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JAY-Z left me speechless at the 4:44 Tour

Edmonton, AB – Where to even begin. There’s no way for me to write this review without my unwavering bias opinion, so … Read More »

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Back 4 Blood: Ridgeway’s own Gudini returns with a new EP you won’t want to mi…

Toronto, ON – Gudini (who has also gone by the name Davinci) of the R-Way camp returns with a new hard-hitting EP … Read More »

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Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks: 10 new songs you need to hear on Spotify this week

Calgary, AB – HipHopCanada recently relaunched Sarah Jay’s Weekly Picks on Spotify. And this week we’re back with 10 new releases you … Read More »

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Coach Fresh: Maestro Fresh Wes talks new LP, TEDx, honorary diploma & more

Toronto, ON – From the opening effects on “Put Ya Guard Up,” to the “Skyscrapers (Remix)” that brings it to a wrap, … Read More »

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2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards: Quake wins SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award

2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards: Quake wins SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award

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23 Apr

Review: Machine Gun Kelly smashes two back-to-back performances in Edmonton


Edmonton, AB – After postponing twice, due to scheduling conflicts, Machine Gun Kelly finally graced his presence in Edmonton for two electrifying shows on April 13 and 14. The Alpha Omega Tour marked MGK’s third tour stop at Union Hall and over a half a dozen in Edmonton alone. No matter how many times the Young Gunner hit’s YEG, it always feels like the first.

Night one included local supporting artists, Young Tox, Rome Angel and [host for the evening] DJ Grizz. Night two’s sold out show was supported by DJ Grizz, Brothers Grim, Doom Squad and Divot accompanied by Philip Solo and Nate A.M.

As usual, MGK exceeded our expectations and tore up the stage, giving his adoring fans the show they’ve been long awaiting for. He even dropped his newest joint, “Trap Paris” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Quavo) which was well received on both nights. Check out the photo recap (from night 2) after the jump. Machine Gun Kelly’s third studio album, Bloom, is available for pre-order and set to be released May 12.

- HipHopCanada.com

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23 Apr

Nice Dreams Dirty Trips: Jean Kengz on combining North American rap with French production


Paris, FR – Earlier this year, French producer Jean Kengz teamed up with Mrzn, Young L3X and G Milla for this brand new international collaboration track titled “Nice Dreams Dirty Trips”. This is the fourth single release off Jean’s upcoming project titled The Substance.

“Nice Dreams Dirty Trips” is a French produced track fused with Canadian and American raps. The song is rooted in the idea of escapism, and having to temporarily leave reality in order to get your mind right and find your route to success.

The track features verses from Boston, MA artist Young L3x; Miramar, FL artist Mrzn; and Toronto’s own G Milla (who also contributed the track’s hook).

The beat for this track started off with a guitar riffed sample that eventually led into the rest of the composition. Jean wanted to play with the idea of duality so he divided the song up into two distinct drum-lined parts: the calm part, and the turn-up part. And the overall vibe of the song definitely plays off that juxtaposition. It’s one-part bounce, and one-part dreamy calm vibes. Take in “Nice Dreams Dirty Trips” below, and scope our in-depth Q&A with Jean after the jump.

Nice Dreams Dirty Trips: Jean Kengz on combining North American rap with French production - HipHopCanada.com

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22 Apr

UNCRWND Volume 4 gearing up to be one of the hottest events in Toronto this May


Toronto, ON – One of our new star contributors, Stefan Calabrese aka CALABRU, has a big event coming up that we’re thrilled to be involved with. UNCRWND Volume 4 features an incredible line-up of talent which looks to make for a memorable night you won’t want to miss. We’re looking at performances by Ramsay Almighty, Myniakal, Sage Harris, JETSET, Mez Mariye, Osei The Native, Brandon Brown, and Laidlow.

It all goes down inside Rivoli (332 Queen Street West) on May 4, 2017 with doors opening at 8 p.m. Early bird tickets cost $10 and they’ll be $20 at the door. We’ve got a brief breakdown of each artist on the bill below along with more details on purchasing tickets. Hope to see you there!

UNCRWND Volume 4 gearing up to be one of the hottest events this May - HipHopCanada.com

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22 Apr

Merkules feels like UFC-champ “Conor McGregor” in Stuey Kubrick-directed video


Surrey, BC – Today’s Song of the Day is the second single off the new Merkules project, Trust Your Gut, which came out on 4/20.

“Conor McGregor,” seeing Merkules embody the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, was shot inside the WKX facilities in Surrey and directed by Stuey Kubrick. Kubrick is responsible for some of the West Coast’s biggest videos to date and this new has already taken off. In just a few days the high energy flick has picked up close to 200K views on YouTube and a boost in streams on platforms like Spotify. Trust Your Gut features, in order of appearance, Tech N9ne, Stevie Ross, Caspian, and Evil Ebenezer.

Merkules is currently killing the tour circuit with dozens of dates across Canada. You can find the complete listing on the Merkules website. You can find Trust Your Gut on Spotify, iTunes, Google and other outlets.

Song of the Day: Stuey Kubrick feels like UFC-champion Conor McGregor in new Stuey Kubrick-directed video - HipHopCanada.com

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22 Apr

Aiona’s new single “yes men” is the track that every female can relate to


Brampton, ON – One of our current favourite vocalists reigns from Brampton. WayCool member Aiona released her new single “yes men” and it’s the track that is going to be an easy favourite with the ladies. Known for her lyrics that relay female independence and empowerment, Aiona is a beacon of light in a typically male dominated genre – and she doesn’t take any flack from anyone trying to put her into one specific box.

