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Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2009

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Hip Hop Hip Hop




"Shopé to Play at A3C Hip Hop Festival & Conference"

This week, we launched our "This Is My Year" fan-challenge on our Facebook page. In which, our team picked 6 artists from Sonicbids submissions and asked YOU to decided who should perform live at the 2015 A3C Festival & Conference.

The fans have spoken and without further ado, we would like to announce the first two artists selected to hit the stage this October in Atlanta, GA.

And the winners are...Cellis of Baltimore, MD & Shope' of Toronto, Canada! - A3C Festival

"Will’s Weekend Wrap-Up: fun., Mikky Ekko, Shopé, and The Whiskey Switch"

This self-titled EP from Shopé isn’t his first foray into music-making (he used to rap under the name Spoken), but it is his first under the Shopé moniker. So because of that – and because it’s an introduction to his new sound – consider this a well-earned debut. Opening track “Cinema” brings you right up to speed with Shopé’s overflowing bag of songwriting and production talents. The song opens with a piano-flavored mid-tempo groove, changes direction half-way through with layered ornamental beats and aggressive tongue-twisting lyrics, and then returns to the laid-back feel for its closing. Pretty cinematic indeed. - Noisetrade

"RMR On TV! - "A New Way to Praise""

Host Cheryl Weber welcomes Crossroads Intern Akim Burke who did a special report on spreading the Gospel through Hip Hop. Akim is taking part in the Equipping for Excellence program here at Crossroads. - 100 Huntley Street

"Role Model Records Sets a New Standard With Syntax"

Role Model Records shares its message of hope and redemption internationally as it partners with Syntax Distribution. Role Model Records CEO Sola Ogunbitan says, “We are so excited to be working with Syntax. It’s like a dream come true to be partnered up with such an integral company to get our music to the masses.”

With Syntax Distribution, Role Model expands from its home base in Canada to the furthest reaches of the globe.

“When I met Sola at the Legacy Conference in Chicago as part of the Rapzilla panel, I could tell that he wasn’t a rapper-turned-CEO or an artist trying to run a label,” Syntax President and CEO Tim Trudeau says. “He was a serious businessman and a genuine entrepreneur using his skill to help artists.”

The crew behind Role Model Records is looking forward to an exciting second half of 2012 as it’s set to release Dominion in August. The album will feature Role Model recording artists Spoken, Julien, and Boogie as well as DJ Lagit.

Ogunbitan adds, “We feel right at home and confident that our music will be handled with care and passion. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

“I’ve had great times in the past with Syntax Records, so it’s a joy to experience that joy all over again from the other side of the table. It’s exciting to be a part of what others are doing in their respective scenes,” Trudeau says.

Established in Toronto, Canada, Role Model Records is an urban record label dedicated to living a non-conforming lifestyle and reflecting the light of the Gospel of Grace. To learn more about Role Model Records, visit:

A division of Quality Junk, Syntax Distribution is a digital distribution and aggregation firm based in San Diego, California, handling many of the top independent artists such as David and Tamela Mann of Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns, Disney’s Next Big Thing winner Jasmine, as well as award winning emcee Flame. Their clientele includes Central South, Crossroads Music, and Bema Media, among others. To learn more about Syntax Distribution, visit: -


Still working on that hot first release.



With 1 Million+ cumulative streams on Spotify & Apple Music, Shopé is definitely one of Toronto’s “one-to-watch” up and coming artists. He was originally born and raised in Nigeria, but with his family, later immigrated to Toronto at the age of 11. No stranger to the classic immigrant struggle, Shopé’s personal and musical narratives weave a tale of poverty, ambition, determination, love, and faith. 

His music has been described as honest, and vulnerable, yet bold and confident. That is perhaps why his work has resonated with so many. 
 Shopé's collaborations include GRAMMY-winning producers, Courtney Orlando and Alex Medina, with his performance credits spanning premiere festivals like CMW (Toronto), SXSW (Austin), A3C (Atlanta), showcasing alongside artists like; Tory Lanez, Crooked I, Lecrae, and Andy Mineo, just to name a few. Additionally, his robust touring schedule has taken him across Canada, the United States, Europe and Africa. 

Shopé’s continued growth is a clear indication that he was fashioned for this industry. He has the lyrical prowess to write and compose songs that stir the human soul, and a stage show to match.

 Despite his extraordinary talent however, what truly separates Shopé are his desires and goals for his music. Far from riches and fame, he says, “I believe God is a real God, for real people, with real issues. I just wanna touch the world with my stories”. With the pace he’s going, it seems likely he will do just that.



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