Haze Ent's first single singce signing to 5050/Konvict Musik, features legendary Canadian Artist Choclair, this track was A&R'd by Ryan Haze Simmonds who won his 3rd Westcoast Hip Hop Award For Canadain A&R of the Year in Aug 2011.
Koncreto, aka Koncreet, this Dominican Born, Vancouver-raised artist has worked with some of hip-hop’s elite artists, such as Crooked I (3 times), Glasses Malone (3 Times), Ya Boy (3 Times), Bizzy Bone (3 Times), Lil Flip, San Quinn, C-Bo, Tq, B Legit, Shade Sheist, Dresta, Spider Loc, Cyssero, Phat Rat, Big Fase 100, Tha Vill, Tha Realest, XL Middleton, Qwes Kross and many more. In fact, no one in western Canada has more big name features than Koncreto. With mixtapes hosted by Reality TV Star Nick Hogan son of Hulk Hogan, and Westcoast mixtape staple Dj Ill Will.
Born in Kingston, raised in St. Catherine, Jamaica, and currently residing in the Bronx, NY, Dwayne Domonick “D-TECK” Grant admits that music was of little interest to him during his early years. A self-proclaimed “boring” kid, his interest in music took a 360 degree turn around 1997 when friend and mentor, Biggie J, introduced him to the song “I'll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy, featuring Faith Evans; a tribute to the late, great Notorious B.I.G. Soon, he found himself listening to a variety of artists from the hip hop genre - DMX, JayZ & Eminem (among others) – and was soon falling head-over-heels in love with music. In late 2010, Qwes Kross, who he met through his association with Enza, invited D-TECK to become a member of the 50/50 Konvict Muzik family, where he now serves as the online marketing director, A&R and also a recording artist.
D-TECK's talent has served to bring much success already, but this is only the beginning. D-TECK is going places. Expect nothing but greatness, as this rising star continues on his upward path. From Konvict Yard Muzik to 50/50 Konvict Muzik, There is still much more to come.
Kareem Blake, better known by his stage name Choclair, is a Canadian rapper. He helped develop Canadian hip hop in the 1990s, as a member of the Circle.
Blake, of Jamaican descent, was born in Scarborough, Ontario, in east Toronto. Starting at the age of 11, he followed in his older brother's footsteps, and decided to become a rapper. In 1995, he released his debut single, "Twenty One Years", on his own independent label, Knee Deep Records. In 1997, he released the EP, What It Takes, which was accompanied by a music video featuring Jully Black. In June 1998, after having released 11 records (including the first international releases for Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, Solitair, Marvel, Tara Chase and many more from Toronto's music scene), achieving a gold record with the Rascalz for contributing to Canada's hip hop anthem, "Northern Touch", receiving two Juno Awards and a MuchMusic Video Award, Choclair then decided to expand his team and joined Virgin Music Canada.
In 1999, he signed with Priority Records, and released his debut album Ice Cold. The album was certified gold in Canada (50,000 copies) and spawned the hit single "Let's Ride", produced by Kardinal Offishall. Let's Ride reached #38 on the Canadian RPM Singles Chart. The hit was considered part of the late 1990s renaissance of Canadian hip hop. The underground community worldwide quickly embraced Ice Cold, establishing him as a standout rapper in the burgeoning Canadian hip-hop scene. In 2000, "Let's Ride" won a SOCAN award. It also won a MuchMusic award in 2000. Ice Cold won a Juno award for Best Rap Recording in 2000. He released the single "Skunk" from 2002's Memoirs of Blake Savage which featured Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound.
With many Juno Awards, MuchMusic Video Awards, gold records, collaborations and good business savvy, Choclair started his own independent label Greenhouse Music (it is where "the green is made" he explained) in partnership with Sextant Records/EMI Music Canada". In 2003, he released the album Flagrant and other Canadian hip hop albums in conjunction with Sextant Records and EMI. Greenhouse followed that with the release of My Demo, a collection of Choclair's early underground recordings.
In 2006, Choclair released his latest album, Flagship. He was also featured on Karl Wolf's single "Desensitize"
Born in St.Louis Mo. and growing up in rural Misouri (Richmond), B~Style has developed a style all his own. Now residing in Southern Oregon, he has begun to refine his talents. He has worked wih artist from countries such as Canada, Italy, France, and Ghana. His motto is tattooed big across his arms...
"Ya'll Can't Deny Me".
In 2010 B-Styles won Oregon Artist Of The Year at the Westcoast Hip hop Awards. After years of being mentored by Freeway Rick Ross an 80’s Drug King Ping from LA, B Styles has ventured off on his own to start his own label and distribution company called “Very Aggressive”