He has been a major contributor to the Saskatchewan arts scene not only through his work as an established MC, but also as an experienced Graffiti Artist and highly Active DJ. With over 100 International shows in the past 3 years alone, he has gained international notoriety through his highly active touring schedule and repeat official showcases at festivals such as SXSW, Shambhala, Juno Fest, NXNE, CMW, Breakout west, and Prairie Scene, even headlining the Saskatchewan pavilion for the opening ceremonies at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His contagious songs combined with his interactive and high-energy live show has landed him gigs around the globe. He has gained his experience performing to all types of crowds from coffee shops, pubs, clubs, galas, award ceremonies, and festivals all over the world.
By special invitation he performed at private galas for the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency, Michaelle Jean, and the Lieutenant Governor of Canada during their Saskatchewan visits. He has released several music videos all landing rotation on Much Music's Much Vibe and Rapcity. His most recent "Real Talk" from the Amnesia EP is currently on rotation. His last 2 major releases were nominated for WCMA awards for "Rap recording of the year" in 2008 and again in 2010. His album "Dog River", a collaboration with Canadian veteran rapper Moka Only charted #1 on Chartattack and Earshot for college radio stations throughout Canada for 12 weeks before moving down in the charts. Def 3 is also known for his work within the community.
From 2006 till the present he has started, organized, and led instructional workshops to all ages of youth and a wide variety of students working with inner city youth programs, partnerships with the Regina Board of education, and even Graduate classes at the IMP labs through the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. He has toured extensively throughout Canada east to west, United States, Europe, Japan, and South America performing more than 150 International Showcases. He has shared the same stage as well as toured with a wide variety of hip hop heavyweights such as Nas, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Ace, Bliss N Eso, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Grieves, K-OS, The Beatnuts, Onyx, Maestro Fresh Wes, Classified, Shad, Swollen Members, Choclair, Zion I, Mystic, Cage, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, and many more. Recently he joined forces with Vancouver's Sweatshop Union on their latest release as a touring member of the Leisure Gang. Def 3 has been touring extensively with Sweatshop throughout Canada and the U.S for the past 23 months.
He is currently promoting his latest EP entitled "Amnesia". The EP features Moka Only, Josh Martinez, Tonye Aganabe and Ra Focus. His newest album with Saskatoon native super producer Factor is entitled wildlife and is set to be released Feb 25th, 2014 on Ship Records Inc. / Fontana North.
Expect to hear a lot more from Def3 in the next few years as he is just getting started. Please download his latest "Amnesia" FREE at www.def3.ca. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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