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A critical look at Ice H20 Records’ Canadian signings [Article]


Toronto, ON – Nothing compliments a blunt better than a cup of a green tea. No milk, no sugar – just straight green tea. Prior to experiencing the combination first hand, I would have never imagined myself enjoying such a “sophisticated high”. The medley of three different leaves whet my palate one night and entirely changed my perspective on getting lifted. Luckily for me, I was fortunate enough to embark on this voyage with a colleague who possesses a strong acumen in all things hip-hop. One topic that came about was the arrival of Wu-Tang’s Raekwon in Hogtown and the launch of his imprint; Ice H20 Records.

While it’s debatable that JD Era and Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge are the top two free-agent Toronto MCs, the topic of discussion that night was attempting to understand The Chef’s vision when he chose the two of them as the core for his roster. Camo has long been compared to Wu for his ability to effortlessly mix science with streets. I know some other Toronto spitters that also possess that Shaolinesque character, but none of them have the following, the catalogue nor the visibility of Gangeezy the Greezy. His affiliation with Raekwon simply puts a stamp on what his true fans and supporters have been testifying for years.

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Enter JD Era.

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Whether you’re building a basketball roster or a record label, you need “that guy.” Call him your marquee, the franchise tag, whatever you want to call it, he’s gotta be there to put your team in a position to be successful.  While Camo is somewhat an extension of Raekwon himself, it’s Era who will supplement the mainstream element that Camo can’t provide. Lest we forget, before Drizzy got scooped by Young Money, it was JD Era’s name floating in the rumour mill with possible ties to Ludacris’ DTP and other ventures. He gets love in the clubs, gets played on the radio and has built a solid reputation for releasing quality product.

While the inner-workings of Ice H20 Canada label are still a mystery, that shouldn’t keep us from enjoying the moment and the music to come. If you doubted the combination of The Chef, JD Era and Ganghis Khan on paper as I did, I urge you to take a leap of faith and listen to Raekwon’s Unexpected Victory mixtape. Like green tea and a blunt, they work extremely well together – and you won’t know unless you try.  The only down side, is that once again, it took an American for us to see what was under our noses for years.

Written by Mac Moseley for HipHopCanada

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@ThatsBizz is a Senior Contributor for HipHopCanada and a member of the Central Canada team. The nuts and bolts of Jonathon “Bizz” Brown are impressive, but it’s his ability to apply his skills, identify opportunities, adapt to new environments and get the job done that makes him who he is. An engaging combination of education, experience and vision, Brown continues to make his mark on many fronts and plant his flag as a professional on the rise. Entrenched in the urban music scene for more than half a decade, Bizz launched Crack House Radio in 2004. Over the next four years, the online radio show would evolve into a major outlet for Canadian music and hip hop culture in general. Over that time, Bizz interviewed countless artists and professionals including Belly, Bishop, Drake, Classified, Guru, Joell Ortiz, author and gang specialist Michael Chettleburg, Brent (owner of Just Ent) & many others. In 2007, Bizz joined Urbanology Magazine as a staff writer and would go on to contribute dozens of articles over the next three years including a cover story on Classified in 2009. 2007 also saw the launch of Bizz' line of t-shirts reading "Hip Hop Ain't Dead It Lives In The North." Since then, he's toured with Peter Jackson, Busta Rhymes, DJ Dames Nellas, Bishop, Slaughterhouse & Pharoahe Monch and secured a strong following with his column on called "The Fine Print."

  1. Bob_Bunz

    These guys need to get signed!

  2. Master True Born Allah (Shabazz) Danny.

    Louis Rich?

    Yo Lex,

    Im working on Chucky Vs. BeetleJuice. kinda like Freddie Vs. Jason.Your Thoughts?oh whats with Lex Diamond II and i hope your felling better.everthings peace and the God is on his job.

    WU-TANG Forever,


    True God

  3. Israel Jacobs

    You call this a critical look? You need a second glance!

  4. arson campbell

    U wont be disappointed hard working artist with a unique still would be a great asset to the lable with the right guidance under the wings of the great toronto raised Scarborough

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