18.06.08 by Jeff

Really Livin.

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)

BONUS VIDEOS:

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?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD1V4kUKGX4[/youtube]

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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL3i7zfSonc[/youtube]





  • http://phree-drugs.blogspot.com/ esoter1c

    ’94, acid, really livin’ on cassette in the old auto-flip deck, epic memories.

  • kaze456

    nice one, this brought back some memories.

    remember this k-os joint?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMWJzKZIGFA

  • juliakozlov

    yea, canada;s does have some great hip-hop acts, and i think unlike the US, for the Canadian hip-hop artists it’s more for the heart of the music then for the money – it’s more soulful, more meaningful content.

    Red1 is signed with Direct Current Media I think, and works with Sol Guy who is the producer of the now hugely popular show called 4Real. Their offices are in west hastings in the dominion building. It’s all hitting close to home.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com jeffhamada

    yea i think so too (about the soul in the music) for the most part.

    good find with the k-os video – his voice is so cool even back then. his verse on chemical brothers “get yourself high” is awesome too – i’d like to hear him over more electro stuff like that

  • http://www.thelaf.net THE LAF

    my friends and i memorized verses off of northern touch and dreaded fist back then haha. that old k-os track kaze posted is “butter” !

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  • http://www.theriffraffs.ca daylan

    YESS!!!

    loving this post about the Rascalz.
    i still remember the first time i saw the northern touch and top of the world music videos on much music.
    northern touch, top of the world, dreaded fist, definitely pacific northwest classics…

    they also had a song that sampled new order’s “bizarre love triangle”, i remember downloading it off of napster back in the day.

    does anyone know what the title of the song is called?