Five Steez

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Five Steez is an independent underground Hip Hop artiste from Kingston, Jamaica.[1] He began making a name for himself with his 'Momentum' mixtape series in 2010 [2] and then his debut album, 'War for Peace', in August 2012.[3] The album was well received by Hip Hop websites [4] as well as the Jamaican print media,[2] which labelled it an unexpected landmark release from Jamaica.[5] In October 2014, he released his EP, 'These Kingston Times', to equally rave reviews,[6] followed by 2016's EP, 'HeatRockz'. He also organized Kingston, Jamaica's premier Hip Hop event, Pay Attention,[7] from 2012 - 2015, with the local Hip Hop collective, The Council, of which he is one-fourth.[8] In 2019, he returned with the Mordecai-produced album, 'Love N Art', a campaign covered by the national newspaper, The Gleaner. [9] Steez followed up 'Love N Art', with his second release for 2019, the EP 'Pantone', with French beatmaker J-Zen. [10] In 2020, he released a sequel to his first EP with Mordecai, HeatRockz 2.0. [11] For 2021, Five Steez teamed up with Brazilian producer SonoTWS for the album Quietude.[12] Five Steez has been noted by The FADER as dominating Kingston's underground for some time. [13]

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • 2012: War for Peace
  • 2019: Love N Art (w/ Mordecai)
  • 2021: Quietude (w/ SonoTWS)

EPs

  • 2013: War for Peace (Remix EP)
  • 2014: These Kingston Times
  • 2016: HeatRockz (w/ Mordecai)
  • 2019: Pantone (w/ J-Zen)
  • 2020: HeatRockz 2.0 (w/ Mordecai)

Mixtapes

  • 2010: The Momentum: Volume One (w/ DJ Ready Cee)
  • 2011: Yard Rebel (w/ DJ MadLogic)
  • 2011: The Momentum: Volume Two (w/ DJ Ready Cee)
  • 2016: The Momentum: Volume Three (w/ DJ Ready Cee)

with The Council

  • 2016: Forgotten Parables (EP)
  • 2017: Nothing Else Matters (Album)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hip Hop around the World: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes"], Google, 1 December 2018. Retrieved on 31 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Five Steez releases 'War for Peace' album" Archived August 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, The Jamaica Star, Jamaica, 23 August 2012. Retrieved on 7 December 2012.
  3. ^ Itkoff, Adam. "Five Steez - War for Peace", Nomadic Wax, New York, 5 September 2012. Retrieved on 7 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Gray Owl Reviews", JAE Magazine, Jamaica, 26 November 2012. Retrieved on 7 December 2012.
  5. ^ Delahaye, Jordan. "Five Steez holds back no punches in 'These Kingston Times'". Jamaicansmusic.com. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Who is Five Steez?". FiveSteez.com. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Internet-tional music". The Gleaner. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Relearning, balancing and Hip Hop". The Gleaner. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  9. ^ "J'can hip-hop act collabs with French beatmaker". The Gleaner. Retrieved 7 Oct 2019.
  10. ^ "HHW Premiere: Five Steez & Mordecai - A.B.S. [Video]". Hip Hop Wired. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 18 Sep 2020.
  11. ^ "Five Steez finds 'quietude' on new album". Jamaica Star. Retrieved 31 Jan 2022.
  12. ^ "How Bakersteez is pushing Jamaican rap to new heights". The FADER. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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