Tee Krispil
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Tee Krispil

Vancouver, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF | AFTRA

Vancouver, Canada | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2017
Solo Hip Hop Neo Soul





Tee Krispil is a continuously evolving anthropological creature channeling hymns from the heavens. Too much? Maybe? Probably. I’m just a west coast sista dropping bars & spreading the love.

I started recording myself on a ghetto USB mic while living in Toronto back in 2014. I started taking it more seriously about a year and a half ago, I read the book The Artist Way and it was a game changer… I enrolled in a digital music production program at Langara College and I’ve been writing/recording/making beats since.

A lot of the time my music is a result of automatic writing, unfiltered mind splatters if you will; it’s therapeutic. I’ll often interchangeably use the word “you” to talk to myself, almost like I’m giving myself advice. The song was inspired by frustration towards monotonous day to day life and a desire to make the best of my days, to not “waste away”.

I think my originality is a result of my music ADD. Definitely GURU of Gangstarr, he influenced me to start writing. Outkast too, they’re just crazy, I aspire to always keep things fresh and different like they do. I’ve always been inspired by the OG ladies of hip-hop like Erykah and Lauryn. Nina Simone’s ability to capture a crowd really really inspired me as a performer. KRS-ONE, the Juggaknots, The Fugees, all the oldies really.

Super versatile and hella supportive. There’s lots of cross-genre pollination, it’s generally really friendly and super inspiring to be a musician out here. If you’re good at what you do there’s lots of performance opportunity as well. The city is really laid back, it’s a very different creative energy than other Canadian cities, like Toronto for example. It’s more emotionally sustainable to be an artist out here in my opinion.

Some super dope production from the homie Moxsa, some sassy bars, a lil singing, a lil rapping, lots of word play & metaphoric writing. I hope people will interpret it in many ways!

For more on Tee Krispil visit her official website teekrispil.com/ “One Way Ticket” releases Spring 2017. - Crown All Queens

"Tee Krispil showcases stunning vocals and elaborate bars on “Lessons” featuring Devmo"

Vancouver, ON – Watching the growth of Vancouver-based emcee Tee Krispil this past year and a half has been inspiring to all of us in the Vancouver community. Her drive and creative endeavours, both solo and with her rap crew The People North West, have positioned her as one of the West Coast’s strongest lyrical emcees.

Her experience and expertise playing live shows extends well beyond many of her male counterparts – having toured the lower mainland this past spring with TPNW. On her newest delivery, she gifts a single of her own that will bring you back for multiple listens. “Lessons” is the third release from her full-length compilation, One Way Ticket.

With stunning production from Vancouver producer Moxsa, and a feature from vocalist Devmo, the base is set for Tee to confidently croon the bars of the perspective-based track. The single touches on the importance of overcoming individual struggles to overcome the confines of society and its’ social constructs. Devmo and Tee’s contrasting vocal styles compliment each other and create a balance of flows, while Moxsa and Stefan Repauch (on guitar) pack in vibey, summer-esque production and live instrumentation. - Hip Hop Canada

"Tee Krispil scores a win with “Let It Slide” the first single off her upcoming solo project"

Vancouver, BC – “Let It Slide” is the first single of West Coast emcee Tee Krispil’s upcoming solo project, One Way Ticket. The emcee has become a key player on the West Coast, rising as a notable emcee through her work with music duo, Something August, as well as with collaborative hip-hop group, The People North West. “Let It Slide” is the first offering from Krispil in her solo endeavours, and the single is lyrically strong with quality components that prove she’s also ready to take center stage.

