Follow the rise of Toronto underground hip hop group Citizen Kane as they drop their first album and chase their 2nd Juno nomination. Featuring Spade, Rob Blye aka Rob Blow, Michee Mee, Motion, Farley Flex, Nelson George, Ivan Berry, Dream Warriors and many other Toronto rap stars. The film was produced by the national film board of Canada. It won best documentary at 2001 Urbanword film festival and Best Canadian documentary at 2001 Reelworld Film and was nominated for best documentary at the Black Film and Video Awards.
Citizen: striving to live an honest and meaningful life Kane: child of sin, ancestor of man. The force embodied in CITIZEN KANE: Spade, represents the daily struggle to balance the good and bad from within ones inner self. Each track they lay slams out melds these two dynamics and it is precisely because of this fusion that CITIZEN KANE is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop world. Members of the Toronto hip-hop scene for the past twelve years, this group has been steadily building foundations and has emerged as one of the leading rap groups in Canada. A string of extremely well received singles and an EP had led to the release of their debut album Deliverance (Treehouse Records, 1999).Deliverance was nominated for Best Rap Recording at the 2000 Juno Awards. Flashback to 1995: CITIZEN KANE released their first single Soul Survivor on the compilation ITS ALL GOOD(Zulu Records). They followed up in 1996 with the single Structure/Foundation, produced by ERF Productions, which appeared on RAP ESSENTIALS VOL. 1 (Beat Factory, 1997). They also worked with ERF Productions on Black Rain, which was released in 1996 on their own Treehouse Records. It was the ERF Productions/K-Cut (formerly of The Main Source) produced EP THE EPIC (Treehouse Records, 1998), which started focusing even more attention in their direction. THE EPIC was nominated as Best Hip-Hop Album or EP at the Canadian Urban Music Awards in 1998 and CITIZEN KANE were also nominated for Best Rap Recording at the 1999 and 2000 Juno Awards and featured on Mastermind vol50: Street Legal (Virgin Records 2000), RapEsentials 2000: The Unsigned Hype (BMG Music Canada 2000). CITIZEN KANE has put together hot collaborations with artist such as K-OS, Alana Bridgewater, Mood Ruff, Fin-S and most recently Shy Love. The urban music scene on both sides of the border has embraced CITIZEN KANE. Feature articles, performances on MuchMusics program Da Mix, The Down Lo, Musique Plus, RapCity and shout outs in RAP PAGES and XXL Magazine as one of the up and coming groups in the Toronto hip-hop scene have started spreading the buzz. The National Film Board of Canada produced a Rapumentary featuring CITIZEN KANE titled Raisin Kane. This film was awarded best Canadian documentary at the Reel World Film Festival and won the HBO Best Documentary award in New Yorks Urban World Film Festival. CITIZEN KANEs live show is also gaining them notoriety. They exemplify the true hip-hop esthetic: a dope DJ, breakdancing, and ill MCs.
TopLeft Recordings has been working with ‘Spade’ (of Citizen Kane) for close to a decade. We dropped 4 singles, and then released ‘Scartown Unreleased Classics’. This project is available as single mp3s, or as a mix by ‘DJ Law’.
You can download ‘Scartown Unreleased Classics’ here: http://micseries.com/mix-tapes/