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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


12 Apr

Review: This is why you need to see Allan Rayman’s live show

Calgary, AB – On Apr. 9, Calgary’s Hifi Club brought Allan Rayman through for one of only two Canadian stops along the Hotel Tour.

Allan Rayman is an artist who I most recently described to someone as “rap-R&B-blues-grunge-rock-soul fusion.” He’s really in his own league at this point. He’s got a signature raspy delivery, but the guy’s artistry wavers between emotional soul-blues ballads, rap-rock records, and sexy R&B-grunge jams. He can really only be described as Allan Rayman. And he’s probably one of the best artists you should be listening to right now.

I say that as a hip-hop journalist writing a show review on HipHopCanada about an artist who’s probably too rock for rap, too R&B for rock, and too blues-y for R&B. This man is the future. And being blessed with this live show is one of the best things that happened in 2016.

You need to hear this new Allan Rayman track,

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12 Apr

Mission Control exposes Vancouver’s burgeoning new talents you need to know about

Vancouver, BC – If you’re from Vancouver, you know that the one thing this city doesn’t lack is a shortage of creative types. But, although there are a lot of artistically gifted people living here, there has been a general lacking of togetherness and support within the music community. The current divide between individual artists and their different audiences was something that Mission Control aimed to tackle this past Saturday, by bringing together some of Vancity’s most promising upcoming talents under one roof for a single showcase.

There are an abundance of individual concerts always going on around the city, but showcases are more rare than you might imagine – especially within the rap and hip-hop community. When the creators of Mission Control reached out to us at HipHopCanada to talk about potentially covering the evening, it didn’t take much convincing to bring me on board. It was really encouraging to see the artists, themselves, taking initiatives to help influence the changes that we’ve been desperately needing. What was even more impressive was the list of highly notable acts that Mission Control had included which hoped to curate a night that would encourage all different types of audiences to come together across the genre boundaries. The featured musical talents included: So Loki, Raiel, Tee Krispil, Freeman Young, and a performance from the event’s founder, Makahil. Music aside, the evening also promised to feature different creative aspects – an art gallery for the visually inclined, and even a selection of dance numbers during intermissions from AE Wild and her crew.

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12 Apr

Sundry shows he’s a double threat on newest single “High Fashion Endo”

Vancouver, BC – It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s a perfect time for some new singles to get you through your week. The occurrence of producers/turned artists is a sight that is more and more common as producers suit up to take the stage for their own sets. Vancouver based emcee, Sundry is one of those boundary crossing artists who offers up both his own individual beats along with the vocals to match. “High Fashion Endo” showcases all of his talents, and uses his own beat – complete with synth overlays and a rolling snare. Sundry offers up similar rolling bars to create a song that’s a catchy, and an easy listen. Check it out below.


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12 Apr

Tyler Skyy let’s us know he’s doing “More than Alright” in newest video featuring Aye1ne

Vancouver, BCTyler Skyy isn’t a Vancouver artist who ever seems to slow down. He’s returned with the release of his latest music video, “More than Alright” featuring Vancity independent emcee, Aye1ne. The collaboration between the two rappers is a comfortable gift to fans which showcases some of the most picturesque landscapes that we love all around Vancouver. What I love about Tyler is that he’s an artist who always gives a supportive platform to other growing artists. Sometimes I find that features don’t get adequate time to really have a chance to showcase their talents, but the video gives us a solid set of bars from Aye1ne which don’t overshadow Skyy in the slightest. Rather, it’s a comfortable relationship between the two that shows us that Vancity emcees can work together and create really great songs while still being competitive artists in their own right. Check out the video below.


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12 Apr

Scare: Membrain releases new video in support of Basement EP

Toronto, ON – Coming in support of the Basement EP, Membrain drops fresh visuals for “Scare” featuring Rosko Keyes. The song was produced by D. Sanders and the video was directed by Roberto Spadafora (and co-produced by Cherry Media).

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12 Apr

Luxe Taylor just dropped this PSA for all the “Bandwagon Girls”

Burlington, ONLuxe Taylor (formerly Luc Toews) just released his latest single titled “Bandwagon Girls” as a warning shot fired at any girl who tries to date a successful rapper for all the wrong reasons.

