Are there any fans of Canadian hip hop out there? I dug up a little treat for you. If you don’t already know, allow me to introduce Red1, Misfit (and Dj Kemo) aka Rascalz. They released an album in 1997 called Cash Crop that every hip hop fan (at least in Vancouver) should have played to death – but a few years before that they released another album, Really Livin. This album is what I like about hip hop.
I was listening to a mix of hip hop songs from 1993 by Dj Ayres and I realised not many people talk about or are familiar with what was coming out of Canada around this time. Rascalz had a very distinct sound (thanks to Kemo) right out the gate and it’s a shame that no one else really ran with it or the pacific northwest could have had a really specific sound identified with it. Nowadays we have some really great hip hop acts like K-os and K’naan to be excited about, but these guys paved the way.
I’m not here to take food out of anybody’s mouth so I’m sharing this album because you can’t even purchase this anywhere if you wanted to (correct me if I’m wrong). I hope hearing this album really puts you onto some music you wouldn’t have otherwise listened to. If you like it, go out and buy Rascalz Cash Crop, it is one of the best hip hop albums ever. Period.
Download Really Livin (zshare)
Rascalz Northern Touch
This video is epic! Rascalz, Choclair, Kardinal, Checkmate, Thrust. This brings back memories – I remember seeing Rascalz perform at a snowboard swapmeet at BC Place and Dedos and Zebroc (the b-boys in the group) were b-boying on stage, and Rahzel performed too! Anyone else at that show?
Rascalz feat. Barrington Levy – Top of the World
This was the first time I heard K-Os. One of my all-time favourite hip hop songs.