Politic Live

Politic Live

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Politic Live is a 3X WCMA Nominated hip-hop collective from Edmonton, AB that fuses hip-hop with Soul, Jazz, R&B, and Reggae. Receiving critical acclaim for honest and thoughtful lyrics that explore topics not often covered in popular music, Politic Live is refreshing both lyrically and musically.

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Biography

Politic Live is a hip-hop group that fuses their West Indian roots with past and modern day hip-hop influences. Their name, which represents the balance of art and commerce, is reflected in their subject matter which ranges from songs about the cons of Alberta’s economic boom, rising violence in Edmonton, to finding companionship.

Together since 2002, Politic Live’s most notable work is their 2006 sophomore album, Adaptation. Popular among campus radio the album spent 10 Weeks on Canada's National Campus Radio Hip-Hop Charts where it peaked at #2. State's side the album had a similar streak with chart activity in Waterville, San Jose and Chicago, where the album's single "Droppin' Gems" charted on Illinois Record Pool's Weekly Top 200 Urban Singles for 13 straight weeks – peaking at #69. Praised for its honest lyrics, varied topics, and diverse sound, Adaptation also received critical acclaim in both Canada and the US along with multiple Award Nominations.

Politic Live’s body of work includes having 4 music videos added to rotation at Much Music; touring western Canada on multiple occasions; being awarded over $100,000 in grant funding since 2006 from organizations like the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council, & FACTOR; showcasing at nationally recognized music conferences like Canadian Music Week, New Music West and the Western Canadian Music Awards (aka Breakout West); opening for the likes of Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and Nas; and syncs in indie films like Doppelganger (Phyraz Production), By Waist Side (Santoro Pictures), and Halo (Diluvian Motion Pictures).

In Edmonton Politic Live is well known for their community work. In addition to mentoring upcoming artists, Politic Live has raised over 8,000 lbs of food for the Edmonton Food Bank in 10 years through their initiative Hip-Hop For Hunger.

Politic Live is presently promoting their third album, Ellipsis.

Awards & Nominations

2013 – Edmonton Music Awards Nomination for "Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year" (Ellipsis)
2010 – Western Canadian Music Award Nomination for “Urban Recording of the Year” (JALI Volume 1).
2009 – Western Canadian Music Award Nomination for “Hip-Hop/Rap Recording of the Year” (Election Year).
2008 – Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Award Recipient (Arlo Maverick).
2008 – Edmontonian Magazine’s Sizzling 20 Under Thirty Award Recipient (Arlo Maverick).
2008 – National Black Coalition of Canada (Edmonton) Clearance “Big Miller” Award for Excellence In Vocal Or Instrumental Performance, Music Or Instruction (Adaptation).
2008 – Canadian Independent Music Awards (The Indies) Nomination for Favorite Urban Artist/Group or Duo of the Year
2007 – CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award Nomination for “Best Rap Recording” (Block O RMX).
2007 – Western Canadian Music Award Nomination for “Outstanding Urban Recording” (Adaptation).

Festival & Conference Highlights

2011 – TD Winnipeg Jazz Festival (Winnipeg, MB)
2011 – New Music West (Edmonton, AB)
2010 – Western Canadian Music Awards (Kelowna, BC)
2009 – Western Canadian Music Awards (Brandon, MB)
2009 – Alberta Untapped Concert Series (Edmonton, AB)
2008 – Western Canadian Music Awards (Edmonton, AB)
2008 – New Music West (Vancouver, BC)
2008 – 26th Annual Canadian Music Week (Toronto, ON)
2007 – The Western Canadian Music Awards (Moose Jaw, SK)
2007 – I Heart Alberta Hip-Hop (Calgary, AB)
2006 – 5th Annual Hip-Hop For Hunger (Edmonton, AB)
2006 – Western Canadian Music Awards (Winnipeg, MB)
2006 – New Music West (Vancouver, BC)
2006 – 24th Annual Canadian Music Week (Toronto, ON)
2005 – 4th Annual Hip-Hop For Hunger (Edmonton, AB)
2005 – Alberta Tracks – A Centennial Music Celebration (Airdrie, AB)
2005 – Alberta Scene (Ottawa, ON)
2005 – 23rd Annual Canadian Music Week (Toronto, ON)
2004 – 3rd Annual Hip-Hop For Hunger (Edmonton, AB)
2004 – 57th Annual Peach Fest (Penticton, BC)
2004 – Juno Fest’s Galaxie Urban Music Showcase (Edmonton, AB)
2004 – 22nd Annual Canadian Music Week (Toronto, ON)

Opening Act Credits

2012 – Opened for Young Money recording artist, TYGA
2011 – Opened for Def Jam recording artist, GHOSTFACE KILLAH
2011 – Opened for Def Jam recording artist, RICK ROSS
2011 – Opened for Ice H20/EMI recording artist, RAEKWON
2011 – Opened for Nature Sounds recording artist, PETE ROCK
2011 – Opened for OkayPlayer.com recording artist, SCRATCH
2011 – Opened for Urbnet/Nine Planets recording artist, DL INCOGNITO
2010 – Opened for Capitol Hill recording artist, SAUKRATES
2010 – Opened for Greenhouse Records recording artist, CHOCLAIR
2010 – Opened for Dead Prez Inc recording artists, DEAD PREZ
2010 – Opened for Slam Jamz recording artists, PUBLIC ENEMY
2010 – Opened for Rhymesayers recording artist, ABSTRACT RUDE
2010 – Opened for Loud recording artists, BEATNUTS
2010 – Opened for VP Records recording artist, SEAN PAUL
2009 – Opened for Universal Motown recording artist, BUSTA RHY

Discography

Politic Live
Ellipsis
Music For Mavericks Entertainment
Released September 2012
Link: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/ellipsis/id560922075

Politic Live
Market Share EP
Music For Mavericks Entertainment
Released March 2011
Link: politiclive.bandcamp.com/album/market-share-ep

Politic Live Presents Mahogany Public (Side Project)
Jali
Music For Mavericks Entertainment
Released March 2009
Link: www.cdbaby.com/cd/mahoganypublic

Politic Live Presents The Mavericks Team
Election Year (Label Compilation)
Music For Mavericks Entertainment
Released June 2008
Link: www.cdbaby.com/cd/mavericksteam

Politic Live
Adaptation
Music For Mavericks Entertainment
Released December 2006
Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/adaptation/id211969423

Dirt Gritie (solo project)
This Man’s Life
Music For Mavericks Entertainment
Released June 2004

Bigga Nolte (solo project)
… Is Tommy Kay
Music For Mavericks Entertainment
Released June 2004

Politic Live
Notoriety
Music For Mavericks Entertainment
Released February 2003
Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/notoriety/id319241974

Set List

Politic Live's set list is composed of songs that appear on "Notoriety", "This Man's Life", "Is Tommy Kay", "Adaptation", "Election Year", "JALI Volume 2" and "Ellipsis".