Laced with deep metaphoric depictions that require attention to detail from the listener, the track is engaging and inviting as it discuses the realities of temptation, distraction, and the listeners’ potential role in the both. Heavy production from rising Vancouver producer Moxsa is an eloquent background that is haunting and dizzying in the best context. One Way Ticket will be Tee’s first full-length solo project set to be release this upcoming spring. With so much creative content coming from her this last year, we’re excited to see what she does next. - Hip Hop Canada


Multiple Links available through above link. - http://www.teekrispil.com/press/

"Photos: Ghostface Killah, The People North West @ Rickshaw Theatre"

Rapper Ghostface Killah, who is best known as a member of hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, and who released his newest album, Twelve Reasons to Die II, on July 10th, 2015 via Linear Labs, which featured guest appearances from Raekwon, RZA, Scarub, Vince Staples, Lyrics Born, Chino XL and Bilal, performed at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver last night with hip-hop group The People North West. - Aesthetic Magazine

"Mission Control exposes Vancouver’s burgeoning new talents you need to know about"

skip the whole article to read about my portion:

After a momentary break, Tee Krispil was the next artist who took the stage. I love this female emcee because she definitely holds it down as one of the only local woman who are competing in the rap scene. She’s got this 90’s rap feel down pat, but her lyricism is witty and next level. My favourite tracks that she performed were “Fuck Boy”, “Wage Talk”, and “Younity”. Some emcees just spit their bars and watch everyone react, but Tee was engaging in the sense that she rapped in a way which spoke to us rather than just at us. She brought soul group IMUR’s Jenny Lea onstage for their collaboration on “Blue Dream” which proved that she’s an emcee who doesn’t just fit in a box as only a rapper, but rather as an artist who has the potential to attract collaborations with other genres as well. Her sound is well-rounded and generally strays towards nostalgic hip-hop beats mixed with bars on current issues (not to mention she kind of exudes women power, which is awesome in itself). You can find her latest EP, Rude, here.

Vancouver, BC – If you’re from Vancouver, you know that the one thing this city doesn’t lack is a shortage of creative types. But, although there are a lot of artistically gifted people living here, there has been a general lacking of togetherness and support within the music community. The current divide between individual artists and their different audiences was something that Mission Control aimed to tackle this past Saturday, by bringing together some of Vancity’s most promising upcoming talents under one roof for a single showcase.

There are an abundance of individual concerts always going on around the city, but showcases are more rare than you might imagine – especially within the rap and hip-hop community. When the creators of Mission Control reached out to us at HipHopCanada to talk about potentially covering the evening, it didn’t take much convincing to bring me on board. It was really encouraging to see the artists, themselves, taking initiatives to help influence the changes that we’ve been desperately needing. What was even more impressive was the list of highly notable acts that Mission Control had included which hoped to curate a night that would encourage all different types of audiences to come together across the genre boundaries. The featured musical talents included: So Loki, Raiel, Tee Krispil, Freeman Young, and a performance from the event’s founder, Makahil. Music aside, the evening also promised to feature different creative aspects – an art gallery for the visually inclined, and even a selection of dance numbers during intermissions from AE Wild and her crew.

The evening took place at SPACE, a comfortable art gallery located right in the heart of East Van – a move that was unpretentious and ideal for a night that was determined to engage many different audiences. Walking into the building for the first time, you could see that a lot of effort had been put into creating an atmosphere that encouraged artistry. The room itself is a long white hall, and one giant open space which gives close proximity for the rest of the attendees. Artists like Havoc Downes, VLTZR, Sam Park, and Liz Kim had lined the walls with their work which kept people entertained and in a state of creative appreciation. The general vibe was similar to the comfort of being invited to an evening of close friends. Whether you came alone, or with others, you finished the evening having connected with a variety of other people who were intent on sharing their love for the artists who were showcased, and who were also interested in who you had come to support. In total I’d say that around 100 people came through the doors of gallery, as it was packed shoulder to shoulder by the time the sets began.

