Volume 94, Issue 43
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Mastermind goes Street Legal
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Last spring, Mastermind signed a recording contract with Virgin, which he hopes will allow him the chance to make his mix-tapes prominent again. "This album deal was a big accomplishment," he remarks.
Upon signing the deal, he put out his 49th compilation, The Setup, which featured a plethora of Canadian artists.
"When the mix-tape thing came down, all my supporters knew I was about to put out volume 50 and were asking me what I was going to do for it. I put out the setup, which was a prequel for what I wanted to do with this album."
Street Legal: Volume 50, features a wide variety of artists from Kardinal Offishall and Choclair to Mos Def, N.W.A and Ghostface Killah. By featuring many rappers, Mastermind hopes to establish a broader fan base.
"We wanted to make the album as street credible as possible," he explains. "Still, we needed some tracks that the casual listener may be familiar with. We hope some people may say, 'I'll get the album because Dr. Dre or Ghostface are on it,' then that will introduce them to the other lesser known names we have to offer."
Mastermind believes with increased recognition in Canada, hip-hop is prepared to jump to another level. But he says work still needs to be done.
"The country's adapting it's in the best state it's ever been in," Mastermind says. "But, there's still that old boys network that's working against us, because they're afraid of what we're doing."
So how much longer will he continue to help hip-hop grow in Canada?
"I'm still young and feel I'm an integral part of the scene," Mastermind asserts. "I'll leave when I lose my 'ear for hip–hop'," he says.
"I'm going to let the people dictate when my time is up."
Mastermind spins tonight at The Wave.
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