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2017 BET Hip Hop Awards winners; Eminem calls out Trump in Hip Hop Awards Cypher

Miami Beach, FL – To much anticipation, the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards aired tonight with host DJ Khaled leading the way… … Read More »

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Bass N’ Tings II returns Oct. 19 with ShaqIsDope, Staasia Daniels, EverythingOShauN …

Toronto, ON – HipHopCanada is thrilled to be on board for another round of the Bass N’ Tings Festival. Bass N’ Tings … Read More »

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Review: The Weeknd leaves his mark (with an XO) At Rogers Place in Edmonton

Edmonton, AB – The Weeknd made a stop in Edmonton Monday evening (Oct. 2) for the second leg of the Starboy: Legend … Read More »

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Ashton talks about his debut EP, Good Company & strengthening his pen

Mississauga, ON – If you love Canadian artists as much as we do, you know that this summer spurred the release of amazing … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Halifax rapper King Luc drops new visuals for the Penacho-produced “Get That DoeR

Halifax rapper King Luc drops new visuals for the Penacho-produced “Get That DoeR

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25 Mar

Seth Kay reps for the “Northside” in new video; follows up with “6 AM”


Vancouver, BCSeth Kay resurfaces with a brand new single and video, representing Vancouver to Surrey in “Northside”.

While his whole Northside movement begins to gain momentum, Kay keeps it running with the re-release of “6 AM”. The track was originally previewed on the HICU Sound Tape N ° 2  but is now available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

Check the video for “Northside” below.

Related Post: Song of the Day: Dave Fields joins forces with Seth Kay for nocturnal track “Can’t Sleep”

25 Mar

ICYMI: Sean Leon dropped a new track called “Charge It To The WAV” & you need to hear it


Toronto, ON – Earlier this week, Toronto artist Sean Leon dropped a brand new single on us titled “Charge It To The WAV” (yes – “WAV” like the audio file format).

Sean’s been riding out the post-album release wave by easing his following into his more cinematic side. He dropped his short film Life When You’re The Movie right before his album release (I Think You’ve Gone Mad (Or The Sins Of The Father)). And then he followed up to his album drop by releasing a short psychological thriller for the track “81”.

Now he’s back at it again with even more music. Which means if you haven’t had the chance to take in the 20-track listing on I Think You’ve Gone Mad (Or The Sins Of The Father), you’d better get caught up on that ASAP.

“Charge It To The WAV” was produced by Eestbound (of course) and it’s one of the hardest hitting bangers Sean has ever dropped. The hook sticks like glue: “I told my baby mama they gon’ feel this WAV!/ So much bullshit on my mind, it hurts my brain!/ So much bullshit on my mind that it’s insane!/ Charge it to the WAV!/ YA! YA! YA! YA!”

Check out Sean Leon's new short film

Related Post: DillanPonders got his first MuchFACT grant & used it to make a video for “Heaven”

24 Mar

A.Mitch of MTM drops new BrownGuyMadeIT-directed video for “Interlude”


Toronto, ON – West End recording artist A.Mitch (aka Cheffie) of Music That Matters just dropped off some fresh visuals for his single “Interlude.” The new video was shot by BrownGuyMadeIT who is nominated for Director of the Year at the CUT Hip-Hop Awards. Check it out below.

A.Mitch of Music That Matters drops new  BrownGuyMadeIT-directed video for Interlude - HipHopCanada.com

24 Mar

Tonight: Snak The Ripper & special guests are in Ottawa; Toronto tomorrow at Nocturne


Ottawa, ON – The Bourbon Room (400 Dalhousie Street) is the place to be in Ottawa tonight as Snak The Ripper continues his mini Eastern Canadian tour. Québec City’s La P’tite Grenouille hosted Snak last night along with special guests Junk, Golden, Philip Solo and Tyler Tracey.

Brought to you by Good Friday Entertainment and Snak’s own Stealth Bomb Records, the tour continues on to Toronto tomorrow night for a show inside Nocturne (550 Queen Street West), and then Barrie, Ontario the next day inside Escrow Restolounge (4 Mulcaster Street).

Check out the official tour poster below.

Tonight: Snak The Ripper & special guests are in Ottawa at The Bourbon Room; Toronto tomorrow at Nocturne - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Golden shakes up the neighbourhood with new video

24 Mar

Toronto’s Meezy Musik builds anticipation for album with BluRaae-assisted “Freedom”


Toronto, ON – With his Enough album on the way, Toronto’s Meezy Musik lets off the project’s second single, powered by Young Taylor production. “Freedom” features Brampton’s BluRaae and is available for streaming below.

Toronto's Meezy Musik builds anticipation for album with BluRaae-assisted Freedom - HipHopCanada.com

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24 Mar

ICP’s Juggalo Weekend in Calgary to feature Swollen Members, Onyx, Ice-T & more


Calgary, AB – If you’re an Insane Clown Posse fan – a Juggalo or just a dabbler – Calgary’s Stampede Corral Marquee Beer Market is the place to be between April 7th and 8th.

The annual Gathering of the Juggalos, held in the United States, has 17 years of success drawing more than 20,000 people to the annual event. Now ICP is teaming up with our friends at Calgary-based promotions company, True Rhythm, to bring a similar concept to Canada for the first time.

