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J. Cole, Lorde, Serena Ryder & more at Ottawa Folk Festival, Sept. 10-14 [News]

Ottawa, ON – The nation’s capital is the place to from September 10 to 14 as the Ottawa Folk Festival takes over … Read More »

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Artist to artist: Hellnback gets the grease on Merkules [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Originally published August 26, 2014 – With the way hip-hop has been changing over the years it’s hard to … Read More »

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Time to #WAKEDAFUCUP: HipHopCanada chops it up with Onyx [Interview]

Calgary, AB – On Aug. 15, our friends over at True Rhythm brought Onyx (Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz) to Calgary for … Read More »

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On the Run with Jay and Bey in Winnipeg [Review]

Winnipeg, MB – I’ll be honest: when the rumors started circulating that Jay Z and Beyoncé were set to tour together this … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]

Catch Tayyib Ali, Moufy, DJ IV & Jofo live in Halifax on Sept. 4 [News]

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11 Apr

Mike Boyd – Small World ft. D-Sisive / Fly Like A Butterfly [Video]


Enfield, NS – After releasing his highly-anticipated …Note The Sarcasm project (via Halflife Records) last month, Mike Boyd – Classified’s rap-cat brother on the rise – brings us his latest set of visuals for two tracks off the album: “Small World” (featuring D-Sisive) and “Fly Like A Butterfly.”

The video was directed by Philip Sportel. And in case you haven’t heard – the entire album was produced by Classified. Check it below. And head over to iTunes to cop a download of …Note The Sarcasm.

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11 Apr

Deuce Fantastick – This is For You ft. Jin Ting [Video]


Edmonton, ABOriginally published April 7, 2014 –The new visuals for Deuce Fantastick‘s latest Fantastick For A Reason single “This is For You” featuring Jin Ting recently dropped, and we’ve got the BC Filmz-directed video to show you. Fantastick takes us around Edmonton as he sings and raps from the heart, dedicating the track to a lost loved one, and showing us a piece of his world on a beat by Dystinkt Beats.

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10 Apr

DillanPonders – Selling Dreams ft. SeT [Video]


Toronto, ONDillanPonders (of SmashMouth Entertainment) just dropped his latest visuals for “Selling Dreams” off of the NUMB EP. DillanPonders is a trip and a half. And this joint gets pretty gnarly.

I mean, we know that DP isn’t sober on this, and we know he’s just shooting the ish with us. But that’s what hits it home. Because – like Dillan – we’re all caving to vices that we don’t intend to get rid of. The drugs are a metaphor, guys. The selling of dreams is real. The track was produced by Tay Lewis, and the video was directed by Dresblog. Check it out.

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10 Apr

The Extremities – Dial Tones ft. Ghettosocks, Lushlife & Ambition [Video] #TBT


Toronto, ON – Happy #TBT, good people of the Internet. A couple days ago, we dropped the announcement that our dude Fresh Kils had signed to New York-based Deep Thinka Records. We also announced that Fresh Kils was going to be heading overseas to tour Europe on Apr. 15, along with Mad Dukez and PremRock.

So today we want to bring you back to July 2012 when The Extremities duo (that would be mister Fresh Kils, himself; as well as Halifax’s Uncle Fester) dropped a video with Ghettosocks, Lushlife, and Ambition. The track is called “Dial Tones,” and it came off of The Extremities’ project entitled The Mint Condition. The video was funded by MuchFACT, and done by Lithium Studios Productions, directed by Darrell Faria, produced by Mike MacMillan, and edited by Kyle Wilson. Check it out.

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10 Apr

The Names Are Known – Get Up [Audio]


Toronto, ONThe Names Are Known (dj NaNa and MC i.james.jones) recently hit us up with some audio for a joint called “Get Up” off the Toronto-based duo’s recent J(N)AMES mixtape release. This track features some sweet production, courtesy of Blaz. It’s a groover of a beat. And when the bars get going, it’s all just smooth chill vibes from there, onwards. Well, sort of.

See, this whole “Get Up” thing rolls pretty deep. Because it’s about so much more than refraining from hitting that snooze button in the A.M. It’s about getting up in life. It’s about ownership. And responsibility. And other adult grown-up stuffs that are just downright scary. It’s a track about not sleeping on life, and pursuing opportunities when they are presented to you. So. speaking of not sleeping on stuff: make sure to check the track below and head over here to cop a download of J(N)AMES.

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The Names Are Known - Get Up [Audio] - HipHopCanada.com

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10 Apr

Buck N’ Nice – This One’s For You (Appreciation Song) [Video]


Ottawa, ON - Our homies repping the Buck N’ Nice duo (MC SawBuck and DJ So Nice) recently found out that they’d made it to the regional semi-finals of CBC’s Searchlight 2014 contest. So to show some serious love to their number-ones, they decided to drop an appreciation video.

