On Our Radar: Deuce Fantastick [Interview]
Edmonton, AB – (Originally posted December 3, 2012) – It’s exciting to see what’s coming out of the Canadian Prairies these days – Deuce Fantastick is an Edmonton boy with a lot of drive and a lot of heart, not to mention talent. He caught our eye with the “Put Your Hood Up” video from his album Fantastick For A Reason, and kept our interest with his ecclectic brand of Canadian hip-hop. Between his involvement in the group Peep Game, his major role at Music Box Studios and his ambition to put Edmonton on the map, Deuce is making big moves and is out to impress – 30,000 mixtapes sold is certainly an achievement. Check out HipHopCanada’s words with the young MC after the jump in the newest edition of On Our Radar.
HipHopCanada: What sparked a love of hip-hop in you, and what steps have you taken to be part of the scene?
Deuce Fantastick: Growing up my father was a DJ, so music has always been a big part of my life. From as far as I can remember our house was always playing something in the background. Music runs in my blood, it’s just part of who I am. One of my early hip-hop memories was seeing my family go crazy off of my uncle DJ LTD’s success with the hit “Let your backbone slide “ by Maestro Fresh Wes. The catchy lyrics and uptempo production just caught me and ever since I’ve been in love.
A childhood friend Ryan Stuart aka DJ VYLINTZ and myself produced our first song “Welcome to E-town” in 2002. After we released to the public it was an instant hit, it spread like wildfire. From there I was introduced to Jay Stacks – CEO of PEEP GAME – and he said he heard the song and he was feeling my music. I joined the group, and have been making noise in the Edmonton hip-hop scene ever since.
HipHopCanada: What elements of hip-hop culture appeal to you most?
Deuce Fantastick: I love everything about hip-hop from graffiti to breakdancing, but what caught me the most was the art of creating songs through the art of poetry.
HipHopCanada: Specify your craft – what part of it you are the most talented at, and what do you work the hardest on?
Deuce Fantastick: I focus the most energy on my rhyme schemes and lyrical content. The songs that I create are based on my life experiences and the experiences of those around me. My strongest attribute is performing, it truly comes natural to me. I feel like when the mic is in my hand, and I’m rockin’ the stage – I know I am where I’m supposed to be.
HipHopCanada: Who do you feel you represent?
Deuce Fantastick: I represent the people that were told they couldn’t make it, that they couldn’t do something because of where they came from. For the people that were told no matter how much work they put in, or how hard they try, they would never be able to achieve their dreams. I believe that if you are truly driven and willing to work hard, you will manifest success.
HipHopCanada: What are some signs of success in your musical career?
Deuce Fantastick: One of the first signs of success was when my partner Jay Stacks and myself opened Music Box Studios. By doing this we were able to help the Edmonton hip-hop scene expand, as well as make an income off of doing what we love. I have had the pleasure to make music with artists that I grew up listening to such as W-C and the Outlaws. It felt like true success when they expressed appreciation for my craft.
HipHopCanada: What have been some of the biggest roadblocks and how have you surpassed them?
Deuce Fantastick: As much as I love my city, being from Edmonton has been a bit of a roadblock in itself. When Peep Game started in 2002, there wasn’t a huge hip-hop scene in Edmonton but regardless we found a way to sell our product and have sold over 30,000 mixtapes to date. The scene has been getting better over the last few years but the lack of support from the larger radio stations makes it difficult for hip-hop artists to find mainstream success in our city.
HipHopCanada: What is your overall goal for your career in hip-hop?
Deuce Fantastick: My overall goal is for my music to be heard and appreciated worldwide, and to able to live happily off of my music. I would also like to achieve longevity in the music business.
HipHopCanada: What people or groups do you see as being instrumental in helping you to achieve that goal?
Deuce Fantastick: My family and loved ones are a great support to me, they believe in what I do and help to keep me grounded along the way. Gotta give a shout out to Peep Game and everyone at Music Box Studios, the collaboration of talent keeps me on my feet and helps me grow as an artist. Another shout out goes to AONN and Doug Crawford for helping me expand out of Edmonton.
HipHopCanada: Where can fans find you? Both in person and online?
Deuce Fantastick: You can find me in Millwoods’ haha. I represent it, I’ll represent it til’ I die. It helped mold me into the person that I am today. A product of my environment..as they would say.
You can find me on
iTunes: Fantastic for a Reason
Facebook – peepgamemusicbox
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada community?
Deuce Fantastick: I just dropped my sophomore album Fantastic for a Reason available on iTunes, check out the first single “Put your Hood up” on YouTube! I welcome any and all feedback- Let’s put Canadian hip-hop on the map!!
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