Canada


 

This man can’t hold his feet still. And that’s a good thing.

Narcy’s new brand/label is The Medium with which he leaps into artistic independence, with his music, other art forms, and his friends. And he enourages anybody else to contribute their works, thoughts, pictures, music (see link below). For now, this EP is ample proof that Narcy, for all the albums, international collaborations, films, lectures etc. he’s offered already, is only just beginning to find himself as a full-fledged artist, activist and commentator.

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John Smith, mcenroe and Yy, all from the beautiful provice of Manitoba, Canada. While being independently active within the Peanuts & Corn collective, they’ve also put out two albums as Park-Like Setting. Do not be fooled by whatever you think you know or don’t know about Manitoba, this album is a great listen. Some nice relaxed tongue in cheek lyrics and fresh production by the work-animal mcenroe who produces for damn nearly everyone on his label, besides rapping, artwork and whatnot.

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1 Wax On, Wax Off
2 Cut Once ft. Pip Skid
3 Craftsmen
4 DFA
5 Short Pants Long Sleeves
6 Overrated
7 Eight Bars Each ft. Birdapres, Cadence Weapon, Evil, Gruf, Pip Skid, Satchill Paige
8 By My Lonesome
9 Bush League Psych-outs
10 Barbie Doll Eyes
11 The Five Year Plan
12 Church Of The Poisoned Mind
13 The Boss Of Me
14 Our Turn (Scratches by Hunnicutt)
15 Small Market Team

Park-Like Setting – Craftsmen (2005)

Park-Like Setting label site

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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)

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Muzion (pronounced mew-zigh-on) are Impossible, J. Kyll and Dramatik. They represent Montréal (Québec) and the fact that they live in a world where French and English are spoken side by side also shows in their lyrics which consist in great part of French, but with some very noticeable insertions of English phrases. – Just as they come out, it seems. On top of that, they draw on their Haitian background using Kreyol in their lyrics as well. The result is a powerful and heartfelt language mixture that just flows effortlessly. But that’s not enough. They also have quite a bit to say and it becomes clear that they take their time crafting their lyrics and arranging their beats that continue to win people’s hearts on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

01 – Pas un Jour Sans Une Ligne
02 – Rien a Perdre
03 – Le Soleil se Couche
04 – L’education
05 – Tel Pere, Tel Vice
06 – Rien Qu’une Simulation
07 – Noire Noblesse
08 – La ti vi Neg
09 – Mentalite Moune Morne
10 – Le Concept (Tome 3)
11 – Ghetto Genetique
12 – 666 Theme
13 – De Bonne Foi
14 – Ce Soir Encore
15 – Lounge With us (Rock On)
16 – Get it Right
17 – Ainsi Soit-Il

Muzion – Mentalité Moune Morne (Ils n’ont pas compris) (1999)

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01 – Intro
02 – Le Concept (Tome 4)
03 – Démondialisation
04 – C’est Pas un Hasard
05 – C’est la Jungle Dehors
06 – Acceptez-Vous Les Frais
07 – La Classe Disparue (Hell)
08 – Nap Debake
09 – Men Malad Yo
10 – Les Sept
11 – Vous Pouvez Parler
12 – Ne M’en Veux Pas
13 – Ghetto Génétik
14 – J’rêvolutionne

Muzion – J’rêvolutionne (2002)

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Muzion.com

Muzion’s Myspace

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(Intro rant:) If there’s one thing I don’t understand, it’s how the whole entire world can be on US-American rappers’ nuts and act like the northern half of the American continent just ends behind Portland or Detroit or, well, Portland (Maine). It really wouldn’t take that much more of an effort to look at the bit above the 49th parallel to notice there’s a big-ass chunk of land up there and those cats on the other side have a bit more to offer than just the best maple syrup in the world. In fact, for the biggest part of Canada, it’s not even a language problem that keeps the people from understanding them. (end rant.)
But nevertheless, Canadian artists have taken quite a bit longer to get some recognition with their neighbours and luckily, with the likes of the Maestro Fresh Wes, Rascalz, Swollen Members, Choclair, Eternia, Kardinal Offishall and many more, they’re finally getting a break with an international audience, as they so rightly deserve.

In this post, we’ll focus on an MC from the Toronto area and a crew from Québec, to keep things balanced on both sides of the language border. I won’t even say too much about the artists but let their music speak. Needless to say, they’re both ill as all hell and this stuff is some real quality that’ll grow on you the more you listen to it.

Dan-e-o, hailing from Scarborough, Ontario, represents the Monolith crew which is heavily featured on his first album. He’s been dropping verses on wax since his legendary Dear Hip-Hop in 1996. What makes Dan-e-o stand out among his fellow MCs is his versatility. He is at home in both straight-up battle-type flows à la Big Daddy Kane or Percee P and in some more schmoove, laid-back reggae rhythms.

Dan-e-o – Book of Daniel (2000)

Dan-e-o – See no Evil, Hear No Evil (2004)

For more, peep Dan-e-o’s website to check out his videos and find out about his latest and maybe last album, Speak no Evil (2005.)

Muzion (pronounced mew-zigh-on) are Impossible, J. Kyll and Dramatik. They represent Montréal (Québec) and the fact that they live in a world where French and English interlace also shows in their lyrics which consist in great part of French, but with some very noticeable insertions of English phrases. – Just as they come out, it seems. The result is a raw and heartfelt language mixture that just flows effortlessly. But that’s not enough. They also have quite a bit to say and it becomes clear that they take their time crafting their lyrics and arranging their beats that continue to win people’s hearts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Muzion – Mentalité Moune Morne (Ils n’ont pas compris) (1999)

Muzion – J’rêvolutionne (2002)

This is Muzion’s website to watch their videos and read up on their members.

Peace, 9@home