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Remembering SixFire: Rising Alberta hip-hop talent passed away at 33 [Article]

Edmonton, AB – It is with deep sorrow that we report on the loss of yet another budding talented member of the … Read More »

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Kyprios talks Storyhive, his team and life as an artist [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – In the nearly 15 years that Vancouver based rap artist Kyprios has been on the hip-hop scene, he’s left … Read More »

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Mark Haynes, creator of 9th Illy, talks comic books & hip-hop [Interview]

Ottawa, ON – Dig this and dig it deep. In 1997, we were given a front row seat to one of the … Read More »

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Joey Crack leans back: Fat Joe live in Calgary [Review]

Calgary, AB – On Apr. 30, our fam over at Two Towers, Marquee Beer Market & Stage, and One Entertainment brought Fat … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Tha Real K.I.D. – Tyra Banks (Dir. Nino Luey) [Video]

Tha Real K.I.D. – Tyra Banks (Dir. Nino Luey) [Video]


28 Dec

Project Prezident – Really Dealing ft Omelly [Audio]

Ottawa, ON – New music from Project Prezident featuring Omelly of DreamChasers. This is the DreamChasers-produced “Really Dealing.”

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28 Dec

Minty Burns – The Golden Ticket [Mixtape]

Toronto, ON – Don’t miss the new project from Minty Burns, The Golden Ticket. The release features production from a ton of notable producers including Arthur McArthur, Rich Kidd, Beat Merchant, WondaGurl, Pro Logic, Chef Byer, Pops, Chase N. Cashe and BMoon. Guest appearances include MMG’s Rockie Fresh, Omar LinX, Trademark Da Skydiver and Deuce Wonder. Stream it below or download it via DatPiff after the jump.

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28 Dec

Milly D – The River Of Life [Audio]

Hamilton, ON – Hamilton-based producer Milly D just dropped his debut beat mixtape titled Exposure. Along with this tape drop, Milly D hit us with a single release for a beat titled “The River Of Life.”

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27 Dec

Gotti Like That: West Coast words with Kurupt [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Philly birthed him. The West Coast raised him. Kurupt came up guided by supreme company. Mentored by giants like Snoop and Dr. Dre, the moment Kurupt got ahold of the reins of rap, there was no stopping him. He cut his teeth with Daz Dillinger and The Dogg Pound Gangstaz in the early 90’s and has been a legend ever since.

He’s made it through decades in the rap game but like a true OG, Kurupt remains relevant within the current state of hip-hop and has even been a major influence to artists like Kendrick Lamar. With a new business venture into the world of medicinal marijuana and his current mixtape, Moon Rock, Gotti has a lot of buzz surrounding his name. Not to mention he can still freestyle circles around most major MCs.

Hidden behind shades, dressed in all black and smoking a Newport, our West Coast team caught up with Kurupt pre-show in Vancouver on his Moon Rock Tour. We got to talking about weed, K-Dot, Moon Rock and freestyling. Check it out below.

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That’s what we do, man, we’re like storytellers. We tell you stories from the streets. Whether we did it before when we was young or we heard it from one of the homies telling us a tale of what he been through. It’s all in having fun and creating a movie like vibe to tell a tale from the streets.” – Kurupt

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27 Dec

Pimpton – My Day ft. Shantel Stewart [Video]

Regina, SK – On Dec. 22, Pimpton launched new visuals for his track “My Day” (featuring Shantel Stewart). Big P gives a nod to all of us caught in the 9-to-5 hustle of our day-to-day lives. He bodies that. Pimpton brings us in to a day-in-the-life in Saskatchewan.

Before the beat even comes in, you’ll catch a quick shot of a snow-covered Saskatchewan vanity plate that reads “I Shine.” That sets the tone for it all. The video was directed by Stuey Kubrick and the track was produced by 8track. Check it out after the jump.

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Related Post: Pimpton – My Day ft. Shantel Stewart (Prod. 8track) [Audio]

26 Dec

Artists: 2 GB of beats for $7 for Boxing Day

Happy holidays everyone! After a very successful run during Black Friday, we’ve teamed up once again with Anno Domini Beats to offer a great deal for aspiring artists. Last time we received a ton of great feedback from artists across Canada (and a few from around the world as well.

As a Christmas Special, for just $7 US dollars you can download 1 GB 2 GB of beats (20 beats) that will be fully licensed to you. This means you’ll be able to use them for your demos, promo etc. Click here for the details and you’ll get started on downloading the beats within minutes.

