Myka 9 - Live in Toronto
Join us on Thursday July 7th, 2022 for a very rare and intimate Toronto performance by legendary Los Angeles rapper Myka 9 (Freestyle Fellowship / Project Blowed).
Featuring Mickey O’Brien & Ultra Magnus.
Hosted by Toronto's own Mindbender Supreme and BLK_SPACE Studios.
Music provided by BUTR
1188 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON.
Originally known as Microphone Mike, Myka 9 is recognized as one of the most stylistically advanced rappers of all time. His first real break was in the 1980's when he received the opportunity to be a lyrical ghost writer on NWA's first compilation, titled "NWA and The Posse.' He then had the opportunity to collaborate with major acts such as The Wailers, The Last Poets and co-founded the legendary hip-hop group, Freestyle Fellowship.
Myka 9 is one of the originators of what became to be known as the LA underground scene, centering around the Good Life Cafe in the early 90s. Myka and other Good Life artists pioneered a wildly creative and often rhythmically complex approach to rapping, producing records full of unique, creative commentary and lyrical acrobatics. “To say that Freestyle Fellowship significantly influenced West Coast hip-hop is like saying that Jesus was a pivotal figure in Christianity “ says Pitchfork.
Today, Myka champions his often-imitated, never-duplicated lyrical style around the world. He is known for his rapid-fire, jazz-influenced, melodic rapping, and often incorporates singing and occasional scatting into his songs. Myka has said of his style, "My rhymes take the direction of a jazz trumpet or sax solo, like Miles or Trane, if I was to rhyme in the same meter as those notes...that's my concept."
As one of the founders of Freestyle Fellowship, Myka 9 shared rapping duties with Aceyalone, Self Jupiter, P.E.A.C.E. and DJ Kiilu held down the turntables. His melodic scat influenced rap style and improvisational lyrical talents were demonstrated on this group's debut album To Whom It May Concern. Myka's songs "7th Seal' and 'Five-O-Clock Follies' blew everybody's mind for at least 2 years straight after the release.
By 1993, the "Fellowship" was signed to Island Records - 4th & B'Way, and released their landmark album Innercity Griots. To date, the "Fellowship" have released To Whom it May it Concern, Innercity Griots, Temptations, Shockadoom and The Promise.