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Review: Sarah Jay breaks down I Told You by Tory Lanez

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The best show of Osheaga 2016 was Tory Lanez at the Scène Verte Sonnet

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Here’s what happened when Mac Miller wrapped Day 3 of Osheaga 2016

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Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia’s Mitchell Bailey teams up with Cam Smith & Gold Bangz for “W

Nova Scotia’s Mitchell Bailey teams up with Cam Smith & Gold Bangz for “W

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28 Jan

Dave Fields drops some introspective self-analysis on new album Neck Deep


Vancouver, BC – It takes a lot of courage to release music to any type of audience, regardless of the genre of music. We always review submissions with the knowledge that we’re judging and speaking on some of the most personal self-analysis and expressions of the artists who submit them.

Recent Vancity transplant (via Toronto), Dave Fields, dropped his newest album, titled Neck Deep and produced a great example of someone getting real with it. The whole project was a bit of a curveball from the norm, and proceeds to touch on some really heavy topics. But, Mr. Fields does it in a way that doesn’t scare off the listeners by being too confrontational. Rather, he attempts to mimick his own internal conversations and takes the audience along for the ride as secondary listeners throughout the 9-track project. The whole album has a diary effect, and it’s almost like he’s speaking to his own conscience rather than directly to the audience. I personally like this style a lot more. It leaves room for personal interpretation and individual realizations rather than a take it or leave it resolve which doesn’t always invite you to become active in the experience.

Dave Fields drops some introspective self-analysis on new album

Related Post: Premiere: Dave Fields pulls heart strings with Muses

28 Jan

Destined 2 Shine: Windsor’s The Nu Breed release fresh new single


Windsor, ON – New music coming out of Canada’s southernmost city, Windsor. Check out “Destined 2 Shine” by The Nu Breed below.

Destined 2 Shine: Windsor's The Nu Breed release new single - HipHopCanada.com

28 Jan

New music: Big Troopz enlists NYC’s Rashaun Will for new J. Staffz-produced single


Toronto, ON – Veteran Rexdale MC Big Troopz returns with a new single backed by some slick J. Staffz production. “Fuckin’ With A G” features NYC artist and cloting designer, Rashaun Will. The song will be featured on Troopz’ forthcoming EP release, NorthsideFinest Vol. 2, presented by Northside Ryders. Stay tuned!

New music: Big Troopz enlists NYC's Rashaun Will for new J. Staffz-produced single - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: Northside Finest: Toronto’s Big Troopz releases Part 2 of EP series

28 Jan

DillanPonders just dropped his latest stoner anthem: “I Like Weed”


Toronto, ON – As DillanPonders gears up for his headlining show at Adelaide Hall on Jan. 29, he hits us with his latest weekly single release: “I Like Weed.”

DP comes in over top of a wavy Roca Beats composition and delivers the ultimate marijuana love song: “Me and liquor/ Man we been on and off/ But me and weed got an everlasting bond/ I smoke more than I eat/ I eat after I smoke.”

It’s true love, I tell ya. DP and weed been at it since the beginning of time. It’s a beautiful romance. Check out the new song below.

DillanPonders may not be the 6 God; but he's the

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28 Jan

New music: Toronto’s $evn releases Troy Phoenix-produced single, “FYF”


Toronto, ON – New music from Toronto up-and-comer $evn. This is the Troy Phoenix-produced single, “FYF” or “F*** Your Feelings.” Check it out below.

New music: Toronto's $evn releases Troy Phoenix-produced single, FYF - HipHopCanada.com

28 Jan

Veteran producer/MC Phakt represents for the “East Coast” with Rob Parsons-directed video


Saint John, NBPhakt is a legend in Atlantic Canada. Residing in Saint John, New Brunswick, Mike Washington came to Halifax and ran through every MC in the 2003 DJ Olympics MC Battle. It earned him the title of DJ Olympics MC Battle Champ which he held for the 3 years before retiring a champion due to competition rules. During those 3 years he built his name in the East and was part of the record label CTG Records. After a few videos, things kind of died down for Phakt and he eventually moved back to New Brunswick.

Recently, he dropped an album with Monark out of Fredericton, he’s become a proud father and is now getting things back on track and into the studio. The Vokab-produced “East Coast” is a sure sign that he’s got some great new heat on the way for 2016. Check out the Rob Parsons-directed video after the jump link below.

