Fredericton Hip-Hop Reunion Show + a Contest



Happy Canada Day! Feel free to enter the contest at bottom for a chance to win some Canadian hip-hop.

I've taken a break from my retaining wall project, now nicknamed 'Walworth', to visit Fredericton for 3 days for (1) Canada Day, (2) a wedding and (3) a Freddy Beach Hip Hop Reunion Show.

Freddy Beach Hip Hop Reunion Show
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From 2003-2006, Fredericton rappers and DJs developed their skill in front of friends & fans every Wednesday at Hip-Hop Night. The weekly night started out at The Capital, and later moved to Nicky Zees.

There were cyphers, out-of-town performers, $2.25 drink cards for emcees (I still have mine) and a whole lot of good times & memories. Seven years later, Black Ice Entertainment brings you the Freddy Beach Hip Hop Reunion Show:

Date: Fri, July 2 @ 9 PM
Where: Nicky Zees, 375 King St, Fredericton, NB
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129763667057677
Music By: DJ Scout, Loc Dog, STV, Baby Grand
Performances By: Mick D, Phakt, Monark, First Words, Socially Exceptable, Brockway Biggs aka Pimp Tea, Jed Nice, Al Boogie, Miracle, KNO

2004 Flashback Poster



Back in 2003, I wrote a feature on the hip hop night for HipHopCanada.com. Although the article is no longer hosted on HHC, I was able to dig up my submission, and thought I'd share some snippets from the November 29, 2003 article:

Co-organizer, DJ STV is quick to point out that "we just wanted to give a venue for heads to come out and do their thing. We try to keep it positive and not battle, but sometimes egos clash and cats get personal. I've had to turn off the beat on emcees that get too personal. Our main goal is to build and not have people afraid to come up and rap."

Here's the 2003 rundown of who was who in Fredericton hip-hop:

Above is one quarter of First Words. His flow is amazing and his voice is aggressively distinctive. He's appeared on numerous albums and is currently working on his first solo EP. http://www.myspace.com/above79

Apostrophe is one of the original four members of the Illogic crew. He started rapping 9 years ago when he hooked up DJ STV and Jed Nice who at the time were known as Prophets of Rhyme - a Canadian version of Public Enemy. He started out freestyling, but has evolved into a writer and producer. http://www.myspace.com/apause

Bonshah - A veteran emcee from Halifax who started breaking back in 1985. He soon got into emceeing and has since done a ton of shows. He was nominated for a 2002 ECMA Award and has been featured on many of Classified's album. http://www.myspace.com/2008Bonshah

Originally from Oromocto, Ceeb learned to rap in French & English during his 16 years in Montreal. This veteran emcee is a faithful hip-hop night visitor, never afraid to pick up the microphone and fill any void with endless freestyles. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5016719986

At 16 years of age, DNA (Da Nemesis Attraction) has been rapping for 3 years. He claims he can rip any emcee apart, holds down a show on 95.7 'The Beat' and has a full LP coming out in a couple months. http://www.facebook.com/pages/DNA/84511146593

Element Kontrol first formed out of Moncton 4.5 years now and has managed to release four albums on their own label, Genius in the Dark. The trio is composed of emcee/DJ/Producer Toenayles The Oddfellow; emcee/producer Intuit and DJ/Producer Kastion Rubberfingers. They performed at the Moncton DMCs and represent all five hip-hop elements grafitti art, breaking, emceeing, producing and DJing. http://www.nayles.com and http://www.intuitonline.tk

Envy has an exceptionally diverse flow ranging from rap to reggae. Originally from Halifax, he's renowned for running over from work during his breaks just to drop a fresh flow.

First Words is composed of STV, Sean One, Above and DJ Jorun (Halifax). Their song 'Down with Putting Raps Down' was chosen to appear on the prestigious Dig Your Roots compilation, receiving National exposure. Their debut album will is nearing completion and by all accounts stands to be one of the best indie releases out of Atlantic Canada. http://www.myspace.com/firstwordsisnewbrunswick

Ill Logic Crew is composed of DJ STV, Jed Nice, Apostrophe, Monark, Symphantry, Mike Ill, Phakt and honorary member, Master Mixxx D. They've performed at the Canada Winter Games and have their debut album in the works.

