2012 Who’s Got Next Profiles: Wave 3 [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. We’re posting profiles of the artists that are featured on the compilation. We’ve divided them up into 3 seperate posts. Click the jump link below to see the third and final wave of Who’s Got Next profiles featuring JellyTooFly, Famous and producer/MC, Rich Kidd.
“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 3 represents the Top 3 selected songs from the Who’s Got Next submissions.
Wave 3 Profiles
Rising star JellyTooFly recently released a mixtape entitled TellEmItsJellyBitch which has been featured on various influential blogs and websites. For production, Jelly teamed up with Toronto producers Rich Kidd, General, Hungree, GKbeatz, Rkitek Beats and Staxxx. While Jelly has been getting the city a-buzz with her newly released mixtape, JellyTooFly has performed and headlined in over 20 shows in the past year alone, including at The Manifesto — arguably Canada’s largest hip-hop festival, and at 106 and York. Jelly is also part of a feature-length documentary series following two up and coming artists — one from Toronto and the other from Atlanta — more information is available on http://www.sfarealtv.com. Following her passion to write, Jelly has been holding writing workshops for the youth at various schools throughout Toronto with much success. She has also hosted a fundraising event for the organization Healin’Scars which is a youth-led arts based non-for profit organization. Hungry and ambitious, with guidance from Nothinnervous and S.T.A.R., JellyTooFly is ready to show the world that she’s not your average female on the mic. She’s ready to become a leader, proving that she’s definitely got next! For more information on Jelly, check out www.JellyTooFly.com.
Have you ever listened to a song, and within the first few seconds you realize; ‘man, there’s nobody like this person in the whole world’? You know, that feeling you get when you take in a record and it’s like there’s no one there but you and the artist. Well, in case you don’t have your iPod handy, we’ll save you the trouble… Ladies and Gentlemen, meet The Kid Famous.
Let’s start with a bang: Famous is the first and only independent artist in the history of Canadian Music to be nominated for a Juno Award and MuchMusic Video Award for a debut EP after only a year into starting his rap career. Take that in. His first release, I Rap Now, a very well-crafted, short play album, with production from Grammy Nominated Boi-1da and ToneMason, spawned 5 songs, 4 videos, 3 radio hits, 2 major nominations, MTV performance, cross country tour including dates with Nas, The Clipse, Method Man and 1 ‘Best New Artist’ award south of the border from 93.7 WBLK. It would seem that based on that, it’s fair to say that the old adage just may be true, We All Wanna Be Famous.
Once in a while, a talent comes along who isn’t bound by conventional wisdom. He doesn’t follow the rules. He’s a mad musical genius with the vision of creating a monster. Critically acclaimed producer, rapper, song-writer, director; Rich Kidd is that talent. The Toronto native is everywhere. Covering magazines like NOW and HipHopCanada, winning Stylus and Toronto Independent Music Awards, touring Australia and Canada, producing music for everyone from Drake to Busta Rhymes to Nelly Furtado and releasing one of his country’s farthest reaching mixtape series (We On Some Rich Kidd Shit 1,2,3,4 & 5), Rich Kidd’s making wave after wave.
Rich Kidd emerged in 2009 as a commercially viable producer when the legendary Busta Rhymes used his production for a mixtape cut featuring M.O.P.’s Billy Daze called “Indescribable.” That same year, JUNO nominated K-os wrote one of his career’s biggest hits over a Rich Kidd production sampling Phantom Planet’s “California.” “I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman” featured Saukrates and Nelly Furtado and the video was nominated for a Best Hip Hop Video at the 2010 MMVAs.
We On Some Rich Kidd Shit Volume 3 dropped in 2010, featuring an introspective song by a pre-Young Money Drake featuring Saukrates entitled “The Search.” By spring, Rich Kidd was on the road touring western Canada with DJ Mensa and would later tour Australia furthering his growing reputation as a fearless, energetic performer. That year he also made his mark opening for The Clipse, Boombox Saints, Sean Price, Canadian Music Week showcase and Manifesto. He was coming into his own and received a nomination for 2010 Stylus Producer of the Year.
While he didn’t take home any hardware that year, he turned the corner as an artist and returned to the Stylus Awards in 2011 with five nominations. Fittingly, he won Artist Mixtape of the Year and rocked the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with a ruckus performance. “That’s how you perform!” a shirtless Rich Kidd yelled to the capacity crowd to end his set.
While he’d made great strides as a producer, MC and songwriter, 2011 also saw Rich Kidd spread his wings with his first directorial project “Trespassing.” A semi-biographical short film chronicling Rich Kidd’s struggle with his community and his art within a harsh urban environment, it was included in the City Life Film Project and debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Bell Lightbox in fall 2010.
The accolades continued to roll in. While he opened for J. Cole, Jay Electronica, KRS One, Big Krit, Cory Gunz and Kendrick Lamar, the Toronto Star named him one of Toronto’s top 5 independent MCs.
“Take It Slow” served as Rich Kidd’s debut solo single as an artist that same fall of 2010. Fans finally got a clear look at the animated character that’d been playing the background for years and the video achieved medium rotation on MuchMusic and high rotation on MuchVibe.
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.