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Wasiu gave us a very thorough break-down of his new track “No Jumper”

Montreal, QC – Originally published June 23, 2016 – Montreal rapper Wasiu recently released his latest single titled “No Jumper,” co-produced by … Read More »

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Rising rap star Don Mulatto of Sault Ste. Marie passes away at 20

It’s with a very heavy heart that we report the death of Don Mulatto … Read More »

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NXNE 2016: Here’s what happened when Azizi Gibson performed at Revival Bar

Toronto, ON – I was blessed to be able to dip over to Toronto last week to cover the annual NXNE music … Read More »

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“Hotline Bling” wins big at MMVAs; VIEWS stays at No. 1 for 7th consecutive we…

Toronto, ON – With Game 7 of the NBA Finals and the new episode of Game of Thrones airing on the same … Read More »

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Classified talks about his collaboration with Snak The Ripper & Slug on “Never

Classified talks about his collaboration with Snak The Ripper & Slug on “Never

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12 Jan

Song of the Day: Sese drops new video in support of Jan. 25 release, The Cell Saga EP


St. Catharines, ON – Nightmare Klub hip-hop artist Sese is back wtih a new single in support of his forthcoming EP, The Cell Saga. The new project sees Sese once again pushing the ‘animerap’ genre forward, transforming into another character from the popular anime series, Dragon Ball Z (DBZ). But this time, instead of channeling the power of DBZ supper villain Frieza, Sese transforms into one of the meanest villains in DBZ history by the name of Cell.

“Perfect Cell,” HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day, was produced by Mississauga’s Pops (The Game, MGK), and the new music video was directed by Nightmare Klub’s own Frank Douglas. You can watch the video now after the jump link below and look out for The Cell Saga EP dropping Monday, Jan. 25. Click here to download Sese’s The Frieza Saga EP now.

Song of the Day: Sese drops new video in support of Jan. 25 release, The Cell Saga EP - HipHopCanada.com

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12 Jan

Obie Trice in Ottawa: Detroit MC talks Eminem, 50 Cent, TV series Power & more


Ottawa, ON – Detroit veteran Obie Trice performed in Ottawa Sunday night and we had a chance to speak with him before leaving town. HipHopCanada’s Ottawa rep Lil Thrilla (and CapCityHipHop founder) talks with the former Shady Records artist about his relationship with Eminem, 50 Cent’s television series, Power, his Black Market Entertainment label, his fourth studio album (The Hangover) and much more. The video also features exclusive performance footage from Obie’s The Hangover Tour inside Ottawa’s Ritual Nightclub, with Obie seen performing hit classics “Hennessy” and “Got Some Teeth” from his 2003 album, Cheers. You can watch the interview now by clicking the jump link below.

Obie is in Sarnia tonight inside The Trinity Lounge with special guests Robbie G, Wycked Truth, Franky Bank$ and Def Press. Tomorrow he heads to Barrie’s The Roxy Theatre before hitting Hamilton’s infamous Club 77 on Thursday night. He then hits Waterloo on Jan. 15 (Maxwell’s Music House), London on Jan. 16 (Roosevelt Room), Sudbury on Jan. 17 (Sudbury Event Centre) and Sault Ste. Marie on Jan. 18 (The Machine Shop).

Obie Trice in Ottawa: Detroit MC talks Eminem, 50 Cent, TV series Power & more - HipHopCanada.com

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12 Jan

Mindbender’s Picks: Top 10 Canadian hip-hop videos of 2015


Toronto, ON – Hitting you up with yet another Top 10 list from one of our contributors. HipHopCanada’s own Addi “Mindbender” Stewart put together his Top 10 videos of 2015, with support from HipHopCanada’s Logik (Stolen From Africa). Unlike our other lists, this gives you Mindbender`s Top 10, but they’re listed alphabetically instead of 1 through 10. Check out the full listing after the jump link below.

