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Kaytranada wins the 2016 Polaris Music Prize; releases 0.001% mixtape

Montreal, QC – This week marks a major milestone for Montreal super-producer Kaytranada as he won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for … Read More »

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Seth Dyer spoke with us about his new track “Together” & how he balances …

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Seth Dyer has been making some major moves lately. Following our chat with Seth last week about … Read More »

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Everything I Love: Mindbender reviews the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour

Toronto, ON – Bad Boys usually move in silence. But sometimes, like a mafia Godfather trying to … Read More »

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“We’re working on an album.” Kanye’s Vogue interview fuels anticipation for Dr…

Toronto, ON – Kanye West recently alluded to the long-awaited collaborative project with Drake during an appearance at OVO Fest, and now … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

Ain’t No Way: Dartmouth’s FoFF & Octave team up for new single

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10 Jun

The HipHopCanada recap of Hot 97 Summer Jam 2016


East Rutherford, NJOriginally published June 8, 2016 – Hot 97’s Summer Jam certainly had it’s ups and downs this year, but the annual outdoor hip-hop festival was another one for the books. On June 5, MetLife Stadium went toe-to-toe with Mother Nature as severe weather warnings forced the Festival Stage (scheduled from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) to be officially cancelled and the Stadium Stage to be pushed back from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Not a great start, but the 55,000 fans in attendance wouldn’t let that ruin their Summer Jam.

With the traditional tailgate party going down in the parking lot, we stuck out the weather to enjoy a few beverages and BBQ as we waited for the gates to open at 8 p.m. Once MetLife allowed entry inside the stadium, the show almost went off with out a hitch.

New York’s own, Uncle Murda and Maino started things off with surprise guests 2 Milly. Picture the entire stadium breaking into the “Milly Rock.” Now let’s start the show!

The Recap: Hot 97 Summer Jam 2016- HipHopCanada.com
G.O.O.D. Music | Photo by Pete Monsanto

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8 Jun

You need to listen to Maka’s new grime influenced Moxie EP


Vancouver, BC – Last month Vancouver artist Maka released a four-track grime-influenced EP titled Moxie. The EP was entirely produced by Ian Hughes.

While grime is (unfortunately) still very underground within Canada, we’re starting to see Canadian guys paying homage to the genre. For those who aren’t familiar, grime’s origins aren’t actually rooted in hip-hop. Grime is a derivative of UK electronic music with a much faster BPM than you’d typically see in rap.

For a while, Tre Mission was THE only guy doing grime in Canada. But 2016 has seen a lot of guys either transitioning over into the grime genre, or challenging themselves to put out a grime single or project.

This particular project really resonates with me because I haven’t yet seen a guy from outside of Toronto or the GTA take a notable stab at grime. Moxie does just that by delivering a Canadian West Coast take on the genre that I haven’t yet heard.

We caught up with Van Hill about his return to the rap game & his new song

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5 Jun

This new “UP” track by Krinny is too good


Richmond Hill, ON – Richmond Hill’s young super producer and SMMG affiliate Krinny just released a track featuring dandy titled “UP.”

Krinny stayed working on this beat for a while and the end result is this meticulously off-beat hazy tune. Krinny built this beat up from the drums and then chopped up a series of melodies and vocals from dandy. Then he arranged it all.

“UP” has a wavy, smoked-out 2 a.m. vibe. Contrary to the track’s title, it sounds more like a come-down than a turn up. But the dandy vocal snippet that’s sampled throughout is all about being on the come up: “Come up/ We on the come up.”

We caught up with Van Hill about his return to the rap game & his new song

5 Jun

The importance of exporting: How the Halifax rap scene has grown in 2016


Halifax, NS – One of the greatest gifts about working for HipHopCanada is that every single day I get to talk with artists and industry folk all across the country who love, live and breathe hip-hop. These are my people; they’re the ones who – like me – would probably love nothing for than to spend all their waking hours dissecting and analyzing the rap game. One of those individuals who I’ve been lucky enough to get to work with is 902HipHop founder, Melissa MacMaster (she’s the one who keeps me in the loop whenever something with Quake Matthews happens).

Along with the people over at Grey Sea Artist and Event Management, Melissa and 902HipHop have spent this year actively revitalizing the Halifax hip-hop scene by supporting Halifax rap artists in getting exported outside of Canada. This year, connections have been made all across the globe – from the A3C festival in Atlanta, to various indie labels in the UK.

