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Montréal, Quebec, Canada | MAJOR

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''One thing is for sure, Montreal's best kept secret is now revealed. 4DZ deserves it.''
Musique Plus' VJ Rej Claveau - Musique Plus' VJ Rej Claveau


''One thing is for sure, Montreal's best kept secret is now revealed. 4DZ deserves it.''
Musique Plus' VJ Rej Claveau - Musique Plus' VJ Rej Claveau


''The FRESH 2 DEF THURSDAYS program kicked off on July 21st with the launch of the catchy sneaker-head anthem “Funky Sneakers”. After the success of their first single, the group is thrilled to introduce their fans to the harder sound of “Lockdown”. Energetic and hard-hitting, the song boasts the classic Amen break sample along with rock-infused guitar riffs. Emcee Milk-E Fresh elaborates upon his approach of merging today’s popular culture with the tradition of old-school hip-hop by tackling his naysayers with a battling style and straight punch lines. In the clip directed by IN-1 Studio’s David Teixeira, the trio showcases its explosive stage presence in a gritty underground bash. The collaboration reunites Nation Ruckus with Teixeira’s dark alternative aesthetic. “Lockdown” pushes the creative envelope for Canadian hip-hop videos with an approach that is distinctly grounded in old-school punk culture.'' - CelebrityMound.com


''The FRESH 2 DEF THURSDAYS program kicked off on July 21st with the launch of the catchy sneaker-head anthem “Funky Sneakers”. After the success of their first single, the group is thrilled to introduce their fans to the harder sound of “Lockdown”. Energetic and hard-hitting, the song boasts the classic Amen break sample along with rock-infused guitar riffs. Emcee Milk-E Fresh elaborates upon his approach of merging today’s popular culture with the tradition of old-school hip-hop by tackling his naysayers with a battling style and straight punch lines. In the clip directed by IN-1 Studio’s David Teixeira, the trio showcases its explosive stage presence in a gritty underground bash. The collaboration reunites Nation Ruckus with Teixeira’s dark alternative aesthetic. “Lockdown” pushes the creative envelope for Canadian hip-hop videos with an approach that is distinctly grounded in old-school punk culture.'' - CelebrityMound.com


''In anticipation for their debut album “Boombox Manifesto” set to be in stores winter 2012, Nation Ruckus offer us a free album entitled "The Pre-Tape". Meant as an introduction to the world of NR, the tape includes 10 ORIGINAL TRACKS and showcases the group’s raw talent, unique sound and diversified influences. Fans of the norm stay away from these cats! Hailing from Canada, this Montreal power-house bring us an old school inspired tape recalling the spirit of artists such as Beastie Boys, Outkast and NERD. Expect head-knocking beats, live musicianship, punchy and clever rhymes as well as that touch of realness and originality true music fans and hip-hop heads have been begging for.'' - DatPiff.com


About Nation Ruckus' performance at Montreal's International Jazz Festival

''Montreal hip hop crew may be the nation's best band on stage. This Montreal collective is renowned for its dynamism and a stage presence that's off the hook! Armed with guitar, vocals, drums, keys, piano, trumpet and DJ, they bring the influences of an amalgam of cultures, colliding styles and rhythms with impunity, the eclectic whole bolstered by genuine musicality, tight production and thoughtful lyrics. The city's best secret is bustin' out...'' - The Gazette


About Nation Ruckus' performance at Montreal's International Jazz Festival

''Montreal hip hop crew may be the nation's best band on stage. This Montreal collective is renowned for its dynamism and a stage presence that's off the hook! Armed with guitar, vocals, drums, keys, piano, trumpet and DJ, they bring the influences of an amalgam of cultures, colliding styles and rhythms with impunity, the eclectic whole bolstered by genuine musicality, tight production and thoughtful lyrics. The city's best secret is bustin' out...'' - The Gazette


''Other local acts could take lessons from 4DZ’s promotional abilities. Not only was the event well-advertised, but the set-up at the show was the most professional of any local band I’ve seen (...) The band certainly has style. The full band on stage are excellent musicians, and are a welcome instrumental addition to a genre too often dominated by mechanical live shows, while frontman Milk-E. Fresh is a charismatic and fluid performer (...) There is no questioning the commitment of 4DZ to representing Montreal as this city’s top hip-hop band.'' - Midnight Poutine magazine


