Masia One

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Masia One
Birth nameMasia Lim
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, singer

Masia Lim, better known as Masia One (MAS1A) /ˈmʒə ˈwʌn/, is a Singaporean/Canadian rapper from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1]

She was born in Singapore and moved to Canada at a very young age.[1] She grew up in Vancouver and eventually moved to Toronto, Ontario.[2] She attended the University of Toronto and graduated with a degree in Architecture and Economics.[3] In 2003, she began her own record label known as M1 Group (later renamed The Merdeka Group) and subsequently released her debut album, Mississauga. Her most famous songs[citation needed]are "Split Second Time", "Return of the B-Girl" and "Warriors Tongue". In 2003, Masia One became the first female rapper to be nominated for "Best Rap Video" in the MuchMusic Video Awards.[1][3]

Her second album, Pulau was released in fall 2008, in two volumes; Pulau: Chapter 1: Montreal in the Fall and Pulau: Chapter 2: The Islands. It features collaborations with Moe Masri, Isis, Lady E, DJ SARASA, Dylan Murray, Zaki Ibrahim, Junia T, Moka Only, Sikh Knowledge, Vybz Machine and more.

In 2012, she appeared on former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante's EP, Letur-Lefr. Masia One has also been featured on two ill.Gates songs, on his 18-track LP, The ill.Methodology, also released in 2012. Her third album Bootleg Culture 2014, was produced by Kops and Robbers, the production duo of Che Vicious (Aftermath, G.O.O.D. Music, Jay-Z, Eminem) and Travis von Cartier. The album included features from RZA (Wu Tang Clan) and notable Canadian artists Isis Salam, Graph Nobel. Warriors Tongue off this project was used by Bass Nectar in his song "Speaker Boxx" which became the trailer theme song for Fast and the Furious 8. Masia One spent years in Jamaica following the release of her third album and worked on a yet unreleased record at Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studios with Jamaican band Dubtonic Kru.

In 2015, Masia One moved back to the place of her birth Singapore and founded the Singapura Dub Club, the country's first Dub, Reggae and Dancehall events company. She spent the next year's touring Southeast Asia and connecting Reggae scenes from across this region to bring Jamaican inspired music to the forefront. Through Singapura Dub Club she has brought artists like Sister Nancy, Johnny Osbourne, General Levy, U-Brown, Papa Ugee, Cojie (Mighty Crown) and Tippa Irie to the Lion City.

Masia One is scheduled to release her 4th studio album Fall 2018 titled Far East Empress, featuring artists collaborations with Southeast Asian talents and executive produced by Richie Beretta. Her first single "Time Wastin" has been released with a video that features dance crew Ragga Waka and other influential Singaporean Women.


  • Mississauga (2003)
  • Pulau (2009)
  • Highplace Drive (2010)
  • Bootleg Culture (2014)


  1. ^ a b c Vela, Thandiwe (2009) "Toronto home to hip-hop diasporas", Toronto Star, January 8, 2009, retrieved 2011-06-19
  2. ^ Cheah, Jason (2009) "Club Beat: Holiday fever continues as the parties just get hotter this weekend Archived 2012-10-18 at the Wayback Machine", Toronto Star, February 6, 2009, retrieved 2011-06-19
  3. ^ a b Tan, Valerie (2009) "S'porean hip hop artist gets worldwide recognition for her works", Channel NewsAsia, June 28, 2009, retrieved 2011-06-19

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