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Rising rap star Don Mulatto of Sault Ste. Marie passes away at 20

It’s with a very heavy heart that we report the death of Don Mulatto … Read More »

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NXNE 2016: Here’s what happened when Azizi Gibson performed at Revival Bar

Toronto, ON – I was blessed to be able to dip over to Toronto last week to cover the annual NXNE music … Read More »

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“Hotline Bling” wins big at MMVAs; VIEWS stays at No. 1 for 7th consecutive we…

Toronto, ON – With Game 7 of the NBA Finals and the new episode of Game of Thrones airing on the same … Read More »

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Vancouver’s Snak The Ripper releases highly anticipated new album, From The Dirt

Vancouver, BC – After a strong lead up that involved extensive touring and a ton of great marketing collateral, the new Snak … Read More »

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Classified talks about his collaboration with Snak The Ripper & Slug on “Never

Classified talks about his collaboration with Snak The Ripper & Slug on “Never

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1 Nov

D.O. Gibson keeps things “100%” like he’s always done


Toronto, ON – Toronto’s own D.O. Gibson recently released his latest video for “100%” (produced by TNB Beatz and directed by Illvibe).

This song serves as a reminder that D.O. is a vetted OG in the Canadian rap game. He doesn’t neccesarily get the radio play or recognition he always deserves, but the man has stayed grinding for more than a decade now: “If you talkin’ ’bout the game/ Then you know I run it/ Talkin ’bout moves/ Then you know I done it/ Told you before that the whole team coming/ All of my dogs/ And we keep it 100.”

This video was shot out in Amsterdam with 13 Canadian rappers D.O. thought were “export-ready” for international exposure: Quake Matthews, Gee Wunder, Tona, Sharky, Illtone, Robbie G, Illvibe, King Reign, Abstract Artform, YK Gotti, and more.

You’ll notice this was shot on a boat but here’s a cool fun fact for y’all: this was D.O.’s SECOND BOAT. HE HAD TWO BOATS IN AMSTERDAM. One was a houseboat where D.O. stayed with most of the guys. Then they rented out the boat in the video to take them around the canal, which is apparently one of the best ways to sight-see.

D.O. Gibson keeps things

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31 Oct

Madchild receives more heat via Brevner’s “Waterloo (The Jitters Story)”


Vancouver, BC – Vancity under fire. Round 2 of the Madchild vs everybody story has bsharp’s Matt Brevner sharing his side of the Madchild beef following yesterday’s Snak the Ripper “Assisted Suicide” video. Brevner references his collaborative efforts with Mad title “Jitters” in his track “Waterloo”.

“Jitters” appeared on Madchild’s Dope Sick album with Brevner and Dutch Robinson. It received an MMVA nomination in 2013 and was placed in the Much Music Top Ten Videos of 2012. It later surfaced again on Brevner’s Eclectricity sans Madchild.

Check out Brevner’s “Waterloo (The Jitters Story)” below and pick a side, this shit is getting messy.

Madchild receives more heat via Brevner's

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31 Oct

Behind The Screams: An Interview with R.A The Rugged Man


Vancouver, BC – On the Vancouver stop of his current tour, HipHopCanada contributor Heidi Farnola had a chance to sit down with hip-hop’s self-proclaimed American lowlife R.A. The Rugged Man to chat about horror films and the inspirations they bring to his music. Over a cup of herbal tea, we delved into the details of what makes this madman tick.

Check out Behind The Screams: An Interview with R.A The Rugged Man below.

Behind The Screams: An Interview with R.A The Rugged Man - HipHopCanada.com

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31 Oct

Premiere: Skrilla Ghad of R.O.S. Worldwide releases mixtape debut, Skrilla Harden


Toronto, ON – Since posting his “Bill Up” video back in July, we’ve been keeping close tabs on R.O.S. Worldwide hip-hop artist Skrilla Ghad. Today we’re happy to bring you the world premiere of Skrilla’s hard-hitting debut mixtape, Skrilla Harden.

Along with the aforementioned “Bill Up,” Harden features an arsenal of big records that really showcase Skrilla’s skills and why so many people have been rating him so favourably this year. He’s poised to really take it up a notch in 2016 and dropping a year end release is a good way to set the stage for a big campaign. It’s unclear if he’ll take the step of dropping an official album just yet, but he’s been working hard on new music and there’s likely a 2016 project already in mind. We’ll have an interview with Skrilla in the near future to discuss his upcoming project and the response from Harden.

The Halloween release features Skrilla’s late summer banger “Stop This,” and the full version of the catchy VanBangerz-produced “I Love This Dope,” which we’ve been hearing snippets of for months. VanBangerz also produced the track “Nobody New” while Skrilla self-produced the Dre Barrs-assisted “Mod Ting.” And as a bonus at the end, you get a dope South London remix to “Bill Up” by UK producer Moses. Other guest appearances include a select cast from Skrilla’s crew and affiliations including Bito, Blizz, A1 Perico, Bito, MC Ebone and Cito. Skrilla Harden is available to stream now below. Big shouts to R.O.S.

In an unusual approach to our regular Song of the Day segment, today’s SOTD selection is the entire Skrilla Harden tape… we highly recommend you check it out!

