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
are a few of the household names that Rel has shared the stage with,
and the experience shows. To
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.
being said, both
Independent Music awards
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.
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
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.
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.
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
supervision / Dubspot
mixed the 70% of the songs on Shad's
Juno nominated album 'The
offering up a feature verse, and production on the project. He also
re-appeared as producer/engineer and feature emcee on Shad's
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