Today at Ottawa Bluesfest: Cypress Hill, Tyler, the Creator & more [News]
Ottawa, ON – Despite some unfortunate weather, like yesterday’s torrential downpour, Ottawa’s RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest has been nothing short of spectacular! The festival kicked off officially back on July 3 with a performance by Fool’s Gold Records recording artist, Danny Brown, and runs through to Sunday, July 13.
Today is a special day for hip-hop fans as the Claridge Homes Stage will play host to Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and then Cypress Hill from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
About Tyler, the Creator
The RZA—and maybe even GZA — of Odd Future (short for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) Tyler, the Creator is the alternative hip-hop crew’s main rapper, producer, and source of inspiration. He got his first taste of fame when The Los Angeles Times ran a “teen on the street”-type story on the then 16-year-old skateboarding enthusiast, who was also interested in music and fashion. In 2007 he began making music with Odd Future’s core members —Earl Sweatshirt, Left Brain, and Hodgy Beats — and by the summer of 2010 their vivid and surreal material had earned them a loyal following. It was during that year that a video Tyler directed for the Odd Future track “French” took off, topping a million views by December and drawing attention to the slew of crew-related mixtapes that followed, including Tyler’s own, Bastard. He was signed to the XL label in 2010 for a one-album deal. When Tyler’s XL album Goblin arrived in 2011, it became the first Odd Future-related product to be released through the usual music industry channels. Wolf followed in 2013, with Left Brain and Frank Ocean returning as guests.
About Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill is a hip-hop group from South Gate, California. Originally called DVX, the group formed in 1986 when Cuban-born brothers Sen Dog and Mellow Man Ace hooked up with fellow Los Angeles residents Muggs and B-Real. The group began pioneering a fusion of Latin and hip-hop slang, developing their own style and becoming the first such act to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 million albums worldwide. By the time Mellow Man Ace left the group in 1988, DVX was renamed Cypress Hill, after a local street. The group continued to perform around L.A., eventually signing with Ruffhouse/Columbia in 1991.
With its stoned beats and B-Real’s exaggerated nasal whine, the group’s eponymous debut became a sensation in early 1992. In 2000, the group released the double-disc set Skull & Bones, which featured a disc of hip-hop and a disc of their more rock-inspired material. Appropriately, the album also included rock and rap versions of the single “Superstar,” bringing Cypress Hill’s quest for credibility and crossover hits full circle. The ensuing videos for both versions featured many famous rap and rock musicians talking about their profession, and the song was a smash on MTV because of it. In the winter of 2001, the group came back with Stoned Raiders, another album to heavily incorporate rock music. Three years later, the band issued Till Death Do Us Part, which included several styles of Jamaican music. In 2010 they announced their signing to Priority Records thanks to the label’s creative director, Snoop Dogg. The label released their eighth studio album, Rise Up, that same year.
For more information about Ottawa Bluesfest, check out the official website, OttawaBluesfest.ca.
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