Promise (rapper)

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Background information
Birth namePromise Jason Jamal Shepherd
OriginToronto, Ontario
GenresHip hop soul
Occupation(s)Rapper, singer, songwriter
Years active2000–present
LabelsGood Fruit Co., Mixed Bag Music, Duck Down Music, DFS Records
Associated actsDan-e-o, Perfeck Strangers

Promise Jason Jamal Shepherd, professionally known as Promise, is a Canadian hip hop soul artist and songwriter from Toronto.[1] He is currently a member of the group Perfeck Strangers, based in Scarborough, Ontario. Promise has collaborated with Jhené Aiko, Lecrae, Manafest, Andy Mineo, Marco Polo, eLZhi of Slum Village and Royce Da 5'9" of Slaughterhouse. He has also collaborated with fellow Toronto native Drake, whom he met on the set of Degrassi: The Next Generation.[2]


Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • 2016: TellAVision (EP)[5]



  • 2005: "AmiRacle"
  • 2006: "Music"
  • 2007: "Dj L'oqenz: Kanye West presents Promise Vol.1"
  • 2008: "Dj Mensa: Kanye West presents Promise Vol.2"
  • 2009: "2dopeboyz Presents: D.O.P.E. Mixtape"

Guest appearances[edit]

  • 2004: N.I.F.T.Y. - "The Real" (The Preface EP) featuring Manafest and Promise[7]
  • 2006: Manafest - "Critics" (Glory) featuring Promise
  • 2008: Tonéx aka Ton3x - "Maverick" featuring Promise
  • 2010: Shad - "Time" featuring Promise
  • 2010: "The Bridge" (The Stupendous Adventures of Marco Polo) featuring Promise
  • 2011: NBA 2K11 OST - "Better Than You"[8] featuring Duck Down All-Stars:[9] Buckshot, Skyzoo and Sean Price (prod. Double-O of Kidz in the Hall) and in video game as character on celebrity list[10]
  • 2011: The Get By - "These Girls" (Let Go) Writer credit
  • 2011: Buckshot, Smif N' Wessun, Promise - "Run To Remember"[11][12]
  • 2013: Various Artists - "These Girls Too" featuring GMF, Promise, Tona, Rich Kidd and The Get By
  • 2014: Da' T.R.U.T.H. - Hope (Official Remix)" featuring This'l, Braille, Derek Minor, Promise

With Perfeck Strangers[edit]


  • 2002 CGMA Covenant Award for Hip-Hop/Rap Song of the Year for "Alright"
  • 2003 Vibe Award Nominee for Best Hip-Hop/Rap Album of the Year
  • 2003 UMAC Award Nominee for Best Gospel Recording for "Alright"
  • 2003 Maja Award for Best Urban Gospel
  • 2003 Maja Award Nominee for Best Male Artist of the Year
  • 2003 Maja Award Nominee for Best New Artist of the Year
  • 2007 Shai Award Nominee for Hip-Hop/Rap Album of the Year
  • 2009 CGMA Covenant Award for Hip-Hop/Rap Album of the Year for "More Than Music"


  1. ^ Fox, Luke (2009) "Exclusive: Workaholic Toronto Hip-Hop Artist Promise Signs to Duck Down Records", Exclaim!, September 10, 2009, retrieved June 19, 2011
  2. ^ "Promise Interview: SXSW 2010 - Spinner Canada". March 16, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  3. ^ Bonner, Gerard (2003). "The Promise That Heaven Kept (review)". GospelFlava. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Hill, Kellus (2011) "Awakening (review)". Archived from the original on July 19, 2011.
  5. ^ Daniels, David (2016) "Promise reveals star-studded tracklist for new EP".
  6. ^ Dobbs, Katie (September 30, 2012). "Hip hop hope: Police (Toronto's finest) and Promise (the hip hop artist) release song". Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  7. ^ "The Preface EP by N.I.F.T.Y. on Bandcamp". Bandcamp. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "NBA® 2K11 Compiles Most Powerful Hoops Soundtrack Ever".
  9. ^ "Celebrating 15 Years of Duck Down Music".
  10. ^ Hayward, Andrew (2011) "NBA® 2K11 Ranked #3 in Top 25 Video Games Featuring Hip-Hop Stars As Playable Characters".
  11. ^ "Duck Down Brings Attention To Alzheimer's Disease".
  12. ^ Samuel, Kiran (2011) "Duck Down Artists Collaborate For the Alzheimer's Research Foundation".

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