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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]


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 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.

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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 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.

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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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9 Apr

Full Course – Reality Check [Video]

Montreal, QC - Labnoise rapper - Full Course - just dropped some dope new visuals for his self-produced and self-directed “Reality Check.”  This is the first video release off Full Course’s latest Between Time album. And it’s all just good feels and chill vibes.

It starts off with the most relatable line ever: “Sometimes I feel pissed off.” And I’m listening to this line, and I’m all like, “Yeah, Full Course. I feel you. I frequently feel pissed off as well. But what you gonna do about it?” I’m expecting him to go into some hungry rant about everything that sucks in life. But he doesn’t. Instead, Full Course dishes a solution to feeling pissed off; he dishes a full course of reality checks.

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9 Apr

Treach (Naughty By Nature) & Jon B headline in Vancouver on April 17 [News]

Vancouver, BC – Gossip Night Club (750 Pacific Blvd.) plays host to some hip-hop royalty on April 17 as Naughty By Nature’s Treach (and DJ Kay Gee) rolls through town. Treach will be joined by Jon B for the “double headline” event which also features DJs Sid Smooth, J-Fresh and Downlowe.

Tickets can be purchased at DIPT (819 Hornby), Redmed (231 Abbott – Gastown) and East Side Urban (Guilford), or online at This is a HipHopCanada-sponsored event!

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2Pac & Treach (Backstage at KMEL Summer Jam 1992)

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9 Apr

Pharoahe Monch – Rapid Eye Movement ft. Black Thought (Prod. Marco Polo) [Audio]

Toronto, ON – With his highly-anticipated fourth solo-LP, P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Pharoahe Monch re-emerges with a new concept project which finds the ground-breaking emcee tackling P.T.S.D.; a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma. Throughout the duration of the LP, Monch narrates as an independent artist weary from the war against the industry machine and through the struggle of the black male experience in America.

Pharoahe Monch has been at the forefront of lyrical innovation for two-decades now. Not only is he one of hip-hop’s preeminent lyricists, crafting intricate rhyme schemes and intelligent raps, but he is also an incisive political and social commentator, using hip-hop as a platform for political engagement.

“Rapid Eye Movement,” featuring Black Thought of the Roots Crew, is a lyrical barrage worthy of these two titans, as Monch and Black Thought get lucid for a 4-minute exhibition of pure lyricism. “Rapid Eye Movement” is produced by Toronto’s own Marco Polo with scratches by DJ Revolution. Check it out below.


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9 Apr

D.O. – Capture the Moonlight ft. Joell Ortiz & Saukrates (Prod. Classified) [Audio]

Toronto, ON – Toronto rapper and Northstarr label head D.O. (short for ‘Defy the Odds’) presents “Capture the Moonlight,” his new single featuring Joell Ortiz and Saukrates.

“Capture the Moonlight” will be featured on Down Home, D.O.’s forthcoming album produced entirely by JUNO award-winning producer Classified and also featuring Chad Hatcher, Maestro Fresh Wes, Mike Boyd, Spesh K, J-Bru and Jake Boyd (Classified’s other younger brother, currently on tour with Class and Hedley).

“It was an honour having Saukrates on the track because he’s someone that I grew up listening to and is legendary, especially in Canada,” says D.O. about the track.

“The funny thing is, the beat’s name was ‘Slaughter’ – as in ‘Slaughterhouse’ – as Classified had those guys in mind when he made the beat. So when I saw Joell was touring Canada, we were able to connect and make it work. ‘Capture The moonlight’ describes what it’s like being an artist. You’re usually making music late at night and trying to get that spark, get that light and capture that sound and feeling. I think that’s what we were able to do on this track.”

Down Home drops April 22. Click the jump for more info including D.O.’s upcoming tour dates.

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9 Apr

Drake – Days In The East (Prod. PARTYNEXTDOOR) [Audio] #SOTD

Toronto, ONOriginally published April 3, 2014 – After Drake‘s surprise “Draft Day” single hit the web on Apr. 1, we thought we’d reached our monthly quota of Drake tuneage. But no; the Champagne Papi just released yet another new joint entitled “Days In The East” – our Song of the Day.

It’s one of the Drakiest tracks we’ve heard lately. It’s got the feels; so many feels. And emotions (which are seemingly directed at Rihanna). You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers; or some ish like that? Well this year, April showers bring the Drizzy Drizzle. And the Internet can’t even handle it.


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9 Apr

H-Town – Hustle All Day ft. S.I.D. [Video]

Edmonton, ABH-Town and and his boy S.I.D. team up in this latest joint “Hustle All Day,” with slick visuals shot by The combination of H-Town’s dirty-south tone, S.I.D’s machine gun-like bars, and Darkone Beats’ production (which I couldn’t help but bounce to in my seat); it just goes to show the levels of diversity that’s been cookin’ the Edmonton scene. To hear more from H-Town, grip his album L.O.U.D. which is available on iTunes and check out the video below.

8 Apr

Snak The Ripper – Eight Hours A Day [Video]

Vancouver, BC – It’s been a long time coming for Snak The Ripper and he’s finally gaining the attention he deserves from the rap world. Make no mistake though, the man is and has been on his grind. His first video drop from Just Giver – scheduled to release April 20 – “Eight Hours A Day” expresses that grind. From day job to night time hustle, he’s getting his hands dirty and making moves that are finally starting to pay off. Check the Stuey Kubrick video below and pre-order Just Giver - holding the number one spot on iTunes here.

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