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MGK laces up for Iron Mic in Edmonton [Review] #IronMic

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment delivered the first Iron Mic Music Festival at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Western Canada’s biggest indoor … Read More »

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Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch bring the Wu Block to Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment brought the first ever Iron Mic Music Festival to the Edmonton Expo Centre. The festival … Read More »

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T.R.A. talks new album Crazy 8′s, SARS Network updates, touring & more [Intervi…

Toronto, ON – Originally published April 10, 2014 – I met Toronto rapper T.R.A., aka Tha Rhyme Animal, in person for the … Read More »

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Anno Domini talks production success & advice for aspiring CDN producers [Interview]

London, UK – In the early 2000′s, when the relationship between hip-hop and the internet really began to flourish, many aspiring MCs … Read More »

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I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]


25 Feb

Rum Nitty vs. Tycoon Tax (KOTD Blackout 4) [Video]

Toronto, ON – A familiar face to anyone who follows King of the Dot, Tycoon Tax is about to become a much more widely known name in the battling world. With more than four years of experience in the league, Tax has been putting in work in KOTD since the league began. Participating in some of the very first events, the Toronto battle rapper started his career taking on well known names such as Skelly and Scynikal. Since then, Tycoon Tax has started gaining more and more momentum, putting on improved performances against Kaliente and Scandalis. His latest battle against Cortez saw the emcee at the top of his game, proving that he has what it takes to hang with a higher caliber of opponent. Back on the mainstage for Blackout 4, Tycoon Tax goes up against an up and coming battler Rum Nitty.

One of the best new rising stars to come out of the West, Rum Nitty is poised to make 2014 his breakout year. With a plethora of battles dropped in 2013, the Arizona resident has only been battling on camera for a little over a year, but has already racked up more than 8 battles in that time. Quickly becoming a regular on King of the Dot, Nitty has put in work in the King of the Dot Fresh Coast division, posting classic matches against the likes of Konshis Pilot and AB Hogish. Earning himself a spot on the BOTB6 Day 1 card, Rum Nitty clashed with Danny Myers in what was one of the best battles of the event. Making his debut in Toronto, the up and comer takes on hometown hero Tycoon Tax in this next release from Blackout 4.

Recap: King of the Dot makes history with Blackout 4 [Article] by our Battle Editor, 9th Illy.

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25 Feb

Recap: King of the Dot makes history with Blackout 4 [Article]

Toronto, ON – On January 24 and 25, King of the Dot set out to make history with Blackout 4. It was the first time a full card was announced with only 3 battles confirmed. Two title matches, two main events, and, for the first time ever, a female vs. male battle.

These were just a couple of the things that led King of the Dot’s president Organik to confidently state that history would be made. The first main event battle was the highly anticipated title match between Dizaster and Pat Stay [watch it here], the second main event battle was that of Bender vs. Big T (Big T was unable to make it across the border), while the second title match stemmed from the Ground Zero Grand Prix tournament and that saw Step Easy go at DDSS.

They kicked off the weekend at the Aria Night club on the Thursday with a press conference and something new called Quiet Room Battles. In the Blackout 4 Quiet Room Battles, we saw Lotta Zay vs. Yung Casper and Be Realiztic vs. Merrick City. For those who are new to Quiet Room Battles format, it is not a battle league but a battle setting. The first two rounds take place in a room with no audience and for the third round, everyone is brought in but only if the two battlers agree to it. It might sound a bit confusing but it worked.

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Recap: King of the Dot makes history with Blackout 4 [Article] -

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25 Feb

Pat Stay vs. Dizaster (KOTD Blackout 4 Title Match) [Video]

Toronto, ON – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia’s Pat Stay and California rapper Dizaster squared off for the Blackout 4 Title Match. The highly anticipated battle is the first of 10+ videos from Blackout 4 to be released between now and the end of April. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, check out the newly released Blackout 4 recap by HipHopCanada’s own Battle Editor, 9th Illy.

Spoiler Alert: In the video, East Coast native Pat Stay holds on to the title of King of the Dot champion by defeating West Coast favourite, Dizaster. King of the Dot founder, Organik, stated it was “the best title match in King of the Dot’s history.” After losing to Pat Stay, Dizaster took to Twitter to express his disappointment in losing and also took time to acknowledge Pat Stay’s win.

He deserved to win cuz he was cleaner more polished & had it down. I guess that will always be my downfall, my material was crazier but oh well.

