Mello  Black

Mello Black

BandHip HopFunk

Up-beat Freestyle oriented Emcee hailing from the east coast but now living in Van. Well known for his crowd engaging shows and freestyle ability.


Mello Black is poised to become Canada’s answer to Talib Kweli. This combination of hip-hop, funk and jazz
is not only the future of hip-hop, but a nod to the roots of hip-hop. Well known as having up-beat and freestyle
inspired shows, Mello Black is backed by talented deep-rooted jazz musicians Joel Kerr on bass, Julian Pattison
on piano and Brennan Saul on drums. Together, the Mello Black Collective creates a sound that swings from
more hip-hop oriented bands such as The Roots or Heiku D’etat to the more traditional funk sounds
of Parliament and James Brown. Mello Black’s debut solo album, At the Speed of Motion was soft-released
in November 2007 with plans to tour and promote the album throughout 2008.

Mello Black grew up in London, Ontario where he began his emceeing career in the late 90's behind well
manicured abandoned government building lawns and in London's scant city parks. His first moniker was Black
Moses, a name he used with his former group Bread and Water, which included Johnny The Revolator and
Shad K. Their first release was on producer, TM Juke’s, critically acclaimed Maps From The Wilderness (label:
Tru-Thoughts). Following this, another single was done with TM Juke to accompany the album, Melodic Stroll that
broke the TOP 10 for the 2004 international DJ charts. It was during this period that Mello Black acquired his
present name. Although the tracks produced by TM Juke garnered international acclaim, the group decided to
work on new projects, where upon Black and Shad K created the funk/hip hop collective, Fountain St. Blues
Project. It was while working on this project that Mello Black and Shad K had the opportunity to open up for
The Pocket Dwellers, God Made Me Funky, and Masta Ace.

Mello Black moved to Vancouver, BC in the fall of 2006, where he released At The Speed Of Motion in November
2007. In addition to the artists above, Mello Black has also opened for Mr. Something Something, Matinee
Slim, Josh Martinez, DJ Moves, Shad K, Zion I and the Speakeasies. He has performed at the Hillside Festival,
Ruttan Festival, Beatz and Piecez, Kimberkote Festival, and New Music West.


At the speed of motion (November, 2007)

Set List

Set lists range from a half hour to 2 hours.