Industry Jewels 101: Introduction and Salute
Salute all digital hip-hop soldiers. I go by the name Gee Wunder. Before I get into a bit of my background I want to start my debut column by biggin’ up Jesse and Mo, the big dawgs at HipHopCanada for the opportunity to publish my first official blog and for their continued support of my artistic endeavours. I plan on using this forum to share with you, what I consider, the hottest online content (primarily Canadian of course) and my insider views and tips on the Canadian Music Industry.
Now a bit about myself… I go by the name Gee Wunder and the crew and movement I represent is called Live Motivators, our mantra is “Educate, Elevate, Motivate” I’ve been into hip-hop music and culture for the majority of my life. I’ve been involved in different aspects of the music industry for over a decade from recorded music to videos to television, both in front and behind the scenes. Some of y’all know and support me in my rap career and I thank y’all in advance for that. I’ll be updating you as to the progress of my music projects in this and subsequent columns.
Across Canada, and definitely here in the T-Dot there is tremendous excitement and anticipation on the urban music side of things. The pace and success of the career of young Drake has been ASTOUNDING to say the least. To put it in context, as of October 24, 2009 the Young Money “white knight” was featured on 7… count’em SEVEN songs on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Charts; #47 “Every Girl” with Young Money, #44 “The One” with Mary J. Blige, #35 “Money To Blow” with Birdman & Lil’ Wayne, #29 “Best I Ever Had”, #13 “I Invented Sex” with Trey Songz, #8 “Forever” with Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne & Eminem & #6 “Successful” with Trey Songz. That stat alone is BANANAS!!! And surely unprecedented for ANY Canadian artist… nevermind a hip-hop artist… (let me know if I’m wrong) Hip-hop soldiers here in the city see what’s going down and can’t help but feel the looming potential energy. My advice to all industry types and wannabe industry types is it’s now time to take things ONE MILLION times more seriously than you did last week. There’s money to be made and fans to be gained outside of the city of envious haters in which you reside. Reach these fans by any means necessary!
While looking forward to and anticipating the future I want to recognize the Canadian artists who have, in my opinion, paved the way for new Canadian talent to shine. So hats off to pioneers like Dream Warriors, Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Maestro, k-os, Swollen Members, Saukrates, Classified, The Rascalz, K’naan… and all the other Canuck artists who’ve sold some plates and received worldwide recognition for their musical contributions, thus opening doors for those behind them. Keep grinding’ Canada!
On that major note check out something major from ME, my latest street video “Kid Out Da Hood”:
All my digital soldiers when u are logged into your iTunes acct go to http://www.itunes.com/geewunder and buy that Hood Politics street album, you won’t be disappointed.
Thats a wrap till the next issue… Gee Wunder’s Jewels 102: “Professionalism and Work Ethic”.
Be ezee… Gee.
P.S. Gee Wunder “Hood Politics” (Street Album II) available now on iTunes (featuring Cory Lee, J Diggz, Shaun Boothe and others. Cop Dat!) – http://www.itunes.com/geewunder
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