He went on to make a claim that he was done with the battle scene altogether:


Related Post: Rum Nitty vs. Tycoon Tax (KOTD Blackout 4) [Video]

24 Feb

Concrete – Stoner (Young Thug Remix) [Audio]

Fredericton, NB – Fredericton-based MC Concrete recently dropped a remix of Young Thug’s pothead anthem entitled “Stoner” (produced by Dun Deal). Concrete has some serious flow. Dude fits some pretty tight rhymes into this joint. And he’s a stoner; and proud of it.

So light up a joint, stick your lighter in the air, and get in on that hook: “I’m a stoner/ I’m a stoner/ I’m a stoner.” And even if you’re not a stoner, you can still get pretty turned up. Because that Dun Deal production is gnarly. Give it a listen below.

24 Feb

Villar The Capo – Guillotine [Video]

Toronto, ONVillar The Capo drops off his new Canadian Hype-directed visuals for his “Guillotine” single. Check it out below.

24 Feb

Savage Intellect & Tommy Spitz – Aye Aye Aye [Audio]

Toronto, ON – Two of Toronto’s most lyrical underdogs come together to let you know about where they were born and raised – Flemo Park! This is Savage Intellect and Tommy Spitz with “Aye Aye Aye.”


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24 Feb

Pré – Dreams Money Can’t Buy [Video]

Calgary, AB – Calgary’s up-and-coming MC, Pré, just released new visuals for his track “Dreams Money Can’t Buy.” In case you missed that, it’s a remix of Drake’s “Dreams Money Can Buy” (that track that samples “Tonight” by Lykke Li). The video also features YYC’s hip-hop honey, Nki Louise. Pré speaks to the things in his life that can’t be given a monetary value. Like relationships, and love, and good feelers. The visuals were directed and edited by Mike Le. Check it out below.

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24 Feb

Business As Usual – Plenty Money [Video]

Kitchener, ON – The Buiness As Usual duo (Tyma and Maximillian) recently dropped new visuals for their track “Plenty Money.” I can’t tell if DAU is making fun of all those dudes who verse about making excessive bank; or if they actually are those dudes rhyming about making excessive bank.

Either way, Tyma and Maximillian are hilarious. They’re not just tossing around bills and making it rain. They’re shoving Benjamins in the glove compartment of their BMW, and finding innovative ways to flaunt their stacks of papers. This is golden. The video was directed by Brandon Jason Frank (for Apex Films), and the track was produced by Maximillian. Check it out below.

24 Feb

Elcee – Robbery (Prod. KoBe Banner) [Audio] #SoundCloudSunday

Toronto, ON – LaShawn Powell, artistically known as Elcee (pronounced as the initials L.C.) was born in Halifax but currently resides in the GTA. He is affiliated with the Virginia Beach-based collective JetPacks and working under management of Fresh Recordings’ Justin Kinch. For Elcee, writing lyrics was initially a coping mechanism when dealing with stress but as he began to record, he realized that it connected with him differently. It helped him understand himself and share some of his experiences for others to possibly relate to. As an individual, Elcee continues to grow through life’s ups and downs and shares that with those willing to listen.


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24 Feb

OutKast announcement builds excitement for OVO Fest 2014 [News]

Toronto, ON – The tradition of OVO Fest continues Aug. 3 and 4, 2014 inside of Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Tickets for OVO Fest 2014 went on sale through Live Nation on Feb. 21 at

So far Drake has announced one act for the festival and it’s a big one: Atlanta’s Big Boi and Andre 3000 come together once again as the legendary OutKast. As history has shown, Drake often reserves part of the OVO Fest bill for artists that inspired him as a youth, generally making for a very nostalgic experience – so expect the OutKast classics!

If you’re just getting familiar with OVO Fest, we recommend you check out our review of the 2013 show. HipHopCanada’s Adhimu “Mindbender” Stewart crafted an electrifying concert summary that caught the essence of the show’s many moments perfectly. Moments that included TLC reuniting to perform “Waterfalls” (with Lil Mama doing Left-Eye’s verse), Diddy (aka Puff Daddy) and Ma$e ripping through “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” and Kanye West squashing the notion that there was any beef with Toronto’s superstar – just to name a few.

Needless to say, you can bet Drake and the OVO team are going out of his way to make sure the 2014 show is just as memorable. Stay tuned fore more details.

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Drake & P. Diddy at OVO Fest 2013 | Photo: hustleGRL

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