FEENIX

FEENIX

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Raised on the streets, FEENIX founded a rap group that evolved into a Native gang. He left that life behind for a professional music career with 2 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award nominations, videos and an NFB film on his life called “Walking Alone”. FEENIX also does positive lifestyle presentations

Biography

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Shawn Bernard (aka FEENIX)

Shawn Bernard (FEENIX) is a true achiever. He grew up in the worst neighborhoods of Edmonton, Alberta and lost both his parents to drugs at a young age. He, himself, got into a life of drugs, gangs, crime and frequent incarcerations. As a youth he would rap at house parties and later founded a rap group that evolved into a high profile nationwide gang. In 2004, while locked up again for a stabbing and facing many years in jail, the drug death of his sister and the apprehension of his kids caused him to reach a breaking point. He vowed to turn his life around.

Since the day his beloved sister died, Shawn realized he had to change his lifestyle and has returned to the rap career he dreamed of for almost 20 years. He is now concentrating on his professional music career.

In 2007 he released his first CD, “Tha Real OG” which earned him a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award nomination. His second CD, “On Tha Rise” was also nominated for the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. In 2009 Shawn was nominated yet again at The Canadian Aboriginal Music awards and won "Best Rap or Hip Hop Video". He is now in the process of shooting and releasing more music videos and also performed at The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. Several of his songs have had nationwide radio exposure and he is now working on releasing a new album in early 2010. Shawn is often featured on T.V, in print media and on radio interviews.

Shawn’s message is real and his songs are upbeat, positive and profanity free. He won the audience vote for favorite stage performer at the 2007 Dreamspeakers Festival and was on the cover of the Rez X Comeback issue, Spring, 2008. He also starred on an NFB short documentary on his life called “Walking Alone” which told his story of his recovery, music and family.

Shawn has completed the Aboriginal Family Support Worker program at Norquest College and now works with youth and adults living in high risk lifestyles. When not working or spending time with his family, Shawn promotes independent artists and visits schools and communities spreading the message that high risk lifestyles, drugs, alcohol and especially gangs are a literal dead end.

Lyrics

From tha Get Go

Written By: FEENIX

intro: Let's Go! X 4 check, mic check

1st verse:
Let's go from tha get go, everybody let those
West Coast fresh flows move you like it's techno!
I'm a let go straight from tha get go!
North to the South to the East to the West coast!
With my neck gold, and some fresh clothes
everywhere I go I steal the show like a klepto!
I'm a let no debt go heck no let's go
get mo money from the next show!

bridge:
Let's Go......all the way, around the world just like a holiday
Let's go......we can take the prize, no need for a piece we can take the pies
Let's go......we can make the moves, make the money or we can make the news
Let's go......we can take the chance, and await our fate while we make them dance
Come on!

hook:
Let's go from tha get go, mo money from the next show
North to the South, East to the West coast now move that body come on let's gooo
Let's go from tha get go, mo money from the next show
North to the South, East to the West coast now move that body come on let's gooo whooahh

2nd verse:
From city to city I'm gettin money like Fitty
while lookin G.Q as Diddy, more dope than Bobby an Whitney
an if you got me you wit me than let's keep goin to town
aint nobody can stop me I'm strictly holdin it down
from an "o" to a pound to a pound to a key
there ain’t no one around with dope that's soundin like me
and if your down with FEE-N-I to the X
next step is to flex an show me what you do best!

bridge: Repeat

hook: Repeat X 2

17 second instrumental

Breakdown:
ohhhwoooahh oooh woooah yeah
Let's go from tha get go, Let's go!
Let's go from tha get go
Let's go from tha get go, Let's go!
Let's go from tha get go
Let's go from tha get go, Let's go!
Let's go from tha get go, Let's go!

hook: Repeat

Let's goooohh ooohhh, come on come on
Let's goooohh ooohhh, come on....let me hear you say rrruugggh!

