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Rock The Mic: Rich Kidd performs “Syke” with Pete Rock [Video]

New York City, NY – Earlier this month, we brought you the first installation of CBC Music’s Rock The Mic series. Now we are pleased to announce that the good people over at CBC have released the second installation of RTM. The four-part series follows Canadian rapper-producer Rich Kidd and MC Raz Fresco as they go to NYC to kick it under the wing of legendary hip-hop heavyweight, producer Pete Rock.

So for this session Rich Kidd hits us with a performance of “Syke.” But there’s a twist – a monstrously awesome twist: Pete Rock is at the control boards during the performance, and there’s a live band backing up the Kidd. So it’s basically a total rap-cat dream-come-true. Check it out.

Rock The Mic: Rich Kidd performs

I love how Rich Kidd gets into some dialogue at the beginning of the video, too: “I feel -for years – hip-hop in Canada was trying to find it’s footing, and – like – who we were,” he begins. He speaks to those comparisons that always seem to come up between the East Coast and the West Coast, and the South; and basically everywhere that’s not Canada. So Rich Kidd places Canada in its own category: “I feel like that’s what we have to provide for the game; our own personality and our perspectives from the North of the border.”

Word to that. Salute, Rich Kidd!

The visuals were produced and directed by David F. Mewa, co-produced by Alex Narvaez, associate produced by Shara McHayle, and edited by Dennis Chan, with music production courtesy of Ron Skinner. Keep up on all things CBC music over here, and make sure you follow the Rock The Mic sessions over here (shout-out to Jesse Kinos-Goodin for the blog post). We’ll have the third session coming at you shortly.


Twitter: @PeteRock | @richkiddbeats | @RazFresco | @CBCMusic

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