ICP's Juggalo Weekend in Calgary to feature Swollen Members, Onyx, Ice-T & more - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: We talked to a bouncer about what it was like working at Canadian Juggalo Weekend

24 Mar

HipHopCanada on Spotify: Check out Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 25


Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada joined Spotify in 2016 and we’ve been releasing a new playlist with two hours of music every single week.

Each Friday we’ll hit you with a Canadian urban music playlist curated by Sarah Jay. Every week Sarah will be putting together a 38-track weekly selection of new releases, classic favourites, throwbacks, and songs she’s playing heavy on rotation.

This week’s playlist includes a bunch brand of new music including 12AM’s “No Good 4 U” (off the just released new Afterparty EP, which is one of the best projects I heard this month), Sean Leon’s “Charge It To The Wav”, Dr Maleek’s Tory Lanez and The Game assisted “Don’t Say Nothin”, Dead Obies’ Naadei featured “Game Over”, HMLT’s “LOE”, Emay’s “Ibn “son””, Mickey Blue’s “Attached”, Jordan Rivers’ “Feel Me Not”, Sayzee’s “Fire”, Luu Breeze’s “La Senza”, and Seth Dyer’s “Lock.”

This week’s playlist also features a ton of music coming out of Montreal. Mostly because I was bumping the Dead Obies’ new EP titled Air Max and it was too good. And then Wasiu put me on to this amazing vocalist named Charlotte Cardin. And then I saw the “Street Gospel” video by February Cxld and felt some type of way. And then Black Atlass (formerly of Montreal) popped up on a collaboration with Moonlight Matters. Then I discovered that Lunice made a track with Angel Haze this one time and I got really excited… And so on, and so on.

Check out the playlist and tracklist for Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks Vol. 25 below, and make sure you go follow us on Spotify.

HipHopCanada is now on Spotify: Listen to our debut weekly playlist curated by Sarah Jay - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Mar

TDE’s Isaiah Rashad Brings Lil Sunny Tour to Fortune Sound Club


Vancouver, BCIsaiah Rashad took on back-to-back shows at Fortune Sound Club this past week and shut down every minute. The TDE signee was on his Lil’ Sunny Tour presented by Timbre Concerts and sold out both early and late shows. Taking it all on solo (tour opener Jay IDK was scheduled to perform but presumably got left behind at the Canadian border. *Insert eye-roll emoji) Rashad put on a memorable performance for Vancity.

We caught a gallery of the event – check out the photos below.

TDE's Isaiah Rashad Brings

Related Post: Ab-Soul Kicks Off YMF Tour In Vancouver

23 Mar

Jai Nitai Lotus talks about the healing power of music & focusing on the “Better Things”


Montreal, QC – Earlier this week Montreal artist Jai Nitai Lotus released a brand new self-produced single titled “Better Things.”

“Better Things” is a track about diverting focus from the negative to the positive aspects of life. We get so inundated by negative news, which leads to negative thoughts and toxicity.

Jai challenges us all to shift our priorities and our thoughts back to the “Better Things”. Whether it’s family, or the love of music, or paying it forward, Jai encourages both himself and his listeners to take a thorough look at what – exactly – they’re prioritizing. If you’re putting too much focus on the negative, it’s time to remind yourself of the things that bring you joy and give thanks.

On a technical level, this song takes a very different approach from most of Jai’s previous work. This is an “imperfect” song on many levels, and that’s the way it was intended. There’s an experimental, confused vibe to Jai’s production, which so perfectly coincides with Jai’s confusion of lyrics about trying to get back to a more optimistic mindset. The track’s cover art was also intentionally made to look off-form, featuring footage of a dictator layered under a caricature and some rough sketches.

Listen to “Better Things” below, and check out our in-depth Q&A with Jai after the jump.

Jai Nitai Lotus talks about the healing power of music & focusing on the

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22 Mar

Finding My Way: Jordan Rivers discusses how making his new EP helped him find his own lane


Toronto, ON – Earlier this month, Toronto up-and-comer Jordan Rivers dropped his highly anticipated free Finding My Way EP.

This EP serves as a marker in Jordan’s journey to finding himself. The eight-track project goes through a 25-minute journey that explores working towards goals, losing faith, grinding, seeking faith, and avoiding all the distractions along the way. I wouldn’t label him as a Christian rapper, but Jordan Rivers definitely has a constant underlying spiritual undertone to his music. He presents an ongoing dialogue about the importance of faith, and trusting in God.

Jordan has a distinct cloud rap sound that he’s fused with different elements of boom bap, trap, and even acoustic sounds. The sound of this project so perfectly aligns with the Finding My Way theme of the EP.

You’ll notice, too, that the EP track listing also makes a nod to Jordan’s journey. The opening track is titled “I Tried”, and it leads all the way through to the closing track which is titled “I Know.” Admittedly, this wasn’t even an intentional thing on Jordan’s end. But he started off by just trying… and wound up knowing in the end. Take in Finding My Way below via SoundCloud, and scope our Q&A with Jordan after the jump.

Jordan Rivers - Calling Me Home [Audio]- HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Jordan Rivers releases “Westbrook” as a nod to Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook

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