Triad

Triad

 London, Ontario, CAN
BandHip Hop

Whoever coined the phrase, "good things come in threes" must have been talking about Triad. This hiphop crew brings a unique, innovative sound to the growing landscape of Canadian hip-hop. Their conceptual tunes and energetic live show make this crew one of the Forest City's best

Biography

Triad formed in London, Ontario Canada in 2001 after C-Note (Benjamin) and his cousin Verse-A-tyle (Acham) returned from college in the US. Benjamin linked up with Kenny Flow (Lewis) on what would become Triad's first track "E-Biz" produced by MalOne Brown. The track needed a third verse and voice. Acham reluctantly joined, penned his verse and laid the track, only to later come up with the name for the crew while leaned up at the bar in a local club. From there TRIAD was born.
The crew achieved nationwide celebrity through two talent contests hosted by CBC (the Canadian Broadcast Company) The first was CBC's "Big Break," which featured 700+ entrants. Triad were finalists and performed coast-to-coast live via CBC's radio airwaves.
The second CBC extravaganza, "The Great Canadian Music Dream" pitted Triad against 1400 bands where they were again finalsts. They performed on a national broadcast on CBC televison.
Triad found yet another level when they enlisted the expertise of DJ Butter (Butterworth) to add the CBC televison performance. Butterworth was already a renown contributor to the rock/rap group "Project Wyze" and their first album. DJ Butter had a great deal of underground popularity in London's hiphop scene not only as a producer but also as an outstanding Club Dj. Wasting no time he remixed the group's anthem "Henchmen" and added production credits on "How We Git Em" and "Git Up." After providing such bangers for the emcees to flow over they made Butter a staple in their shows and an intergral part of the completion of their first album, "COLD FRONT."
Triad is influenced by lyrical skill and the abiltiy to move a crowd. As a result these three list Jay-Z, Wu-tang Clan, Redman, Eminem, Talib Kweli, Roots and Nas among their cornerstones for influences.
"Our strength is our LIVE performance. We integrate the crowd, highlight each emcee through solos and add a DJ to encompass many aspects of hip-hop. This is our biggest asset in terms of making us different from other groups. Not only are we pleasing to the ear while on stage we also entice the eye with our antics, emotion and visuals."

Lyrics

One Way Ticket

Written By: Cheddi Acham, Michael Benjamin, Byram Joseph, Steve Lewis

It’s been a long time since I felt the sand
I gotta get where it’s hot, where the ladies tan.
Get a couple of grand, schedule the flight plan,
Booked on Pan Am, while thugs smoke they grams
Golf with Tiger who’s bookin’ the tee
I vacate to the spot, ladies looking at me
She said the beach is hot the bbq’s at 3
I roll through at 4 cuz I’m just that raw
The blue sky has gotchya open
I got Caribbean queens like I was Billy Ocean
She said, rub me down with the suntan lotion
I told her later tonight she'd get the one-man motion
She wanna know where we travelling next
I told her don't worry I got the traveller's cheques
Maybe I'll cruise with her to the ocean centre
But don't worry I'll be back next winter

(Chorus)

9 to 5 five days a week
working over time no time to sleep
I'm on a runway
trying to make the trip one way
not thinking about monday

The name's Kenny, got the call from C-note
said to meet by the speed boat, Find a girlfriend to elope,
I got the liquor and doritos
Now we dancing like Usher Raymond don't call just show up
we won't slow up
Dj butter with the cold cuts now you know what's up
We say no sluts (no sluts) but if the butts in bikini
we for sure to get freaky,
We on a week's v
Triad on cruise can't lose cause now we on TV
no limits like we outdoor racing
all night wine tasting
now we're lacing
Triad tracks in the basement party starts at the Days End
Hit up the Days Inn, the Delta or the Hilton
if your cutie is willin or keep chilling at the BBQ and killing wings and ribs and other fixings
hold your glass make a toast to the free time now we chilling by the sea line
now its key time, Kenny, Verse, C-Note in a pool with girls who wanna freestyle.

