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Something Good

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF
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"Something Good – Business As Usual"

Unless I’m mistaken, yesterday was the first day of summer, and, you’re never going to believe this, I think I’ve got the perfect summer record for you. I know, I know, recommendations for summer jams are a dime a dozen from blogger types, but Business As Usual from Halifax’s Something Good is packed with enough energetic, true-school jams to keep you hotstepping through the summer like it was your personal Ini Kamoze.

When I reviewed Something Good’s last album, 2009's Just Add Water (they also released a remix EP last year), they were more of a traditional hip hop group setup (2 MC’s, DJ, producer) but it sounded like they were in the process of morphing into a live-band setup. I was a huge fan of SG’s debut, so I was curious/concerned (it’s come a long way, but the phrase “live-band hip hop” will always make me nervous) to hear their new sound.

As per usual, I need not have worried, right out of the gate with Recollections the large ensemble (in addition to the 2 MC’s & 1 DJ, they have 4 musicians as part of their live act) shows they’re all committed to keeping that throwback essence in their music. Having DJ Y-Rush’s quick & capable hands cutting and slicing through the record is a welcome component, and despite their somewhat differing styles, Boy-ill and Markit trade verses effortlessly over the album’s addictive production. Not sure if it’s the band’s influence or what, but SG seems to also be experimenting with different sounds this time out, with blues (The Blues) and Caribbean (Business As Usual) sounds finding their way into the mix.

That said, if you’re gonna name your record after one of the most iconic Golden Age Albums going, you better have the straight hip hop heaters on your album, and SG delivers with tracks like What I Say, Provide The Boom, and the fast-rap goodness of Wet. So as I say, I’m fairly certain Business As Usual will have you bopping your way through the summer if you’ll give it the chance, but perhaps this live vid of them doing What You Gotta Do might do a better job convincing you. -

"Doing Something Good" - Chronicle Herald

"August 21, 2009"

Tell me something good. For most, that sentence brings to mind a sultry entreaty from Chaka and her friends Rufus, but if you're a hip hop fan of a certain vintage (like myself), it can also serve as a plea to many of today's hip hop artists, who all too often deliver something quite the opposite of good. But all is far from lost where hip hop is concerned, and we can be thankful that hip hop's next generation still contains folks like the four dedicated lads in the Halifax/Montreal collective, Something Good.

Consisting of MC's Boy-ill and Markit, DJ Y-Rush, and producer Focus Aside, Something Good sees four (or perhaps six, as I think SG has added two new permanent members in guitarist Alex Meade and bassist Oliver Cluett) talented members of Halifax's hip hop scene (I think Markit is currently based in Montreal for school reasons) join forces in the name of making quality music that sounds thoroughly modern, but still pays major respect to the classic hip hop they were so clearly influenced by. And they do that classic hip hop proud, as their debut, Just Add Water, is really a great album.

Despite their relative youth, Markit and Boy-ill are both veteran mic rippers, having been at it for years both as part of Fax-4 and as solo artists (I reviewed Markit's last solo album a couple years ago). They have slightly different styles, with Boy-ill having a classic, charismatic east-coast influenced flow, whereas Markit is a little more off-beat and scientifical, but they compliment each other very well, their years of performing together paying off. Y-Rush has a rep as a hrad working club DJ here in Halifax, and he lives up to that rep here, packing the album with one classic scratched-in sample after another. Focus Aside is the one name I hadn't heard before, but he deserves plenty of kudos - his beats are really well done, and they keep the momentum of the album going strong across it's fifteen tracks.

The album starts very strong, with Did That serving as a great intro to the Something Good sound: the MC's happily tackle the addictive piano & horn based beat, with each one doing a verse before they trade lines back & forth on the third, while Y-Rush scratches everything from Lauren Hill to the awesome "da-ticka-da-ticka-da" part from Common's The Light. Rules Of A Star has a rather different premise for hip hop - offering advice on how to keep one's ego in check, but it's also a great sounding track, with a piano riff that sounds like it came from a Guess Who song. Focus Aside shines again on True Fist as his late 90's sounding banger reminds me of something you'd hear from Jedi Mind Tricks. The dreamy beat on Amazement is a bit of a change of pace, but it suits Markit and his philosophical flows to a T.