Jed N.I.C.E. is a member of the Illogic crew. He's been rapping for 14 years, and got his start in grade 7 when he started rhyming over a friend's beatboxing beats. He's got a solo album on the fritz until he finishes the Illogic album. http://www.myspace.com/jednice

Loc Dog has been DJing for almost 3 years now. Originally from Saint John, NB, he competed in 2003 DJ Olympics and 2002 DMCs in Halifax. He also stands as the winner of the 2001 DJ Warz in Moncton. http://www.myspace.com/40sand9s

Master Mixx D was of the original four members of the Illogic crew, and has moved on to hosting a show at 95.7 FM The Beat.

Mick D "Tha Golden Child" has been rapping seriously for 6 years now. His DTC crew hails from Digby, Nova Scotia, but Mickey D is currently in his 2nd year at UNB. His unique style stands out in Fredericton, gaining comparisons to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. His crew recorded an 8 song EP this summer, and he's featured on PIMP-T's upcoming single, 'P. Titty.' http://www.myspace.com/mickd06

Mike Ill is a behind the scenes member of Illlogic Crew. Has been making beats for about 2 years and is a driving force behind Jed Nice's solo LP.

Monark is one of Fredericton's most promising up & comers. He's only been rapping for 3 years now, but as a member of the Illogic crew, he stands strong on the mic. He's got 14 songs done and is just waiting for the right beats. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=35400207150

Phakt is New Brunswick's best kept secret. He's fresh off winning the 2003 Freestyle Battle at the DJ Olympics in Halifax, defeating Low Pressure Record's Tachichi. Hailing from Saint John, he's been rhyming for 10 years and reps the Allie Crew, Illogic and All Ears Ent. http://www.myspace.com/phakt

PIMP-T (aka Brockway Biggs) has worked hard to lock down the business side of the rap game, in the hopes of providing support for other indie artists in the future. He's been nominated for an ECMA and a UMAC award; performed on MusiquePlus and the Canada Winter Games; and had his video played on MuchMusic & MusiquePlus. He's also a senior writer under the moniker 'Trizoy' for www.HipHopCanada.com - the 2002 & 2003 UMAC winning website. http://www.BrockwayBiggs.com

Rory Borealis is PIMP-T's trusty dancing sidekick, but has become hooked on grabbing the mic to drop rhymes at The Capital's hip-hop night. Watch for his rapping debut on PIMP-T's upcoming album 'An Urbal Remedy' in September 2004.

Sean One is one of Fredericton's hardest working emcees. A former member of the illustrious Vet Cru out of Saint John, he's released two solo albums over the past three years with a 12" release on the way. He's appeared on numerous compilations and is one quarter of First Words. http://www.myspace.com/shiggyseanone

Scout is the mastermind behind the burgeoning weekly hip-hop night in Fredericton. He's been DJing for a year now and launched Urban Scout Productions in a professional attempt to help promote and unite a hip-hop community with enormous potential. http://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Scout/9651587066

Sherloc Colmes has been rhyming for 3 years. A former member of E-sential a now defunct group with Monark, Symphantry and Da Nemesis Attraction, hes now performing on the solo tip. http://www.myspace.com/colmes

DJ STV has had the Fredericton hip-hop scene locked down for nearly 20 years. Back in 1984 he started breakdancing and shortly after that he donned the emcee name of King Cash. He hooked up with Jed Nice and DJs Lloyd Payne and Stayfresh J, to form the group P.O.R. (Prophets of Rhyme). After losing his rhyme book, he switched from an emcee to a DJ and has been holding it down with his weekly hip-hop radio show 'Strictly Hip Hop' for almost 10 years on CHSR. He's an integral part of the Illogic crew and First Words. http://www.myspace.com/dj_stv

Toxik has been rapping and freestyling in Fredericton for the past four years.


Canada Day Canadian Rap Contest
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To celebrate Canada Day, I'm giving away some Canadian rap albums! For a chance to win, send an email to theword(at)brockwaybiggs(dot)com with the subject "I love Canadian rap".
Deadline: July 15, 2010. Limit one entry per valid email address.

Prizes:
* Brockway Biggs (Fredericton/Ottawa) - In Awe of Simplicity
* Hellafactz (Halifax) - Hard 2 B Humble + The Tribute CD
* Nayles (Moncton) - Eye Still Grow
* The Discounts (St. John's) - Part One
* Various Artists (Canada) - Brockway Ent's CDN Rap Future Superstars 2010
* Various Artists (Canada) - Brockway Ent's CDN Rap Mix 2006

Winner: Frantic Artillery, Calgary, AB



Cheers,
Brockway Biggs


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