition (MCs) in his way. The Buu Saga is 10-tracks long and features production from a variety of producers including Rich Kidd, 2oolman and BadMoodMiro, 8Town Beatz, Mali, and Yedgar.

You can take in The Buu Saga below and you’ll find the official press release that accompanied the mixtape after the jump. Sese also released a new video today for the single “Hyperbolic.”

The Buu Saga: Sese releases the third installment of his DBZ-inspired mixtape series - HipHopCanada.com

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8 Aug

Contest: Enter to win two tickets to One Love Music Festival in Calgary


Calgary, AB – Presented by Live Nation and Two Towers, One Love Music Festival returns to Calgary from Sept. 10 – 11 at Elliston Park (1827 68 Street SE).

One Love’s debut 2015 line-up at Shaw Millenium Park featured performances from J Cole, Nas, Machine Gun Kelly, Raekwon, Wale, and more.

This year the festival is headlined by Big Sean and Lil Wayne, with additional performances from Tyler The Creator, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, Atmosphere, Earl Sweatshirt, Ty Dolla $ign, Jazz Cartier, Marc E. Bassy, Earthgang, and J.I.D.

And because we love to deliver the hook-ups for you guys, we’ve teamed up with the One Love fam to give away two tickets to the festival. Peep the festival flyer and read up on the contest entry details after the jump.

One Love Music Festival: Western Canada's largest hip-hop music festival returns to Calgary Sept. 10 - 11 - HipHopCanada.com

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8 Aug

Toronto’s Babylon Warchild previews album with Citizen Kane-assisted “City of Dreams”


Toronto, ONBabylon Warchild have joined forces with Canadian legend Spade of Citizen Kane for the new Rumplestiltz-produced single, “City of Dreams.” The song is the second single off the group’s The War Journals album set for release on Sept. 11, 2016. The newly released video was created by Devin Lund and Joel Levy.

Babylon Warchild is currently promoting the album’s iTunes pre-order link (active as of Aug. 11) and appealing to fans for support via crowd funding. Check out the video, album artwork and more info on how to support the group after the jump.

“Babylon Warchild is a 5-member, organic, live hip-hop band from downtown Toronto. Legitimate, Unknown Mizery, Fresco P, KDB & Rumplestiltz.”

Toronto's Babylon Warchild previews album with Citizen Kane-assisted City of Dreams - HipHopCanada.com

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8 Aug

Vancouver Juno Award-winner Grimes featured on Suicide Squad soundtrack


Vancouver, BCSuicide Squad: The Album dropped on Friday in support of the new feature film based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name. Vancouver singer-songwriter-producer (and more) Grimes is featured on the soundtrack with the song “Medieval Warfare.” Grimes is the only Canadian featured on the release which has a significant amount of hip-hop peppered throughout the track listing… just nothing Canadian.

There’s the huge “Sucker For Pain” posse cut by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons, featuring Logic, Ty Dolla $ign and X Ambassadors, Action Bronson and Dan Auerbach’s “Standing In The Rain” featuring Mark Ronson, Grace’s “You Don’t Owe Me” featuring G-Eazy, and more.

Click the jump link below for the full track listing and press release that accompanied the new “Purple Lamborghini” video by Skrillex and Rick Ross, featuring Jared Leto as The Joker. You can buy and stream the album here.

Vancouver Juno Award-winner Grimes featured on Suicide Squad soundtrack - HipHopCanada.com

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8 Aug

MuchMusic Top 30: Tory Lanez’s “LUV,” Kaytranada’s “Lite Spots,” & more


Toronto, ON – There isn’t much hip-hop/urban music featured on the MuchMusic Top 30 chart for the week beginning Friday, August 5, but the few tracks that made the cut saw gains in their chart position. Kaytranada’s “Lite Spots” climbed to No. 11 from No. 12 for its thirteenth week on the chart while PartyNextDoor’s Drake-assisted “Come And See Me” moved up a spot to No. 15. DJ Khaled’s big record “I Got The Keys” featuring Jay Z and Future climbed from No. 23 to No. 17, while Fifth Harmony and Fetty Wap’s “All In My Head (Remix)” went up 3 spots to No. 18.

Alessia Cara’s new single, “Scars To Your Beautiful” jumped 6 spots to No. 20 and Alessia also made the chart by featuring on Troye Sivan’s chart debut, “Wild,” which came in at No. 3. Lastly, Toronto rising star Tory Lanez moved up 3 spots to No. 26 with “LUV” for the single’s second week on the chart, while OVO’s Majid Jordan saw a 16 spot decline on their single, “Every Step Every Way.”

Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” knocked Justin Timberlake from No. 1 down to No. 7 after spending last week in the the No. 2 spot.

MuchMusic Top 30: Tory Lanez's LUV, Kaytranada's Lite Spots, Alessia Cara's Scars To Your Beautiful & more - HipHopCanada.com

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7 Aug

Here’s what happened when Mac Miller wrapped Day 3 of Osheaga 2016


Montreal, QC – The annual Osheaga music festival finished off its 2016 run on July 31 with one last day of shows at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal.

Osheaga’s final day was stacked with performances from SonReal, Tory Lanez, Little Simz, Skepta, and Montreal’s Dead Obies crew. The festival wrapped up for the year with a grand finale headlining set from Mac Miller on the Verte Stage, while Radiohead closed things down on the main stage.

The Sunday headliner show at the Verte stage was actually supposed to be Tory Lanez’s. But Mac Miller ended up swapping spots with him and jacking the headliner spot.

Osheaga 2016: Stop comparing Jazz Cartier to Drake; Jacuzzi is in his own lane - HipHopCanada.com
Photo by Sarah Jay for HipHopCanada

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