Apt

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Artist Info

Emcee, Producer, DJ / Droppin’ Science Productions / Toronto, ON, Canada

Apt is a rapper, beatmaker, producer, engineer and DJ matured by ten years of rapping and hundreds of live shows.

Apt released 4 self-produced albums from 2001-2005, performing hundreds of shows with the likes of Skratch Bastid, John Smith, Ghettosocks, SJ the Wordburglar, Josh Martinez, The Goods, Young Buck, Buck65, Brother Ali, J-Live and Masta Ace. In particular, Apt teamed up with DJ Cosmo as they rocked many legendary sets as an unstoppable duo (2009 Redbull 3-Style Champ, now DJ for young superstar and YouTube sensation Azealia Banks).

In 2005, Apt released his latest recording, the locally acclaimed LP: Canvastripper. This album was self-produced and featured the likes of Jesse Dangerously (Backburner), K-the-I??? (Big Dada, Mush) & Josh Martinez (Low Pressure, Camobear).

This is one of the best rap albums made in Halifax in the last ten years. Its speaks to your weirdos, your intellectuals, your boys desperate to become men. This is the ultimate elegy to Halifaxs hip hop experiment. Michael McGuire, hip-hop historian

The record sold over 3,000 copies hand-to-hand, was the #1 selling record at Sams in Halifax for 2 months, nominated for Urban Recording of the Year from the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia and got Apt a feature in The Coast (Halifaxs weekly) as an Artist to Watch For.

Following this release, he moved to Toronto to study audio engineering and production at the Harris Institute. During this time, his raps took a relative hiatus as he honed his recording and production skills. He continued to make beats and rapped on albums like Ghettosocks JUNO-nominated Treat of the Day.

Upon graduating with honours in 2006, he worked at several Toronto studios, building his chops alongside industry heavies like Roger Swan (Battle Axe), Drakes producer Noah Shebib (OVO), and John Payne (Death Row Records).

In 2010, having constructed his own state-of-the-art studio, Apt received a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council to create a new album. 12 Bits is once again self-recorded and produced. An updated return of golden era gritty beats and thoughtful passionate rhymes, the work is hands-down his strongest offering yet. In 12 Bits, Apt digs deeper into his life as a man trying to make his way in depression era times. Where many rappers focus in the arrested development of drinking, drug abuse and depraved sex, this is an album of a Peter Pan who built a raft to leave the island. This is about a loving husband who found his passion for music could coincide with his growth as a person. Through Apts work in the community with at risk youth, he saw a community that could thrive or be destroyed, and empowered his young students at St. Albans with the sense that music could make a difference in their lives. After thousands of hours helping them perfect their song, he now boldly sings his own. 12 Bits is the story of how a record purposefully composed to echo the low fi tradition of golden age hip hop could speak to a new age with an old story. Where a life is not meant to be told cleanly, and the music of the streets and suburbs is told without editing, illuminating one of Canadas best unheard voices.

Poised to make a highly anticipated return as an emcee, 12 Bits sees Apt joined by a world-class selection of his peers (Bix, DJ Cosmo, Ghettosocks, Saidah Conrad [of Aint No Love] & Timbuktu) on a record that has undoubtedly been worth the wait.