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Birth nameSean Jordan [1]
Also known asSJ the Wordburglar, Wordburg, Burg, Burgie
BornHalifax, Nova Scotia
OriginHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
GenresHip hop, alternative hip hop, nerdcore
LabelsHand'Solo Records, Backburner, URBNET Records
Associated actsBackburner, Props Dept, More or Les, Beatmason, Pigeon John

Sean Jordan,[2] better known by his stage name Wordburglar, is a Canadian alternative hip hop artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia, now based in Toronto.[3][4][5][6] His style is best described as upbeat and charismatic with an emphasis on wordplay and humour. He primarily works with his crews Backburner and Props Dept for all aspects of his music creation, including production, cuts, mixing, mastering and guest vocals.


Born as Sean Jordan[3], SJ the Wordburglar began his rap career as a member of The Dregs of Society using the name SJ or "Essjae". Their biggest hit was a song called "Stuart" about one of their friends. It appears as a bonus cut on Wordburglar's self-titled debut. After the Dregs broke up, Wordburglar started a solo career as SJ, adopting the additional "the Wordburglar" upon teaming up with Beatmason for his first major single, "Wordburglar." The song was central to his self-released debut (Backburner) and was also included on the compilation Bassments of Badmen: Volume 2 (Hand'Solo Records) later that year. The song was also made into an animated video, which is featured on Jasmatuph's Preserving Efforts DVD video collection, and has been remixed by a number of different producers. Signing to Hand'Solo Records, Wordburglar followed his debut CD with a vinyl EP that collected songs from that album and his at-that-time upcoming Burglaritis with a few exclusives in 2005 and Burglaritis in 2006. Both the vinyl EP and Burglaritis feature the song "Breeze," a duet with Quannum Projects member Pigeon John.

Burglaritis and studio releases[edit]

Following Burglaritis, Wordburglar released “Burgie’s Basement” initially as a tour-only CD and eventually through Toronto Hip-Hop Label URBNET in 2009. After completing the group album “Heatwave” with the Backburner Crew in 2011 and extensive touring, Wordburglar released his 3rd official “studio album” simply titled “3rdburglar” in 2012. In 2013 he started his own independent label for his solo work and released “Welcome To Cobra Island” (2013)[7], “Rapplicable Skills” (2015)[8], “Rhyme Your Business” (2018)[9] and “SpaceVerse” (2019)[10].

In 2009 Wordburglar co-founded the long-running “$5 Rap Show” in Toronto with long-time music partner More Or Les. He has released a series of limited edition vinyl singles with Halifax’s Black Buffalo Records and continues to work with underground affiliates Hand Solo Records, URBNET, Backburner Crew and The Props Dept.


In addition to releasing two full length albums with Backburner Crew ("Heatwave" & "Eclipse"[11]), Wordburglar has collaborated with fellow Halifax Hip-Hop artists Jorun Bombay[12] and Buck 65 as well as American rappers Mega Ran, Riddlore, Esoteric of Czarface, Kool Keith and the rock band The Cybertronic Spree[13].

Work outside of hip hop[edit]

Wordburglar is comic book creator / writer of the action-comedy series Snakor's Pizza and The Last Paper Route[14] under his given name.


Studio albums[edit]


  • If It Rhymes It's Real EP (2017)[21]
  • The Mos Eisley Rap Show EP (2019)[22]

Vinyl Singles[edit]

  • Channel Halifax b/w Cream Of Wheat (2017)[23]
  • NARC Hi-Score b/w Yobosayo (2018)[24]
  • Damage Control b/w Space Defense Team featuring Esoteric of Czarface, Kool Keith & Mega Ran (2019)[25]


  1. ^ URBAN/Intersection: SJ the Wordburglar – Canada Arts Connect Magazine. Canadaartsconnect.com (July 16, 2013). Retrieved on 2015-12-03.
  2. ^ "Wordburglar - East Coast Music Association". ecma.com. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Cordor, Cyril. "Wordburglar Biography", Allmusic, retrieved June 17, 2011
  4. ^ wordburglar. UGSMAG (November 19, 2007). Retrieved on 2015-12-03.
  5. ^ Simons, James (August 10, 2006) Wordburglar Strives For Mr. T-Like Infamy. chartattack.com
  6. ^ Lisk, Dean (August 14, 2008) Wordburglar is on the right route. metronews.ca
  7. ^ https://www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/26/wordburglars-rap-viper-video-packs-in-an-amazing-amount-of-cobra-references-for-gi-joe-fans
  8. ^ https://exclaim.ca/music/article/wordburglar-rapplicable_skills
  9. ^ https://grayowlpoint.com/2018/09/26/review-rhyme-your-business-wordburglar/
  10. ^ https://www.rapreviews.com/2020/03/wordburglar-spaceverse/
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCd1dIAvpXI&list=PLFfAtX0RJgjyF7YfZhkW3q79Ka7JYkeBT&index=53&t=0s
  12. ^ https://jorunbombay.bandcamp.com/music
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCd1dIAvpXI&list=PLFfAtX0RJgjyF7YfZhkW3q79Ka7JYkeBT&index=53&t=0s
  14. ^ "Wordburglar Launches His Own Comic Book. No Headphones Required". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  15. ^ BURGIE'S BASEMENT | Wordburglar. Propsdept.bandcamp.com. Retrieved on October 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "3rdburglar, by Wordburglar". Hand'Solo Records. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  17. ^ "WELCOME TO COBRA ISLAND, by Wordburglar". Wordburglar. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  18. ^ RAPPLICABLE SKILLS | Wordburglar. Propsdept.bandcamp.com. Retrieved on December 3, 2015.
  19. ^ RHYME YOUR BUSINESS | Wordburglar. Propsdept.bandcamp.com. Retrieved on October 18, 2018.
  20. ^ SPACEVERSE | Wordburglar. Propsdept.bandcamp.com. Retrieved on June 3, 2020.
  21. ^ "If It Rhymes It's Real EP, by Wordburglar".
  22. ^ "The Mos Eisley Rap Show EP, by Wordburglar".
  23. ^ "Channel Halifax b/w Cream Of Wheat by Wordburglar".
  24. ^ "NARC Hi-Score b/w Yobosayo by Wordburglar".
  25. ^ "Damage Control b/w Space Defense Team, by Wordburglar, Esoteric, Kool Keith & Mega Ran".

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