The jazzy boom-bap of Define Rap Quotable features a guest verse from the always welcome Ghettosocks and also contains a brief Dream Warriors sample, which is always welcome, and a dead giveaway that you are listening to a Canadian hip hop album. Grow also has another great beat, with some slower-paced piano paired with peppy percussion and xylophone sounds providing the backdrop for a coming of age style song that features a perfectly used Ahmad sample near the end. In case you think the straight-ahead bangers are all Something Good have to offer, Funky Time, a 60's soul inspired ode to cutting a rug shows a different side of the group.

If you were to ask me to conclude this review with a nonsensical, golden age comparison, I would have to say that Something Good is like a modern day, melanin-deficient Ultramagnetic, with Markit as Kool Keith, Boy-ill as Ced Gee, Y-Rush as DJ Moe Love and Focus Aside as TR Love (that would, I guess, make Quake their Tim Dog, which kind of suits him). Is this comparison even close to being non-ridiculous? Well I guess you'll need to get yourself a copy of Just Add Water and find out. Or if you're in Halifax, check Something Good live at their release party at Coconut Grove Saturday Night, it should be a great show. - Herohill

"October 1, 2009"

Halifax ambassadors Markit and Boy-Ill join forces with DJ Y-Rush, producer Focus Aside, keyboardist/guitarist Alex Meade and bassist Oliver Cluett to put together a heartfelt, uplifting hip hop record that offers exactly what their namesake is. In contrast with the comforting piano loop of “Amazement,” the sinister Golden Era texture of “True Fist,” scratch chorus included, proves that this group can go left or right and come back with ease. 8/10 - Montreal Mirror

"November 1, 2009"

A glimmer of cheer in a world of angry hip-hop.
by Michael Kimber

Oftentimes you forget what makes your life so good. Rap band Something Good is here to remind you with an album of beats from Focus Aside (real estate salesman Chandler Haliburton), emceed by Hali rap veterans Markit and Boy-Ill. The secret ingredient is former DJ Olympics champion Y-Rush, with cuts to bring us back to classic hip-hop where it can't be done without the DJ. Just Add Water reminds you that being in your 20s, chilling with your boys and kissing your girl is something to be happy about, and gives a little hope that hip-hop can still be fun. A love song to the end of childhood, with beats so fricking grooving they had to have been smuggled in a time machine back from 1993. - The Coast


Business As Usual - 2011
Just Add Water (and stir) The Remix EP - 2010
Just Add Water - 2009



For the last two years Halifax based hip-hop band Something Good has been building momentum for their second full-length release the old fashion way- one show at a time. Their relentless performance schedule has allowed them to hone their dynamic and engaging live show into what Stephen Cooke of the Chronicle Herald calls, “one of the most body-moving live-dance parties in town.”

Released in March of 2011, their second recording, “Business As Usual”, sees this seven person ensemble combine the best elements of 90’s era hip-hop with dance, disco and rock styles for an exciting genre-bending eight song EP. With topics ranging from relationships and partying to technological apprehension and the challenges of succeeding in the music industry, the thought-provoking lyrics of MC’s Boy-ill and Markit explore what it means to be a 20-something in the 21st century. Or, as Markit proclaims on the first song of the album, this record is “another tale in the chronicles of rockin’ with your friends... it’s a journey but the trip in hip-hop, it never ends.”
When the band isn’t commanding the stage and rocking the party, they are focused on applying their positive energy within their local community. With the intention of dispelling the negative connotations that surround hiphop, the band launched its Good Deeds project in the fall of 2010. Good Deeds sees the band giving back to the community in a new way each and every month; whether it’s by donating their time to play a benefit or facilitating
the donation of sporting equipment for the local Boys and Girls Club, this band is truly up to something good.

With all this hard work the band may soon be up for a promotion,
but for Something Good it’s just business as usual.