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Review: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony eases into to Edmonton on the Eternal Tour

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Review: Edmonton’s “Sunday Funday” with Akon, Karl Wolf & Peter Jac…

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Review: Sarah Jay’s very long breakdown of the first ever One Love Music Festival

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Sault Ste. Marie’s Don Mulatto talks Snowbird, Polo Don, his ATL influence & mo…

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Atlantic Canada

Ondalay Ondalay: Nova Scotian MC J Jigga John Bus It releases Matthew Ingraham-directed vi

Ondalay Ondalay: Nova Scotian MC J Jigga John Bus It releases Matthew Ingraham-directed vi


20 Apr

TopLeft Recordings & Quarter Inch Kings – M.ade I.n C.anada Vol. 8 (Mixed by DJ Law) [Mixtape]

Toronto, ON – Happy 4/20! The wait is over! TopLeft Recordings and Quarter Inch Kings have come together once again to present the latest installment of the acclaimed M.ade I.n C.anada mixtape series. M.I.C. Volume 8 – mixed by the award-winning DJ Law – is the perfect soundtrack for all of your 4/20 celebrations and features some incredible Canadian talent from around the country.

In order of appearance, M.I.C. Volume 8 features Lee Ricks, Lakes, Bangerville (featuring T.R.A.), TassNata, Chris Green, Fish Grease, Cable (featuring Age & Lakes), Eternia, Daniel Son (featuring Mark Jordan), Mark Jordan, MIC GUTZ, TRPL-R (featuring Kirk Steele), SawBuck, ES, Daniel Son (featuring T Gramz) and Solid Ground. On top of a dope line-up of artists, Canada’s immense depth in production is really on display with this one as Volume 8 features bangers by Mike Dubbs, Emanuel Parks, Big Sproxx, Ashby, Central Parks, Cable, Durazzo, Phybaoptikz, Mannaz, B.K. Beats, Max Zims, Euphonic, BOD Productions, and, of course, the Quarter Inch Kings themselves.

You can download the project below as separate MP3 files, or as one long mixed MP3. With the release of M.I.C. Volume 8, we’re also thrilled to give you a sneak peak at the line-up for Volume 9, already in the works. So far we’ve been able to confirm the project will feature Citizen Kane, Mathematik, Thrust, Dank (of Frank ‘n Dank), Babylon Warchild, Fish Grease and Lee Ricks with another 8 artsits to be selected.

TopLeft Recordings & Quarter Inch Kings present M.ade I.n C.anada Volume 8 [Mixtape] -

19 Apr

Enter to win an opening set for Rick Ross in Calgary [Contest]

Calgary, AB – In case you missed the memo, Rick Ross is coming to Calgary next week and everyone is losing their ish.

So here’s another reason to lose your mind: if you’re a local rapper, you have a chance to get on the show’s line-up for the night as an opener. That’s right – Two Towers are running a contest right now to choose one winner who’ll get to open for Lord Rozay.

This is a massive opportunity. Think about how dope it would be to open for the big-bellied Hood Billionaire, himself. Afterwards, you can put that on your artist CV and go fourth and conquer the world, etc, etc. Seriously, though. You should enter this contest right away. Find out how to to enter and vote, and check all the details after the jump.

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18 Apr

Two Towers, One Entertainment & Union Events present: Rick Ross live in Calgary [News]

Calgary, AB – On Apr. 25, the good people over at Two Towers, One Entertainment, and Union Events bring MMG kingpin Rick Ross to the BMO Centre in Calgary for an all-ages show. I know y’all have been waiting a minute for this one. Rozay was scheduled to play Calgary last year but the show got cancelled and tears were shed.

But now Boss Ross is coming to us fresh off his seventh studio album release, Hood Billionaire. Things are going to be next level. Actually. To be honest, I’m still definitely also riding the waves from Rozay’s previous 2014-released Mastermind. That one was a classic.

And now us Calgary cats get to see all that ish live. All praises due to the rap Gods for pulling through for us and finally making this happen. This night is going to get so turnt. Y’all don’t even know. Peep full event details and check the official show flyer after the jump.

Two Towers, One Entertainment & Union Events present: Rick Ross live in Calgary on Apr. 25 [News] -

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18 Apr

Touched by the Turn Up Godz: Waka Flocka Flame gets live in Edmonton [Review]

Edmonton, AB – After a brief hiatus, our friends at Nightshift Entertainment are back in action for the spring / summer season. Nightshift teamed up with the fam at Blueprint Alberta to bring Waka Flocka Flame and DJ Whoo Kid for a wild live show at Edmonton’s Union Hall on April 11. After recently dropping their mixtape The Turn Up Godz Tour, the pair headed out on a North American tour which included Vancouver, Kelowna and Edmonton as the Canadian stops. Yours truly, along with Andrew Lynn, held down Union Hall for HipHopCanada.

