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J. Cole, Lorde, Serena Ryder & more at Ottawa Folk Festival, Sept. 10-14 [News]

Ottawa, ON – The nation’s capital is the place to from September 10 to 14 as the Ottawa Folk Festival takes over … Read More »

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Artist to artist: Hellnback gets the grease on Merkules [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published August 26, 2014 – With the way hip-hop has been changing over the years it’s hard to … Read More »

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Time to #WAKEDAFUCUP: HipHopCanada chops it up with Onyx [Interview]

Calgary, AB – On Aug. 15, our friends over at True Rhythm brought Onyx (Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz) to Calgary for … Read More »

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On the Run with Jay and Bey in Winnipeg [Review]

Winnipeg, MB – I’ll be honest: when the rumors started circulating that Jay Z and Beyoncé were set to tour together this … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]


15 May

10 at 10: Vol. 32 Recap [Video]

Calgary, AB – On May 7, our fam over at 10 at 10 and Commonwealth Bar & Stage in Calgary brought it hard for Vol. 32 of the monthly hip-hop showcase. We all agreed that this was – hands down – possibly the best 10 at 10 that ever happened. Ever. Killer performances, great vibes, and no shortage of hip-hop lovin’ feels. So many feels.

In case you’re not familiar – every month, 10 acts each get 10 minutes to perform a set on the stage, starting at 10 p.m. And it’s all hosted by Beni and RS Poe. While 10 at 10 started off as a modest showcase, it has grown into the leading local platform for artist growth and building. Let me put it this way: if you’re in Calgary and you miss a 10 at 10, you really need to rethink your entire life. This month’s installation saw some dope performances including those by Sargeant & Comrade, Egyptian Productions, and Edmonton’s own Evrlove Music, as well as by several of our T-Dot friends from UNITY (including Testament, Killa Beatz, and the sassy Britta B who I am now semi-obsessed with). Peep the recap video after the jump, and keep it locked on details for Vol. 33.

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Related Post: Enigma – Life I Chose [Video]

15 May

Pimpton at CMW: The business, the lingo, and all that wet love [Interview]

Toronto, ON -I have this bad habit of forgetting. I mostly forget that Canada’s music scene extends much farther than my comfortable hip-hop-hub in Toronto. Then, I was reminded by the liveliness in the hotel lobby of the Toronto Marriott where hundreds of people – mostly industry professionals – hustled through to sit in on panels hosted by other industry professionals, chat with their industry professional friends, and somehow find themselves in impromptu interviews with industry hopefuls who obviously have plans to come for their industry professional spots.

It was Canadian Music Week, and I was able to observe all of this while waiting for Pimpton, a 23-year-old rapper (based out of Regina, Saskatchewan), whose work has been showcased here on HipHopCanada many times before. This time around, he was here in Toronto, preparing for a showcase later that evening. Linking up just before he took off to shoot a music video, we discussed CMW, the business and politics of the music industry, his upcoming releases, Toronto slang, and how he’s essentially the Gretchen Weiners of hip-hop (except the word he uses actually has potential to catch-on). Here’s to hoping you all got that reference. Conversations like these are my favourite because not everyone is aware of all the hard work that goes into maintaing a spot in this industry. And for the artists that do, it makes it so much easier to support their grind. Peep the interview with Pimpton after the jump.

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People want so much for free that it’s like, you have to be around business oriented people to actually consider this a… a career.” – Pimpton

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15 May

Win tickets to see Sage Francis in Vancouver June 12 at Fortune Sound [Contest]

Vancouver, BC – Timbre Concerts is steady bringing that fire through Vancity – and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

Co-presented by HipHopCanada and Strange Famous’ own Sage Francis will be live in the flesh on June 12 at Vancouver’s Fortune Sound. On the road to promote his latest Copper Gone, Francis will be joined by B. Dolan and local openers Friends With The Help. Purchase tickets at the usual suspects: Red Cat, Zulu, Highlife and Beatstreet or online here.

Share this post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #SageFrancisVancity for a chance to win a pair of tickets. Make sure to tag us @HipHopCanada for a little extra attention. Check full event poster after the jump.

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Related Post: Sage Francis and B.Dolan in Vancouver (Live) [Photos]

15 May

K-Rec – My Loves ft. Checkmate [Audio]

Vancouver, BC – Producer/DJ K-Rec has enough talent to put any Vancity producer to shame but is humble enough that you wouldn’t even know it. Unless, of course, you’ve heard his latest.

