Vancouver, B.C. – E.D.G.E. seems to have just that – a bit of an upper hand in the rap game. Maybe it’s his years of experience, or maybe just the positive attitude he takes to his work, but not too many people in this city can compete. HipHopCanada has been following this guy for a while, so we’re happy to feature him as the latest Prolific Profile.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
E.D.G.E.: I would say hip-hop is an artform that expresses a wide range of topics and subjects, mainly pertaining to an urban lifestyle and/or environment. I feel that my music relates to a wide audience of people, regardless of urban or suburban residence and upbringing, and keeps the same feel that I look for when I am listening to hip-hop that I enjoy.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
E.D.G.E.: My namesake, Eternal Determination Grants Everything…I don’t feel that there would be any reason for me to stop making music at this point, even with the state of the industry as it is now. The business end of things has driven many artists to take the independent route, and you can’t blame them for it. I’d rather release quality independent recordings as opposed to major label top 40 radio music. As far as the highly competitive nature, I’ve never been worried about that personally.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
E.D.G.E.: Vancouver, born and raised.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
E.D.G.E.: I’m not entirely sure if it has. Lyrically, I know for a fact my writing would be the same regardless of my location. Aside from the fact I’ve been told I sound “Canadian”, which makes perfect sense, considering I am, I don’t think my home has influenced the sound of my music.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
E.D.G.E.: That’s a good question!!! I’m not entirely sure, to tell you the truth… I would imagine my primary fan base to enjoy more in-depth, thought-provoking lyricism as opposed to the highly disposable music that has become increasingly popular as of late.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
E.D.G.E.: The internet is a great promotional tool. Learn how to use it properly and you can do wonders for your music. One thing I wish I had known when I first started was that you need outside management. Don’t have friends handle your business if they aren’t familiar with doing so. You need someone outside of your circle to have an objective opinion and unbiased view of your work, someone who can actually provide results for you in the long run.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
E.D.G.E.: I have a 7-month old daughter named Mia, and she keeps me quite busy so I honestly haven’t been doing a large amount of community interaction.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
E.D.G.E.: Moka Only would have to be the first name I would think of. He taught me about creating free music, without the constraints you might put on yourself during the writing process. I used to overthink what I was writing to the point that it became more work than anything. We actually sat down and recorded an entire album of free, nonsensical speed-written verses, and I enjoyed working in that pressure-free manner so much, I’ve applied some of these principles and ideas to my new work.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
E.D.G.E.: Shaun Boothe. His work is impressive, I always look out for his music.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
E.D.G.E.: The one thing I will always look back on is the list of acts I’ve opened for: Common, Diamond D, Raekwon, Naughty By Nature, Mobb Deep, 2 Live Crew, Zion I, DJ Kool, DJ Green Lantern, Theophilus London, Talib Kweli and The Roots. I wouldn’t consider that a success though, more of an achievement. I was featured on Rel!g!on’s single “Lucid” with Moka Only, which had a video in rotation on MuchVibe and RapCity, I released a Kevin Nottingham (http://www.kevinnottingham.com) sponsored EP which I produced myself, entitled “Regularly Scheduled Program”, and I am currently working on a Refined Hype (http://www.refinedhype.com) sponsored EP entitled the29thyear, scheduled for a late October release.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
E.D.G.E.: Feel free to email me beats! email@example.com. Peace.
Photography by Sarah Hamilton.
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