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The Strombo Show: DMC (of Run-DMC) talks Axl Rose’s phone call, suicide, religion &#…

Toronto, ON – George Stroumboulopoulos and The Strombo Show welcomed DMC (of the legendary Run-DMC) for an intimate and explorative conversation about … Read More »

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Catch our recap of the inaugural Safe & Sound Fest featuring Majid Jordan, dvsn &…

New Westminster, BC – For those music fans who felt like the West Coast missed out on the full festival experience this summer, Safe … Read More »

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The identity of H.E.R. remains a mystery, but the authenticity behind her music is crystal…

Vancouver, BC – It’s a Friday evening in the sunny coastal city, and the energetic lines of youth stretch around UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium. … Read More »

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Ojibwe First Nation artist Alja discusses what it feels like to be “Outnumbered̶…

North Bay, ON – Earlier this summer Ojibwe First Nation artist Alja released a brand new nine-track mixtape entitled C.H.I.E.F, which features … Read More »

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Classified’s 2013 self-titled album is now certified Platinum in Canada

Classified’s 2013 self-titled album is now certified Platinum in Canada

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26 Apr

Sit back and enjoy the vibes that Ashoka brings on “No Stress”


Rockland County, NY – Putting out a series impressive tracks this last year, New York-based emcee Ashoka came proper this week with one of his best releases yet. The Jahmal Gittens-produced track “No Stress” comes at us with emotional and impactful lyrics about the connection with a female interest. Ashoka got his start rapping during his senior year of college at Philadelphia’s Temple University, when he started weaving the perspectives of his friend group and personal experiences into his songs. Setting himself apart from other current sounds is his reflective and smooth approach to wordplay.

Taking a different approach than we often hear, Ashoka speaks on his respect for a specific woman. It’s a perspective that will find a home in your library comfortably (and probably one that you’ll be able to relate to). He raps, “You don’t ask a lot girl, I know you don’t/But I’ma hit the store, buy you all you want/Ever since we met, I been all you want/ I would never ever sell you short I won’t.

Stream “No Stress” below and get acquainted.

Sit back and enjoy the vibes that Ashoka brings on No Stress - HipHopCanada.com

26 Apr

SARS Radio Ep. 89 features new music from Dre Barrs, Sayzee, Belly, Luu Breeze & more


Toronto, ON – The latest episode of SARS Radio has been posted online and available to stream through MixCloud. The mix features a ton of new records from Toronto (and surrounding areas) including tracks from Dre Barrs, Sayzee, Belly, Luu Breeze, Jimmy Prime and more. Also, hosts TRA and DJ Law bring you the SARS Radio Top 5 segment as well as the Infectious Needles mix.

Check out the new episode below and tune in every #SARSSaturday (with TRA and DJ Law) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can send your music to SARSRadioMusic@gmail.com.

SARS Radio Ep. 89 features new tunes from Sayzee, Belly, Luu Breeze & more - HipHopCanada.com

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26 Apr

Lou Phelps discusses 001: Experiments & why Montreal isn’t ready to have its own sound yet


Montreal, QC – Earlier this month, Montreal artist Lou Phelps released his debut solo project titled 001: Experiments.

The eight-track project marks the beginning of Lou’s solo endeavours, as well as a phase of experimentation and finding himself (hence the title 001: Experiments, obviously).

Lou Phelps was formerly one half of The Celestics duo alongside his brother Kaytranada. And while the brothers’ Supreme Laziness album made some major waves, Lou felt that the project represented him trying to keep pace with Kaytranada, instead of exploring his own sound. Eventually Lou and Kaytranada realized that they were making two completely different styles of music. So Kaytranada went and pursued his own solo route, and Lou decided to finally fully commit himself to his own brand of music.

001: Experiments was executive produced by Kaytranada, with additional production courtesy of Tek.Lun on the opening track “Tell Me.” The project also includes features from Kallitechnis, CJ Flemings, Innanet James, and Bishop Nehru.

Lou Phelps discusses 001: Experiments & why Montreal isn't ready to have its own sound yet - HipHopCanada.com
Photo by @goodgyaljj

If you think about it, there isn’t really a “Montreal sound”. The moment Montreal has a sound that they can own, will be the moment when Montreal will have exposure.
– Lou Phelps

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25 Apr

OSIYM teams up with Clairmont The Second for a strong performance on “Look at God”


Toronto, ON – Produced by Danthrax of Bass & Bakery, “Look at God” is the latest release from Toronto-based duo OSIYM (Out Of Sight, In Your Mind). Charlie Black and Nova are known for delivering the perfect blend of honest lyrics and party anthems, and they’re joined by Clairmont The Second on this new single for the perfect high-impact track.

Proving that there are so many untapped avenues of great rap coming out of central Canada, OSIYM deliver a worthy performance on “Look At God” as they easily navigate the sonic pockets with hard hitting bars, and witty lyricism. The duo warrant a closer look and more recognition, as they’re the rare breed of rappers who can switch up their approach effortlessly between boom bap and trap rap.

Stream the new single below, and keep these two in the front of your peripherals.

OSIYM teams up with Clairmont The Second for a strong performance on Look at God - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Apr

My Level: Sauga City’s White previews My Turn mixtape with BrownGuyMadeIT-directed video


Mississauga, ON – Sauga City artist White has taken promotion of his forthcoming mixtape up a notch with the release of a new video directed by BrownGuyMadeIT. The song, “My Level,” was produced by Drew Taylor and will be featured on My Turn which is expected to be released sometime this summer. On top of the new video, White is giving fans a chance to make a quick c-note by helping the young artist get his hashtag out there:

Share this post with hashtag #besafe and have a chance to win a $100 email transfer winner announced may 7th. Share this video once a day until May 7th for your chance to win! This is my Thank You to those watching and sharing.