“My Loves” featuring Vancity Giant Checkmate is the second single from his new solo EP, Third Beach dropping later this summer. Get ready to step your game up Vancouver, K-Rec is on the loose.


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15 May

Kayden Crooks – 1994 [Mixtape]

Vancouver, BCKayden Crooks in on his 90′s business with his latest mixtape release 1994. In Crooks’ words, “My goal was to bring back that ‘90s type rap that people say they miss and wish it would come back.”

Cop 1994 on Datpiff here or check it out below.


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15 May

Flatbush ZOMBiES – Thugnificense (TallBoy Remix) [Audio]

Toronto, ON – T-Dot producer TallBoy (of SmashMouth Entertainment) recently dropped a dope remix of “Thugnificense” by Flatbush ZOMBiES. You’ll find Zombie Juice’s original track on the ZOMBiES’ latest BetterOffDEAD project (which was one of my favourite recent project drops, by the way – which is why I’m more-or-less biased towards loving this remix).

So TallBoy brings us into his rendition of the track by chopping up the hook and lacing it with this dark spacey trap beat. And then we get a Juice verse for the last minute of the track. Because Juice bars are necessary. This is downright Thugnificent. Check it below.


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Related Post: Win tickets to see Flatbush ZOMBiES live in Toronto [Contest]

15 May

Charley Moon – All In [Video]

Toronto, ON – Higher Learning Culture tribe member, Charley Moon, just dropped new visuals for “All In” off the forthcoming full-length AOE (due out in August 2014). Charley comes in on a spacey self-produced trap beat and flows for days. You know that whole “go hard or go home” thing? Moon goes hard; he’s all in.

Also nice marketing ploy, there. Moon is postering flyers for his upcoming album and making promotional AOE graffiti tags throughout the visuals – because, you know – get hype on the new project, people! The visuals were directed by DJ Laz Vagez. Check it after the jump and head over to SoundCloud to listen to more Charley Moon tuneage.

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14 May

Junia-T – Too Smoove [Video]

Toronto, ON – Smash Brovaz producer-MC Junia-T premieres the visuals for his latest single, “Too Smoove.” Directed by Chris Ak, the video perfectly embodies the vibe of the old and new school blend given off by the track.

“The video is just a moment of time, appreciating summer at its best,” said Junia-T, who also produced the record.

Check out “Too Smoove” after the jump.

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14 May

Living the Life: The Lox hit the stage at Encore in Edmonton [Review]

Edmonton, AB – On May 10, the good folks at Tuffhouse brought Yonkers legendary rap-trio, The Lox right here to Edmonton. The Lox had been making their way through Canada over the last week, so YEG was lucky enough to get a taste of Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Jadakiss at Encore in West Edmonton Mall.

It was a quiet start to the evening once the doors opened at 9 p.m. For about 45 minutes-to-an hour, there wasn’t a soul in sight besides myself and the night club staff as they prepped for the night. This is something I’ve become accustomed to over my years of attending rap shows. And for this one – especially – it was to be expected. The Lox have been in the game for over 15 years. They’re O.G., which means the majority of their demographic is, too. Let’s face it: 9 p.m. is early. And us “weathered” hip-hop heads don’t do early. Luckily the wait was easy to deal with. I was accompanied by both DJ Reno and Guess as they took turns spinning some of my favorite club hits from past and present. Eventually people started to trickle in, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to set a good vibe for the opening acts.

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14 May

Rock The Mic: Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco perform Pete Rock’s “The Creator” [News]

New York City, NY – We’ve been keeping up with this new CBC Music series called Rock The Mic. In case you’re not familiar with RTM, here’s how it’s been going down: The good folks over at CBC decided to send T-Dot’s own Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco out to New York to kick it with the legendary Pete Rock at the Electric Lady (the studio built by Jimi Hendrix in 1970). In the first installation of the series, Fresco and Kidd get in on a rendition of Rock and CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” In the second installation, Rich Kidd hits us with a live performance of “Syke” (with Pete Rock on the control boards. Eeeps). In the third session, Raz Fresco performs his throwback joint “And It Don’t Stop.”

And now, it’s time for the fourth and final episode of the series. In this session, Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco get the honour of of performing Pete Rock’s “The Creator” (which is one of few tracks that Pete Rock produced and exclusively rapped on). Spoiler alert – Pete Rock hits us with some great quotables, too: “You have a choice, you can listen to the ratchet hip-hop – you know what I’m sayin’- or you can listen to the good, original sound of what hip-hop really is.” Check out the video after the jump.

Rock The Mic: Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco recreate Pete Rock's

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