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Rel McCoy

Take the following ingredients. Emcee, Producer, Singer, Songwriter, Engineer, and D.J. Combine these five

into a single creative mind, and you have an artist that well, does a lot of stuff. Now toss in a can of “do it all real

good“ and you’re getting close. Add to this a history of *international touring, and you have an idea of what

makes up the artist known as Rel McCoy. You have to admit, the whole thing sort of makes the term triple

threat feel like it showed up in jean shorts to a black tie affair.

PharCyde Slaughter House Pharoahe Monch Killah Priest R A the Rugged Man Zion–I Oddisee

Kev Brown Jeru the Damaja Masta Ace Araab Musik Choclair D-sisive Shad Moka Only

These are just a few of the household names that Rel has had the honour of sharing the stage with, and the

experience shows. To see his live performance, singing, rapping, playing his MPC2500 sampler and DJing

his own cuts is kind of mind blowing. It’s not hard to tell Rel is truly at home on the stage. A few festivals he has

played include – CMW, SXSW, NXNE, Toronto Jazz Fest, Halfiax Jazz Fest, Halifax Pop Explosion, Sled

Island, MOSOfest, and Uprock (Sydney AUS).

Rel’s 2015 full length album, The 13th Floor was the number one add for CMJ stations in the hip hop category in

June of the same year, and hit #2 after it’s first week in rotation reaching #18 for the year in the U.S.A. The

album was #1 for more than 10 weeks on Canadian Earshot charts in the hip hop category landing him #3rd

overall for the year behind BadBadNotGood/Ghostface Killer, and K-os. Traction with live shows, social

media presence, and a ceaseless work ethic have helped him land multiple grants for both recording and tour

support from both provincial and federal grant funds. Summer of 2015, Toronto hip hop fans were treated to an

extended performance by Rel at Nathan Phillips Square as part of the Pan Am Games, and again on the main

stage at Canada’s most well known hip hop festival, MANIFESTO. Rel has been Featured on websites like

Tropical Bass, Diplo’s Mad Decent, Kevin Nottingham, and a slough of other taste maker blogs that

recognize raw talent when they see it.

You can find Rel’s name in the producer/engineer/featured artist credits on all 4 albums of Juno award winning

artist Shad. Rel also had a hand in mixing on the album “NOW” from Toronto’s highly acclaimed group,

Freedom Writers. His honest and soulful approach to music can be clearly heard from one release to the next.

Rel McCoy continues to embody the bold and vulnerable spirit of hip hop culture with unrelenting tenacity.

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