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Jeff Spec

Jeff Spec

Jeff Spec


It was at the age of 9, after hearing Special Ed’s classic “I Got It Made”, that Jeff Spec (named “Chris” by his parents) knew that hip hop music would always be a part of his life. “It was just so inspiring” says Jeff; “he wasn’t that much older than I was, and he was doing his thing - and people were listening to him”. Shortly after, while still in elementary school, Jeff found himself in the school hallways freestyling with close friends, and performing at any talent show that he could get into. Read more on Last.fm
It was at the age of 9, after hearing Special Ed’s classic “I Got It Made”, that Jeff Spec (named “Chris” by his parents) knew that hip hop music would always be a part of his life. “It was just so inspiring” says Jeff; “he wasn’t that much older than I was, and he was doing his thing - and people were listening to him”. Shortly after, while still in elementary school, Jeff found himself in the school hallways freestyling with close friends, and performing at any talent show that he could get into. Now, well over a decade later, he has released more than 15 albums and a variety of singles, and performed in a wide variety of markets in Canada, the United States, and Japan.

He and his crew, City Planners (including Moka Only, Ishkan, Sichuan, and Sweet G), have gained a high degree of notoriety for their D-I-Y, grassroots hip hop mentality, and are synonymous with the Vancouver independent music scene. Jeff’s albums have shown a widespread appeal, and he has developed fan bases around North America and worldwide. His previous releases have been distributed in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and the internet and iTunes have brought him listeners from even further abroad. In 2002, Jeff signed his first international record contract, with the independent label Day By Day Entertainment (home to underground legend MF Grimm), for his album “Dark City”.

The album enjoyed a degree of critical acclaim and introduced Jeff to many more listeners than he had ever previously reached. Later that year, Jeff’s music caught some ears at Universal Urban, and in early 2003, his single “Never Can Say Goodbye” was released by the major label on a radio-only 12” single. For the next few years, while not releasing any LP’s, Jeff kept his name out with 2 volumes of a mixtape entitled “The Last Shall Be First”, which sold a few hundred copies during his stint in Toronto in 2005. In the meantime, he remained busy with the recording of his very personal album “Rhythm and Blues”, and a residency as a host at a local hip hop night.

Upon its 2006 release, “Rhythm and Blues” was warmly received to Top 10 positioning on !earshot and Chart Attack’s hip hop charts. His subsequent mixtape “Motion Picture” (2007) only solidified his position among Canada’s finest MC’s (and producers), and his following project, “…a little night music” (Camobear, 2008) is his best and most recent work to date. Presently, Jeff and his live band are gearing up to head back into the studio, and create something that will be new for everybody, replacing the presence of sampling with new compositions and live instrumentation. In addition to headlining his own club shows and tours, Jeff has shared stages with Raekwon (tour), Talib Kweli, Redman and Method Man, Digable Planets, Ice T, Digital Underground, MOP, Xzibit, The Luniz, The Beatnuts (tour), Non Phixion, Souls Of Mischief, The Pharcyde, Hieroglyphics, Kool Keith, Rahzel The Godfather of Noise, Saafir, Aceyalone (tour), Abstract Rude, Swollen Members, Kardinall Offishall, Saukrates, The Alkaholiks, De La Soul, Mixmaster Mike, Living Legends, Funkdoobiest, Mystic Journeymen, Jeru the Damaja, and too many more to name. Read more on Last.fm.

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