Art of Fresh
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Art of Fresh

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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"Press Reviews for Art of Fresh"

Album Reviews
“Back to the Earth”

Montreal Mirror
Aug 07 - Aug 13.2008 Vol. 24 No. 8
Rating: 7 /10

“Art of Fresh are Slakah the Beatchild and rapper D.O., bringing a unique new sound to the Canadian hip hop soul landscape…. these guys have succeeded in bringing something new to the table, so let’s see if the people will eat it up. “

Eye Weekly
August 27, 2008
Rating: 4/5

“Intelligent, layered raps and pleasing production make for a fairly complete, compact record… taken as a whole, the album is a humble, low-key and funky display of skill.” - Nick Flanagan

August 2008

“Slakah the Beatchild and DO induce a serious desire to pop collars. “

A fusion of rap, R&B and dance, Art of Fresh live up to their name on their debut album… Back to the Earth is pure positivity and a promising introduction from a uniquely Canadian group “ - Omar Mouallem

Now Magazine
August 27, 2008
Rating: 3/5

“If this experiment blasts off, “butterfat boom-bap” might be the new genre title you hear about this fall…if Art of Fresh sought to go where virtually no one has gone before,mission accomplished.”
- Addi Stewart

- Various

"We Got Next"


"jazz-infused hip-hop that melds Nas’ Illmatic with OutKast’s psychedelia." - Eye Weekly


"When the Night Comes In" album
"Back to the Earth" album - 09/02/2008
"Out This World" single - 06/01/2008 - Charted #1 on US College Radio Hip Hop chart. High rotation on Toronto's Flow 93.5. Rotation on Halifax's Z103.5 and Kitchener's 91.5 the Beat.
"Get Free" Single - 06/01/2007 - Listed as one of top songs of 2007 on Toronto's FLOW 93.5. Video was a "featured video" on Youtube. Video played in rotation on MuchMusic.



Art of Fresh is a hip-hop duo with soul that is made up of Guinness World Record holder D.O. (Defy the Odds) and JUNO Award winning producer Slakah the Beatchild. In 2013, the group released “Where I Go”, the first single from their upcoming third album “Good Morning Yesterday” and quickly hit over 1 million views on Youtube while also going #1 on two US college hip-hop charts.

The Toronto, Canada based duo has had a track record of worldwide success with their releases. The groups’ debut album, Back to the Earth (Northstarr / Nova Music Group / Universal), released in 2008, earned a four star review in Eye Weekly and also reached #2 on Canadian college radio charts. The album also helped Art of Fresh land a spot in the URB’s Next 1000 list and a performance on Canada’s MTV Live. The duo toured nationally, first opening for Sweatshop Union and then headlining two tours. Then the group headed on an Asian tour with stops in Japan and Taiwan. They landed in national newspapers The China Post and The Taipei Times and played to packed shows.

Art of Fresh has performed at Winter Music Conference in Miami, CMJ in New York City and rocked a College University tour stateside as well. Their music has been used in campaigns from Volkswagen, Chevrolet, and Orville Redenbacher popcorn. They have also performed throughout Europe with a showcase at MIDEM in France, New Skool Rules in the Netherlands, and rocked several shows in the UK.

The group met in the small city of Sarnia, Ontario where they both attended the same high school, but not at same time. D.O. was in university when he got word of the young beat-making prodigy Slakah. The age gap between the two contributes to the groups’ unique sound, which is the perfect blend of old school meets new school and can best be described as Tribe meets Outkast. D.O. grew up in the 80s, a time known as the golden era of hip-hop, while Slakah was exposed to the neo-soul influenced hip-hop of the 90s.

D.O. and Slakah the Beatchild make up Art of Fresh, but in addition, they both focus on their own solo projects.

Slakah the Beatchild’s videos have had great success internationally. The video for the single Enjoy Yourself has received airplay on MuchMusic, MTV, VH1 and B.E.T. As well as his accomplishments as a solo artist, Slakah the Beatchild is a highly sought after producer who has produced for Drake, Melanie Durrant and Divine Brown. Slakah won a JUNO Award in 2009 for the Divine Brown album Love Chronicles. Slakah is signed to BBE (, DJ Jazzy Jeff) and his debut album Soul Movement (2008) was met with critical acclaim worldwide. Slakah’s current project The Slakadeliqs earned international acclaim including a Polaris Prize long list nomination and a tweet from long time collaborator Drake saying that Slakah is “One of my favorite producers I ever worked with.” The project is vastly different from his previous hip-hop focused work and showcases his range and musical diversity. The album featured Justin Nozuka, Swedish Grammy nominated artist Tingsek, Juno nominated artist Shad and more.

D.O., an accomplished emcee, set the Guinness World Record for the longest freestyle, which he set in 2003 by rapping for over 8 hours and 45 minutes. He frequently collaborates with Canadian heavyweight Classified. D.O. has been inspiring thousands of youth with his initiative Stay Driven since 2001. The initiative is a one-hour motivational assembly that combines speaking with live performance and addresses relevant teen subjects including bullying, goal setting and literacy.

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