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[News] MMVA Nominees In Best Hip Hop Video Of The Year

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For the 2015 Much Music Video Awards, the Hip Hop video of the year category has never been so prestigious. The artists have not only accomplished success in Canada and The U.S but also internationally.

Hope City II – John Rivers Directed by Trayne

Up and coming Mississauga rapper John Rivers continues to gain popularity and is bringing his city with him, in this humble video.

Watch the full list of nominees after the jump and let us know who you think earned the right to be crowned the winner.

[News] Denzel Curry to Replace Mick Jenkins in May 7 CMW Showcase @ Tattoo

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Canadian Music Week has just announced that unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond their control, Carol City rapper, Denzel Curry will be taking the place of Mick Jenkins in Thursday, May 7th’s showcase at Tattoo Queen West. Although this news may be disappointing, it provides an opportunity to get acquainted with the great rapper, Denzel Curry. The 20 year-old is still riding off the success off 2013’s debut album, Nostalgic 64 and is currently performing alongside Joey Bada$$ on his World Domination tour (which hits Toronto on May 9th). Tickets for the original headliner will still be honoured at the venue. For those who wish to have a refund instead, refunds are available at your chosen point-of-purchase. For Ticketweb orders, email or call 1-888-222-6608. For orders placed via CMW, email – Refunds are available until May 6th at 5pm.

What: Denzel Curry w/ Adée, Emay, The Lytics, Devontée, & Kaydee
Where: Tattoo | 567 Queen St. West
When: May 7th, 2015 | Doors @ 8:00PM
Admission:  Tickets available via Ticketweb for $15 | CMW wristbands accepted | Limited tickets at the door | 19+

Click the post for the updated set times, and to get familiar with Denzel Curry’s music before the show.

[News] SonReal Gears Up For North American Tour


Vancouver artist, SonReal has had a very busy year thus far. He was present at the Juno awards, and recently released his For The Town EP on April 28th. In support of his EP, he will be heading out on a promotional tour this spring. Beginning on May 7th, the tour features 10 Canadian stops, as well as many American dates throughout the summer. Check out the Canadian dates above, and the rest of the dates after the jump. Purchase your tickets here.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our coverage of the Juno Awards for an interview with Sonreal.

[Feature] KOTD & OVO Present: Blackout 5 (Toronto)


The world of Hip-Hop has reached a point where it can be hard to find movements focused around old-school foundations. The pride of Canada’s Underground in this regard, undoubtedly, is King of the Dot Entertainment (KOTD). Grown up directly from the streets, KOTD was built by artists passionately involved in the art of Battle-Rap. The organization’s founder and CEO Organik, along with a healthy supporting cast, help KOTD bring audiences the very best events and names in the sport. This weekend, Feb 7th-8th, the team is bringing what could be the most anticipated event in battle rap history to Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Their flagship event, Blackout, is on it’s fifth anniversary and fans couldn’t be more excited. .

Peep the full article after the jump!

[News] Toronto vs. L.A.- Battle of The America’s Feb 5 2015

Toronto-based Beat Academy Producers Head to Los Angeles During Grammy Week to Do Battle
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Toronto, Canada – It’s no longer the North American urban music industry’s little secret. When today’s journalists and influencers are tasked with seeking out album producer credits on numerous major award nominated and winning albums, there is always Canadian content. In fact, the phenomenon of there being so many producer success stories emanating from Toronto is no accident, and was arguably catalyzed by rapper Drake’s Award-winning beat-making team of Noah “40” Shebib,Boi-1da and T-Minus, among others, and which has left some wide scale residual effects in Torontothat are too hard to ignore. 

Toronto’s Beat Academy has taken, nurtured, innovated and incubated these energies, and have created workshops and “live” beat making events that encourage Toronto-based music makers to explore their passion and discover ways to turn music production into their career. Last year marked Beat Academy’s first international festival and battle appearance at the world renowned SXSW 2014 music festival in Austin, Texas, where a motley crew of Team Toronto producers led by Grammy winner Boi-1da defeated Team Houston in a nail biter for beat making bragging rights. In the lead up to Austin, the sheer amount of buzz surrounding Toronto’s youth-driven producer movement prompted former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to attend their February 2014 SXSW fundraiser at The Rivoli and attempt to program some “live” beats on an Ableton live system with MIDI controller. This time around, it looks like the Beat Academy might have outdone themselves.

On February 5, during Grammy week, the Beat Academy will be participating in the Battle of the America’s at club Los Globos (3040 Sunset Blvd) in Los Angeles. This year’s battle includes a new class of eight producers flying down to Los Angeles and representing Team Toronto featuring 2015 Grammy-nominated producer Lord Quest (Schoolboy Q), 17 year old female phenom producer WondaGurl (Jay-Z), Rich Kidd (Drake, Raekwon, Talib Kweli), T. Lo (Juno-winning rapper Shad’s DJ + former Canadian DMC champ), and rounded out by Juno-nominated Prezident Jeff, FrancisGotHeat (Tre Mission),Moose Beats and rising star Sevn Thomas (Mobb Deep, Kelly Rowland). Team Toronto will be battling a stacked Team Los Angeles line-up that includes 2015 Grammy-nominated producer Skhyehutch(T.D.E) one-half of production duo Weirrd People, Angel Ramirez, The Beat Brigade, Dert Beats, Trak D, BoomerDidIt and Snoop Dogg’s drummer Nick Smith (Brandy, Ciara). Special guest judge (also spinning a DJ set) will be the legendary DJ HouseShoes. Can hip hop’s newest kid on the block show the city of rap legends a thing or two about making beats? 

Battle of the America’s Los Angeles is produced and curated by the Beat Academy, a Toronto-based non-profit exclusively dedicated to the creative and economic advancement of producers from around the globe

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