Burd & Keyz

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Burd & Keyz
Origin Markham, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hip hop, R&B
Years active 2004−present
Associated acts T-Minus, Luu Breeze, xSDTRK
Members Andrew "Burd" Liburd
Past members Anthony "Durty Keyz" James (Deceased)

Burd & Keyz is a Canadian hip-hop and R&B production group from Markham, Ontario, Canada. Some notable acts they have produced for are Kardinal Offishall, MGK, Meek Mill, Pusha T, and more recently A$AP Ferg, Fabolous, and French Montana.

Music career[edit]

Andrew "Burd" Liburd and Anthony "Durty Keyz" James, were raised together in the Toronto suburb of Markham. The two began producing in high school when the two discovered a mutual interest in music, specifically, in beat making and production.[1]

In 2004, James and Liburd officially formed the production duo "Burd & Keyz".[2]

On June 28, 2010, Keyz died due to a bacterial infection called streptococcus.[3][4] He was only 23 years old. A tribute video was released on July 4, 2010.[5]

Burd still produces music under the name "Burd & Keyz".[6]

Keyz of Life[edit]

On December 13, 2011, Burd released a tribute album to Keyz titled Keyz of Life,[7] and offered it as a free download.[8]

The lead single, LoveSpeak, which featured R&B/Soul Toronto native Shi Wisdom and rapper KJ, was released on June 6, 2011.[9] The video was shot at Wisdom's Barber Shop & Beauty Salon in Toronto's Eglinton West neighbourhood. The video was directed by David F. Mewa.

The second single, Real Nigga Tears (R.N.T.), featured Rich Kidd from Toronto and DJ Grouch and was released on August 16, 2011.[10] The video, directed by Sean Getti and featuring Burd himself,[11] was released the next month on September 6, 2011.[12]

The third single, Faithful, featured Toronto artists Luu Breeze, A-Game, and Jahron B, with co-production from fellow Toronto native T-Minus and was released on October 26, 2011.[13][14] The video, directed by Reza Dahya, was released on March 12, 2012.[15]

The album received positive reviews and lead to an article about Burd & Keyz on the front page of the National Post arts section [16] among other reviews.[17][18][19] On April 29, 2012, Keyz of Life was officially released in the United Kingdom.[20]

Production[edit]

2009[edit]

The Kid Famous — Goddess Girl

01. I Wanna Know Your Name (ft Oh!) (Re-Master)
02. Screwface Rap
03. Hater’s Eulogy
04. The Declaration
05. Time To Decide
06. Fresh Cut
07. Goddess Girl (ft Luu Breeze & Oh!)
08. How It’s Gotta Be (ft Kim Davis)

2010[edit]

Nickelus F Season Premiere

03. World Renown

2011[edit]

Rochester — Born to Be

02. Let My Tape Rock (ft Luu Breeze & K. Ryan)
03. Turn Me On
07. Yuu (Young Luv II)
08. Tek Mi Money (ft Pachino)
11. Triumphant

Luu Breeze — #HollaLaLuuie

03. HollaLaLuuie
04. Bin Laden

Burd & Keyz — Keyz of Life

01. Divine Brown – Intro (produced by McCallaman)
02. SonReal x Nickelus F x Blake Carrington – Keyz of Life
03. Promise x Redway x Rochester – Say A Prayer
04. Interlude I
05. Luu Breeze x A-Game x PartyNextDoor – Faithful (co-produced with T-Minus)
06. Lokz – Duet
07. Burdstrumental (Never Get Over You)
08. Interlude II
09. Shi Wisdom x KJ – LoveSpeak
10. Burdstrumental (Losing My Bestfriend) (co-produced with McCallaman)
11. Interlude III
12. Rich Kidd x DJ Grouch – R.N.T. (Real Nigga Tears)
13. OmarLunan aka Oh! x Dwayne Morgan x O’Sound – Shine (produced by T-Minus)
14. Divine Brown x Kardinal Offishall – The Other Side

2012[edit]

JD Era — No Handouts

10. I Need You (ft Shi Wisdom)

Kardinal Offishall

00. Ignorant Shit
00. Reppin' 4 My City (ft Wiz Kid)

Peter Jackson — Fresh Start

10. #1 Fan (ft Karl Wolf)

Troy Ave — Bricks In My Backpack 3

07. Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang
08. F.U.B.U.

