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#DearRappers: Quit fronting [Article]

Vancouver, BC – In a world made up of internet fame, Twitter followers and Instagram acclaim , the term “fake it ’till … Read More »

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The Kendrick Lamar experience at Pemberton Music Festival 2014 [Review]

Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 18, Kendrick Lamar came through Pemberton Music Festival 2014 to perform a set at the Mt. Currie … Read More »

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Here’s what happened when Snoop Dogg rolled through Pemberton Music Festival [Review…

Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 19, Snoop Dogg (aka: Snoop Lion, Snoopzilla, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoopadelic,, etc, etc, etc) rolled through Pemberton … Read More »

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ScHoolboy Q makes his Canadian debut at Pemberton Music Festival [Review]

Pemberton, BC – On Jul. 18, T.D.E.’s own ScHoolboy Q made his Canadian debut at Pemberton Music Festival 2014. Q has admittedly … Read More »

Atlantic Canada

Mike Boyd – This Aint Funny ft. Classified [Video]

Mike Boyd – This Aint Funny ft. Classified [Video]


21 Mar

Dom Kennedy hits Fortune Sound on Get Home Safely Tour [Photos]

Vancouver, BC – L.A kid Dom Kennedy came through Fortune Sound this past week to a packed house presented by Timbre Concerts and sponsored by yours truly on his Get Home Safely Tour.

Our boy HeatWave was in the cut looking and sounding fresh before Skeme took the stage to warm the crowd up for Dom. Rocking an L.A Kings Gretzky jersey (smooth move) Dom dropped all that good stuff from Get Home Safely with that signature West Coast, laid-back flow. HipHopCanada was in the building and our very own Jamie Sands was front and centre to catch the action. Check the photo set below. 

Dom Kennedy Live in Vancouver

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21 Mar

East Meets West: HipHopCanada interviews Billi D’Kid aka Black Sage [Video]

Vancouver, BC – Late 2013, Toronto artist Black Sage made a trip to Vancouver to clear his head, escape from his everyday hustle, and, most importantly, finalize his new mixtape (Hate Me For My Ambition) and album under his new alias, Billi D’Kid.

During his travels, Billi connected with Machete Cortez of dominENTfactor to shoot an exclusive interview documenting his travels and plans. The clip serves as a great introduction of Billi D’Kid and what’s to come. Check it out below and look for the Hate Me For My Ambition artwork after the jump.

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21 Mar

SiriusXM Indies nominations announced: Classified & Shad lead hip-hop acts [News]

Toronto, ONCanadian Music Week has announced the nominees for the 2014 SiriusXM Indies – 14th Annual Independent Music Awards. Canadian hip-hop is well represented among the nominated artists being honoured across 37 categories.

Enfield, Nova Scotia rapper-producer, Classified, leads the pack with a total of six nominations while Shad sits just behind the Maritimes star with four. The nominations for the Rap/Hip-Hop Artist/Group or Duo of the Year category includes those two guys along with Winnipeg’s Grand Analog, Toronto’s Rich Kidd and Vancouver’s SonReal.

Rich and SonReal also picked up a nomination under Collaboration of the Year for their work on The Closers. Kardinal Offishall picked up a nod in the same category for his work with JRDN on “Can’t Choose,” and Drake is featured on The Weeknd’s “Live For” single, also nominated for being a top collaboration. In the Songwriter of the Year category, Canadian hip-hop is represented by CP Records artist and songwriter, Belly, acknowledged for his work with The Weeknd, Mia Martina, Massari and other artists.

In what is considered to be the most important categories for many award show enthusiasts, Canadian hip-hop has a shot at both. Shad’s Flying Colours is up for Album of the Year and Classified’s “Inner Ninja” can take home Single of the Year. Both MCs have a shot at the Artist of the Year distinction.

Click the jump for the full list of nominees and the offcial press release.

2014 SiriusXM Indies nominations announced: Classified & Shad lead hip-hop acts [News] -

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21 Mar

Naks art show & hip-hop showcase at Fortune Sound March 22 [News]

Vancouver, BC – We’re always game to support a local hustler, especially when they are a talented visual artist like SDK’s Naks. So, we’re helping him throw a party at Fortune Sound on March 22 with a little art, a little drink and some of Vancity’s dopest emcees including Snak The Ripper, Evil Ebenezer, Northwest Divison, Def3, Merkules and Jaclyn Gee.

