Ghetto Concept

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Ghetto Concept
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Canadian hip hop
Years active 1989–present
Labels Groove-a-Lot Records, 7Bills Entertainment, G7 Records
Associated acts Da Grassroots
Website G7Records.com
Members Kwajo Cinqo
Dolo
Past members Infinite

Ghetto Concept is a Canadian hip-hop duo from Toronto, Ontario, composed of Kwajo Cinqo and Dolo. Infinite, who is currently a solo artist, is a former member of the group.

History[edit]

Kwajo Cinqo (Kwajo Boateng) and Dolo (Lowell Frazer) formed Ghetto Concept in 1992, hailing from the Rexdale and Lawrence Heights neighbourhoods of Toronto.[1] Infinite (Desmond Francis) also joined the group as their DJ and eventually contributed to its music as a rapper.[2][3] Their first single "Certified" was released in 1993 by independent label Groove-a-Lot Records. In 1994, they released their second single "E-Z On Tha Motion". "Certified" and "E-Z On Tha Motion" would go on to win the group Juno Awards in 1995 and 1996 respectively. 1995 also marked the departure of Infinite from the group, who, following the death of his brother, pursued a solo career as a musician afterward.[3] He would be known in later years for contributing vocals to the soundtrack of the video game Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.[4]

Ghetto Concept, now the original duo of Kwajo and Dolo, created 7 Bills Entertainment Inc. in 1996 and released the single "Much Luv", which featured past member Infinite.[5] The duo released their self-titled debut album Ghetto Concept in 1998, along with the singles "Krazy World" and "Precious Metals"; Sticky Fingaz was featured on the remix of "Heavy Metals". In 1999, they received gold certification for their single "Too Much", which was featured on The Baby Blue Soundcrew's "Private Party" album. Their most popular single was a 2001 remix of "Too Much" (entitled "Still Too Much"), which featured Maestro, Kardinal Offishall, Red-1, Ironside, and Snow. In 2002, they released a second album, Ghetto Concept Presents...7 Bills All-Stars: Da Album.

In 2004, Ghetto Concept changed the name of their label to G7 Records Inc. During this time period, they recorded music in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. In the years since, they made their catalogue of music available on all major music platforms.

Ghetto Concept performed on March 29, 2011 at CBC's Hip-Hop Summit,[6] along with fellow Canadian artists Maestro Fresh Wes, Michie Mee, and Dream Warriors at an event that was the first of its kind in Canada. The concert was staged at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio and hosted by CBC Radio 2.[7] Additionally, the event and Ghetto Concept themselves were also highlighted in Love, Props and the T.Dot [8] a documentary which was hosted by CBC Toronto's Dwight Drummond.[9]

In 2018, three of Ghetto Concept's pictures were featured in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario, which also hosted portraits from the legendary Group of Seven.

Discography[edit]

  • CERTIFIED (Single) (1993)
  • EZ on the Motion (Single) (1994)
  • Much Luv (Single) (1996)
  • Crazy World (Single) (1997)
  • Ghetto Concept (Album) (1998)
  • Still Too Much ft Maestro Fresh Wes, Kardinal Offishall, Red-1 (Rascalz), Ironside, Snow (Single) (1998)
  • Ghetto Concept Presents...7 Bills All-Stars: Da Album (2002)
  • Here We Go Again ft Lil' Flip (Single) (2004)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Octopus Media Ink
  2. ^ "1994: The Year the T-Dot Broke". Noisey. 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2018-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Biography". infiniterap.50megs.com. Retrieved 2018-07-22. 
  4. ^ "shmuplations.com". shmuplations.com. Retrieved 2018-07-22. 
  5. ^ Much Luv (feat. Infinite) by Ghetto Concept, 1996-07-07, retrieved 2018-07-22 
  6. ^ "Culture: Events". Northside Hip Hop. April 1, 2011. ", August 14, 2011
  7. ^ "CBC Hip-Hop Summit". CBC. March 29, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Videos". CBC Radio 2. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Community: Event". CBC Toronto. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 

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