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Awards & Nominations
"Rap / Hip Hop Recording of the Year" (winner)
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
2004 - Team Rezofficial - The Foundation
(Arbor Records Ltd / EMI Music Canada)
Team RezOfficial is a collaboration of A-list, hi-profile Aboriginal M.C.s. The birth of Team Rezofficial is the culmination of events that began in late 2002. Big Stomp (Tom Crier) had just left the hip hop group ?War Party? to concentrate on his own independent production efforts. At the same time, J Mak (Jason Makinaw) was honing his skills crafting beats for his friend L?s-Aqui (Cam Farley). Both producers started out with very humble studio set-ups, but made the best with what they had. It was at this time that while working on separate demo projects, the two decided to team up and move under the production umbrella ?Rezofficial?.
Edmonton Journal | Nov 2004
Team Rezofficial Nominated
By Sandra Sperounes
Tom Crier knows there's strength in numbers. He's one of seven producers and MCs behind Team Rezofficial, a hip-hop crew based in Hobbema. The group is one of eight Alberta acts up for honours at tonight's Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in Toronto. Edmonton's Mike Gouchie leads the way with four nominations - including best male artist, best songwriter and best country album, One of a Kind. Team Rezofficial's debut, The Foundation, is up for best rap or hip-hop album. "I was pleasantly surprised, I guess," says Crier. "You never expect anything." Crier, a.k.a. Big Stomp, used to be a member of Canada's best known rap crew, War Party, and wasn't planning to start another group. He and fellow producer J-Mak were working with several solo MCs - including Hellnback, Dro and two U.S. rappers - when they decided to join forces as Team Rezofficial and release The Foundation. Crier is proud of the group's nomination but he says he doesn't want to be pigeonholed as an aboriginal artist. He hopes to reach all races, ages and genders of music fans."What we're trying to do with our music is just hip-hop," he says. "We don't deem it native hip-hop. What we're trying to do is put out the best music possible that we know how to do. We've been playing to mainstream crowds at club shows because we don't want to get stuck doing the conferences, the folk fairs as the token native act. We've done that." Team Rezofficial's The Foundation is up against a local hip-hop collective, Redd Nation (Unstoppable) and a solo artist from New Brunswick, Red Suga (Red Suga).
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