Troy Ave — White Christmas

15. Red Lipstick (ft Chase N. Cashe)

Chase N. Cashe

00. Watch Me

2013[edit]

LA Leakers — LA Leakers Presents: The 2013 Draft Picks

14. I Can Do That (ft Chase N. Cashe)

MGK Black Flag

03. Peso (ft Meek Mill & Pusha T)[21]
08. 50 (ft French Montana)

The Game OKE: Operation Kill Everything

16. You Don't Know

SonReal

00. Everywhere We Go

Luu Breeze — City In Gold

03. Show Me Something (Produced with xSDTRK)
04. Say Word
05. Sound Off
06. That Aint You
11. La Rendezvous (ft Andreena Mill & Darryl Riley)

Chase N Cashe — Heir Waves

12. M.D.N.B. (Produced with Chase N Cashe)
15. I Can Do That [22]

Aion Clarke

00. Ready [23]

Bonic

00. Cheerios (ft. Dom Kennedy) [24]

2014[edit]

Tory Lanez Lost Cause

09. "Priceless" (produced with Daniel Worthy and Tory Lanez)

GVND - Days Like This - EP

03. Money Right (ft Luu Breeze)

Kirko Bangz Progression V: Young Texas Playa

03. "For Da 99" (produced with Jordon Manswell)
06. "288" (produced with Jordon Manswell)
08. "Screaming" (ft. Bando Jones) (produced with Sound M.O.B.)
10. "Then I Came Dine" (ft. Riff Raff) (produced with Jordon Manswell and Sevn Thomas)
18. "Pray For Me"

Shi Wisdom — Intervention [EP]

02. Monster [25]
03. Magic [26]

Sonreal — One Long Day

07. Nothing Interlude (ft Willa) [27]

2015[edit]

Devontee — District Vibe

11. All I Ever Wanted [28]

Marty Baller

00. Things We Go Through[29][30]

SonReal For The Town[31]

06. For The Town

Jazz Cartier Marauding in Paradise

09. The Downtown Cliche (Produced with Sevn Thomas)

2016[edit]

Donnie

00. Come Through (ft Daniel Caesar) [32]

Derin Falana

00. The Pick Up (produced with Jordon Manswell and Sevn Thomas)[33]

Kirko Bangz

00. Love and Basketball (produced with The Mekanics)[34]

Ye Ali

00. Used To (ft Pollari)[35]
00. Ye Ali - Late Nite Flexxx (ft Louis Val and Laioung)(produced with Xclu)[36]

A$AP Ferg Always Strive and Prosper

19. Don't Mind (ft Fabolous and French Montana) (produced with The Mekanics) (Bonus Track)[37][38]

Luu Breeze — Something in the Shade

02. Came Up

Luu Breeze

00. Lost

J-Soul

00. Richmond Hill (produced with Jordon Manswell)

BZZY — A Part of Everything

14. Stubborn

CJ Fly

00. Raising The Bar (produced with Sevn Thomas)[39]

Audra The Rapper

00. Sometimes (produced with Sevn Thomas and Jordon Manswell)

2017[edit]

R. City (Rock City)

00. Who To Trust [40]

Luu Breeze — LoveDontLiveHere

06. Long Island Ice T (Produced with Jordon Manswell)[41]

Ye Ali — Passion & Patience

03. Closer (Produced with Jordon Manswell)[42]
05. Mixing (ft Johnny Yukon) (Produced with Foreign Tek) [43]

A1 Bentley

00. Toot That Whoa Whoa! (ft Prince Christian) (Produced with Foreign Tek)[44]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2013 Juno Awards Rap Recording of the Year (JD Era - No Handouts) Nominated
2014 Juno Awards Rap Recording of the Year ("SonReal - Everywhere We Go") Nominated
2014 MuchMusic Video Award Video of the Year ("SonReal - Everywhere We Go" (produced by Burd and Keyz)) Nominated
2014 MuchMusic Video Award Director the Year ("SonReal - Everywhere We Go" (produced by Burd and Keyz)) Nominated
2014 MuchMusic Video Award Your Fave Video ("SonReal - Everywhere We Go" (produced by Burd and Keyz)) Nominated
2014 MuchMusic Video Award Hip Hop Video of the Year ("SonReal - Everywhere We Go" (produced by Burd and Keyz)) Nominated
2014 MuchMusic Video Award MuchFACT Video of the Year ("SonReal - Everywhere We Go" (produced by Burd and Keyz)) Won
2016 Juno Awards Rap Recording of the Year ("SonReal - For The Town") Nominated

References[edit]

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