G.Grand

G.Grand

 Ottawa, Ontario, CAN
BandHip Hop

G.Grand is an Ottawa-based emcee who brings witty wordplay, a commanding stage presence, and thoughtful lyrics to his music. Over eclectic sample-driven production from producer Jeepz he has asserted himself as a rapper of note in the Nation's Capital since 2012.

Biography

Born and raised in London, ON to Caribbean parents, G.Grand grew up influenced by soul, R&B and rap as well as the myriad musicians with whom his father worked in the business in the 1990’s. A lifelong hip-hop fan and avid freestyle MC, Grand began his first serious foray into recording music as a student at the University of Windsor and honed his craft while completing postgraduate studies at the University of Ottawa. 

Grand was introduced to producer and collaborator Jeepz through a friend in late 2010 and the two immediately got to work recording Grand's first project Life Is Grand, released in 2012. He has since released two additional solo projects including his most recent full-length offering, Grand Designs, which was met with positive reviews in 2014. His music has been featured in local media including Metro Ottawa, CBC and Ottawa Showbox, while Grand Designs appeared on several end of the year ‘best of’ lists including the Ottawa Citizen's list of best songs of 2014. Over collaborator Jeepz’s eclectic sample-driven production, Grand has asserted himself as a rapper of note in the Nation’s Capital.

A seasoned performer, Grand has garnered a reputation for delivering a well-executed set whether playing intimate shows for dedicated hip-hop heads or large festivals like the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. Notably, in summer 2015 Grand was called upon to replace De La Soul on short notice as a headliner at the festival where he performed for a crowd of over 1500 spectators.   

Grand is currently preparing new solo material and a collaborative EP with fellow Ottawa rapper Hyfidelik the Gypsy Sun of Missing LinX for release in 2016.