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Saskatoon veteran KAY THE AQUANAUT is one of Canada’s most prolific and hardworking independent HipHop artists. With a career spanning 2 decades, his catalogue is thick - with a collection of 19 releases between 1999 and present (11 solo LP’s, 2 collaborative LP’s and 6 EP’s). He was frontman for the legendary Saskatoon band Reform Party, and a member of the critically acclaimed Metropolis Now project. He has collaborated with some of underground HipHop’s most notable names (Ceschi, Sole, Factor Chandelier, Def3). His work has been repped by some of alternative HipHop’s best loved labels (Fake Four, and Fake Four sister company Circle into Square, Side Road Records, Hello L.A. and Phonographique). And he has toured extensively across Canada, Europe and South-East Asia.
In a HipHop scene crowded with style-aping copycats, the Aquanaut brings a refreshing originality and a voice and flow that is distinctly his own. Moving effortlessly between hard-hitting HipHop MC and matured singer/songwriter, the Aquanaut’s body of work has always defied easy categorization. Intelligent, innovative and captivating, his poetry is dense and begs multiple listens; weaving the personal and the introspective, with a solid progressive politics that gets the radical left fist up. .
Released in January 2020, his latest album, the Jules Verne inspired, Maki produced “The Nautical Blue" (Hello L.A./ France) is some of the Aquanaut's most boundary-pushing work to date - rap blurred with psychedelic song-writing, inventive flows and abstracted soundscapes. A journey of an album.