Premiere: Toronto's Skrilla Ghad of R.O.S. Worldwide releases mixtape debut, Skrilla Harden - HipHopCanada.com

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31 Oct

Ottawa’s Pity drops Good Guy Pictures-directed video for new single “Going In”


Ottawa, ON – Ottawa up-and-comer Pity has released a new video in support of his project, The Black Book. The Pembrooke, ON-native enlisted HunesBeats to produce “Going In,” with Good Guy Pictures handling the visuals. Make sure you check that out now after the jump and look out for The Black Book which will be posting soon.

Ottawa's Pity drops Good Guy Pictures-directed video for new single Going In - HipHopCanada.com

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30 Oct

Snak The Ripper follows up leaked Madchild diss track with visuals for “Assisted Suicide”


Vancouver, BC – Following the Twitter ignited rap beef started by Madchild between him and fellow Vancity rapper Snak The Ripper comes the official response directly from Snak.

We covered the leaked version of “Assisted Suicide” earlier today but Snak hits hard providing visuals for his vicious lyrics in a video directed and produced by himself.

The track was produced by C-Lance, mixed and mastered by Jamie Kuse and can be downloaded on Bandcamp here. Peep the visuals below.

Madchild tweets distaste for Snak the Ripper; Snak fires back with diss track - HipHopCanada.com

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30 Oct

Madchild tweets distaste for Snak the Ripper; Snak fires back with diss track


Vancouver, BC – It’s been a heated week for a couple of Vancouver’s prolific rappers. After BAXWAR general Madchild made mention of Snak The Ripper via Twitter late Wednesday night tweeting “Snak the rippers name should be Snak the loud mouth piece of shit talking punk bitch…There, I got that off my chest” Snak has fired back with a diss track titled “Assisted Suicide”.

While Madchild has been a vocal supporter of Snak and the SDK movement in the past there is no indication on what Snak initially did or said to piss Madchild off. Wasting no time on his retaliation, the track has Snak making clear mention of the tweet, how it was deleted after two minutes and how Madchild called right away to apologize. Snak also backs up the humble apology up by including Mad’s voicemail at the end of the track.

The name “Assisted Suicide” speaks for itself as Snak spits hateful bars on Madchild’s TeamBackpack disaster, his hidden drug-use and showing him up on his own track – alongside a long list of other well executed disses. Ouch. How Madchild will respond; will he keep quiet or fire back?

Update: The official video just dropped and can be seen below. 

Madchild tweets distaste for Snak the Ripper; Snak fires back with diss track - HipHopCanada.com

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29 Oct

Young Kazh pays tribute to 2Pac on new Big Shot Music-directed video


Edmonton, AB – We’re late on this one. Battleaxe Warrior and 100 Mad rep Young Kazh channels his inner “2Pac” with this dope new Big Shot Music-directed tribute. Check it out the video after the jump.

Young Kazh channels inner-2Pac on neew Big Shot Music-directed video - HipHopCanada.com

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29 Oct

Review: Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko gave Calgary the Special Effects treatment


Calgary, AB – On Oct. 13, our good friends over at True Rhythm brought Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko‘s Special Effects Tour to Marquee in Calgary. True Rhythm has been bringing Tech to Calgary for four years now. And every year the same hype sets off when the show gets announced.

There are three main types of acts that you see hip-hop promoters book. First off, there’s the expensive A-list or B-list dude who costs a fortune to bring in. These shows are hype AF, cost a lot of money, and usually pack to full capacity. The second act is the washed up oldie who hasn’t made a hit in several decades but still hits the tour circuit to get some dough. These shows cost considerably less, are always predictable, usually only cost $10 or $15 per ticket, and have a tendency to pull a bit on your heart strings (it’s so sad to watch someone attempt to rehash his glory days). The third act is the up-and-comer. This can be a risky booking for promoters which is why Calgary doesn’t get a lot of the dope shows that Vancouver and Toronto get. But I regress.

The thing about Tech N9ne and Krizz is that they don’t fit in any of these categories. Tech’s definitely an OG who’s been around the rap game for a hot minute. In fact, Tech got with Black Mafia before I was even born. But unlike most cats, Tech has stayed consistent all these years later. He never lost his relevancy. He still drops one (and sometimes even two) new projects each year. He collaborates with everyone important ever (and doesn’t pay for verses either, apparently). But at the same time, Tech and Krizz don’t fit into the first category because they never actually got due mainstream success. So umm…a Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko show is a very Strange anomaly.

Review: Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko gave Calgary the Special Effects treatment- HipHopCanada.com

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29 Oct

Win tickets to see WC of Westside Connection with Alpha Omega in Calgary


Calgary, AB – Next month our friends over at True Rhythm bring Westside Connection vet WC to Calgary with the Alpha Omega duo for a night solely dedicated to the Westside.

The show goes down on Nov. 13 at Dickens Pub, with doors opening at 9:45 p.m. And the True Rhythm fam is sweetening the deal by offering up a $100 cash prize for the best West Coast-inspired outfit of the night. THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE ENDLESS, GUYS!!!!!!! I love how this show is also putting down for Canada’s Westside with the addition of the Alpha Omega duo of Prevail (from Swollen Members) and Neph. Additional opening support will be provided by up-and-coming Edmonton trio, Doom Squad.

And since we like to deliver the hook-up, we’re giving away a FREE pair of tickets to the show. Check out all of the contest entry details after the jump.

Win tickets to see WC of Westside Connection with Alpha Omega in Calgary- HipHopCanada.com

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