Relic aka Rel McCoy

For fans of:The Roots, Common, Shad, Brother Ali, Lecrae

Take the following ingredients. Emcee, Producer, Engineer, Singer, and D.J. Combine these five into a single creative mind, and you have an artist that well, does a lot of stuff. Now toss in a can of “do it all real good“ and you’re getting close. Add to this a history of international touring, and you have an idea of what makes up the artist Relic aka Rel McCoy. You have to admit, the whole thing sort of makes the term “triple threat” feel like it showed up in jean shorts to a black tie affair.

PharCyde, Slaughter House, Pharoahe Monch, Killah Priest, R A the Rugged Man, Zion–I, Oddisee, Kev Brown, Jeru the Damaja, Masta Ace, Araab Musik, Choclair, D-sisive, Shad, Moka Only, Ghettosocks

These are a few of the household names that Rel has shared the stage with, and the experience shows. To see his live performance, singing, rapping, playing his MPC2500 sampler and DJing his own cuts is kind of mind blowing. It's not hard to tell Relic is at home on the stage.

All of this being said, both of Rel‘s 2013 Independent Music awards (2) for best album in the hip hop category are well deserved. The same record was the number one add for CMJ stations in the hip hop category in September of that year, staying in the top 5 for more than 12 weeks. Rel has been on numerous tours hitting Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Japan not to mention numerous shows in his native southern Ontario. The traction with live shows, social media presence, and a ceaseless work ethic has helped Relic land multiple grants for both recording and touring support. Having him booked this year at the Pan Am games is going to be a treat for Toronto hip hop / neo soul fans.

You can find Relic’s name in the producer/engineer/featured artist credits on all **4 albums of Juno award winning artist Shad. Rel has also produced and featured on tracks with Canadian hip hop icons Thrust, WIO-K, Moka Only, and Ghettosocks. He has also engineered songs for 2 time Juno award winning group Ghetto Concept, and more recently, Toronto's highly acclaimed group, Freedom Writers. Rel has been featured on websites like Tropical Bass, Diplo’s Mad Decent, Kevin Nottingham, and a slough of other taste maker blogs that recognize raw talent when they see it.

His honest and soulful approach to music can be clearly heard on Rel's latest self produced record, GOLDEN. His next release entirely produced by Fresh Kils is sure to turn heads. From one release to the next, Rel McCoy continues to embody the bold and vulnerable spirit of hip hop culture, with unrelenting tenacity.

"Rel is a multi-talented artist with loads of hip hop fundamentals and unique instincts. What I like most about his style is that his approach to production and rapping is always true to the essence of hip hop but still inventive in subtle and surprising ways, and above that, his content is sincere and relatable."


"I got to catch Fresh Kils and Relic in NYC. It was a total sonic takeover. Fresh Kils conducted what seems to have been an orchestra on his MPC while Relic showed no mercy and approached the mic like it owed him money." .. "Kil'd It"

- BARRY COLE - music supervision / Dubspot

**Rel mixed the 70% of the songs on Shad's Juno nominated album 'The Old Prince', offering up a feature verse, and production on the project. He also re-appeared as producer/engineer and feature emcee on Shad's album TSOL, which earned him the credit of Juno award winning producer. Recently Rel produced “Long Jawn”, and featured in “Heat” (iTunes release) from Shad's latest Juno nominated release “ Flying colours”