(Chorus)

got the week off lace up my reeboks and detox
in the sun how much rum I'm a beat off...
gyals- sink fast in the sand
island Cayman senorita in hand
long distance dialing cause girl I miss you
grab a tissue don't cry wish i could kiss you
gotta go boo time for diving scuba
watch Notez snorkle floss like a tuna
cocktail, shrimp, eating lobster
C-Note in Sapranos singin' mobster
Les Maffiosso make a toast
Iced out Seadoo, frozen boat
still on coast still on cruise
girl I see you in the thong back speedo
Yachts too hot used all my sick days
time for a massage put on like a lay(Break)
(Chorus 4X)

No Show's Empty

Written By: Cheddi Acham, Michael Benjamin, Byram Joseph, Steve Lewis

Throw your hands up
No need to front
Haters back up
Throw your hands up

The club is packed
From front to back

Throw your hands up
No need to front
Haters back up
Throw your hands up

(1st Verse)
It goes sold out show, standing room only
Got my fans feeling the opposite of lonely
Authentic with the rhyme my flow is never phoney
Got a psychopathic mind, yet smart like Einstein
Got flows like Ex-lax out that ass crack
Keep the crowds coming back jammed like sardine packs
I mean that, get your tickets in advance
Backstage see hot girls come out them hot pants
Just one chance to see us in front the masses
Cause I spit more sixteen’s then driver’s Ed classes
Left lane passes the hot wheel is how I whip it
When my crew is in the spot Jesus couldn’t get tickets
The front row packed fans shoulder to shoulder
Triad fans in the house the club runneth over
We turn the spot to gold my rhyme is the alchemy
Got dimes front stage, backstage and in the balcony

(2nd Verse)
To hear these thick bastards, spit the hit classics,
Hit Ticketmaster, move tickets faster,
Then metermaids, smooth like Derek Jeter play,
Either way Common Cold, even in the heat of May,
Free today, but tomorrow we’ll charge once we’re large,
Avoid the line up by using your charge card,
Charge hard through the Gates, Irate like Antonio,
From San Diego to the LO the fans know the Flow,
No-Shows-Empty-C-note-Kenny-,
Many Ways, Verse-a-tyle show you how,
To keep the crowds all around listen up right now

(hook)
The club is packed
From front to back

Throw your hands up
No need to front
Haters back up
Throw your hands up (right now)

The club is packed
From front to back

Throw your hands up
No need to front
Haters back up
Throw your hands up (right now)

The Club is packed
From Front to back

(bridge)
Here we go,
Kenny Flow C-Note
Verse A Tyle, Beat Child
Come on get up right now

(3rd Verse)
No show's empty just ask Benji
When our names on the sign there's a line with plenty
Turn scalpers into heads turn friends to enemies
Triad the Niagara Falls resource for energy --Raaaaw
Our chemistry will leave you in awe
Ladies want me to sign on their thongs and their bras
We keep it packed front to back wall to wall
beyond the capacity of the Fire Marshall
Promoters know cause they want that money
True artist we'll leave an impression like Monet
One to remember for those with lint shows
Work on your week flows so your in seat grows
We're like 3 crows ready to make a scare
Leave fans like those ticket stubs in tears-
Torn, on tour won't get booed off stage
Got boo back stage Kenny check their age

(hook)

Blind Date

Written By: Cheddi Acham, Michael Benjamin, Byram Joseph, Steve Lewis

(Gameshow Intro)
(1st Verse)
Ok it's a blind date, mission to find mate
Ok I'm late Notez coming couldn't find place
I'm hoping she looks more like Janet than Freddie-
Jackson, door open we relaxin' already
She took the bait flowers we embrace hug
The night was ours told her get in the truck
Gotta sensor these blurbs showing my thoughts
A groupie from fan mail what were the odds
I thank the gods were off smooth set sail
said she's blinded by my lyrics did I write 'em in braille
Fail me not senses not senseless or crazy
A thin line between a freak and a lady
Forget the 5th wheel we know the camera follows
She's gettin' brain freeze from the Slurpee she swallows
Hand to cam like dre no more watcher
Big up Verse One he done the Roger Lodger

