(Lion) IMAIN
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(Lion) IMAIN

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1998 | INDIE

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1998
Solo Spoken Word Reggae


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"Imain looks to Uplife"

Imain looks to Uplife
Friday, October 17, 2014

UP-AND-COMING, Canada-based reggae/hip-hop artiste Imain is now fine-tuning the tracks for his sophomore album Uplife, with an accompanying DVD.
"It's 40 per cent complete," said the 32-year-old. "Inspiration in the cold takes a lot, but I get it done."
Produced by Reel Music Group (RMG), the 11-track set is scheduled for a Christmas release.
According to Imain, Uplife is Jamaican-style "flavoured with hip-hop sound and delivery".
"I would like to attract a Jamaican fan base, especially with the smooth R&B/hip-hop styles we used for the album," he said.
Uplife is a follow-up to his 2012 set The Sample.
According to Imain, that set -- produced on the Deuce Vi2ion/Third World Council label -- made an impact in the Philippines.
Imain (given name Duane Jermaine Barham) said his biggest challenge is being taken seriously as a reggae/hip-hop artiste, but he's determined to carve out his niche.
"Fads are in nowadays, as talent, lyrics are out the window. We need real oneness in the music scene," he said.
Born in Heathsfield, St Elizabeth, Imain is a past student of Calabar High School. He migrated to Canada in 1998.
His releases include Good Ways, Just Love Me, Toronto and Libra Life.
-- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston - Jamaica Observer


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We'd like to introduce you to Jae Spillz & Imain, 2 local artists from the Toronto Area, and their Label FreezeFlameInc/ThirdWorldCouncil who brings this album:

"Best of Both Worlds" An Eclectic Mix/Fusion of Hip Hop/R&B/Reggae/Dancehall and a little bit Electronic...
Have a listen, check out the Title track featuring ASHA on the hook, who also takes control on "Celebrity" & "Chances"

Jae Spillz & Imain - "Best of Both Worlds" (2011) - http://t.co/kwTFHvTa

"GOODWAYS" - Single(Summer 2012) - IMAIN & Micheal Crystal

As Appeared On:

Jae D.E.U.C.E. - "The Sample" Mixtape (2013)

Jae Spillz - "Undisputed" The Album (2013)
Freeze Flame Productions Inc/Third World Council bring to you the "Official" Debut Solo album from Jae Spillz


Jae Spillz & Krook - "Bridging The Gap," (2010) please click the following link:


Third World Council presents...... Jae Spillz SPILLMATIC LP (2010)

Jae Spillz Presents... MOB Vol.3 TO THE BILLBOARD (2010)

Jae Spillz Presents... MOB Vol.2 CRUNCHTIME (2007)

Jae Spillz Presents... M.O.B. Vol.1 "Man Of Business" (2004)



Duane Jermaine Barham born in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, raised in Kingston, has always had musical influences around him from an early age.

From the same blood line as Jamaica's most renowned dub poet Yasus Afari and being step son to one of Jamaica's most famous cartoonists, Jermaine has long been influence by the arts both musically and visually.

An only child with both parents having their own agendas, Jermaine was forced to live with many different family members from his grandparents to his aunts and uncles, which led to him being relocated to numerous places in Kingston.

At age 11 he attended Calabar High School, one of Jamaica's highest ranked private schools for achieving outstanding marks on the all island common entrance examinations, which came as no surprise as his love for literature brought him to the finals at the annual spelling bee three years in a row.

While at Calabar, he indulged in the visual arts because of the frequent visits to the vice principals office an suspensions for fighting in class or participating in school-gang activity outside the school premises in order to keep himself from going into the spiral that most youth without stable homes were trapped in, he was challenged by his step-father and role model, to channel his energy in a more positive light.

His love for fighting eventually led him to the dojo Zendo Kai Khan in Portmore. His local community had to offer a Place where he could continue his love for fighting without getting into trouble.

Growing up in Kingston Jermaine lost a few friends to Violence, within their own communities or through school affiliated violence always being reminded that tomorrow wasn't promised to him. He wrote to his biological father seeking answers and eventually getting an answer as to why he left him at such a tender age to relocate in Canada.

In early 1998 Jermaine got news that summer of that year he would be moving to Canada to better his life an shake the doubts about his future that may have been in question.

When relocated to Canada with a new start the first opportunity he got to go right back to his artistic roots he took it. Taking up the mic on different occasions whenever it was available he followed his heart, adhered to the calling he felt was true to him and to what made sense.

The struggle continued leaving Jamaica at 16 to move to a foreign country only to move out of his Father's house before his 17th birthday was only the beginning of the beautiful struggle.

Venturing out into the streets of Toronto with only the clothes on his back and dreams that were to be fulfilled he kept toiling forward. Facing the regular challenges of being a youth, in a society where being judged by your appearance is the norm an having left high school after one term in Canada there was no other choice but to settle for factory work.

Living hand-to-mouth he did odd jobs to have a little extra after paying the bills that he now encountered being alone and eventually crossed paths with the law because of unrelated reasons but indirectly caused by it.

Writing poetry was his only Escape from the reality of what life had to offer at that time. Over time the writing progressed to Spoken word poetry an small performances through the local vines available until being convinced by a good friend that adding instruments an beats to the message of struggle trying to be relayed would be more powerful and more receptive.

A stage name was needed after being called to perform by a few of his peers who were already on the local scene as somewhat prominent figures.

Meeting up with colleague and friend both inside and out of the music industry Jonathan Alvarado aka Jae spillz was inevitable being in such a small community of entertainers Jae spillz had a Studio where he could let loose with his craft an shake whatever bad experiences in the music previously encountered for a fresh new vibe an environment, the rest was history for Imain.

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