Her new single exhibits some of these key qualities that have won over our hearts, and she sings about a perspective that is going to be exceptionally relatable on “yes men.” The track is produced by Mohamed Haniff, who surrounds her vocals with complimentary instrumentals. Aiona breathes, “This one’s for the yes men that you know, put up a front but a pussy nigg* on the low/Run your mouth the most ’til a real one shows you, keep talking that shit if you like, my nigg*s they gon’ take your life.

Stream “yes men” below.

Aiona's new single yes men is the track that every female can relate to - HipHopCanada.com

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22 Apr

CJ Flemings is more than an emcee, and shows his artistry on “All Around You”


Montreal, QC – If you direct your vision to Montreal, you’ll see a core group of talented emcees making their own wave right now – and leading them is CJ Flemings. You might have copped a look at him on Speng Squire’s new album Expressions of Now, where he jumps on “This Year” to deliver a set of relentless bars. But right now we’re currently focused in on his new single “All Around You.”

The track is the newest in a stream of really influential pieces from the rapper, that define him as lyrically-fluent who easily approaches musicality with his bars where many other emcees tend to stick to current trap-influenced trends. “All Around You” does something special by treading in foreign territory sonically, and makes a smooth delivery look seamless. It’s a vibey track that will have you bouncing and pressing repeat a few times, and CJ weaves his vocals through the multiple pockets like a pro.

Stream “All Around You” below. 

CJ Flemings is more than an emcee, and shows his artistry on All Around You - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Apr

Montreal emcee Speng Squire recruits Sevn Thomas for his new single “Ways”


Montreal, QC – Easily one of the best releases this month, Montreal’s Speng Squire released “Ways” this month and the reception has been noted as highly impactful across Canada for his lyrical aptitude.

Recruiting Sevn Thomas to produce the track (with credits like Kanye West and Drake) – it’s no surprise that “Ways” goes harder than anything we’ve seen in a moment. Speng is still independent, but he doesn’t sound like he should be. And while we don’t often think of Montreal as a hip-hop hub, he’s drawn attention to the area simply because his sound is so elevated, and bars polished.

If you missed his visual premiere on “In The Fire,” we encourage you to catch that here before you stream the single. It’s been a moment since we’ve felt a surge of new energy in the Canadian scene, but Speng feels like that voice to get people excited about the genre again. Pairing him with Sevn is just the icing on the cake. Catch his debut album, Expressions of Now, out now 

Stream “Ways” below. 

Montreal emcee Speng Squire recruits Sevn Thomas for his new single Ways - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Apr

MAINE gives us a dose of humour from the TOORARETODIE camp on “Eenie Miney Moe”


West London, UK – For only being 20 years old, West London emcee Maine is well on his way to creating his own wave. The TOORARETODIE camp has been putting out some trustworthy content from the UK as per recently, and Maine’s latest single “Eenie Miney Moe” is nothing short of entertaining and another solid addition. The track speaks on Maine’s experience with a female who only begins to notice him after he gains fame.

“Rockstar” & “HITTA” earned him early attention, and both made for an exciting 2017 for the young musician with airplay on BBCR1 & 1Xtra. But “Eeenie Miney Moe” stands out for his cunning lyricism. The London emcee raps, “Remember when I told you girl, better catch me before they all do girl, ‘cos now your playing Eenie Minie Moe, tryna catch a rapper before he blow like.”

Stream “Eenie Miney Moe” below.

Maine gives us a dose of humour from the TOORARETODIE camp on Eenie Miney Moe - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Apr

End your week right with Carmine’s new single “Popping Them Thangs”


Corpus Christi, TX – Texas emcee Carmine comes in with some heavy vibes and vivid lyrics on his newest release, “Popping Them Thangs.” The new single is produced by his go-to colleague Deadlex, who’s worked on almost every sound we’ve heard from the emcee. He gives the single a retro feel with euphoric synths and a medley of different instrumentals.Carmine sings about making new money, returning to old drug habits, and of course – girls.

He raps, “Yea I grew up a little but I still trap some,and I hit that money dance when I peel back some/ Now I got the funds to shop, I guess I still bag some/I don’t touch none of that powder, bitches freshening up/ A kilo on my conscience is a hell of enough.

Stream “Popping Them Thangs” below.

End your week right with Carmine's new single Popping Them Thangs - HipHopCanada.com

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21 Apr

Montreal’s JT Soul won’t go unnoticed with a strong debut on his EP, 372 ; Velvet Tears


Saint-Léonard, Montréal –  Rising talent JT Soul might only be 17, but his music is doing things well beyond his years. His debut EP, 372 ; Velvet Tears is out now via ODDIO Entertainment, and the reception has been warm for the R&B singer. Produced by Jei Bandit, and mastered by Tom Coyne (credits including: The Weeknd, Adele, Justin Bieber), includes the lead singles ‘Velvet Tears (5:AM)’ and ‘Sun & Moon’ which put the artist on the map as a talent to watch for his dark tones and vivid lyricism.

JT Soul pays homage to his Montreal roots on this project. His name is inspired by the street he grew up on, Jean-Talon Street, and the project is named after the ‘372’ night bus that rode down the street from one end of Montreal to the other. This EP touches on darker and impactful themes of love, loss and drugs.

Speaking on the inspiration for the project, JT Soul recalls, “this ‘372 ; Velvet Tears’ EP details my sometimes youthful exuberant experience with love, drugs, and the streets of Montreal. The concept was conceived one night on the 372 Jean Talon night bus, and every song is a representation of my emotions and thoughts during the after hours of the nightI hope this record takes you back there with me.”

Stream 372 ; Velvet Tears below.

JT Soul won't go unnoticed with a strong debut on his EP, 372;Velvet Tears - HipHopCanada.com

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