Local Juno-winning rap light (whose mama calls him Kareem Blake), who adds edge to the Bluebird North showcase during the Distillery District's First Night party tonight (Thursday, December 30)
NAS // Street's Disciple
"Nas has grown as a rapper and a man. Even when he gives you the street talks, he's still giving you knowledge. We all watched him grow from Illmatic to Stillmatic, and saw a man come into his own. Even when people counted him out, he still represented."
Snoop Dogg // R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece"
In the early 90s, you could tell Snoop was just a G rapping cuz someone gave him that opportunity to do it. But after all the BS that went down with Death Row, you see a lighter side to Snoop. He doesn't have to try to be hard, he just is."
Jay-Z // 99 Problems/My First Song
"It goes without saying that Jay-Z's the biggest megastar in the rap world, or in music, period. He's followed up platinum records with platinum records, endless songs to remember. As one of the leaders of hiphop in Canada, I definitely consider him an inspiration."