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RED1

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Albums:
RED1 - Beg For Nothing LP
Rascalz - Really Livin' LP
Rascalz - Cash Crop LP
Rascalz - Global Warning LP
Rascalz - Reloaded LP

Singles (radio success):
Rascalz - "Northern Touch" - feat. Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Thrust and Checkmate
Rascalz - "Top of the World" - feat. Barrington Levy
Rascalz - "Movie Star"
RED1 - "Dem No Worry We"
RED1 - "No Fuss"
RED1 - "Say The Word"

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The Rascalz’s RED1, DJ Kemo, and Misfit have become iconic figures in the Canadian hip-hop world since their 1993 debut Really Livin’. Over the past thirteen years and five albums, the critically acclaimed Van City crew has helped pioneer Canadian hip-hop. In the process, they have garnered numerous MuchMusic Video Awards, Urban Music Awards, certified Gold records, No. 1 singles on MuchMusic, and Juno Awards (they famously declined a Juno in 1998 to protest the show’s policy, which excluded urban music from the televised broadcast).

Rascalz member RED1 is now ready to break some ground of his own. The Canadian MC is poised to drop his highly anticipated solo debut on his own recently founded Killawatt Records, to be distributed by Sony/BMG. He hopes that his Vancouver-based label will expose emerging talent of all genres, from across the country and abroad.

“This project is giving me a new hunger,” the rapper explains. “It’s a new focus, and a new vision.”

Killawatt’s premier release is Red 1’s solo debut, titled Beg For Nothing. The disc gets its name from the emcee-turned-CEO’s motto for dealing with the Canadian music industry.

“The hip-hop community in Canada has always had to beg,” he points out. “We’ve had to fight to get on, to get record deals, to get radio play. I don’t think we are really taken seriously. But we have been putting in work and making songs as good any artist. We tour around the world, and we represent hard for Canada. We’re not begging for anything, we are out here grinding and working our asses off.”

RED1’s smooth flow is at its best, riding the production beats with ease. The soundscapes—crafted by RED1 and long time collaborator and friend, DJ Kemo—are rich and dynamic, drawing on a wide-range of influences, including rock, funk, reggae, and R&B. Balancing scorching club tracks, car bangers, and soulful crib tunes, Beg For Nothing serves up something for everyone.

RED1’S community building initiatives are not just limited to music. In 2000, RED1 and his group The Rascalz became involved with War Child (http://www.warchild.ca/)—a non-profit organization that assists children affected by war—and traveled to Sierra Leone to bear witness to the conditions there.