Mindbender's Top 10 Canadian hip-hop videos of 2015 - HipHopCanada.com

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11 Jan

Claire Mortifee talks “Compassion with a Kiss” and Human Empowerment


Vancouver, BC – It’s not too often that we get to talk to emcees who fearlessly advocate for positive causes through the release of their music, so when they come along the hip-hop scene is provided with a much-needed refreshment. Artists like Claire Mortifee and Young Nige add some real-talk to an otherwise idealized culture, and use music (one of the undeniably most powerful social platforms) to create dialogue that is both proactive and informative. It just made sense for HipHopCanada to do what we could to bring that dialogue even further and deliver it to you, our readers.

Late November saw the release of the pair’s first musical collaboration on “Compassion in a Kiss” which was the first video released off Claire’s forthcoming debut project. The song closely examines the issue of sexual violence against women with personal and raw offerings from each contributor. The track was produced by K-Rec, and is accompanied by an artistically passionate and touching music video that progressively portrays both a male and a female commentary on rape culture. HipHopCanada caught up with Claire to talk about the video, her personal experiences as a survivor, and the social change that the duo is undoubtedly inspiring.

HHC- Claire Mortifee

My greatest advice for women is to cultivate self-love. That’s my best defense against sexual violence.” – Claire Mortifee

11 Jan

Tyler Skyy teams up with Tobias to present motivational ode to the grind with “I Wanna”


Vancouver, BC – The constant grind for success is a topic that is identifiable and present in any genre of the music industry by singers as well as rappers. And, the topic of success is  a motivation for music that never seems to be overused or played out, as it’s so unique to the individual experience. Tyler Skyy and Toronto-bred rapper, Tobias, team up on the recent video release of “I Wanna” to present their own introspective analysis of the rise of their musical careers and the success that has ensued.

But, the video is separated from it’s competition by it’s surprisingly positive outlook rather than one based off discontent. Rather than criticizing their come-up, “I Wanna” is a praise for their individual journeys which contently remains hopeful for a better future. It’s a humble ode to progress without lacking the confidence in their present status as artists. Grateful is always a good look on anyone, and it is contagious energy that transfers immediately to listeners.

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11 Jan

Spotlight Concerts Presents: Ginuwine Jan. 29th at Harbour Event Centre


Vancouver, BC – 2016 is in full swing, and Vancouver is ready to take on a new year of epic live shows. First up, we have Ginuwine hitting the stage at Harbour Event Centre on Friday, January the 29th. Our friends over at Spotlight Concerts have set up a night that is sure to bring out a diverse crowd of fans to see the legendary and seasoned, hit-maker.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.spotlightconcerts.ca, or in person at: DIPT, REDMED, BeatStreet, Reflex, and UrbanCity. Early bird tickets have quickly sold-out since the concert announcement last week, but you can still hurry and cop some general admission. Whether you’re coming to get down to “Pony” or you’re a seasoned fan, the night should be a full evening of throwback tunes and some classic hits.

Spotlight Concerts Presents: Ginuwine Jan. 29th at Harbour Event Centre  - HipHopCanada.com

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11 Jan

Decipher brings out the guns in video “Crime Pays” featuring Cody the Catch


Calgary, AB – A lot of rap videos only paint illusive references to the lifestyles they talk about, but “Crime Pays” by Decipher (aka Kreflo Evans) ft. Cody the Catch, sure isn’t one of them. With an introductory image that states, “Free Tego Free Rells”  you know it’s probably not going to shy away from some serious conversation. Without fail, about 6 seconds into the video, Decipher brings out some loaded artillery to let us know that he really isn’t here to front on anyone.

