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Collation Vol. 2 – Limon Verde: La Experiencia
Collation Vol. 1
one of Quebec’s most compelling live acts Erik Leijon, Montreal Gazette
Le hip-hop québécois a un nom et ils sont six, voici les Dead Obies Guy A. Lepage, Tout le monde en parle
Dead Obies are quite simply the best hip hop that’s ever existed in Quebec, period. I just don’t think there’s anyone as good as them. VNCE, the beat-maker of the Dead Obies, is as good as any beat-maker in the world. Laurent Saulnier, FrancoFolies de Montréal
un concert tendu, d’une redoutable précision, où la parole circulait entre les cinq MC comme un ballon diabolique sur un playground de basket.
Disciples of post-rap and finalists at the 2013 Francouvertes, Dead Obies formed in Montreal during the spring of 2011. Their debut album Montréal $ud's critical success helped place Dead Obies at the forefront of Quebec's rap scene. Made up of 5 MCs and a producer, the band released their sophomore effort, Gesamtkunstwerk, on March 4th, 2016.deadobies.com
Dead Obies are back with a video for their brand new single, Monnaie (“Money”), out now via Bonsound. Directed by Jean-François Sauvé, the video is a literal depiction the song’s title. Off the back of their ethereal Air Max EP (released in March), the rap group now offers a banger reminiscent of past hits like Where They @, which has garnered over 2.2 million streams on Spotify and over a million views on YouTube. Monnaie is Dead Obies’ Euro-braggadocio anthem fresh out of Grande Ville Studio located in Paris. The repeated chorus line Mets la monnaie dans ma main basically translates to get paid. It reflects a state of mind based on European entrepreneurship, and is inspired by the band’s latest tour throughout France.
After performing a sold-out, immersive concert at Montreal’s MTELUS (fka Metropolis) in September, the winners of the 2016 Espoir FEQ prize will return to France in November. The group will begin work on their third studio album in 2018.
With tens of thousands of monthly music streams in France, Dead Obies has already drawn the attention of the French media. Their song Explosif landed at #3 on Grünt Mag’s list of the best French rap songs of 2016 and was included on Surl Mag’s Rythm & Saoul: Millésime 2016 mixtape, which annually compiles the best in rap music. Radio stations PiiAF and Mouv’ have welcomed them into their studios and the daily newspaper Libération featured them in a two-page spread during their first visit in Paris.
Disciples of post-rap, Dead Obies formed in Montreal during the spring of 2011. Months later, rappers Snail Kid, 20some, Yes Mccan, O.G. BEAR, RCA and producer VNCE put forth their bilingual mixtape Collation Vol. 1 and introduced fans to the mythological $ud $ale (Dirty $outh).
Their debut album Montréal $ud, $ud $ale's exalted message, was released via Bonsound on November 12th, 2013. In 2014, the album was nominated at L'Autre Gala de l’ADISQ for Hip-Hop Album of the Year and Critics' Choice Album of the Year, and was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize. Montréal $ud's critical success helped place Dead Obies at the forefront of Quebec's rap scene.
After large-scale shows, a European tour, the mixtape Collation Vol. 2 - Limon Verde: La Experiencia, the Montréal $ud book and the animated web series 4:20 avec Dead Obies, the band released their sophomore effort, Gesamtkunstwerk, on March 4th, 2016. Recorded partially in studio and partially in front of a live audience during a series of three sold-out concerts at Phi Centre, Gesamtkunstwerk was listed on the Polaris Prize Long List. The single Where They @ has since garnered over 2 million streams on Spotify.
After performing to sold-out crowds in Quebec, the group travelled to France in March 2017 where they opened for French rapper Georgio on several dates, including a concert at the world-renowned Olympia de Paris. During this period, Dead Obies released the Air Max EP, taking on an approach that is more pop and ethereal, but still very much inventive, rebellious and introspective. Before wrapping up their tour in the fall, the winners of the 2016 Espoir FEQ prize will play a show at the Festival d’été de Québec, opening for Kendrick Lamar.
8December | Friday