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.
Rel McCoy on Spotify
Rel McCoy – Gas Money album SOUNDCLOUD