My 10:00 p.m. arrival was received with warm welcomes – hugs and daps from the local cats. It’s been almost 3 months since I’ve covered show, so a reunion with the homies was long overdue. A re-Union if you will (you can thank my boy Diviot for that gem). The night kicked off with local performances by Cannibal Kings, Young Tox, Mitchell Lawler & Conch, and Evrlove. DJ Akademic and K-Blitz kept the crowd live as our hosts for the night and Toronto’s Omar LinX wrapped things up as headliner of all the opening acts.

Touched by the Turn Up Godz: Waka Flocka Flame gets live in Edmonton [Review]-

18 Apr

Peter Jackson – We The North (Raptors Playoff Tribute) [Audio] #SOTD

Toronto, ON – With the Toronto Raptors taking on the Washington Wizards today in first round of NBA playoff action, what better to feature as our Song of the Day than the new Peter Jackson single, “We The North.” The track is already getting PJ a ton of attention from both hip-hop and basketball heads alike, and the music video will only further that. Check out the new playoff anthem below and click the jump for the press release issued by the 9-0 Nickel team. Go Raptors!

Also, if you haven’t copped it already, make sure you check out PJ’s new album, Since I Was 16, available on iTunes and other outlets.

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17 Apr

Tona celebrates release of Carpe Diem in Toronto on April 30 [News]

Toronto, ON – Fresh off a JUNO Award win for his work as a Naturally Born Stranger, Toronto vet Tona is getting ready to celebrate the release of his solo project, Carpe Diem. Hosted by comedian Trixx and presented by District Entertainment, the Carpe Diem Release Party goes down Thursday, April 30 inside Toronto’s The Revival (783 College Street). Tona’s performance will be accompanied by a live band, The Juice Money Collective, and additional tunes will be provided by DJs Channel 9, Romeo and Sweet Touch Foundation. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show kicks off at 11. Cover is only $10 but $15 will get you inside with a hard copy of the album. See you there!

Carpe Diem is also available on iTunes and certainly deserving of your support!

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17 Apr

Rayne Drop – Pain [Audio]

Prince Albert, SK – Saskatchewan master producer Rayne Drop just hit us up with a fresh new beat titled “Pain” that he’s giving away for free. For this particular instrumental, Rayne took a melody from DJ Pain 1’s ‘Unfinished Friday’ series. Then he made some additions and banged out the beat.

This beat is pure rockadelic hip-hop. It’s a jam for aspiring rockstar rap cats. The beat’s melody gives a nod to the electrical guitar that dominated the late ’60s and ’70s rock scene. And all throughout, Rayne keeps the drum line bumpin’ and thumping’. Check it out.

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16 Apr

DillanPonders – You’re Welcome [Review]

Toronto, ON – On Apr. 1, Toronto’s drug lord extraordinaire DillanPonders released his highly-anticipated You’re Welcome remix project. The project dropped as a thank you for all of DP’s fans for the support and love that they’ve shown him over the years.

To be honest, when I heard that DP was going to drop a remix project I was slightly bummed out at the idea of a DP project comprised entirely of remixes. DP is a lyrical genius. On the surface level, he makes some of the hardest dope boy rap in Canada. But if you listen to his lyrics, Dillan is also one of the most conscious cats in the game right now. His music always has this underlying commentary about the double-edged sword that has become his lifestyle.

Yeah, homie blows coke. But it’s not all sunshines and unicorns sh*tting rainbows. DP has a void in his life that he’s still trying to fill with all the drugs. You’ve got to listen for that ish, though. Some of Dillan’s most turnt party anthems are also some of the darkest and loneliest self-reflections I’ve ever heard.

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16 Apr

Cashtro Crosby – Bet The House On Me [Video] #SOTD

Ottawa, ON – Representing from Pittsburgh to Ottawa, MC extraordinaire Cashtro Crosby drops new visuals in support of his TrillGod project with Sticcy Beats. Check out the video after the jump or click here to check out TrillGod now.

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16 Apr

Cashtro Crosby & Sticcy Beats – TrillGod [Album]

Ottawa, ON – Triple B Records presents what is sure to be one of the hottest projects to come out of Ottawa this year. Cashtro Crosby, by way of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, teamed up with producer Sticcy Beats for his new TrillGod album. Trill, a term coined in the Southern hip-hop scene and made popular by UGK, means to be true to ones self and real with all. One listen to Cashtro’s TrillGod and you get a perfect feel for what the young talent is all about. Produced entirely by Sticcy, TrillGod brings you everything from smoker anthems, upbeat gems fit for any party, and reflective pieces that give you a feel for what Cashtro’s life is all about… and what he’s looking to achieve.

Guest appearances include Billz, representing Lowertown in Ottawa, Chase Fernander, City Fidelia, Neeco and GKC PTP. You can stream it now via SoundCloud below and it’s available for download on iTunes.

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