East Coast Rap
Twenty-two year old Halifax emcee Quake Matthews (formerly Quake) has proven that persistence, hard-work and passion go hand inhand to survive in this music industry. Since emerging from the underground battle rap scene in his early teens, the hungry street savvy lyricist has aimed to create a sound that brings back the classic essence of hip-hop. Within five years, Quake transformed his humble rap beginnings with groups like Fax4, into a slew of critically-acclaimed mixtapes and projects. With a relentless work ethic, Quake is a true testament to his East Coast upbringing. His debut release, The Myth (2010), garnered him much attention from the Canadian world of hip-hop. The LP featured Grammy-nominated production trio, Tone Mason, who crafted much of the albums musical blend of timeless hip-hop and aggressive street anthems. Slaughterhouse member Royce Da 5’9? assisted on the break-out single ‘I Stand Alone’. The Myth also had guest features from Boston emcee Reks, Canadian rap pioneer Choclair and up and coming singing sensation JRDN. After naming The Myth the album of the year in the Best Of Music issue, The Coast said “it’s one of the most dynamic-sounding rap albums the city has ever produced”. The fine-tuned independent release solidified Quake Matthews as one of Canada’s rising rap stars.