Currently living in Calgary while working on his latest album Possession with Purpose, Decipher is no rookie to the hustle, recently being released following a Canada-wide warrant. While the video blatantly describes his status as a member of the grind, it also attempts to show the value of crime (specifically dealing) as an economic driving factor of society in it’s chorus “Don’t say that crime don’t pay if you ain’t fuckin’ with crime”.  He proceeds to state that he has no problem coming down to Surrey to take care of business, that he has soldiers across most of Canada, and a couple of other bold territorial statements. But I guess if you have the gun to back it up (literally), then it’s a lot more authentic.  Along with these heavier bars, at one point in the video he has a guy pinned to the floor with a gun to his head. The visuals didn’t disappoint in matching the punching power that Decipher and his counterpart bring to their bars.

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11 Jan

Win tickets to see N.O.R.E. (aka: Noreaga) live in Calgary on Jan. 15


Calgary, AB – On Jan. 15, our friends over at True Rhythm and Just Haze bring N.O.R.E. (aka: Noreaga) to Calgary for a show at Dickens Pub. N.O.R.E. is a Queens hip-hop and reggaetron artist who started off his career as one half of the East Coast hip hop duo Capone-N-Noreaga (C-N-N) with Capone. As a solo artist, his work has been been all over the place. He’s put out Spanish reggaetron and hip-hop, and he’s collaborated with everyone from Kanye, Nas and Busta, to Jadakiss, Bun B, and more.

A few years ago N.O.R.E. announced via MTV that his forthcoming album would be his last album. Following the drop of this project, N.O.R.E. plans to completely stop touring and releasing albums in favour of focusing on the CEO role as his own Militainment Business. In October 2015 N.O.R.E. tweeted out that his last album would be arriving in July. So it looks like his days as a touring MC are numbered. You’re not going to want to miss this one.

This show also coincides with the album release party for local artist rapper Frenzy. Most recently, Frenzy hosted the KOTD #FrostBite2 event in Calgary alongside Dizaster, and got a sweet KOTD-sponsored video release. The show also features opening support from Psych Ward Kidz, Willy Snypes, Benjimin, and Damion Jones.

And to make things even better, we’ve teamed up with True Rhythm to give away a pair of VIP Meet & Greet tickets to the show. Each ticket includes access to the show, a private VIP meet & greet with N.O.R.E., an autograph and photo with him, no-line and no-cover, and a private VIP drink service area with seating for the show. Peep full contest entry details after the jump.

Win tickets to see N.O.R.E. (aka: Noreaga) live in Calgary on Jan. 15 - HipHopCanada.com

9 Jan

D.O. Gibson teams up with the students at St. Isaac Jogues for this new video for “Follow Me”


Toronto, ON – As he gears up to head off to do some shows Europe next week, D.O. Gibson hits us with his latest video release for “Follow Me” off his recent album, Duane Gibson.

“Follow Me” is about making that decision to live your life on your own terms instead of being a follower and doing what you think others want you to do. It’s about rising above the pressure to fit in.

The video was directed by frequent D.O. collaborator, Illvibe. And the track was produced by and features the Rezza Brothers. Check it out after the jump.

D.O. Gibson enlists the help of Sese, OSIYM & C-Dot for this remix of

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8 Jan

We got it live: 2015 West Coast Concert recap


Vancouver, BC – 2015 was an excellent year for concerts on the West Coast. Vancouver was blessed last year with more than enough monumental shows and thanks to some of our top hip-hop promotors we were fortunate enough to pump out weekly reviews and photo galleries from some of 2015’s best live shows.

From legends like Pete Rock, Ghostface KillaJuicy JPRyme to, Logic, Casey Veggies, Skepta, Joey Bada$$ and more our West Coast editors KassKills and Jamie Sands lead a team of skilled writers to cover a majority of what last year had to offer.

Jamie and Kass took to the archive to recap Vancouver’s most outstanding shows of 2015 in the list below. Special shout-out to Timbre Concerts, Live Nation, Fortune Sound, Blueprint Live, Spotlight Productions and everyone else we have had the pleasure of working with last year. We’re looking forward to going strong in 2016 – see you in the pit.

Top 10 West Coast Shows of 2015

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