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New York rapper Troy Ave talks Canadian Tour, White Christmas 3, Young Lito & more

Ottawa, ON – BSB Records rapper Troy Ave was recently in the Nation’s Capital for the second date of his White Christmas … Read More »

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2016 JUNO Awards: Drake, Kardinal, k-os & more nominated for Rap Recording of the Yea…

Toronto, ON – After months of waiting patiently, CARAS has finally revealed the nominations for the 2016 JUNO Awards taking place in … Read More »

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Understanding Summer Sixteen: With Meek Mill digested, Drake sets his sights on bigger tar…

Listening to Episode 14 of OVO Sound Radio earlier tonight, it’s clear … Read More »

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Night Lovell talks “Dark Light” hitting a million views, Young Thug, Jazz Cart…

Here’s an understatement: Night Lovell had a big year in 2015. From releasing … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Halifax’s Cuv deep-sixes ‘pretty boy,’ releases Hypocrite mixtape

Halifax’s Cuv deep-sixes ‘pretty boy,’ releases Hypocrite mixtape


16 Aug

New music: Derin Falana worked all summer and now he needs a “Vacation”

Brampton, ON – Brampton MC Derin Falana (formerly known as The Flan) just dropped his latest single release titled “Vacation.” This release comes to us following Derin’s spring-released 905 project, a handful of singles, as well as Derin’s video release for “Wit’It.”

This isn’t a song about taking vacations, though. This is a song about EARNING vacations: “In a different lane/ Pull me up a plane ticket/ Hold up/ Try ‘na travel like I changed pivots.” The track was produced by Po with co-production courtesy of The Technician. Check it out below.

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15 Aug

Toronto’s Drew James drops “Ice-T” video in support of Frame of Mind

Toronto, ONDrew James was first noticed by Waah Dean (CEO and co-founder of Ruff Ryders) and had years of affiliation with the Double R movement. He was affiliated between 2008 and 2014 via their Toronto chapter before going independent and releasing Frame of Mind mid-2015. His latest video, self-directed, comes in support of Frame of Mind and gives visual support to the Beatbusta-produced single, “Ice-T.” Brought to you by Caviar Music Group. Check it out after the jump link.

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15 Aug

Paul Wall the Slab God brings Canadian Codeine Tour to Halifax Aug. 23

Halifax, NS – Looks like “The People’s Champ” Paul Wall will be in Halifax next weekend at the Reflections Cabaret (5187 Salter Street). Platinum Eastcoast Productions presents Slab God / The Canadian Codeine Tour featuring Paul Wall and special guests in Halifax on Sunday, August 23. Tickets can be found here: “Don’t miss the Po’ up Poet!

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15 Aug

Toronto producer/MC Jay Rukas releases MNDSGN-produced “Limit”

Toronto, ON – Up-and-comer Jay Rukas, producer/MC, drops off his new single featuring production by MNDSGN. You can check out “Limit” below via SoundCloud. Jay released a dope instrumental project back in May titled JstLeev. Click here to check it out on Bandcamp and stay tuned for more new music.

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15 Aug

Montreal’s Ezra Noir enlists Bori$ for new single, “The.Other.World”

Montreal, QC – Real City’s Ezra Noir teams up with Bori$ for his new single, “The.Other.World.” The song is featured on the Fortune Factory rapper’s The.Black.Room project. Check out the single below.

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15 Aug

Brampton’s Kenny Coldcuts releases the Praying for a Hunna Bands mixtape

Brampton, ON – More new music coming out of B-Town’s ATM camp. Up-and-comer Kenny Coldcuts just released his Praying for a Hunna Bands project which features 13-tracks including a guest appearance by Tennessee’s Sly C. Check it out below via Kenny’s SoundCloud profile.

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15 Aug

Song of the Day: Toronto’s Nynex19 with the Hollywood Adom-produced “In My Ear”

Toronto, ON – Our Song of the Day is a stand-out record off the new Nynex19 mixtape, Do You Love Me? “In My Ear” was produced by Hollywood Adom and samples Adele’s 2011 single, “Rumour Has It.” Hollywood Adom produced 8 of the 19 tracks on Do You Love Me? which was hosted by DJ Laz Vagez. Click here to check out HHC Editor Jesse Plunkett’s thoughts on the project from a post that went up earlier today.

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15 Aug

DSKY Moose releases “Hyrule Cake” over a beat that samples Legened of Zelda

Brampton, ON – Up-and-coming Brampton artist DSKY Moose just dropped his first track ever titled “Hyrule Cake” off his forthcoming debut mixtape entitled The Prophet.

Shout-out to Brampton, ON right now. This is your week, guys. You’re killing it. I think more than half the articles I wrote this week were about Brampton artists. Huge salute to you all. Check out “Hyrule Cake” below.

DSKY Moose releases

15 Aug

Opinion: Wu-Tang shows need to ban attendees who can’t name all the members of Wu-Tang

Calgary, AB – There can be no denying that in recent years, Wu-Tang Clan has joined the stable of notable 20th century figures whose likeness has been turned into fashion icons for basic suburbanites. This stable includes figures like the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Che Guevara, and Obama (for like a week back in 2008).

Suburbia is a war. One in which winning is determined by who can most effectively prove to everyone else how different they are. This is evidenced by the fact that becoming a master of the suburban race (or basically white people, in general), involves name-dropping an artist that no one else knows. If someone else knows about it, however, the aspiring counter-culturalist is reduced – in a process reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno – to a level reserved for fans of The Killers and The Postal Service.
Avoiding this fate is precisely why the previously mentioned artists have been turned into tools used for waging this war.

“My dad works for an oil company, so I assert my disdain for the system with this Che Guevara shirt from Bluenotes.”

“I went to equestrian bible camp every year, but this Tupac shirt from Forever 21 shows that I’m not like everyone else because not only do I tolerate black people, I be bumping that shit in the ride.”

“I’m not like the above mentioned girl, because my Wu-Tang shirt that I also bought in the mall is more underground. I Googled the lyrics to ‘Protect Ya Neck’ once so I could sing it in my ride, squad goals lol.”

Wu-Tang concerts need to ban attendees who can't name all the members of Wu-Tang

Photo source: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images North America

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15 Aug

Scarborough’s Nynex19 releases impressive debut with Do You Love Me?

Toronto, ON – Discovering a new artist is like Christmas for music enthusiasts. Discovering 3 incredible new artists in a span of 2 hours is just flat out overwhelming, especially since I’m already eager to tell you about each of them individually (and I’m working on a new mixtape series with your girl Sarah Jay, shameless plug – stay tuned!). But I started here with the artist who’s mixtape has been out the longest.

Somehow Do You Love Me? The Mixtape Vol. 1 the debut from Fam Vic/Society R.I.C.H.’s Nynex19 slipped by me when it first dropped July 19, but now that I’ve taken it in I can assure you it won’t be leaving my radar anytime soon. Having listened to a few of his uploads from a couple of years ago, it’s impressive how much Nynex’s growth and development shines through on Do You Love Me?

The versatile display of talent is solid from start to finish and one of the most complete projects I’ve heard coming out of the 6ix this year. Do You Love Me? gave me a great understanding of what Nynex has to offer while leaving me looking for more, despite it being almost 20-tracks deep. He raps about various subjects from schmoozin’ the ladies, calling out wack MCs, living life and everything in between. Some of the tape’s hooks were stronger than others but for the most part Nynex has mastered the concept of making a catchy song.

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