Relic The Oddity The Green Light

Citing influences such as Grandmaster Flash, EPMD and Pete Rock, Toronto, ON triple-threat Relic the Oddity is a singer, rapper and producer who has created a solid slab of soulful backpack rap on his latest release, The Green Light. In the game for almost 15 years, Relic has produced tracks for and collaborated with fellow Canadian talents such as Shad and Saukrates, whom both make appearances on this album. "Count Your Blessings" is a soulful, uplifting track that has guest MC Shad and Relic giving thanks for the things they do have, instead of dwelling on what they don't, over some high-pitched chipmunk funk reminiscent of vintage Kanye. On "Just The Day" featuring Saukrates, Relic serves up an electro '80s throwback vibe that he and Sauk ride nimbly. Chock full of hot production and solid rhymes, The Green Light is yet another addition to the fine canon of Toronto hip-hop. Relic is one more artist the T-Dot can embrace and be proud of. Oddity? I think not. (Gamma Delta)