Dead Obies

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Dead Obies
OriginSouth Shore (Montreal), Quebec, Canada
Years active2011-present
MembersJoe Rocca
Snail Kid
O.G. Bear
Past membersYes McCan

Dead Obies is an experimental hip hop band originating from South Shore (suburbs south of Montreal), Quebec, Canada,[2][3] that was formed in 2011 by a collective of five MCs: Jo RCA, Yes McCan, Snail Kid, 20SOME and O.G. Bear, and Quebec producer VNCE CARTER.[4] The group identifies itself as post-rap. They are signed to the independent label Bonsound.

Dead Obies finished as Top 3 finalists at the Francouvertes de Montréal held in 2013 and designed for new music talents.[2] The group has also taken part in Francofolies de Montréal, "WordUP! Battles" and "Artbeat" artistic events in Quebec.[2] They use a mix of French, English, and French/English known as franglais[5] in their songs.[3] Their single "Do or Die + In America" was broadcast on French Canadian stations and the music video played on MusiquePlus .

They released their first mixtape in April 2012 titled Collation Vol. 1 followed by the album Montréal $ud (digital and vinyl format) in 2013.

In 2014, one year after the release of Montréal $ud, Dead Obies released the album in CD format and a book.[6] In 2018, they received a Prix Iris nomination for Best Original Music for their work in the film Family First (Chien de garde).[7]

Musical Style[edit]

The musical style of Dead Obies is often considered to be a blend of Québécois hip-hop and "post-rap". The group raps in both French and English (often referred to as franglais, and often switches languages in the middle of a sentence. This code-switching between the two languages is representative of the Montreal culture more broadly.[8]



  • 2013: Montréal $ud
  • 2016: Gesamtkunstwerk
  • 2019: DEAD.


  • 2017: "Air Max"


  • 2012: Collation Vol. 1
  • 2014: Collation Vol. 2 – Limon Verde: La experiencia


  • 2013: "Tony Hawk"
  • 2013: "Montréal $ud"
  • 2014: "Do or Die + In America"
  • 2015: "Aweille !"
  • 2015 : "Jelly"
  • 2016: "Where They @"
  • 2016: "Everyday"
  • 2016: "Explosif"
  • 2016: "Waiting"
  • 2017: "Monnaie"
  • 2018: "Break"
  • 2018: Run Away
  • 2018: André
  • 2019: Doo Wop


  1. ^ "The Dead Obies Are the Wildest French-Canadian Punk Rap Group from Montreal You'll Hear This Week - VICE".
  2. ^ a b c Émilie Côté (17 November 2013). "Dead Obies: brasser la cage du "petit Québec"" (in French). La Presse Montreal. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b Stéphane Martel (30 March 2014). "Dead Obies - South Shore mercenaries". Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  4. ^ Bonsound - Dead Obies biography
  5. ^ Alex Hudson (16 October 2013). "Dead Obies Bring Their "Frenglish" Rhymes on 'Montréal $ud' LP". Exclaim magazine. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  6. ^ Dominic Tardif (28 November 2014). "Le petit dico Dead Obies' LP" (in French). La Presse Montreal. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  7. ^ Duchesne, Andre (10 April 2018). "Iris: Le problème d'infiltration et Hochelaga en tête des nominations". La Presse. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Parlez-vous Franglais? Montreal's bilingual rappers speak their own language". 17 September 2015.

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