At around 9 o’clock the lights dimmed and the DJ at the front of the studio slowed his tracks. First introduced to the stage was Vancity R&B talent, Raiel. I’d heard about this guy in passing, and knew he’d had a really great set opening up for Roy Woods. As a pretty big fan of R&B myself, I was really excited to see what he could bring to the table. It’s a tough job being the first act of the evening, and the small space meant that the artists could really see the reactions of their audience at close proximity. Some might have been thrown off by the prospect, but Raiel slid up there with a confident smoothness. His set included many of the signature tracks from his latest EP, Muse, which you can find here. “Un.titled” was one of my favourites, and for his performance of “Letter to…” Raiel brought up friend and fellow artist, Isaac Shah to assist. Their collaboration thoroughly resonated because their stage presence was smooth and had everyone in the audience bobbing as they became comfortable. Raiel has the maturity as an artist to control an audience with surprising influence, and a voice that draws people in to listen.

After a momentary break, Tee Krispil was the next artist who took the stage. I love this female emcee because she definitely holds it down as one of the only local woman who are competing in the rap scene. She’s got this 90’s rap feel down pat, but her lyricism is witty and next level. My favourite tracks that she performed were “Fuck Boy”, “Wage Talk”, and “Younity”. Some emcees just spit their bars and watch everyone react, but Tee was engaging in the sense that she rapped in a way which spoke to us rather than just at us. She brought soul group IMUR’s Jenny Lea onstage for their collaboration on “Blue Dream” which proved that she’s an emcee who doesn’t just fit in a box as only a rapper, but rather as an artist who has the potential to attract collaborations with other genres as well. Her sound is well-rounded and generally strays towards nostalgic hip-hop beats mixed with bars on current issues (not to mention she kind of exudes women power, which is awesome in itself). You can find her latest EP, Rude, here.

The most overwhelmingly surprising performance of the evening was from Freeman Young. I’d never heard of this guy before Saturday night, but I sure wish I had. He walked onto stage, totally quiet and unassuming. But guy totally blew me away with his voice as soon as he opened his mouth. The closest I could describe his voice to is Frank Ocean if he took some soul steroids. I highly recommend checking out his album, Young, here. The tracks are professional beyond his years and experience in the industry, and he sounds even better in a live setting (if that’s even possible). “Nineteen” and “Drive” were two memorable songs that he killed. He may be still underground, but he shouldn’t be for long. Mostly what I loved about Young is his overall humble persona. He got up on stage and explained that he wasn’t a big talker in his sets. Instead, he let the music speak for itself – and I’m really glad he did. He wasn’t cocky in his demeanour about his talent, but he put it out there for us to come to realize.

Next up was the most buzz-worthy group of the evening. Vancity has elected a few artists as the top current top local emcees. So Loki came out full force with their mixtape, Supermanic, which solidifed them a spot as one of the city’s most promising acts. I’d listened to the album in full, and fully knew the capabilities that they wielded as artists. I’d also heard that they put on an equally good show, but I had yet to experience Supermaniac in a live setting. For those who aren’t familiar, So Loki is composed of two members. Sam Lucia handles most of their identifiable bars, while Geoffrey Millar handles most of the production, live instruments and vocal melodies. Their music generally can be described as experimental rap, but the show they gave us on Saturday was something else. These two are real performers who fully dedicate themselves to bringing their music to life. Watching Sam Lucia rap the bars in “Lil Ma” was a sight in itself as he let the music fully engulf him. And, to be fair, the audience were just as entranced with watching him. It was obvious that people had come out solely to watch these guy light it up, and with good reason. Geoffrey Millar had a nice keyboard solo mid-set where he busted out some impressive vocals as well, which had me realizing he was less producer and more overall musician.

