Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandHip Hop

With live instrumentation and production which can only be described as "pure boom bap",the GroundBreakers are one of Canada's most prolific hip hop bands.An original line-up of two lyricists,vocal percussion,live bass and turntablism,this crew of creative minds has a very high energy live show.


This recipe is one of my favourites. Start with two fresh emcees, one baked, one raw, and lay on a bed of hot buttered bass and all-natural mouth percussion. Next, crumble in echoes of Motown, 70’s funk for colour, and the timeless clap of the boom-bap golden era and mix thoroughly. Finally, to tie the flavours together, generously drizzle dish with a 3 decade, crate-aged, vintage Hip-Hop sound, score the surface with some precise cuts, and you’ve got GroundBreakers – a Canadian specialty that’s in demand year round: whether on boats or in bars, at daytime festivals and all night raves.

A feelgood five man Hip-Hop troupe, GroundBreakers are set apart from other rap acts by their big band sound, due largely to an airtight rhythm section consisting of beatbox virtuoso/90’s heartthrob, GBoXX, nimble-fingered DJ LEAF on the wheels of steel, and BACKBONE: a bass player and multi-instrumentalist who spends more time deep in the pocket than lint. ATTIKUS, head emcee in charge of regulating, dominates the jam with imposing stature, coy, velvety flows, and visual lyricism while doubling as the group’s business savvy manager. Alternately, BABIE PAUL (aka The Break Charmer)’s bouncing, grainy rap style has drawn him comparisons to an Asian Chali 2na (which I guess would make him Ahi Tuna..?).

Inspired by a wide spectrum of artists such as Krs One,Main Source,Tribe Called Quest,De La Soul,Nas,Gangstarr,Kool G Rap,Atmosphere,Brother Ali,The Roots,Run Dmc,Motown Records,and many more,the GroundBreakers unleash a wide array of intelligent flow and live instrumentation creating a pure sound embraced by a highly diverse crowd of appreciaters.

GroundBreakers’ recipe for movement does away with the flavour-of-the-month approach to Hip-Hop, keeping it all the way boom-bap for crowds across the country, as well as instituting its signature sound as a mainstay in the Vancouver scene. From humble beginnings playing in the back of the old BRUISE Skateshop in New West Minister, GB have gone on in a short while to share stages with Zion – I, J-Live,Choclair, R.A. The Rugged Man, LuckyIAm,and other rap legends, as well as rocking locally with Vancouver heavy hitters the likes of Snak The Ripper(Brass Tackz), Emotionz, Sweatshop Union,Conspirituality,Dj Murge and Moka Only to name a few.

December of 2009 marked GroundBreakers anticipated first release, "From The Ground Up", a 13 song EP recorded and engineered at Paranoyd Sound Studios. It has since been met with audience enthusiasm and critical acclaim from Hip-Hop Canada.Com and ABORT Magazine among others.

Nigel Mojica,
Staff Writer,
ABORT Magazine


The GroundBreakers have just released their debut album "From The Ground Up",a 13 track EP,out of Paranoyd Sound Studios,early Dec.2009.

Set List

Around 10-11 tracks for headling shows,4-5 tracks for opening spots.Lots of live remixes with bass,beatboxing and freestyles.
We do covers of old hip hop tracks,funk songs,motown classics,and anything we can think of.