Hyphy, Fortune Sound and HipHopCanada are proud to be bringing this Friday night event to life with Jay Swing and Flip Out in the main room, art exhibit and swag for sale in the middle room and a mini Stompdown throw down in the Livestock room. Be there Vancity, this one you don’t want to miss.

Naks art show at Fortune Sound on March 22 [News]

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21 Mar

Chuck Woods & Mer – My Team (Prod. Rayne Drop) [Audio]

Prince Albert, SK – Prince Albert’s own Chuck Woods and Mer just dropped their latest single “My Team” off the forthcoming The Wolfpack EP. The track was produced by Rayne Drop, who made excellent use of a sampling of Lorde’s monster “Team” hit. This joint is the ultimate bromance song. Because team love is forever. The trio takes us back to ’09 when they started seriously building together under Butchershop Ent. And they also shout-out some of their collaborators – like Brothers Grim from E-Town.

Remember when the G.O.O.D. Music dudes did “Clique”? Or when Drake and The Weeknd got together for “Crew Love”? This track is kind of like that. It’s cool to show love to the homies. And this joint does just that. Check it below.


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21 Mar

Shosho Dania – A Nescient Mind [Video]

Calgary, AB - Calgary has been killing the Prairies scene lately and Shosho Dania, is another reason why we need to keep YYC on our radar. Shosho’s flow sounds effortless in his video from a while ago, “A Nescient Mind,” directed and edited by Stefan Legacy. The track was written and produced by the young rapper, himself, and is the first official single of his latest mixtape Perfectly Partial. I managed to catch up with Shosho on the fly, to get a little insight about his latest single:

“It’s probably the only track on the tape without a direct concept. I was almost done the tape but I felt like I needed a loud brash track with just 808s and direct lyrics. So I got to work and in like two days I finished an early draft of the song. The word ’nescient’ just means blunt and ignorant which was what I was going for, lyrically.”

20 Mar

Dual Seize – Suicide Doors [Audio]

Toronto, ON – Earlier this month, Dual Seize dropped a new single entitled “Suicide Doors.” And it’s deep. DS comes in on a spacey synth-laced, self-produced beat. And he mixes some slow spacey verses with an R&B influenced hook. Yeah, he does both; dude sings and raps. And produces.

So the track is all about Dual Seize “Dreaming of a life between the suicide doors.” Which seems to speak to that optimal balance we all strive for. The suicide doors are symbolic of self-destruction. There are always going to be opportunities to self-destruct. But maintaining an equilibrium between those doors and thriving is the ultimate end goal. Check it below.


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20 Mar

Redman smokes out Fortune Sound [Review]

Vancouver, BC – The Funk Doc was in the building this past week for a smoked out, full house at Fortune Sound with guests Wide Awake w/ Tempo, J West, Greg Beamish and comedian Dino Archie. An interesting choice in openers to take the stage just before Redman, the crowd was very receptive to Dino Archie’s comedic relief…and he actually had jokes despite it being mostly the front row paying attention.

Redman Live in Vancouver

20 Mar

Pyke – Silently Falling [Video]

Lethbridge, ABPyke reps the Prairies beautifully with serene visuals in “Silently Falling.” The video was shot by LK Visuals, and it compliments the tone of the single perfectly.

Backed by a smooth, steady piano beat (produced by C-Lance, and engineered by Nato) Pyke talks about the struggles, sacrifices, and consequences from giving yourself to the game. “Silently Falling” was released from Pyke’s EP PykeyBalboa which is set to be released at the end of April 2014. So take note and check out the video below!

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20 Mar

TalkSick – Dungeon Rap ft. T.R.A. [Video]

Toronto, ON – Don’t miss the brand new TalkSick video for The Quarter Inch Kings-produced single, “Dungeon Rap.” The song features T.R.A. (aka Tha Rhyme Animal) and the video was shot and edited by Lyme Lyte Video. Here’s the video summary:

“In this video, TalkSick takes you to the land of infinity, a white background video to display his lyrical skills without the distraction of glamour and glitz or video graphics; TalkSick just wants people to listen. With the addition of T.R.A., these guys both take you on a lyrical roller coaster.”

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