citizen: striving to
live an honest and meaningful life
kane: child of sin, ancestor of man
The force embodied in CITIZEN KANE: Spade, represents the daily struggle to balance the good and bad from within ones inner self. Each track that CITIZEN KANE slams out melds these two dynamics and it is precisely because of this fusion that CITIZEN KANE is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop world.
A long time members of the Toronto hip-hop scene for the past twelve years, CITIZEN KANE has been steadily building foundations and has emerged as one of the leading rap groups in Canada. A string of extremely well received singles and an EP had led to the release of their debut album Deliverance (Treehouse Records, 1999). Deliverance was nominated for Best Rap Recording at the 2000 Juno Awards.
Flashback to 1995: CITIZEN KANE released their first single Soul Survivor on the compilation ITS ALL GOOD (Zulu Records). They followed up in 1996 with the single Structure/Foundation, produced by ERF Productions, which appeared on RAP ESSENTIALS VOL. 1 (Beat Factory, 1997). CITIZEN KANE also worked with ERF Productions on Black Rain, which was released in 1996 on their own Treehouse Records.
It was the ERF Productions/K-Cut (formerly of The Main Source) produced EP THE EPIC (Treehouse Records, 1998), which started focusing even more attention in their direction. THE EPIC was nominated as Best Hip-Hop Album or EP at the Canadian Urban Music Awards in 1998 and CITIZEN KANE were also nominated for Best Rap Recording at the 1999 and 2000 Juno Awards. CITIZEN KANE was also featured on Mastermind vol50: Street Legal (Virgin Records 2000), and RapEsentials 2000: The Unsigned Hype (BMG Music Canada 2000). CITIZEN KANE has put together hot collaborations with artist such as K-OS, Alana Bridgewater, Mood Ruff, Fin-s and most recently Shy Love.
The urban music scene on both sides of the border has embraced CITIZEN KANE. Feature articles, performances on MuchMusics program Da Mix, The Down Lo, Musique Plus, RapCity and shout outs in RAP PAGES and XXL Magazine as one of the up and coming groups in the Toronto hip-hop scene have started spreading the buzz.
The National Film Board of Canada produced a Rapumentary featuring CITIZEN KANE titled Raisin Kane. This film was awarded best Canadian documentary at the Reel World Film Festival and won the HBO Best Documentary award in New Yorks Urban World Film Festival.
CITIZEN KANEs live show is also gaining them notoriety. They exemplify the true hip-hop esthetic: a dope DJ, breakdancing, and ill MCs.
CITIZEN KANE has toured extensively in Canada and abroad opening for other notable acts as Kardinal Offishall, Rascalz, Saukrates, Choclair, BrassMunk and Rahzell. Performances at the 416 Graffiti Expo (99-01), NXNE, CMW, Flows 93.5 Launch Gala, Torontos Urban Music Award Festival (01-04) and Torontos Street Music Festival (00-03) has gained them new fans and much respect from their peers.
CITIZEN KANE is not only making a mark in the rap world. In May 2003, Spade of Citizen Kane wrote and composed the musical score for the movie Deadly Silence that was directed by Allison Duke.
In April 2002 Citizen Kane continued to turn heads, as they were featured in Xposed, the national theatrical release of Raisin Kane sponsored by Universal Music and 2Bscene Film Releasing.
CITIZEN KANE is now poised to elevate the rap game to the next level as they are about to release their sophomore album, NEVER SAY DIE. CITIZEN KANES new 12single Diamonds in a Ruff/My Life (April 2004) was a fan favourite, so watch out for their new single LET IT BUILD coming soon.
With their insightful lyrics, intricate rhyme structures and unique samples, CITIZEN KANE is poised to break out as one of the most respected acts in the Canadian hip-hop scene. Much like the film Citizen Kane, which was deemed a movie well ahead of its time and an epic to this day, CITIZEN KANE aspires to leave a similar impression on the rap world.
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