Canadian Hip Hop

The Extremities - Around the Corner f. Ambiton & Relic

The Extremities last record, Mint Condition, was really, really great, and now they’ve got a great video for one of the tracks off the album. Around the Corner, shot in Toronto by Caley MacLennan and Daniel Jardin, features Fresh Kils & Uncle Fester, along with guest MC’s Ambition & Relic out and about in Toronto. [...]

Leisure Gang

Leisure Gang

Hey, going to SXSW?!?!?! Well we’re not, so skip the taco talk Chauncey. But we can still party on this Tuesday afternoon like we’re heading down south, with the assistance of new Sweatshop Union project Leisure Gang. This self-titled single is, like everything SU has done the last couple years, rather raucous and enjoyable, so keep your ear to the ground for the Gang’s debut EP next month. Or catch them at SXSW…I guess…if you’re into that kind of thing.

MP3:: Leisure Gang - Leisure Gang

Modulok - Just Not Cool Anymore

I’m planning to post a review of Modulok’s You Look So Tragic next week, but it’s awesome, so you should go and listen to it right now. You can also get a taste of what longtime hill-fave Modulok has to offer this time out by watching the delightfully malevolent video for Just Not Cool Anymore, [...]

The Antiheroes - This Is FreeDUMB

The Antiheroes –  This Is FreeDUMB

I honestly have no idea where I came across this album from T.O. duo The Antiheroes (although a quick search suggests it was likely via the hard working folks at The Come Up Show). Anyhoo, since I loaded it onto my phone a couple weeks ago, there’s been multiple instances of the shuffle firing up [...]

Jusfrais - Beat That f. Heartz & Markings

Jusfrais – Beat That f. Heartz & Markings

Fact: Tuesday nights are boring. So go ahead and spice yours up with the delightfully raunchy wobble of Toronto (via Halifax) MC/Producer Jufrais’ Beat That (which also features Heartz & Markings). If you like what you hear, grab Jusfrais’ album Lullabies & Other Bedtime Stories, which dropped earlier this year.

MP3:: Jusfrais - Beat That f. Heartz & Markings

Jay Mayne - That Man Goes

Here’s another video I enjoy, and one that’s perfect for low-key, late night viewing. It features Halifax (I know, Dartmouth) MC escaping to the abandoned textile factory near Windsor NS to indulge in the things he loves most: skating & chopping trees (that’s smoking the hydro, for those of you, like me, whose weed-related slang [...]

Ghettosocks, Muneshine, Timbuktu & Jeff Spec - The Mustard Station (feat. Moka Only)

Dunno about you, but I enjoy this playful, McEnroe-directed video for this classic, can-rap posse cut. And why wouldn’t I? I like all the MC’s featured here: Halifax Legend the Grand Wizard Ghettosocks, Toronto representatives Timbuktu and Muneshine, as well as Vancity’s Jeff Spec (the 4 of whom are reportedly working on a group project [...]

Cadence Weapon - 88

Cadence Weapon – 88

Ever wondered what a Grimes-produced Cadence Weapon track would some like? I suppose you might have done that very thing today, considering she has turned a (another, ha!) very popular blog into Grimes Vs. Bear for the day. Well, the Montreal enigma has graced Rollie with a snapping, hissing electronic backdrop for the throwback-themed 88, and I enjoy the results. You might too.

MP3:: Cadence Weapon - 88

mikedecline - Calmmunicate

mikedecline – Calmmunicate

Let me say this, if there’s a Juno for “Best Instrumental Hip Hop Album with a Name That Kind of Sounds Like a Word But Isn’t Actually a Word, I Don’t Think”, Vancouver-based producer mikedecline would be a two-time winner by now. I loved his last album, Umbrellatons and after being through it a few [...]

D-Sisive - Ghetto Bastard

D-Sisive – Ghetto Bastard

Well it seems I’ve arrived at Monday’s end without posting my tradition Old School Hip Hop jam (well, I’d traditionally been doing multi-song OSM posts for years, but for various reasons I’ve recently switched this to one old school jam per Monday. Here’s to new traditions!), but D-Sisive’s going to save my bacon this time around.

D recently got word of his 3rd Juno nomination, for Jonestown 2, along with Classified, Drake, Kardinal, and Swollen Members. Well as you might expect, this called for a celebration, and D celebrated in the studio creating a couple tracks with Muneshine behind the boards. One of those songs is a hijacking of Naughty By Nature’s Ghetto Bastard. Why, you ask? Simple: “Ghetto Bastard is one of my favourite songs of all time. Naughty By Nature is one of my favourite groups.” Works for me.

MP3:: D-Sisive - Ghetto Bastard