Manitoba Music Presents a Showcase at The Good Will on March 31 Featuring 3PEAT, Len Bowen, Chris Bxnnxtt, Wynrush, and CJ The Grey
Winnipeg’s hip hop community is in the spotlight this month. Five local acts are set to showcase at music hotspot The Good Will on March 31 followed by a roundtable discussion and networking mixer at Manitoba Music (1-376 Donald Street) on April 1.
Local showcasing acts hitting the stage include rap triumvirate 3PEAT, rhyme-driven emcee Len Bowen, high energy emcee Chris Bxnnxtt, soul/blues/dub reggae tinged hip hop artist Wynrush, and Studio 393 alum CJ The Grey. Each act has been building buzz with new material and packed shows.
Manitoba Music will host a roundtable discussion at 1PM on April 1 for an open dialogue on the successes and challenges for the local hip hop community. FACTOR’s Project Coordinator for Sponsorships & Outreach, Taiwo Bah, will be making the trip from Toronto to bring a voice and perspective from federal music funders. The event is free and open to all those working in hip hop, including artists, promoters, producers, labels, videographers, graphic designers, DJs, and more. The discussion will be followed by a mixer, also at the Manitoba Music office.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
3PEAT's Steve, E.GG and Dill The Giant form a triangle offence of rap styles and influences. With Steve’s background as a DJ, E.GG’s roots in breakdancing scene, and Dill The Giant’s work with the Prestigious Deviants, the group naturally came together at hip hop events. The group began with the odd collaboration and the eventual realization that their favorite songs were made when they came together. With enough music for a short set, the group took on local shows. It was at that point that the eclectic nature of the Winnipeg music scene stepped in. From opening for visiting rap acts like Blackalicious and T.I, to playing in hardcore shows, to collaborating with the jazz band Super Duty Tough Work, the group began to attract an organic following. With demand for their music mounting, 3PEAT rented a studio space, bought the necessary equipment with the money saved from shows, and self-recorded and produced their debut EP, 3PEAT.
Beats, rhymes and life have done changed but the saying remains the same: it’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re going. Emcee Len Bowen is the fine line between hip hop’s golden age and the unknown territory in which this culture is now headed. His music is what you miss about hip hop and what you look forward to hearing. Composing verses since junior high, rhyme to Bowen is like science and mathematics. His previous projects have seen the number one spot on college radio charts and the spotlight on MuchMusic’s sought after Rap City playlist. Bowen launched his latest project, The Going Away Party EP, in October 2016 and garnered raves from national media along the way.
Young emcee Chris Bxnnxtt has been turning heads with his ability to capture an audience with his charisma and compositions. He began rapping at the age of 15 where he would cipher at school and house parties as a hobby. After a knee injury sidelined him from his football career, music became his number one priority. Bxnnxtt has garnered buzz opening for the likes of French Montana, Fabolous, Pusha T, Freddie Gibbs, Camron, Tory Lanez, Rich Homie QuanRaekwon, Ghostface Killah, Lil Scrappy, Paul Wall, and MGK, performing in over 150 shows and being active on the radio all without a debut album. Bxnnxtt is known for his relentless energy during live performances and his deep yet entertaining subject matter. The bar is set high and he’s ready to show the world what he’s got. FREE DOWNLOAD
Artist, music workshop facilitator, and radio host Nestor Wynrush offers up hip hop with tinges of soul, blues and dub reggae. With two studio albums under his belt -- Guy, I'm From Here and Trinnipeg !78 – plus and live record So High from The Lo -- Wynrush’s music touches on family, loss, lust, and our ever going battles and is Manitoba within every heartbeat.
Up-and-coming rapper CJ The Grey has been turning heads with his live shows with Graffiti Art Programming's Studio 393 initiative and racked up a few thousand views for his videos on YouTube and is now part of the 4th Coast Records roster.
ABOUT MANITOBA MUSIC
Manitoba Music is the hub of Manitoba's vibrant music community. A member-based, not-for-profit industry association, it represents over 750 members in all facets of the music industry. Through its programs and services, Manitoba Music provides information, education and industry development opportunities to nurture, develop, and promote the growth and sustainability of the Manitoba music industry. Manitoba Music's programs and services are made possible by the generous support of the Government of Canada, Province of Manitoba, FACTOR through the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canada's private radio broadcasters, Manitoba Film & Music, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, The SOCAN Foundation, and members of the music industry of Manitoba.