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Who is Crossword? [Toronto, ON]
In a world obsessed with image, an Iranian-Canadian emcee already stands out without saying a word. But when the words flow, Crossword cements his status as an artist coming from left field. Sooner to talk politics than swag, or to serenade than cater to the gentleman’s club, intelligent lyricism, witty wordplay and passionate delivery are staples in Crossword’s repertoire. Not to say a rapper shedding light on topics rarely discussed in the mainstream is to be taken lightly. Having shared stages with hip hop legends (GZA, Jeru The Damaja, Jurassic 5′s Chali 2na) and up-and-coming artists alike (Stalley, L.A.), plus having worked with some of Toronto’s finest producers – Juno-nominated FreshKils, Rich Kidd and Junia-T, and toured across North America as a member of the award winning hip-hop-funk-rock band Vibonics, it’s clear this northern native has put in work and paid his dues. But all cliches aside, dude can spit. Daring to take risks with his subject matter, but not too high and mighty to take himself that seriously, Crossword brings an infectious spice to any recording that will have you pressing rewind.
Who is AntiFrantik?
A scientist, filmmaker, writer, producer, and potent lyricist, AntiFrantik embodies both the rugged entropy and steadfast tranquility that has come to characterize the rising generation. Citing Busta Rhymes and Ice Cube as early influences, AntiFrantik introduced himself to the world with his 2006 release "The Powers EP". After taking time off to pursue degrees in biochemistry, neuroscience, and film & television production, AntiFrantik returned to music with his 2010 release, "The Jazz Funk Collection". Paying homage to renowned jazz funk artists such as Herbie Hancock and Donald Byrd, Frak puts his flow and lyricism to the test in this refreshing, laid-back mixtape. Currently he is gearing up for the release of his LP, Love & Poison: A Powers Epilogue.
Who is Alumni et al.?
This new crew made their debut one of our #CageCall shows ft. Ultra Magnus, and the crowd loved them. Alumni et al. is the impeccable collection of artists and friends based out of Windsor and Sudbury Ontario. Original members include Eddie Brock, Ryan Akira, Ike Lawrence and Rexus. All songs are produced in-house, creating a cohesive sound for the group, with DJ Goliath spinning on the ones and twos. Self-described as contemporary rap, Alumni et al. plans to reimagine music with their disctinct sound, punctuated with heavy kicks and memorable hooks. Their first project, the self-titled Alumni et al. is slated for release summer of 2015.
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