Markit and Boy-ill are close. They've been friends for over a dozen years, following each other throughout HRM's schools, basketball teams and later forming the hip-hop group Fax 4 with fellow MCs Spesh K and Quake, as well as being roommates. Their latest collaboration, Something Good, sees them working more closely together despite the fact that they're separated by geography (Markit attends university in Montreal). Just Add Water, the group's debut album, is some of the best work the pair has done.
The group has gone from a simple set-up---two MCs with a DJ, Y-Rush, and a producer, Focus Aside---to including live musicians Oliver Cluett and Alex Meade. The new members joined for a tour in Ontario, including the Stewart Park Festival in Perth. According to Boy-ill, "We thought that just going up with a DJ and two rappers might be too much for that crowd---sit-down afternoon---so we decided we needed to get some instruments." "It's way more of a dynamic experience for the audience as opposed to just having the music come through the system," says Markit. "When you can see people actually playing it, it's much more enjoyable."
Something Good, w/DJ Zack Shave, QuakeSaturday, August 22,10pm, Coconut Grove, 1567 Grafton Street, $8
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