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You Feel Me? Toronto’s Infu talks new EP, “West Side” video, plans for 2…

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Toronto rapper Top 5 talks Styles P, getting advice from Drake, Varna Drive & more

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Jam Master Jay receives tribute turntable routine from son TJ Mizell & Skratch Bastid

Jam Master Jay receives tribute turntable routine from son TJ Mizell & Skratch Bastid

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27 Jun

Sled Island 2016: Cakes Da Killa live at Commonwealth Bar & Stage


Calgary, AB – On Jun. 23, New Jersey rapper Cakes Da Killa came through Commonwealth in Calgary to perform his first of two sets for the annual Sled Island music festival. Cakes headlined this show, with support from Junglepussy, TT The Artist, and Calgary’s own Sinzere Sings.

Cakes was front-and-centre below the stage for TT The Artist’s set earlier on in the night. Very few people seemed to realize he was the Cakes Da Killa. But he lingered up front for TT’s set, catching her set on his phone and hyping her performance.

Cakes is one of the most predominant LGBT hip hop artists right now but. He’s been pretty outspoken about his hesitancy to label himself as the “queer rapper.” That’s not to say the guy hates the term and doesn’t want any sort of LGBT affiliation; he just prefers people know him as Cakes Da Killa. He’s an artist, first and foremost; not a “queer” artist. He just happens to represent a demographic that’s often not represented within hip-hop.

Sled Island 2016: Cakes Da Killa live at Commonwealth Bar & Stage - HipHopCanada.com

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27 Jun

Brantford’s Frank Douglas releases self-directed visuals for “200” in support of mixtape


Brantford, ON – Along with his new mixtape, 200, recording artist and video director Frank Douglas has released new visuals in support of the project’s title track. “200” was produced by Pilot, and the video was shot and directed by Frank’s own 0therWorld Films movement. Check it out after the jump.

Brantford's Frank Douglas releases self-directed visuals for 200 in support of new mixtape - HipHopCanada.com

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27 Jun

Listen to Frank Douglas of Time Squad’s new mixtape, 200


Brantford, ONFrank Douglas follows up last year’s popular 100 mixtape with a new project by the name of 200.

With club hits like ‘Beastmode’ (an ode to Marshawn lynch) and ‘Awh Yeah,’ (a ladies anthem), and ‘Feel Better,’ which boasts a feature hook from Vancouver’s own McEvoy, or what Frank has referred to as ‘krew anthems’ like ‘Zeus’ and the project’s title track, ‘200,’ the mixtape feels like a movement.

Production comes courtesy of The Tough Guyz, J Caspersen, Yuc Beats, LewisYouNasty, Pilot, Larkin and Fly Life. Additional guest appearances include Tyler Durand, Big Juug, Xvvixr and Kidd Dreadd. Check it out below.

Listen to Frank Douglas of Time Squad's new mixtape, 200 - HipHopCanada.com

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27 Jun

You need to “Inhale Exhale” with DijahSB on this new track


Toronto, ON – Up and coming Toronto artist DijahSB just dropped her latest single entitled “Inhale Exhale” off her new EP entitled Manic Luxury. The track was produced by Martin Sole, and features Tamera Russell and pHoenix Pagliacci.

In case you missed it, I was fortunate enough to meet Dijah when I was out in Toronto earlier this month. She opened up for Azizi Gibson at Revival Bar and I really vibed with her message.

“Inhale Exhale” is a track that preaches self-love, and coping with depressive thoughts. It’s about that brief moment where you take a breath in and let it out. And over the span of those short few seconds, you are able to rejig your thoughts and stop yourself from drowning.

One thing I love about Dijah is how relatable her messages are. On a personal level, this song relays Dijah’s struggle to cope with bouts of depression. But no matter who you are or what you’ve been through, you’ll feel this song in your soul. Check it out below, and peep our Q&A with Dijah after the jump.

You need to hear DijahSB's new single

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27 Jun

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 festival. This year’s festival included rap performances from Azizi Gibson, Mick Jenkins, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, and more, along with a handful of Toronto-based up-and-coming artists.

On Thursday night, Azizi Gibson (of preHISTORIC) came through Revival Bar to headline a show presented by NXNE and The Academy Presents. Azizi performed alongside a bill of Toronto artists including Ty Senoj, DijahSB, Bilal Mirza, and Arys Déjan.

I know everyone was all stoked about NXNE’s Friday line-up at Port Lands with Ghostface and ScHoolboy Q and Mick Jenkins, but I’m calling this show as my favourite show of NXNE 2016. See how it all went down after the jump.