''Here’s a project that you absolutely need to cop (and it’s free). A refreshing sound in what’s being done in Quebec and elsewhere. Take a listen for yourself.'' - LeHipHopCafe.com


''Here’s a project that you absolutely need to cop (and it’s free). A refreshing sound in what’s being done in Quebec and elsewhere. Take a listen for yourself.'' - LeHipHopCafe.com


''New video for “Funky Sneakers” from the alternative hip-hop collective known as 4DZ. Directed by MTL’s own Sixteen Pads Films, the clip is an infectious and colorful ode to sneaker culture and old school hip-hop. The video is launched in preparation for the release of the album, entitled Boombox Manifesto, which will drop in stores winter 2012 under our independent label, Big Dreamz Records. “Funky Sneakers” is the first single off the record.'' - HipHopCanada.com


''New video for “Funky Sneakers” from the alternative hip-hop collective known as 4DZ. Directed by MTL’s own Sixteen Pads Films, the clip is an infectious and colorful ode to sneaker culture and old school hip-hop. The video is launched in preparation for the release of the album, entitled Boombox Manifesto, which will drop in stores winter 2012 under our independent label, Big Dreamz Records. “Funky Sneakers” is the first single off the record.'' - HipHopCanada.com


''During live performances, Montreal’s Nation Ruckus brings an explosive amount of energy to the stage, an aspect that can be felt on the group’s new mixtape, The Pre-Tape. While terms like ‘hard-hitting’ might only be applied to a few tracks for most rappers, it’s a term applicable to nearly every genre and song that rapper Milk-E Fresh, DJ WiM and producer Quality tackle with this release. On “Say What?!” and “Lockdown”, loud guitar riffs rip through the rock-infused tracks, qualities that carry through to the high-energy, classically hip-hop “Beware” and “You Oughta Know”. Ears finely tuned to production will be pleased at the sampling and interpolations of James Brown, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Nas, yet alternative sounds of the rap-rock “SOMTL” or the electronically smooth “Work Out Remix” will draw in other ears respectively. With a full-length on the way this winter, The Pre-Tape gives listeners a reason to salivate for more.'' Mark Blendheim - Urbanology Magazine


4DZ est le nouveau groupe à suivre. Ce collectif de hip hop alternatif nous vient de Montréal, au Canada, et est en train d'exploser grâce à son single ''Funky Sneakers'' dont on vous dévoile le clip funky, fashion et coloré.

Fan2.fr a eu un coup de cœur pour 4DZ, ce groupe de hip hop de Montréal dont le clip Funky Sneakers est en train de cartonner sur les ondes et sur le Net. On vous fait les présentations :) Le noyau dur du groupe est composé d'Eric aka Milk-E Fresh, le chanteur, Quality, qui fait les beats et Seb alias Dj Wim. Bôgosses, doués et fashion, le clip de Funky Sneakers est à leur image : funky, original et électrisant ! Fan de sneakers comme Justin Bieber et beaucoup d'autres, les 4DZ ont fait un clin d'œil à cet accessoire de mode dans leur vidéo réalisée par 16Pads Films. Leur premier album, Boombox Manifesto, est prévu pour l'hiver 2011 mais d'ici là, on leur souhaite beaucoup de succès...Lâchez vos comms et découvrez les autres titres de 4DZ sur leur page Youtube ! - Fan2.fr


4DZ est le nouveau groupe à suivre. Ce collectif de hip hop alternatif nous vient de Montréal, au Canada, et est en train d'exploser grâce à son single ''Funky Sneakers'' dont on vous dévoile le clip funky, fashion et coloré.

