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Royalties - "Royalties" mixtape
Royalties - "Ya Done Son" mixtape



When you first hear Royalties’ music you will notice that there is no mainstream comparison that comes to mind. The group consists of two dedicated individuals with different backgrounds who share the same love and devotion to music. When listening to their music, the chemistry becomes apparent: an amazing feat for a duo that has been together for a mere two years. It may also surprise you to learn that these purple-sporting marvels are Canadian and yet produce a sound that can easily compete within the more prominent U.S. market.

Oct.2nd 2007 Royalties members Chris Brownlow, JD Cutting and Gabriel O’Brien hit up the studio for the first time. None of them had ever recorded a song with each other before. During that session they recorded three tracks, one of which was “We’re Fly”, a song that subsequently carried their first mixtape’s sales. Time passed and Gabe decided to go his own way, but the Facebook fans, Myspace fans, and show count did nothing but increase. It was evident that Royalties had made their impression felt by the city of Edmonton.

With more than 40 performances and shows under their belt, Dizzy (JD Cutting) and Boogz (Chris Brownlow) are no strangers to the stage. Having opened for major-labeled artists such as Sean Kingston and Lloyd, to name a few, the boys enjoy getting the crowd “amped” with their energy-filled bangers. They take pride in their shows being completely live as they feel it is a demonstration of superior skill and dedication. Dizzy put it best when he said, “If you don’t know who we are before a show, you’ll know who we are after”.

When they’re self-titled mixtape debut was released in 2008, neither of the members would have predicted that they would sell out (1000 copies) within 3 weeks: an achievement for any underground Canadian artist. Using that momentum, the “Royal boys” hit up the studio even harder than before. A year later “Royalties: Ya Done Son” dropped alongside a packed house at The Empire Ballroom (1200 person capacity). By the end of their performance the whole dance floor was twirling purple bandanas (Royalties color) and chanting “Royaux” (Royalties call).

Having appeared on the cover of the local newspaper, at countless shows and on several radio interviews, Royalties quickly moved up the ranks of the local hip-hop scene. Dizzy and Boogz are now considered by many to be two of the best hit-makers around. When asked about their philosophies behind writing new tracks Boogz simply explained, “we just do what the beats say do”. Boasting themselves as kings, Royalties continue to turn heads and draw attention with hot tracks and fresh concepts. They continue to pursue a shot at the big time and strive to have the honor of representing Canada bestowed upon them.