Phakt’s Figure of Speech EP, which features a remix to “East Coast,” is available for purchase on iTunes.

Veteran producer/MC Phakt represents for the East Coast with Rob Parsons-directed video - HipHopCanada.com

28 Jan

Mitchell Lawler & Conch release anticipated new single “Open and Close”


Edmonton, AB – After taking a hiatus from releasing material, Edmonton’s Mitchell Lawler dropped his latest single “Open and Close” featuring fellow Edmontonian Conch. Lawler and Conch play off of each other with slick rhymes matched with an addicting beat and smooth instrumental produced by Conch and mastered by Justin “Dunna” McDonough.

Simple as opening and closing door, the duo proves their natural ability to create music with quality and a staple style. “Open and Close” will be featured on Lawler and Conch’s upcoming EP set to be released later this year. In the meantime, check out the track below.

Mitchell Lawler & Conch Release Anticipated Single 'Open and Close'- HipHopCanada.com

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28 Jan

SO LOKI induce a trance of the senses with release of “Lil Ma”


Vancouver, BCOriginally published Jan. 25, 2016 – Vancity artists, Sam Lucia and Geoffrey Millar, team up to release the third installment from their new collaborative group, SO LOKI. The group can be best described as experimental hip-hop, but this description leaves out how innovative this duo really is. The third single, “Lil Ma” is nothing like you’ve heard before. The vocals are an eclectic mix of styles, starting with an intro and chorus that reminds me of the kind of play on words that you might hear from Chance the Rapper.

The song attempts to accurately recreate the tone of a drug-induced state. These guys manage to paint a world for their listeners, where they’re taken through in a similar trance and on a journey from the first 15-seconds. The chorus, “Let go, let go, dance with me. Your eyes so high entranced with me” could be taken as both a reference to the infatuated girl they’re describing, or a double reference to drug-use. The bars are fluent, and they generally fit well behind the variety of instrumentals and background vocals that add a controlled chaos to the song. The production is really good, and the bars are just dark enough that they hit you in the right way as well.

“Lil Ma” is the third single release for the group, and anticipates the release of their upcoming mixtape, Supermaniac, which is set to drop on Feb. 7. Have a listen below.

SO LOKI induce a trance of the senses with release of Lil Ma - HipHopCanada.com

Related Post: So Loki outdo themselves again with the visuals for “Lil Ma”

28 Jan

Premiere: Pimpton just dropped the video for his track with 40 Cal. titled “Mob Ties”


Regina, SKOriginally published Jan. 26, 2016 – We’re super excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Pimpton and the C.J.E. squad to premiere Pimpton’s new “Mob Ties” video off the KCMKV2 project.

“Mob Ties” features 40 Cal. (from The Diplomats), and was produced by frequent Pimpton collaborator, Kholebeatz.

As Pimpton explained it to me: “The song is about overcoming obstacles, manifesting destiny and essentially living the good life. The video depicts police, who are meant to embody various obstacles, following me around trying to build a case against me [and] ultimately trying to prevent me from achieving my goals. It was directed by Big Shot Music inc. – same dude as ‘The Roaches’ video [I did] with Madchild and JD Era.”

Pimpton just dropped a new video and he wants you all to Buck Up - HipHopCanada.com

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27 Jan

Brevner to play intimate show at Dutil Vancouver


Vancouver, BCUpdated January 27th 2016 – Matt Brevner has been making some sharp and strategic moves lately, most recently becoming a poster boy for Dutil Denim.

This Friday January 29th the Vancity visionary teams up with the specialty denim boutique for an exclusive in-store event that will include an intimate performance from Brevner himself.

The affair will celebrate the upcoming release of the BREVNER EP and takes place at the Dutil Vancouver headquarters at 303 West Cordova Street. Doors will open at 8:00pm to the first hundred guests. We’ll be in the house so stay tuned for our upcoming coverage of the event.

Note: Due to an overwhelming response this event is now RSVP only. To submit your guest list, email your request by Thursday at 9pm to dutilbrevnerparty@gmail.com.

 

Brevner to play intimate show at Dutil Vancouver - HipHopCanada.com

Photo: @trevorbrady1

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