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MGK laces up for Iron Mic in Edmonton [Review] #IronMic

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment delivered the first Iron Mic Music Festival at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Western Canada’s biggest indoor … Read More »

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Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch bring the Wu Block to Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic

Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment brought the first ever Iron Mic Music Festival to the Edmonton Expo Centre. The festival … Read More »

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T.R.A. talks new album Crazy 8′s, SARS Network updates, touring & more [Intervi…

Toronto, ON – Originally published April 10, 2014 – I met Toronto rapper T.R.A., aka Tha Rhyme Animal, in person for the … Read More »

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Anno Domini talks production success & advice for aspiring CDN producers [Interview]

London, UK – In the early 2000′s, when the relationship between hip-hop and the internet really began to flourish, many aspiring MCs … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]

I went to a Hedley show to watch Classified and Mike Boyd open [Review]


16 Dec

Big K.R.I.T Live in Vancouver [Photos]

Vancouver, BC - Vancity saw Mississippi’s own Big K.R.I.T rolling through Venue Nightclub this past weekend on the final stop of his North American tour.

With openers Vancity Prince, Juvi Dizzle and JuLS’  in the cut the packed house was live from the jump. #BlueprintLIVE presented the King Remembered In Time who dropped cuts from his earlier mixtapes, his recent release and his more well known bangers from Live From The Underground. Tracks like “R.E.M” and “Multi Till The Sun Die” were particular crowd favorites and “Just Last Week” had the Southern MC rocking the mic while wading through a crowd overzealous, adoring fans. Overall K.R.I.T proved that when he rolls through town, it’s a performance not to be missed especially if you’re craving some on-point, dirty South joints and country bangers. Catch the photo gallery shot by Jamie Sands below.

Big Krit in Vancouver

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16 Dec

JD Era and Bishop Brigante reconnect on Do You Know Mary? Tour [News]

Toronto, ON – It had been several years since Bishop Brigante and JD Era had performed together. But this past Thursday, at the Toronto stop of Era’s Do You Know Mary? Tour, Bishop took a break from his hosting duties and joined Era on stage (footage via Instagram below).

Several years ago, Bishop and Era were both members of a group called the Wise Guys, along with Ken Masters, Jonny Roxx, Young Tony (aka Hush) and Drake. The group’s biggest claim to fame as a unit was several diss songs including “Goodnight & Goodluck” and “Good Riddance.” No word yet if the 2 artists will get back in the studio together but don’t count it out yet. One of the last real collaborations would have been Bishop’s Shorty Grindin’ which featured both Era and Drake on Spinz production. Click here to check that one out now.

The Do You Know Mary? Tour reaches Sarnia, ON on Thursday, Dec. 19 with special guest, Rich Kidd.

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16 Dec

JD Era – Break From Toronto (Freestyle) [Audio]

Toronto, ONJD Era drops off a new banger which features the seasoned wordsmith going in on PartyNextDoor’s “Break From Toronto” instrumental.

“Break From Toronto” is driven by a menacing combination of silky smooth vocals which gets backed up by some dope, rattling drums making one hell of a home for Mr. Era to do his thing. Check it out below.


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16 Dec

OSIYM – Win [Video] #SOTD

Toronto, ON – “Don’t check for me when I win.” That’s the message from Toronto-based duo OSIYM who just released the first video for their new street single, “Win.” The video features Charlie Black and Nova doing what they do best – trading bars, pouring up, and repping the #CupInHandGang.

“Win,” HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day, is the first of several visuals leading up to the release of OSIYM’s debut EP, Drunk Words and Sober Thoughts. The video was directed by iLLvibe Studios.

