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Sit down, Gorillaz – in this corner: Spesh K. Proving Jamie Hewlett isn't the only artist that can create memorable alter–egos for musicians, Halifax–based Copernicus Studios bring this Bradley Cayford–directed clip to stunning life. "Knockin' 'Em Down" puts Spesh K in the Little Mac role in Punch–Out!!, kind of like a real–life Captain N. The combo of pixel–perfect on–screen scenes and gameplay tricks (getting a friend like TK to help you out with the rapid button–press to get your guy to stand up after a knockdown) is cut seamlessly with Akira–worthy anime scenes of Spesh playing the game and going up against a schoolyard bully. Too much fun. - muchmusic.com


The album starts off strong with the amped-up beat and braggadocio lyrics of introductory anthem “Spesh Is Coming,” while an appearance by punch line comedy rapper D-Sisive (where has that guy been?) is more than welcome, as are Classified, J-Bru, Mic B, Jay Bizzy and Bonshah, who get raucous with Spesh K for the kick-ass “Six Emcces.” But, the highlight of the album is “The Hungry Emcee,” Spesh’s ode to weed that sees the Halifax, Nova Scotia, rapper choosing the sticky green over his greens, or any other food. Class’s beat is smooth and laidback with a slick guitar sample. The hype track that follows, “Knockin’em Down,” is a close second. - Exclaim - Thomas Quinlan


Spesh K's Export Eh makes like a greatest hits album as it includes gems from previous albums, along with several fresh new tracks. The album's strength lies within the solidly diverse beats. Renowned Halifax producer, Classified, handles production on ten of the album's 13 songs, and he successfully builds on his mounting hype by laying out ten hot beats.

The Anonamyss produced 'Anonamyss Letters' is a breath of fresh air on an album containing little content beyond party hungry tracks. The song's concept deals with anonymous letters written by those struggling with life in this world as recited by Spesh K. 'Six Emcees' is straight fire dealing lyrical blows at the hands of Spesh K's clique: Classified, J-Bru, Mic B, Jay Bizzy and Bonshah. 'Can't Stop Me' is a conscious track depicting Spesh K's struggle to stop dealing drugs and eating at his own profits. 'Outbacks to the Fax' might lack lyrical content, but its distinctive country flavour makes it a unique head bopper. 'The Hungry Emcee' is an ode to Spesh K's unhealthy addiction to marijuana, causing him to spend his grocery money on weed instead of food.

There's no denying that Export Eh is a club-oriented album. As the second album released on Halifax's potent record label, Change The Game Records, the lyrics don't clutter your mind and the beats are bangin, which makes for a nice fuel injector for any party.

Troy Neilson
This review was written February 10, 2004 - HipHopCanada.com


Discography

The SIK EP (1999)
Ineffable (2001)
DemoGraphiks (2003)
Export Eh (2005)
Fax 4 - inklined (2006- indiepool f4mpcd001)
Media Coverage (Nov 7th 2006)

Featured on
Trial & Error - Classified (Urbnet)
BoyCotting The Industry - Classified (urbnet) juno nominee
Joruns Way - JoRun
DJ IV - Exit 0 volumes 1 & 2
Urbnet Underground Mix vol 1,2,&3
Late - International Spittin (UK only release)

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

For Spesh K, the next few months will be proof of the dues he has paid to both the hip-hop culture and to the music industry itself.

Spesh K appeared on Breakfast Television & was featured in the Coast on Thursday, October 19th 2006 to promote his new album "Media Coverage" (urbnet/fontana) which comes out November 7th. Nominated for 2 ECMAs in 2005 and 3 Music Nova Scotia Awards in 2006, Spesh is ready to share his masterpiece with the world. Watch out for the video "Retirement Days" on Much Music and Much Vibe.

On August 1st 2005 his video "Knockin'em Down" directed to Bradley Cayford was put onto medium rotation on Much Music and Much Vibe. In 2005 Spesh K appeared twice on Much Music's 'Going Coastal' and twice on ATV/CTV's 'Breakfast Television'.

Spesh K was nominated for a 2003 East Coast Music Award (ECMA) in the category of Urban Recording of the Year. He performed on the urban stage and in other various concerts throughout the ECMA week.

His forth album, “Export Eh” features the hottest urban music coming from the East Coast of Canada. Mainly produced by Classified, the album features guest emcees such as Classified, J-Bru, D-Sisive, Jay Bizzy, Bonshah, Mic B., and more.

He has performed in Canadian cities and towns like Halifax, Charlottetown, Sydney, St. John’s, Cornerbrook, Moncton, St. John, Toronto, and Fredricton. In America he has appeared on stage in various shows in New York, Ohio, Vermont, and Indiana.

Spesh has been performing since 1999 and in that time has shared stages with Lupe Fiasco, D-Sisive, Kardinal Offishal, Snow, Classified, The Rascalz, Skratch Bastid, Game, Choclair, Wu-Tang, DJ IV, The Tangiers, & more.