Masia One

Masia One

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandHip HopReggae

Canadian artist Masia One's sound transcends musical boundaries. She has worked with artists such as Pharrell, The Game, Talib Kweli amongst others. For her third album Bootleg Culture, Masia One worked with Aftermath producer Che Vicious, with collaborations from RZA, Graph Nobel and Isis Salam.


Born in Singapore, Masia One became a fan of Hip Hop after stumbling upon a bootleg copy of Public Enemy’s "It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" at the age of 8.

After moving to Vancouver Canada at the age of 9, Masia developed a keen interest in graffiti and break dance however It was not until she started studying architecture at The University of Toronto that she began writing rhymes and performing. There began her journey into the music world.

Masia One’s debut studio album "Mississauga" was released in 2003. The album was well received and the music video for the lead single "Split Second Time" was nominated in the category of best rap video by the Much Music awards. Masia's second studio album, "PULAU" was released in 2009. The album attained the number one slot on the Canadian College Radio Charts as well as charting on both CBC Radio 3 and South East Asian Radio.

Masia has also released several remix EPs on Muti Music. The EPs feature collaborations with artists such as Ill Gates & Bassnectar. These records exposed her sound to Dance Music crowds and were featured on Electronic Music sites such as Beatport where a few of the singles charted.

Masia has developed into a well rounded multi-genre artist. Her sound reflects inspiration drawn from touring through North America, Jamaica and Asia and sharing the stage with acts such as The Roots, Floetry, Mos Def, DJ Neil
Armstrong, Lady Saw & Ron Sexsmith.

Courted by Grammy Award-winning Aftermath producer Che Vicious (Produced for Lauren Hill, Kanye West and 50 Cent to name a few), Masia began working on what would later become the album "Bootleg Culture".

"Bootleg Culture" was released in September 2012 on Muti Music and featuring collaborations with artists such as Wu-Tang’s The RZA, Thunderheist’s Isis Salam, Uh Huh Her’s Cammy and Idle Warship’s Graph Nobel (Black Molly).
The Bootleg Culture Album Sampler features an unreleased version of the album track Errrybody which features Pharrell and The Game.

Masia One recently won three South East Asian VIMA Music Awards. Best Hip Hop Song (Warriors Tongue), Best Collaboration (Errrybody feat. Pharrell, The Game & Isis Salam) & Thank You For Existing Highest Honor Award.
She was nominated in eight categories, including nominations for Best Overall Female Act and Best Pop Song - "Make Up".

In May 2013 Masia One got the opportunity to perform for the first time in Europe. Did shows in Germany and Sweden as well as working with Swedish producer team Musicano.

Also of note Masia One, together with The 411 Initiative for Change, tours through over 200 high schools each year working with young people by teaching them about the arts, women's rights, HIV/AIDS awareness and promoting the importance of education.



MUSIC / VIDEO releases

Sept 2012: Album Bootleg Culture

Sept 2012: Number One video

Sept 2012: Errrybody ft. Pharrell, The Game & Isis. Viral video

Sept 2012: Bootleg Culture Sampler mixed by DJ Autograph

Aug 2012: Soldier ft. Talib Kweli viral video

Feb 2012: Alright OK! video

Dec 2011: Warriors Tongue video

October 2010: Montreal In The Fall video

May 2010: High Place Drive album

Sept 09. 2008: PULAU album


May 2005: Split Second Time nominated for Much Music Video Award (1st time a female has been nominated in the category of Rap Music)

October 2004: The Hazing video

May 2004: Split Second Time video

November 2003: Halfway Through the City Video

August 28. 2003 : LP Mississauga release

TELEVISION Highlights:

March 2011 - AUX TV, MTV, CTV, CBC, CBC Radio
Sept 2010 CP24
May 2010 CTV, Global
June 2010 MTV Canada
Nov 2009 CTV, Rogers, CBC
July 2005 Annual Asian American International Film Festival
March 2005 CBC "nerve" Masia One commercial aired Famous Player Theatres Nationwide (trailer)
July 2004 Much Vibe host
Jan 2004 CBC Zed TV live performance
Dec 2003 BPM TV
May 2001 Teen TVO
July 2001 Much Vibe Commercial