2012 Who’s Got Next Profiles: Wave 1 [Article]
Toronto, ON – The 2012 Stylus Awards by Pioneer DJ are getting close and that means the official release of Stylus/HipHopCanada compilation, Who’s Got Next 2012, is as well. Leading up to Stylus weekend, we’ll be posting profiles of the artists that are featured on the compilation. We’ll divide them up into 3 seperate posts. Click the jump link below to see the first wave of Who’s Got Next profiles featuring D.O., Victoria Sol, Caliph, Tre Leji and 2Z.
“On Monday May 28th, 2012 the most influential players in urban and club culture from across the country will come together again for an evening of recognition and celebration. After six sold out years The Stylus Awards has quickly become the ‘must-attend’ event of the year for the country’s biggest and brightest stars in the urban, dance and club music scene.”
Wave 2 Profiles
“Futuristic boom-bap” powerhouse Tre Leji erupted onto the scene in late 2009 with a wild and refreshing energy reminiscent of hip-hop’s golden age. The release of their debut EP, “JMC Presents…”, marked the beginning of what promises to be the future of Canadian urban music as a whole.
Comprised of Toronto natives and childhood friends Guzo Lou (Prod/MC), South P! (Prod/ MC) and Dubby Free Lo (MC/ Hypeman), the group came together not instantaneously, but rather by evolutionary process. All three members were introduced to the stage in their middle school days, each through separate musical endeavours, organizing and performing at their own shows, as well as composing original music of various genres, providing the common ground for the three to combine as one. When they come together as the “TL” this experience is evident. With sounds described as a mix between A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang and Outkast, their live show is not to be missed.
Real. Rising. Raw: these three words best come to mind when describing Victoria Sol’s emotional brand of Soul/R&B. Brought up in Brampton, Ontario, she surpassed her competitors winning local singing competitions with her gut-wrenching vocals. Now she looks to take on that same attitude when compared to her contemporaries to add new texture to the Toronto music scene. Not much else needs to be said, as she likes to let her music speak for itself.
D.O. has defied the odds as a rapper from Canada, becoming a certified international artist, a successful record label executive and a socially active community ambassador. He set a Guinness World Record when he freestyled for nearly nine hours in 2003, sold tens of thousands of CDs, hit #1 on U.S. College Hip Hop Radio charts and travelled the world performing for sold out crowds; D.O.’s success is defined in his own terms.
Somewhere between Tupac (in terms of social consciousness), Common (in terms of artistic integrity) and Jay-Z (in terms of business sense), stands D.O., a man who is bounded only by the hours in a day. And in 2012, D.O. will make his biggest splash to date with the release of Heavy In The Game. The album features the Classified produced singles “She Likes You” and “It’s On.”
Rising Canadian R&B artist 2Z is making noise in the urban music scene. The young singer-songwriter-producer has earned a name for himself throughout Toronto with his soulful voice and heartfelt performances, sharing the stage with great Hip Hop and R&B artists in North America, including Maestro Fresh Wes, Karl Wolf, Glenn Lewis, D-12, Lloyd and many more. Since his earliest taste of the spotlight, this natural-born entertainer has put his heart and soul into perfecting his craft; polishing his skills of production, writing, singing and rapping while drawing inspiration from legends such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.
2Z has always prided himself in writing and producing original music that not only sounds good, but also resonates with the listener. After the devastation following the recent Tsunami in Japan, 2Z was inspired to write and produce “To Save A Life”, a track that would go on to be recognized by the Canadian Red Cross Foundation as the official Canada Rocks 4 Japan benefit concert theme song. Soon after 2Z’s critically acclaimed smash hit single “50/50” was nominated at the 2010 Stylus Awards for Top R&B Single of the Year. The track cleared the way for the following summer’s official debut mixtape, “Tuzzday”, which garnered more than a quarter-million downloads in just a few weeks. With major performances at venues such as Yonge and Dundas Square, The Sound Academy and The Opera House on his ever-expanding resume.
Talented and charismatic artist, CALiPH, released his much anticipated debut album on January 24th, 2012. The Resignation quickly climbed the iTunes Top Hip Hop/Rap Album charts peaking at #23 on its first day of release. The groundbreaking 16 tracks on the album are composed of melodies originating from old-school Soul, smooth R&B, and classic Hip Hop/Rap. Diverse is under-rating the versatility of the tracks on The Resignation. Featuring production from Rich Kidd, M-Phazes, Boonie Mayfield, OB Keys, Izzy The Kidd, JusaMelody, East.Boro Productions, Chemist Productions and Martin Lloyd along with appearances from L., Lisa Banton, Nicole Edwards and DL Incognito. (Full album credits available at CaliphSince88.Blogspot.com)
The BC-born artist, CALiPH, released his first mixtape, Music & Me, in March of 2009. The success of the project garnered recognition from various media outlets and let to a string of multiple local performances. CALiPH’s first official single, Dedicated, was released in late 2010. The recording generated a wave of online interest and was featured on a variety of major Hip Hop blogs. It also received rotation on various radio stations including Toronto’s #1 urban station Flow 93.5. The single would also be featured on the 2011 Stylus Awards Who’s Got Next compilation album and won for “Best New Hip Hop” at the Barrie New Music Festival.
Having performed showcases and several shows for unsigned artists this past year, CALiPH is ready to set the tone for his rising career with upcoming performances and appearances for The Resignation. He is currently working on his next project titled RiseOrDie: The Endless Pursuit of Perfection due summer of 2012.
About Who’s Got Next
The submission period ran from February 14th to April 11th.
Stylus Spinfest 2012 is taking place from May 26th to May 28th. Throughout the duration of Stylus Weekend 1500 manufactured CDs will be distributed at all sponsored Stylus SpinFest events. This is an opportunity designed to also help break artists by getting this CD in the hands of DJs and Industry Tastemakers nationwide.
All selected artists will be featured on the “Who’s Got Next?” compilation , will receive copies of the CD, a pair of tickets to the Exclusive Stylus V.I.P. Mingle BBQ AND Stylus Awards, as well as a featured spotlight on HipHopCanada.com and the Stylus Group website. Only unreleased songs will be considered. Artists signed to a major label need not apply.
#1 single picked will be announced and offered single digital distribution deal with On Blast Digital.
The artist/label submitting will own the rights to any songs released on the “Who’s Got Next?” compilation. The compilation is the property of The Stylus Group and strictly used for promotional use only.
Don’t forget to visit StylusGroup.ca.