I.Blast

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I.Blast was raised and still resides in the Montreal borough of NDG; a neighborhood renowned for producing some of the finest local talent in the Montreal hip-hop scene. While growing up in his community in NDG, he was surrounded by a rich hip-hop influence, which subsequently paved a solid path towards his imminent career in music. At the young age of only 10 years old, he purchased his first album, Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers. From then on, his hunger for hip-hop developed as he began listening to a great deal of mid-nineties east coast hip-hop including music from artists Nas, Onyx, and Cam’ron. It is his appreciation and passion for this era which then led him to mold and craft his unique sound. By the age of 16, he was already writing and recording his own material in a friend’s home studio. By the time he was 20, he began performing for the masses with confidence and poise. I.Blast’s musical style delves to depths often untouched by other hip-hop artists, while his attitude is sharp and self-assured without being arrogant. His signature multi-syllabic, lyrical and highly poetic flow are the qualities that have helped garner him the respect and stature that he has achieved thus far. Despite a violent past, I.Blast stands by shifting the image of hip-hop towards a more positive one. He aims to be a responsible and reliable role model for the youth who admire and look up to him. By keeping the focus of his music away from hostility, he paints a fresh picture and shares a different vision. To date, I.Blast has released four highly successful solo mixtapes: Blast Off, Human Gun, Time Traveler, and his fourth, Blastphemy. He is currently working on his debut LP entitled Now or Never which will be released in the early fall of 2012. I.Blast collaborates with two Montreal producers on a regular basis: long time friend Theory Beatz and Dirtwork Productions, well known for producing hot singles for other local recording artists. Aside from his solo work, he has had the honor of working with many respected artists including Planet Asia, Jay Bezel, 40 Cal and Montreal’s home-grown Magnum and the late Bad News Brown. He has opened for globally renowned artists including Rick Ross, Bun B, Fabolous, Lloyd Banks, French Montana, Slaughterhouse, M.O.P., 112, Boot Camp Clik, Beenie Man and The Alkaholiks and he has performed in local festivals including Under Pressure and Hip-Hop You Don’t Stop. The Montreal hip hop scene has received I.Blast music with open arms. His music, including tracks The Real Deal and Dream 24 are played on heavy rotation on local radio stations, while he also holds a strong internet presence, being featured frequently on local blogs and websites. I.Blast also has four music videos that are played on Canadian television stations MuchVibe & MuchMusic: Born For This, Who Knows , Stuntman and Rub It In Ya Face. He was recently awarded for “Male Artist Of The Year” at the 2012 Montreal Hip-Hop Awards. Despite the recent passing of his manager and dear friend Matt “Dutch” Garner, a successful hip-hop promoter from Montreal, I.Blast remains passionate about every facet of his craft, and hopes to gain recognition on a international level. With such strong talent, creativity and drive there is no doubt that he will mark Montreal on the global hip-hop map. For more information please visit: http://www.facebook.com/IBLAST514 http://www.twitter.com/iblastdg http://www.youtube.com/iblastdg

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