Sauga City's White previews My Turn mixtape with BrownGuyMadeIT-directed video - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Apr

Find A Way: Neon Dreams win Canadian Music Radio Award, shine at Juno Week


Halifax, NS – New chapters in the phenomenal success story of Neon Dreams continue to be written at a very rapid rate. At last week’s Canadian Music Week (CMW) in Toronto, the Halifax-based band won a Canadian Radio Music Award in the ‘Best New Group Dance/Urban/Rhythmic’ category, for their hit track “Marching Bands.”

The unsigned Neon Dreams emerged victorious against industry heavyweights PARTYNEXTDOOR, Shaun Frank, and Tory Lanez in the category, confirming the impressive inroads they have made in a short time.

Earlier in April, the group made a major mark at Juno Week in Ottawa. Their hectic schedule began with intimate performances on the Juno Express from Toronto to Ottawa, and included five other shows. Their most prestigious appearance was at the Gala Dinner, where they got to perform “Marching Bands” with Kardinal Offishall for the first time.

Neon Dreams win Canadian Music Radio Award, shine at Juno Week - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Apr

Freddie Gibbs makes his Edmonton debut during the YOL2 Canadian Tour


Edmonton, ABFreddie Gibbs hit Edmonton for the first time ever, in support of his latest project You Only Live 2wice. His stop at Union Hall (April 19) was one of several for the Canadian leg of the YOL2 Tour.

Supporting acts included local artists; Dizzy Mac, TK Cab’Ral & Zahr and Deezy Tha Don. Vernon, BC-bred TassNata also hit the stage as the official supporting artist for the Western Canada dates.

Gangsta Gibbs is no stranger on how to hype a crowd. He came through with mad energy, performing joints from his earlier albums ESGN, Shadow of a Doubt and Pinata, mixed with a few songs from his new album. What I found especially admirable was that Gibbs didn’t use a single back track for entire set, and the quality of his voice didn’t wave once.

While Gibbs definitely won the crowd over, his set was surprisingly short. He left his fans guessing after leaving the stage for a minute or two and then returning on two occasions. Not your conventional encore, but that’s exactly why we f*ck with Freddie.

You Only Live 2wice is available for purchase now. Check out our photo recap after the jump.

Freddie Gibbs Makes Edmonton Debut on the 'YOL2' Canadian Tour- HipHopCanada.com

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25 Apr

Song of the Day: Cashtro Crosby enlists Khamali Jordan for “Prelude” to Live From Neverland


Ottawa, ON – Our Song of the Day is a new record from Ottawa-based Pittsburgh-native, Cashtro Crosby. It serves as a prelude to his forthcoming album release, Live From Neverland, which is expected to receive a release date sometime next week.

“Live From Neverland (Prelude)” was produced by Khamali Jordan and the artwork was supplied by Mitchell Golding, the creative director at Ottawa-based NRML.

This record isn’t on the album, it was cut as more of a celebration for what you guys are about to hear to come with the next album Live From Neverland.

Ottawa's Cashtro Crosby teams up with Khamali Jordan for prelude to Live From Neverland album - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Apr

NUE wants to turn his wrist to “Alaska” on his new SAUCEboy produced single


Toronto, ON – Toronto newcomer NUE just released a brand new single titled “Alaska” (produced by SAUCEboy) off the forthcoming IROQUOIS LP.

“Alaska” is a summer bounce anthem with equal parts melodic rap-singing, hungry braggadocios bars, and smooth vibes. For the record… “Alaska” refers to NUE’s big rapper aspiration to have ice on his wrist: “Glowed up and gassed up/ Turn my wrist into Alaska.”

Forty seconds in, and NUE sets the mood with (probably) the best line of the whole song: “It’s an 808s & Heartbreak kind of day.” I’ve never heard anyone describe a vibe by comparing it to a Kanye album. But I get exactly the kind of day NUE is describing.

I feel like those 808s & Heartbreak vibes also translate through the song, which has a minimalistic sound, and more of an emotional undertone. There’s still that element of GTA-style mumble rap because NUE puts heavy use on those “Yuh! Yuh!” ad-libs that everyone seems to be using right now. But I think the guy just made a summer 2017 anthem. Check it out below.

ICYMI: You need to listen to the newly released Kiddo EP by Jessie Reyez - HipHopCanada.com

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25 Apr

Dkay introduces us to the Leftside with “Dáme”


Vancouver, BC – At only 23, Vancouver-based musician/creative Dkay has proven himself to be one of the most promising forces that is currently coming out of the West Coast. Following the premiere of the audio on Sirius XM, Shade 45, “Dáme” is the first visual release from the artists’ forthcoming EP, Rudeboy which is set to be released this coming summer. With a provoking Spanish translation of “give it to me,” and a noticeably charismatic hook, the track is sure to be a favourite of summer 2017.

The Brandon Ng-directed video follows Dkay’s navigation of advances from a multitude of female interests after using an alluring scent. Leading the Leftside Collective, Dkay’s confident bars warrants a closer look at the developments of the crew, and their collaborations between fashion and music on the West Coast. Something tells us this won’t be the last we hear of Dkay this summer.

Watch “Dáme” below.

Dkay introduces us to the Leftside with Dáme - HipHopCanada.com

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