If you’re a rapper on the come-up, you’ve probably had to deal with this on some level. When you get into the game, you’re itching for fame and success, and – by association – lots of attention from the females.

As Luxe explained to me: “The song is about a type of girl I’ve been seeing more frequently; the type of girl that is drawn to the success, but was no where around when you were “shooting in the gym.” When you’re a struggling artist, there’s always those hot girls you’re trying to get with. But they’re not paying any attention to you. Then when shit starts popping off for you, all the sudden they’re texting you asking you to chill, for tickets etc. I wrote this song after touring with Cole and Tech N9ne and all these big artists. And these pictures would drop of me with so and so. And my music started getting more attention. And all the sudden these girls come out of the woodworks and trying to fuck with you. Haha. They’re attention-seeking [and] they want to be part of the hype. [This song is] a way to call these girls out and let them know I see how they’re moving.”

YLuxe Taylor just dropped this PSA for all the

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12 Apr

New music: Membrain and the Basement EP (with support from Rosko Keyes)

Toronto, ON – New music coming out of the GTA. This is up-and-comer Membrain with the Basement EP. 7-tracks with one feature by Rosko Keyes. Check it out below and don’t miss the new visuals for “Scare.”

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11 Apr

Leondro released this song for his mom titled “Super Big”

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Leondro recently teamed up with Yoko Gold to hit us with this new release titled “Super Big.”

“Super Big” is a nod to Leondro’s mother and how she supported him throughout his come-up and made sacrifices that ultimately helped him reach where he’s at now: “Never wanna do you harm/ You the beat in my heart/ My mom, good God, you did one hell of a job/ I praise you, my angel, hail with a halo/ ‘Cause when I was a kid, I never listened what you say so/ …as often as I oughta/ But my momma is the truest, if you knew her, then you knew it.”

This song serves as a nod to every parent who has ever supported a child; whether it be financially, emotionally, etc. This song is for y’all.

The track officially premiered at the Easter Seals Telethon in Toronto on April 10. All funds raised through the Easter Seals Telethon will make a difference for children who live with physical disabilities in Ontario. Check it out below.

You need to hear this new Allan Rayman track,

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11 Apr

40 Lower River: Toronto rapper Redway’s estate releases new song on his birthday

Mississauga, ON – Toronto rapper Shane Redway’s life was tragically cut short by a car accident in August 2015, but – as his friends have vowed – his memory will live on through his music. It was unclear how Redway’s remaining catalogue of unreleased material would be handled, but it appears that fans of the “YKTO (You Know The Ones)” artist can expect several new posthumous releases throughout the course of the year.

The first song, released today on what would have been Redway’s 26th birthday, was produced by longtime Redway collaborator, WondaGurl (Jay Z, Big Sean), and is tiled “40 Lower River” after a block in Toronto’s developing West Don Lands. The track speaks on the fakes and phonies you’re bound to encounter on your road to music industry (or otherwise) success.

Before the untimely passing of the late Redway, Redway & The BLVD was gearing up to release songs, videos and eventually a project for his fans. Here is one of many cuts to look forward to for the rest of the year!

Go hard for those who do the same for you. Keep it a buck. Spread love.” – Redway

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11 Apr

RT! directs stunning new video for “Jameson Ave” off the Naturally Born Strangers LP

Toronto, ON – It’s been over a year now since Toronto hip-hop trio Naturally Born Strangers (Adam Bomb, Tona & Rich Kidd) took home a Juno for Rap Recording of the Year, but the self-titled album that earned them the award keeps producing classic material. This time in the form of newly released RT!-directed video for the Rich Kidd-produced banger, “Jameson Ave” It’s as visually stunning as the song is catchy…truly amazing work from the veteran Toronto director that you won’t want to miss. Making its debut on The FADER, RT! spoke to the NYC-based publication about the video’s inspiration:

The video is a tribute to wild nightlife, where memories are like messy dreams. The imagery is based on the Baroque era of classical painting that mythologized larger-than-life figures and events, and didn’t shy away from showing debauchery, violence, and sex. It took inspiration from a bunch of classical painters and paintings but in some cases reality was stranger than fiction.

Check it out below.

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