Fan2.fr a eu un coup de cœur pour 4DZ, ce groupe de hip hop de Montréal dont le clip Funky Sneakers est en train de cartonner sur les ondes et sur le Net. On vous fait les présentations :) Le noyau dur du groupe est composé d'Eric aka Milk-E Fresh, le chanteur, Quality, qui fait les beats et Seb alias Dj Wim. Bôgosses, doués et fashion, le clip de Funky Sneakers est à leur image : funky, original et électrisant ! Fan de sneakers comme Justin Bieber et beaucoup d'autres, les 4DZ ont fait un clin d'œil à cet accessoire de mode dans leur vidéo réalisée par 16Pads Films. Leur premier album, Boombox Manifesto, est prévu pour l'hiver 2011 mais d'ici là, on leur souhaite beaucoup de succès...Lâchez vos comms et découvrez les autres titres de 4DZ sur leur page Youtube ! - Fan2.fr


''This joint is straight NY even though these dudes are Canadian. Most definitely on that eclectic tip'' - HipHopRuckus.com


''This joint is straight NY even though these dudes are Canadian. Most definitely on that eclectic tip'' - HipHopRuckus.com


''4DZ, Montreal's upcoming alternative hip hop collective, launches its new music video for the infectious sneaker-head anthem Funky Sneakers. Directed by MTL's own 16pads, the clip is an edgy and colourful tribute to old school hip hop and urban wear.'' - Talk of Toronto magazine


''4DZ, Montreal's upcoming alternative hip hop collective, launches its new music video for the infectious sneaker-head anthem Funky Sneakers. Directed by MTL's own 16pads, the clip is an edgy and colourful tribute to old school hip hop and urban wear.'' - Talk of Toronto magazine


"Let's note an electrifying performance by 4DZ''

Journal de Montreal on the Sounds of Blackness Awards 2008 - Journal de Montreal


"Let's note an electrifying performance by 4DZ''

Journal de Montreal on the Sounds of Blackness Awards 2008 - Journal de Montreal


Discography

Boombox Manifesto
At Last EP (2007)

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Bio

As the music industry was taking a new millennium turn for indie labels and genre-bending acts, the members of Nation Ruckus were already pushing past pre-established hip-hop standards and setting the foundation for their unique multi-level sound.

Nation Ruckus is a Montreal-based hip-hop collective that consists of rapper Milk-E Fresh, multi-instrumentalist/beat-maker Quality and DJ WiM. During live performances, the crew is known to be backed by a rhythm section (drummer & bassist) and some of Montreal's best musicians. With an eclectic style that combines the sound of 80s and 90s rap along with rock, pop and electro influences, the group has built a unique alternative blend of clever rhymes and hard-hitting grooves.

Their unique take on classic beats, with inspirations ranging from Beastie Boys, The Roots, and Outkast, has gathered a strong following of partygoers who enjoy the trio's dynamic performances and ability to bring the house down.

Renowned for their live shows featuring some of Montreal's top musicians, the group has opened for the likes of Ludacris, Down with Webster, Talib Kweli and Big Boi. In addition to winning some of the city's most prominent urban music contests, the members of Nation Ruckus have distinguished themselves with performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Canadian Music Fest, and NXNE.

With over 300,000 hits on YouTube and rotation on Much Music, Much Vibe and Musique Plus, the group's momentum is growing fast. The band's first single and music video "Funky Sneakers", an anthem for sneaker heads and street wear fanatics, was an instant online buzz and got showcased on notorious urban music sites such as HipHopCanada, HipHopRuckus, DjBooth and SmokingSection. Their latest singles “Lockdown” and “Against the Wall” were featured heavily on Musique Plus, playing on the TOP5 countdown for several months last year. After over 39 000 votes and 10 #1 spots, the clip was introduced to the countdown’s hall of fame in November 2011. Most recently, the group's third single entitled ''Against the Wall (feat. Sir Jay, Jonathan Emile)'' has been in Musique Plus' TOP5 countdown since its release on June 26th 2012 and was featured heavily on Much Vibe during the summer.

The group's debut album “Boombox Manifesto” was released September 25th 2012. Fans can also download a free album entitled “The Pre-Tape” available online at nationruckus.com. This free album, released on December 9th 2011, contains 10 original tracks and serves as an introduction to NR’s raw talent, unique sound and diversified influences.

For more information on Nation Ruckus visit NationRuckus.com. Follow on Twitter @NationRuckus and join the Facebook page at facebook.com/NationRuckus.