Published Jan 01, 2006Fall always brings a sense of change; for Halifax label Goodnight Musics, the end of summer signals rap camp conclusion and the arrival of back to rap school time. The Goods collective is gearing up for their first day back, and they're ready to kill the Show and Tell competition with a hefty list of recent accomplishments: a second straight Scribble Jam win for Skratch Bastid, Kaleb Simmonds' Canadian Idolatry, a partnership with Vancouver-based Camobear Records, a new distribution deal with Universal, and a highly anticipated full-length release, 4/Four.
Composed of acclaimed producer Gordski and "enlightened loudmouth" MC Kunga 219, the Goods' aptly-named fourth album is the product of about a decade's worth of rap knowledge, a tireless touring schedule on Kunga's part, patience, and a mature understanding of the industry that only an entrepreneur's ups and downs could provide.
"For the past two years, we haven't had much time together," says Gordski, freshly reunited with his native Halifax after an extended stint earning his teaching certificate in Ottawa. "Since coming back I've met some young kids who've grown up listening to our shit, and it makes me happy and it's humbling, but it's still so weird to me," he explains. "I'm like Okay, I guess I've been doing something good.'"
"Goodnight Musics is for the children!" exclaims Kunga, boasting his own dedication to youth and education via countless grade school seminars and years of summer camp leadership experience. "If you actually start to rap for children, that grounds and rarifies you," he explains. "It's about getting the kids to listen to you as a reasonable human being. I'm neither a heavy-handed teacher, and nor am I a light entertainer."
Sharpen your pencils rap class is in session, and 4/Four is at the top of the required listening list. In Kunga's words, "it's about time everybody started listening to the Goods!"