The offer will be available until Dec. 29 at Midnight PST.

Give them a listen if you still need convincing:

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

2 GB of beats for $7 – Click Here

Artists: 100 free beats (with licensing) for Christmas

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26 Dec

Holiday turn-up with Juicy J in Edmonton [Review]

Edmonton, AB – On December 19, our friends at Nightshift Entertainment, Urban Metropolis and Hot 107 FM teamed up to bring Juicy J live at Edmonton’s Union Hall. With all the hustle and bustle from the Christmas season, a few hundred people came through to let loose with the Three 6 Mafia legend.

DJ Dillon (with Dizzy on the mic) warmed things up for the night, providing beats for the crowd in between acts. Union didn’t pick up as fast as I hoped, with fans trickling in the venue one by one, however by 11:00 p.m. the size of the crowd was decent enough for the opening acts. Local openers included; Dizzy (with Diviot), Sully, Mitchell Lawler & Conch, Gutta Muzik, Evrlove and Doom Squad. It would have been nice to see a little more love from the crowd, but each act made due and still gave them everything in their performances.

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26 Dec

Rich Homie Quan kicks off 10-date Canadian Tour on February 11 [News]

Vancouver, BCOriginally published December 23, 2014 – One of the hottest artists to coming out of Atlanta will bring his act to Canada for his 2015 Canadian Tour.

The Rich Homie Quan tour, featuring special guests FriskOlay and Toronto’s A-Game, will kick off inside Vancouver’s Harbour Event Centre on Wednesday, February 11. The tour will then stop in Calgary the next day inside Marquee, followed by Edmonton’s YEG on Friday, February 13. After that, the tour will reach Saskatoon (February 14), Winnipeg (February 16), Toronto (February 17), Ottawa (February 18), Montreal (February 19) and London (February 20). The tour wraps up on the opposite side of the country on Saturday, February 21 inside Halifax’s Marquee Ballroom.

Each date will also feature local openers exclusive to their city while A-Game and Frisko will join the ATL star for each tour date.

Click the jump for the tour poster and any available flyers from individual cities.

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26 Dec

Innovators – Ground Shakers: The Art of Blending with Keys N Krates [Interview]

Vancouver, BCOriginally published November 26, 2014 – Sitting down with the gentlemen of Toronto based electro-trap band Keys N Krates was a welcoming and mellow experience. Recently completing their tour to promote the Every Night EP, the group responded to our interview requests during their recent stop in Vancouver for the Hennessy: Art Of Blending event at Fortune Sound with co-headliner Just Blaze. The trio, who consists of drummer Adam Tune, turntablist Jr. Flo and David Matisse on the keys, were laid-back and confident as they gathered post sound-check to graciously allot us with a few moments of their time.

Although they were mostly poised, munching on Whole Foods peanut butter and oatmeal cookies, their pre-show demeanor was the exact opposite of their on-stage presence. If you’re unfamiliar with a Keys N Krates show, this is your fair warning. Their presence is so overwhelmingly energetic that it’s ground shaking. Literally, the ground was shaking beneath them. These guys fully embody the phrase “turn up”.

Our West Coast team sat down with the trio to talk over some topics including the hip-hop scene in the Six, playing as a live band and their early music memories – check it out below.

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We’re always looking for weird places to draw our sounds from whether it’s sampling an angelic choir from YouTube or taking some sound from the street and pitching it. The whole thing of what we do is taking things out of context and recontextualizing them in a way. So, I guess that’s blending.” – Jr. Flo

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26 Dec

French Montana heats up Edmonton (Live Review) [Photos]

Edmonton, ABOriginally published December 2, 2014 – Only in Alberta: a foot of snow falls literally overnight, the roads are glass, and the parking lots have become snow banks. Is that gonna stop our Friday night? Hell nah. It all went down at Encore on November 28; South Bronx native and original Coke Boy, French Montana braved the storm for the Edmonton stop of the Set it Off tour. Courtesy of our good friends at Pearl Entertainment, Nightshift Entertainment and Eiffel Tower Entertainment.

I touched down at the venue shortly after 11:00 p.m. (after having my vehicle pushed out of the snow on two occasions, but let’s not get into that). Unfortunately, due to my mishap, I missed the opening performances from K-Blitz, Dizzy, Prince Gill and Chubby C & Domino. Sorry guys – I got you next time!

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