The term “support” is something that too often gets loosely thrown around in the rap game. I mean, It’s easy enough to preach support for the Canadian hip-hop scene, but there’s a big difference between name-dropping Drake or listening to VIEWS a couple of times, and actually seeking out to support up-and-coming Canadian talent.

We caught up with Van Hill about his return to the rap game & his new song
(left) Andree Gracie (Grey Sea Artist and Event Management) and Melissa MacMaster (902HipHop)

5 Jun

NXNE teams up with The Academy to bring LA’s Azizi Gibson to Toronto on June 16


Toronto, ON – By now you’ve probably seen some of our NXNE coverage, including a really dope giveaway that will give some lucky winners great access to the festival. One thing you will want to keep on your calendar is the Azizi Gibson (36Brickhouse and Brainfeeder-affiliated) show being presented by NXNE and The Academy to promote his new album, A New Life. Toronto’s own Ty Senoj (new album Listen To Your Daddy gaining a lot of steam), DijahSB, Bilal Mirza and Arys Déjan will be opening, as well as music by DJ Money Jane.

It all goes down Thursday, June 16 inside Toronto’s Revival Bar (783 College Street). Tickets cost $18 in advance or $25 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets online, and click here to visit the Facebook event page.

NXNE teams up with The Academy to bring LA's Azizi Gibson on June 16 - HipHopCanada.com

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4 Jun

Watch the new “West Drive” video from Toronto producer-recording artist Kavale


Toronto, ON – With his Carpe Diem project on the way, Toronto producer and recording artist Kavale releases his latest visuals for his single, “West Drive.” Check it out after the jump link below.

Watch the new West Drive video from Toronto producer-recording artist Kavale - HipHopCanada.com

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4 Jun

Montreal duo THe LYONZ just released this video for “Edward & Susan’s 1st”


Montreal, QC – Montreal-based duo THe LYONZ (rapper Norrin and producer SLV) just released this dope new video for “Edward & Susan’s 1st” as the second video release off Peace Beyond The Pines (which you can cop over here).

As Norrin explained: “It’s the first time many people in my life are hearing how I feel about certain things. Production wise, it created a new path for us to follow and build from.”

We caught up with Van Hill about his return to the rap game & his new song

4 Jun

Northside Finest: Toronto’s Big Troopz releases Part 2 of EP series


Toronto, ON – Toronto vet Big Troopz returns with his latest project, the Northside Finest Part 2 EP. The 7-track project features original production from J. Staffz and Mazaman, and features a gang of dope guest appearances including Neko, Sketch and King Bo of BDM, Kidd Kidd of G-Unit, Rashaun Will and Uncle Murda. You can download and stream it now via DatPiff.

Northside Finest: Toronto's Big Troopz releases Part 2 of EP series - HipHopCanada.com

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4 Jun

Big Troopz enlists Uncla Murda & Biggie Smalls for animated “Take Notes” video


Toronto, ON – Coming in support of his new EP, Northside Finest Part 2, Big Troopz of the Northside Ryders movement enlists NYC’s Uncle Murda for the new “Take Notes” single (produced by J. Staffz). The video features slick animated work by creative genius Chris “Broadway” Romero, bringing to life the famous famous Biggie sample pulled from the posthumous-single, “Dead Wrong.” Romero brings you right to the scene of the animated-NYC video shoot, with an animated Biggie rapping the sampled hook while his own character is featured working behind the camera. Truly a top notch video release that should do great things for Troopz and his Northside Finest campaign. And on top of everything else, it does an incredible job paying homage to one of the greatest MCs of all time. Make sure to check it out now after the jump.

Big Troopz enlists Uncla Murda & Biggie Smalls for new Take Notes video - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Northside Finest: Toronto’s Big Troopz releases Part 2 of EP series

3 Jun

Van Hill and Bane team up for “Stay Low” & Van told us all about it


Brampton, ON – B-Town up-and-comers Van Hill and Bane teamed up to bring us their first collaborative effort, “Stay Low” (produced by Q6).

Contrary to the flex-filled braggadocio bars we’re used to hearing in the rap game, Van and Bane aren’t playing it like that. The duo uses this song to preach the low-key approach; it’s about staying abut your business, not running your mouth, and saying less than you should. Check it out below.

We caught up with Van Hill about his return to the rap game & his new song

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