On Tha Rise

Written By: FEENIX

Hook:
I'm thinkin of gettin started, i'm thinkin of lettin go
I'm thinkin of jumpin inside of my car an just drivin to Mexico
Until I'm dearly departed... the streets wont let me go
Oh Lord I'm wondering why I'm still living so let me know
I'm on tha rise... an I dont know what I'm supposed to do
I'm on tha rise... an I hope I'm gettin more close to you
I'm on tha rise... I'm killin the mic at shows I do
Livin a life that's closer to reachin a height thats overdue

1st verse:
Look in the sky is it a bird or is it a plane?
Aboriginal or a criminal or a thug or is it a mang?
My name is known as FEENIX an I'm the cleanest
that everyone's listenin to
Givin a gift for makin those hits an now I'm givin this gift to you
I dont know what it is I been
sent for but I know that I'm risin
above of the love of the buzz of the drug
just because that I keep on grindin
gotta keep on climbin gotta flow gotta keep on rhymin
til I'm off of the block an I'm walkin the talk
I'll be rockin the spot til I shine like a diamond!

Hook: Repeat

2nd verse:
You can take a "G" outta the streets but not the streets
out of a "G" so cant you see I'm takin those streets with me
an makin those peeps believe through me
that anythings possible
showin em I'm unstoppable by livin a life thats logical
I'm puttin in work, doin the dirt an gettin my grind on
fillin em shows an killin em flows
is how I'm gettin my shine on
but still it's hard, right now I'm livin a life of stress
try'na find out what's right, what's best
from makin the rest of my life a mess!

Hook: repeat

3rd verse:
Givin it all that I got in a spot
an it's not what I thought it would be
I'm livin the life what I spit in the mic
an it's not what I thought I would see
I'm risin above an I'm lovin
how fast that I happen to make it this far
No limit to finish I'm in it to win it
no way that I'll wait for the stars!
I'm makin em moves, makin the news,
payin em dues, breakin the rules
sprayin em fools, makin em crews
quake in there shoes when I take em to school!
straight for the jewels, straight for the shine
goin to shows an makin em mine
showin em bro's makin em rhymes
to go with the flow an they'll make it in time!

Hook: repeat

Talk is Talk

Written By: FEENIX

Talk is Talk

Chorus:
Ya’ll rock ! rock the spot
Don’t talk the talk an just walk the walk!
If…
Ya’ll pop ! Pop an lock
Don’t talk the talk an just walk the walk!
If…
Ya’ll hot ! get off the block
Don’t stop to talk an don’t talk to cops!
If…
Ya’ll talk an talk the talk
Talk is talk an it’s got to stop!

First verse:
Shawn Bernard back with a single
Stackin em tracks with them raps just like a Pringle
I’ve been playin this game for too long
Everyday is the same try’na make a new song
Livin life everyday just for the beat
Everything that I write an I say is for the street
Don’t know if I’ll make it at all
But I walk the talk so theres no way I can fall an…

Bridge:
All I’m hearin is all these lips flappin
Talk the talk an it’s all just yip-yappin
When are we gonna see some sh*t happen
Walk the talk an stop the chit-chattin
What we need to proceed is quit jackin
Give up the need for speed an quit crackin
Quit slackin, sit back an…
Spit tracks an make these hits happen

Repeat Chorus

Second verse:
Who knows talk an who knows walk ?
It’s the baddest mo-fo to walk the block
Shawn Bernard slangin hard, not the soft
Even though it’s so dope, no it’s not the rock
I put away the pipe an got off the block
Now the only thing I rock is I rock the spot!
And everything I write is off the top
That’s why I’m in the light an so hard to stop!

Repeat Bridge

Repeat Chorus

Third verse:
Pitter patter it’s time to climb the ladder
No time for chitter chatter an rhymes with jibber jabber
Cuz I’m just getting atter as a matter of fact
The fatter the track is like the fatter the stack
An you know aint nothin matter with that
Whether you add or subtract it’s just a pattern of Rap
Now you can walk an try to act like a mack
But you can stop with the talk cuz jibber jabber is wack !

Repeat Bridge

Chorus:
Ya’ll rock ! rock the spot
Don’t talk the talk an just walk the walk!
If…
Ya’ll pop ! Pop an lock
Don’t talk the talk an just walk the walk!
If…
Ya’ll hot ! get off the block
Don’t stop to talk an don’t talk to cops!
If…
Ya’ll talk an talk the talk
Talk is talk an it’s got to stop! Come on!

Discography

"Tha Real O.G" Nominated for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album at The 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

"On Tha Rise" Nominated for best Rap/Hip Hop album at The 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

"From Tha Get Go" music video winner of 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for " Best Rap or Hip Hop Video"

Both albums still receiving airplay on several different radio stations across Canada

Set List

My typical set-list differs depending on what the given situation is. I can do mostly whatever is required of me using both albums to combine a good show.