They put it all together – the beat, the verse, the video – in an hour. And blasted it out online. Talk about keeping it humble. We’re so happy that SawBuck and DJ So Nice are getting their due shine. So make sure you head over to CBC Music to show support, and get those votes in. Do it now. Because then you can listen to “This One’s For You” and it will actually be for you. Warm fuzzies will happen. And peep more details about Searchlight 2014 over here.

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10 Apr

Maestro Fresh Wes guest hosts Global’s The Morning Show [News]


Toronto, ON – Canadian rap icon and HipHopCanada’s February Spotlight, Maestro Fresh Wes, was the guest host (again) on today’s national edition of Global’s The Morning Show:

“The JUNO award-winning artist is widely regarded as the ‘Godfather of Canadian hip hop.’ Currently, he plays the role of Paul Dwyer on the CBC Television program Mr. D.”

The Morning Show, hosted by Liza Fromer, Leslie Roberts, Kris Reyes and Rosey Edeh, is broadcast weekdays from Global’s street-level studio on Bloor Street in Toronto. The Toronto edition, airing from 6am to 9am, features an eclectic mix of conversation, information and entertainment. At 9 a.m. (10 a.m. AT), The Morning Show welcomes viewers from across the country for a half-hour of conversation and fun featuring celebrity guest co-hosts – in this case, Maestro, Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha, Tango Legend, Colin Boyd Shafer and a feature on the TIFF Kids Festival.

Maestro will also be guest hosting the show tomorrow so be sure to tune in!

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10 Apr

People Under The Stairs make anticipated return to Vancouver on May 22 [News]


Vancouver, BC – As a longtime fan of The P, I’m excited to announce that we’re co-presenting their next show in Vancouver on May 22, 2014. Timbre Concerts, HipHopCanada and AbortMag.com proudly present People Under The Stairs live inside Fortune Sound Club (147 East Pender Street, V6A 1T6) with special guests. I’ve never had the privilege of seeing the group perform but if our Nov. 2012 review of the group’s sold-out Vancouver show (S/O Nicola Storey) is any sign of what to expect, people are in for a memorable evening. HipHopCanada’s West Coast Editor @KassKills will be in the building.

“LA based People Under The Stairs, Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal) are the most successful fully independent hip-hop duo in the history of hip-hop. Since their initial release in 1998, People Under The Stairs, or ‘The P’ as they are referred to by their fans, have performed over a thousand sold out shows, festivals and world tours spanning 6 continents and 40 countries. With a pioneering DIY ethic, they have self produced 8 full-length LPs in addition to countless singles and side projects. The musical sensibility punctuating their unique brand of hip-hop has earned them the title ‘The Steely Dan of Rap Music’ as well as consistent critical acclaim and numerous appearances on the Billboard Charts.

Click here to purchase tickets.

People Under The Stairs make highly anticipated return to Vancouver on May 22 [News] - HipHopCanada.com

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10 Apr

Rapper Famous announces his debut album, Center Stage [News]


Toronto, ON – The Kid Famous dropped off something big today – none other than an official announcement that he’s releasing his debut album, Center Stage, on May 6, 2014. Congrats to Famous! We’ll let him fill you in on the Center Stage details:

“To the Fellas, Females, Friends, Foes & Family who have been following the FAMOUS project since the release of 4th Biggest City in Jan 2008 (I’m nice with the wordplay lol), it is with great honor I announce that my debut album CENTER STAGE will be available worldwide May 6th, 2014.

CENTER STAGE: THE ALBUM comes after a 3 part EP series titled Road To Center Stage hosted by Hot 97′s @RealDJKaySlay and Atlanta’s own @DJDrama. The EP series features production from Grammy Award Winning @Boi1da (Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne) and @ToneMason (Drake, Jay Z) as well as unreleased reference records for Taylor Swift, B.O.B & Akon. With 13 official videos (all independent) associated with this project generating over 1.5 MILLION YouTube views & 3 international world tours to add to the list of accomplishments, the buzz is finally gaining the recognition and the name is finally starting to make sense. Make sure you check the blog portion of RoadToCenterStage.com which was created to give y’all a behind the scenes update as I work towards the main stage.”

Famous will be touring across the globe over the next few months to promote the album. We’ll have more info on tour dates soon so stay tuned.

Rapper Famous annoiunces his debut album, Center Stage [News] - HipHopCanada.com

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10 Apr

Northwest Division – R.B.P.H [Video]


Vancouver, BCNorthwest Division comes viciously correct with “R.B.P.H” – the first video from their highly anticipated album Rap Better Party Harder. The boys gave us the exclusive on their gruesome new video where their grimy visuals are a piece of cake compared to the murder that happens on the mic. Check the new video below and be on the lookout for that new album dropping soon.

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