And just one day before Narcy’s birthday on which his album drops, here’s a piece of  “early” Canadian hip-hop history that’s been missing in my book for a long time…

From the city boasting such ridiculous talent as The Narcicyst, D-Shade, Rugged Intellect, Loe Pesci, Maybe Watson, Oddeo, Prophecy and more (see Muzion, for instance) here’s a gem from their earlier days. Rugged Intellect and Prophecy had a group called Blitzkreague, D-Shade was still in Shades of Culture, Narcy, Loe Pesci and Apocalyptik formed Patrick Batemen, which was just before Narcy teamed up with his Iraqi brethren from another omm Habilis and Nofy (SandhiLL) to become Euphrates,  etc. etc.

Together, the above artists formed the Nine Majesty collective. And this “mixtape” compilation from 2001 offers an excellent cross-section through the buzzing Montreal underground scene of the early noughties.

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01 – Oddeo ft. Don LoeFontaine – Nine Maj is… (prod. Oddeo)
02 – Nine Majesty – 6-Sick’s Verses (prod. SandhiLL)
03 – Blitzkreague – Stargate (prod. SandhiLL)
04 – Patrick Batemen – Aim at Building (prod. Apokalyptik)
05 – Loe Pesci – Gotta Eat (prod. Frankie-F&F Productions)
06 – Euphrates – Silk Robes (prod. SandhiLL)
07 – Watson – Arbuste de ma Connerie (prod. Pea-Why – Freudian Slippers)
08 – Loes & Oddeo – Dreaming Awake (prod. Oddeo)
09 – Rugged Intellect – Introduction to… (prod. SandhiLL)
10 – Euphrates – Iraqnaphobia (prod. SandhiLL, Cuts by DJ Xcape)
11 – Loe Pesci & Apokalyptik – Blackbook (prod. Apokalyptik)
12 – Watson & Proph – Showcases (prod. Watson)
13 – Euphrates ft. Rugged Intellect – Shalom Alaikum (prod. SandhiLL)
14 – Shade Of Culture – That’s Me (prod. Grand Theft)
15 – Rugged I, Narce, Prophecy, Watson – Impromptu (prod. Watson)
16 – Patrick Batemen – Imperial Vomit (prod. Vic Cabbage, Guitar by Dale Boyle, Sax by Brad Vines)
17 – Crux Mottolo – What’s Not to Love (prod. Classic Pesci)

Nine Majesty (VA) – Mixtape Vol. 1 (2001)

Peace, 9@home