NXNE 2016: Here's what happened when Azizi Gibson performed at Revival Bar - HipHopCanada.com
Photo by Sarah Jay

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27 Jun

Wasiu gave us a very thorough break-down of his new track “No Jumper”


Montreal, QCOriginally published June 23, 2016 – Montreal rapper Wasiu recently released his latest single titled “No Jumper,” co-produced by Atlanta’s meltycanon and Montreal’s own Dear Lola.

The track itself was inspired both by Gucci Mane’s recent release from prison, as well as by Jeff Van Gundy’s recent remarks about the infamous OJ car chase. Basically, OJ avoided surrendering to police in 1994 after he was charged with murder. He got into Al Cowlings’ Ford Bronco and evaded cops on the roads of California while still following the NBA finals on the radio.

The track hits a more personal note with Wasiu as he delivers a commentary about “taking shots.” Throughout the track Wasiu repeats the line “They takin’ shots at me/ But got no jumper.” It seems like rappers are always taking shots at one another and trying to compete for the reign on the rap game. But Wasiu explains that his only real beef is with society.

Montreal rapper Wasiu wants you to know that

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24 Jun

Bougie breaks on to the West Coast scene with smooth R&B banger “This Time”


Vancouver, BC – Hailing from Rotterdam, up-and-coming artist Bougie is grinding to make a name for himself in Canada with the first single from his forthcoming untitled mixtape “This Time”.

Touching on the theme of second chances “This Time” delivers content that is easily relatable and a sound that is hard to forget. Providing uniquely effortless vocals and deep lyrics it won’t take Bougie long to stand out on the West Coast scene. Look out for his upcoming mixtape in coming months and listen to the track below.

Bougie breaks on to the West Coast scene with smooth banger

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24 Jun

Veteran Toronto MC King Reign on life support after heart attack


Toronto, ON – It has been a tough week for Canadian hip-hop. Earlier this week we announced the passing of 20-year-old Sault Ste. Marie MC, Don Mulatto.

This morning we got word that Toronto vet King Reign, who many might not as simply Reign from BrassMunk – was in the hospital and on life support after suffering from a heart attack on Saturday.

Reign’s father took to Facebook to inform people of his son’s condition, and to thank people for their support.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. For now, please join Reign’s legions of fans, friends and family in wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

Just yesterday, Reign made an appearance on Global TV’s Private Eyes along with his good friend and colleague, Kardinal Offishall.

Veteran Toronto MC King Reign on life support after heart attack - HipHopCanada.com

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24 Jun

Introducing White: Sauga City up-and-comer gears up for new tape with “Can’t Change” video


Mississauga, ON – Sauga City up-and-comer (and Sauga City Clothing owner) White drops fresh visuals in support of his forthcoming mixtape, Shut Up and Learn Something, set to drop later this year. “Can’t Change,” featuring the currently incarcerated Mark Jordan, was directed by Captured Films and is one of several new videos from White set to drop in the coming months. White just recently landed on our radar but after getting a chance to preview some of his next releases, we’re excited to see his movement develop. His backstory has a tragic beginning – starting with losing his mother to street violence at the tender age of 4 – but he’s over come hardships and is now making a serious push for a successful music career. We’re only just starting to get familiar with White, but we’ll be digging deeper into his story in the coming weeks as his mixtape release approaches. Stay tuned for more. For now, you can check out “Can’t Change” after the jump link below.

Introducing White: Sauga City up-and-comer gears up for new mixtape with Can't Change featuring Mark Jordan - HipHopCanada.com

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23 Jun

Song of the Day: Theo3 flexes his lyrical muscle with “Breathing Exercises” Parts 1 & 2


Toronto, ON – I’ve been fortunate enough to be in the lab with a ton of great MCs, but few have impressed me as much as Theo3, technically and theoretically (no pun intended). The Toronto vet and Freedom Writer member recently released a pair of lyrical masterpieces that he’s generously made available for free download.

“Breathing Exercises,” parts 1 and 2, are searing hot social commentaries pointing out bullshit and reminding you to breathe when you see it. Part 1 jumps on The Bad Seed’s “For The Kids” instrumental (produced by Nottz), while Part 2 sees the Theo3 going in on a Dr. Dre classic which he refers to as a masterpiece and one of his favourite beats.

“Part 1” is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. Check that out below and look for Part 2 after the jump.

Song of the Day: Theo3 flexes his lyrical muscle with Breathing Exercises Parts 1 & 2 - HipHopCanada.com

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