As the evening came to a close (and everyone drifted farther and farther away from sobriety) the evening’s curator took the stage to wrap up the performances. Makahil expressed how he was more than grateful that the community had been so open to helping support an event like this. You could tell this guy was humbled by the turnout. Initially, I had thought that he was just the organizer for the evening and had no clue he was going to take the stage as well. Makahil doesn’t come across as a someone who wields an ego, but rather one that gets off from his audience vibing with him. His style is similar in the sense that he’s got a really classic sound that rolls over beats but doesn’t force itself on you. The audience definitely got off from the authenticity that he brought to the stage, and had a lot of love to show him. But separately from their obvious appreciation for him, he is actually a really developed emcee. “Invisible Chains” had honest lyrics that maintained the theme of the evening and had the whole audience dancing. I had to hunt down his album online because he was too humble to give it to me in our conversations before his set. You can check out [IN]visible Chains, here.

Vancouver has a challenging music scene, but it’s events like Mission Control that help the community realize that there can still be a sense of togetherness regardless of individual’s pursuit of success. In sharing our appreciation for each other, it encourages the music community as a whole to reach for new groundbreaking heights in terms of national spotlight. With that spotlight, it would give Vancity artists the chance to reach the levels of national success that they really do deserve. 5 artists played on Saturday, and all 5 artists are ones that you should know about. Coverage for evenings like this is our best attempt to make that happen. Based on what went down on Saturday, I’m really hoping it won’t be the last. - HipHopCanada

"Premiere: Tee Krispil Releases The “RUDE” EP For Women By Women"

Vancouver based emcee Tee Krispil just released her new project “RUDE”, a 3 track EP with vocals, production and cover artwork all done by women. This being Tee’s sophomore project, she decided to do something different yet still remain true to her spiritual self.
I asked Tee Krispil more about the Rude EP via email in our Q & A below.
Q: 1. What made you decide that you wanted to do something different on this EP; from hippy rap to something more rugged?
A: Haha I like that you’re with the term “hippy rap”. Conscious ideals are at the base of all my music, but my messaging evolves to suit my life’s happenings. After a break up this fall, I felt a lot of old emotions resurface from past relationships where I just wasn’t treated right and I needed to get it off my chest. I felt empowered by the lessons I learned and wanted to empower other women too. Writing this EP was such a good way to expel all the lingering energy that was affecting my quality of life (even if it was subconsciously). You know when you need to sneeze and it finally happens, or like that pre climax before you get off- that’s what this EP felt like to me. Total release.

Q: 2. I noticed on this EP the beats are more upbeat compared to “YOUNITY” where they are slower and more chill. Is that due to the different content on the EP? And how was the production process?

A: All production is done by Toronto’s producer Little Sister. She’s savage, I love what she creates and the vibe it gives off. When I saw her at Battle of the Beat Makers in December, I knew we had to work together. So I kind of let her captain the vibe of the instrumentals and it just turned out that the beats perfectly suited how I was feeling. It’s definitely a “feeling myself” vibe, and that’s just what I needed… If the beats were slower it would make the EP more whiny and less RUDE.

Q: 3. The tracks I found on RUDE were more personal compared to your last EP. Was that something you planned out or did it just come naturally while you were writing?

A: I think that by being more personal, I’m actually revealing a deeper universal message. And that’s to unapologetically be yourself, in your truest, most honest form. Younity was about working on yourself and uniting your forces with other souls, where as rude is a more direct portrayal of how I needed to work on myself by not allowing negative relationships to deter me from my life purpose. It came really naturally while writing, I didn’t think about it too much ahead of time.. But in retrospect, this EP is about working on removing negativity from your life so that we can Younite with stronger force (especially us women- we’re so powerful!)

Q: 4.You rap about different aspects on boys, whether it’s not fucking with “fuckboys” and caring more about their mind then their money or materialistic things. Was this EP a way for you to prove that women need to be treated more like Queens and more for women to listen/relate to? Especially since the production, vocals, and artwork for this EP was all done by women?

A: Totally! I chose to use women for the artwork and production because I think it’s dope when women put on other women. We need to support each other and encourage each other to peruse our truths, instead of bashing and competing with each other. Women are instinctually very creative creatures. After all, life itself is created within us, so when we join forces I think it has potential to be very powerful.

