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Beyoncé and Jay-Z's new album as The Carters, Everything Is Love, reconciles infidelity and betrayal, but also humility vs. hubris and the realities of Blackness vs. the privileges of wealth. more

Album reviews

Tona's syllable-cramming delivery and gritty beats go against the melodic vocal delivery and smoothed out ambient soundscapes that some would immediately associate with a Toronto hip-hop sound in 2018, but that doesn't mean he should be overlooked. more

Album reviews

Kanye West - Ye album review: Do the rapper/producer's raw honesty and still-fascinating artistry justify overlooking his more reprehensible traits? more

Album reviews

Pusha T's Drake diss track The Story Of Adidon is petty, personal and as addictive as Benadryl before bed – and although I have all the time in the world for it, it leaves me very, very tired. Have I aged out of rap beefs? more

Features

The adventurous Harlem rapper gets introspective on his third album, but style eclipses substance more

Album reviews

Album Review: Pusha T's seven-song Kanye West produced Daytona just dropped. The stripped-down and sombre new record mostly sidesteps Kanye's exhausting recent devil's advocacy... aside from a couple of things more

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J. Cole's KOD, the rapper's fifth album, cycles through the ups and downs of addiction, throwing a few shots at trendy trap-rappers along the way. more

Album reviews

A massive exhibition devoted to Toronto's hip-hop scene is underway at McMichael Canadian Art Collection more

Art & Design

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As the Roxanne Shante movie Roxanne Roxanne lands on Netflix, Canadian rapper Michie Mee talks about the pioneering New York emcee's importance in hip-hop history more

Interviews & Features

"Like the Police at the Horseshoe in 1978, Rolling Stones at El Mocambo in 1977, Nirvana at Lee's in 1990, this show goes down in Toronto concert lore," says the Flyer Vault's Daniel Tate of the 1995 show. more

Music

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Twenty years later, the Canadian hip-hop anthem means more than just beats and rhymes more

Features

To celebrate the city's birthday, the hip-hop and R&B station has gone 100 per cent local for one day more

Music

The 20-year-old Toronto rapper has gone viral with everything he's released, and for good reason. "Imagine an alien just popped up in your city," he says. more

Features

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Samuel Engelking

The hip-hop auteur connected with both heartfelt and aggressive flows in his psychedelic Ricoh Coliseum set. Vince Staples had a harder time igniting the crowd more

Concert reviews

She glimpses at what could make her stand out in the dense Toronto hip-hop ecosystem, but often sounds anonymous more

Album reviews

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Ashlan Grey

The self-styled hip-hop boy band never let enthusiasm drop during their two-hour Love Your Parents Toronto stop, which included six renditions of the song STAR more

Concert reviews

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Tanja-Tiziana

"I wanted people to be excited about the homegrown talent and abundance of women in our scene." more

Features

The rapper explores the travails of systemic injustice and radical self-love in a world that seems bent on self-hate more

Album reviews

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Samuel Engelking

We joined the Brampton producer for a rapid-fire session to see how she works in real time while creating a custom track, which you can hear here more

Features

The rap star's 14th album works despite its flaws – and partly because of them more

Album reviews