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16 Dec

Rapping for Grades: Carleton student goes in on the Periodic Table [Video]

Ottawa, ON – Carleton University’s Professor Bob Burk likes to end the fall term of his first-year Chemistry (CHEM 1001) class on a high note… or possibly a low note depending on the student. Each year, Professor Burk offers his first-year students the opportunity to earn extra credit if they can rap, sing or otherwise melodically speed their way through the Periodic Table of Elements during the last class of the term. And every year a few enthusiastic students take up the challenge. Check out Austin de Ste Croix’s impressive Periodic Table rap over a classic instrumental.

15 Dec

Waka Flocka Flame comes to Calgary [Contest]

Calgary, AB – Our friends over at DubSac, Boodang, True Rhythm, and SP have just announced that they are bringing Waka Flocka Flame to Ten Nightclub (1140 – 10 Ave SW) on Jan. 9. That’s right: the great Brick Squad Monopoly kingpin will grace the YYC with his presence as he gears up to launch his Flockaveli Psychotics EDM-rap project in 2014.

You may have copped a listen to his recent mixtape entitled From Roaches to Rollies. Or maybe you caught a performance from him alongside Steve Aoki on the Aokify America Tour. Or maybe you missed out. Regardless, now is your chance to get Flocka-ed. Dude is on his grind, lately. He’s going to give Calgary a much-needed dose of the Dirty South.

And because we like to deliver the goods, we are hooking you up with a pair of tickets to the show. The good folks over at DubSac and True Rhythm just gave us two tickets to give away to one lucky fan. Peep contest entry details after the jump.

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14 Dec

The 7 Days of Funk Experience: Snoopzilla and Dam-Funk at Exchange LA [Review]

Los Angeles, CA – On Dec. 10, Snoopzilla and Dam-Funk hit up Exchange LA in Los Angeles, CA to release their highly anticipated 7 Days of Funk record. The lineup for the evening was stacked high with performances from the funk master, himself, Dam-Funk; Snoopzilla (who you may also know as Snoop Lion or Snoop Dogg, etc), master DJ-producer, Peanut Butter Wolf; OG hip-hop producer-vocalist, Egyptian Lover; old-school funkman, Bootsy Collins; funkster of all-trades, Steve Arrington, and more.

The worlds of hip-hop and funk collided, and HipHopCanada was in the building to soak it all in. Our very own Winnipeg producer-turned-L.A. expat, Maxwell Benson, hit up the show to get the scoop for you all. A big shout out to our friends over at Stones Throw for hooking us up for the night. See how it all went down after the jump.

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14 Dec

Xolisa – A Beautiful Mind [EP]

Toronto, ON - If you’ve never seen or heard a performer that literally filled a room with light and moved you with their tranquil energy, then you might want to take time out of your day to listen to this project. Last week, Xolisa released her debut EP called A Beautiful Mind. The EP features 5 tracks, all produced by Xolisa herself. I’ve seen this talented young woman perform at R.I.S.E Poetry and get chills every time. If the EP title isn’t enough of an indication for you, Xolisa, most definitely, has a beautiful mind and I’m glad that she was kind enough to share what goes on inside of it, with all of us. You can stream the EP below and download it after the jump. 


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14 Dec

Twelfth Letter on Backroad Radio [Video]

Toronto, ON - Late last month, Twelfth Letter stopped by Backroad Radio to drop some new material. During his visit, he also dropped a few bars. Twelfth says it himself; he’s back in attack mode. He hears that there’s a crown up for grabs and decides to come for it by offering a 2 and a half minute freestyle over the “Numbers on The Boards” beat. You can check out the footage below and hit Twelfth up after the jump.

13 Dec

Kid P – One Of Those Days [Audio]

Winnipeg, MB – You know what it’s like when you’re having one of “those days”? Kid P was having one of those days, so he wrote some verses and dropped a new track on us entitled “One Of Those Days.”

The track is laced over some sweet vibed-out production, courtesy of NuVintage. But the lyrics are pretty raw. Kid P makes some thoughtful commentary on the current social state of Canada, including the prevalence of racism and the need for increased national unity. Check it out below, and head over to SoundCloud to check out more of Kid P’s music.

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