The goal of this EP wasn’t to bash all men out there. You are right, it was actually more focused on empowering women to gtfo if they aren’t happy and progressing- we need to take our needs seriously. There’s many great dudes out there, this album just speaks to the many lame ones that exist too.

Destructive force doesn’t chose gender- I wrote this about wack dudes, just like you could write an EP about the kniving, self centred, un-loyal woman out there. It’s not about putting women above men, it’s about liberating good people to protect their energy from damaging relationships.

Q: 5. Even though the lyrics and beats were different on this EP from your other music, you still rapped about spirituality, which is a vibe to your other music as well. Although this EP was more “badgyal”, your spiritual self shows in this piece of music too. Do you think that’s true, or was there a different mind state for you while writing/recording this EP?

A: I generally consider myself to be pretty spiritual (it sounds so lame to say that but shhhh). My mind state was definitely different, I was feeling pretty RUDE, but I don’t think it was any less spiritual then my first EP.

If anything, it might have been even more of a spiritual journey for me to write RUDE. I’ve done a lot of energy work in the past 5 years and I think that this was the last piece of the puzzle. Yoga has taught me about energy channels in the body where emotion can physically get stuck, and when it does negative patterns continue to occur until you’re able to clear the pathways. This was definitely true about me and my dating patterns. I’ve been dealing with asshole dudes since my very first boyfriend at age 15. I released as much as I could with yoga and meditation but this EP needed to happen. While writing/spitting this I felt a total release both mentally and physically (around the solar plexus and throat chakra). I feel like I’ve taken back the power that I had lost from being in destructive relationships. All of the bullshit was worth it to me if I can empower at least 1 other person to make better decisions with who they accept in their life.
Stream the “RUDE” EP below and vibe out. - Omit Limitation

"The People North West bring back the value of classic 808s with “Sure Shot”"

Vancouver, BC – Shifts in the seasons brings new energy and growth, as well as the birthing of new collaborations and projects in the rap community. We’ve recently seen the uprising of a promising local rap crew called The People North West. The group is composed of three individually strong lyricists and local emcees: Creed Taylor, Young Budda, and Tee Krispil who delve into the uncharted territory of classic 808’s among the current trend of trap beats and synths.

What we love about this group is the smooth delivery of frankly honest bars, and their balance of feminine and male tones (because honestly, when was the last time we saw a rap group with both male and female emcees). Handling all of the production within their team, Marleau provides the majority of the beats with some additions from Mikey J Blidge of IMUR.

Their latest release “Sure Shot” dropped on Aug. 6, and it’s a really good look to formally introduce these guys. The Marleau-produced track has reminiscent tones of old school rap mixed in together with modern perspectives. - HipHopCanada


Still working on that hot first release.



Tee Krispil is one of the most exciting upcoming artists from Canada’s hip-hop scene. Her influences include her upbringing in Ottawa, Fleetwood Mac, Erykah Badu and reggae. However, it wasn’t until she first listened to Guru and Biggie that she found her real musical love - hip-hop. As a Scottish, Moroccan Jew, Tee’s religious upbringing was somewhat ambiguous and left her eager for a greater spiritual understanding, which she later found through teaching yoga and creating lyrical hip-hop. 

Having studied digital music production, Tee was enthusiastic to learn about all facets of music and to expand her repertoire wherever possible. She took lessons for piano, saxophone, and violin but her one true musical love remained writing for hip-hop. The genre taught Tee how to stand up for what she believed in and to fight for equality – these notions still inform her music today. Possessing lyrics reflective of both personal and universal issues, Tee’s music is evocative of 90’s hip-hop. Despite being a breakthrough artist, she is no stranger to large crowds, having shared the stage with the likes of Ghostface Killa and with her rap group, The People North West, she has played with E-40, Kid Ink Raekwon and more. Ready to cement her place in Toronto’s fruitful hip-hop scene, Tee relocated fall 2017.

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