(hook)
You don't know who you're stepping with
Your boys set you up and this is it
Friends be asking who's the girl you with
Come ya'll set me up and this is it
Blind Date

(2nd Verse)
I’m on a Blind date but this ain’t no game show
With a lame host, Verse-A-Tyle check the dame though
5-6 dark hair, with a body that bounce
I’m in the mix park there now I’m ready to pounce
C-Note put me on, he said this honey was hot
She saw me at the Triad show liked how I rocked the spot
Her body was hot, spaghetti strap over the shoulders
Gold hoop in each ear the second hole had boulders
We go, good together like snares and hi-hats
Girl I’ll buy that, low’s how I rock my fly cap
My blind date had weight and I loved every once
She paying me more interest than my bank accounts
Her body looked good, as if she was appraised
She walked by and even blind guys eyebrows were raised
Relationship? Maybe in due time
Cuz I’m not going out like Martin in a Thin Line. Because!

(hook)
(3rd Verse)
On a second blind date, potential mate passed the screen test,
Damn her seamstress hooked up that green dress,
She seemed fresh, I conduct an interview, then interlude,
Check out if her inner’s cool, after that we’ll get a few,
Margaitas, first we eat fajitas at Jose’s,
She’s talking with her mouthful, it’s doubtful foreplay,
No love or amore, don’t care what the score say,
She’s losing, I keep my eyes locked on the doorway,
Spaghetti she was slurping, wasn’t ready for the burping,
Then she passed gas, ain’t got no gas mask I’m hurting,
Damn, is something burning?, come on this ain’t working,
Nasty hostess, no room for closeness and flirting,
On to the main dish, no need for appetizers,
She ate fast with no class, man, I wonder where she hides her-,
Extra weight, let me estimate, you wanna extra plate?
Nah, let’s end the date, there ain’t no more to contemplate!

(hook)

Discography

2007 - Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Team Webisode "One Way Ticket" & "No Show's Empty"
2007 - "Called To The Bars" Benefit CD
2005 LP And Justice For All - "Street Legal"
2004 LP - COLD FRONT
Current Singles released include,
Henchmen
Git Up
That Guy
Ill Relations Feat. Golden
2004 Henchmen (Remix) Feat. Golden on PENETRAITOR RECORDS MIXTAPE Vol II - "The Usual Suspects"
2002 Honourable Mention "JOHN LENNON SONG WRITING CONTEST"
2002 E-biz on HAMILTON MUSIC SCENE Compilation
2002 award winner for "best HipHop/R&B act" ath the LONDON MUSIC AWARDS

Many of our songs can be found on radio airplay on many of Canada's campus radio stations.
Our website www.triad3.ca features streaming audio from the album "Cold Front."

Set List

We have numerous sets that run from 15 minutes to an hour. Songs are: How We Git Em, That Guy, Henchmen, Henchmen Remix, Rhymenesia, Git Up, Planet Groove, Ill Relations, Dirty Bounce, Bathroom Confessions, The Party Move, 3rd Power, Metaphor Masters, Situations Change, Ebiz, Anger Management, Git Down Wit Us, One Way Ticket, No Invitation, No Show's Empty, Two Weeks Notice, Platinum Rhymes, Stop Drop and Roll, 3Hundred 50 Thousand, My Love Song, Blind Date, Common Cold, More Rhymes, Move Back, Oh No, Rock Paper Scissors. In terms of covers we can cover the classics like SugarHill Gang, Run DMC and Tribe Called Quest to contemporary hits from Jay-Z, 50CENT, Eminem and Kanye West. Or, put our on spin on a current, hot beat.