Art of Fresh Announces New Album Release

September 7, 2010

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of D.O — an MC who’s also an educator and motivator.  He’s one of the MOST positive thinking artists I’ve ever met (and seeing that we’re from the Screwface Capitol – that’s saying a lot!!), and he has lyrics for days – making international headlines by being the Guiness World Record holder for longest freestyle.  Add the undeniable production talents of Slakah da Beatchild into the mix, and you have Art of Fresh – a duo whose love of good music period transcends beyond the hip hop category. They’ve just announced the release of their upcoming album, When the Night Comes In – dropping September 21st. More details to come, but read the info below for the full scoop!!


Toronto, ON – JUNO Award winning producer Slakah the Beatchild and Guinness World Record holder D.O., who make up the duo Art of Fresh, are set to release their sophomore album When The Night Comes In on September 21, 2010 (available via iTunes). The first single Alive, is already receiving spins on Toronto’s Flow 93.5 and 106.9 in London, ON. The duo will celebrate the release with a launch party at Czehoski’s (678 Queen St West, Toronto ON) on Friday September 17th .

“Our touring experiences over the last year really influenced the sound of the album,” says D.O. “From Vegas to Vancouver, Tokyo to Toronto, we’re bringing that butterfat boombap that ours fans have come to expect from us!”

D.O., who holds the record for the longest freestyle by rapping almost nine hours, contributes vocal talents to Art of Fresh along with fellow lyricist Slakah the Beatchild, who also provides the beats and production elements. When The Night Comes In showcases Art of Fresh’s unique sound that fans have come to expect from the talented pair. Their new release is the perfect blend of old school meets new school delivered with a unique sound of soul and hip-hop. The album offers a new feel to their music, infusing electronic beats on tracks such as When The Night Comes In and Electrodisfunktions. The duo incorporates a new sound while ensuring they haven’t forgotten their roots.

Early in 2010, Art of Fresh hit number one on the US College Hip-Hop Radio Charts (Rapattacklives) for their single Out This World, from their debut album, Back to the Earth (Northstarr / Nova Music Group / Universal Music Canada). The album was embraced in the music community and reached #2 on Canadian college radio charts. Art of Fresh has recently toured internationally with an Asian tour in December 09 (Hong Kong and Taiwan) and London, England (June 2010). In addition, the band recently opened for the Black Eyed Peas in Sarnia at Bayfest to a crowd of over 10,000.

D.O. and Slakah the Beatchild make up Art of Fresh, but they both focus on their own solo projects. D.O., an accomplished emcee, released his sophomore album Stay Driven in 2009, which contains the hit singles Unfinished Business and Now I Understand (featuring east coast rapper Classified and produced by D.O.). Now I Understand is currently in rotation on MuchMusic and MuchVibe. D.O. has also begun an initiative entitled Stay Driven, which is a one-hour motivational assembly that combines speaking with live performance and addresses relevant teen subjects including bullying, goal setting and literacy. D.O. has been inspiring thousands of youth with his school tours since he began in 2001.

Slakah the Beatchild’s videos have achieved great success internationally. The video for the single Enjoy Yourself has received airplay on MuchMusic, MTV, VH1 and B.E.T. The song was such a hit it attracted the likes of Canadian superstar Drake, to record a second version featuring the two artists together. As well as his accomplishments as a solo artist, Slakah the Beatchild is a highly sought after producer who has also worked with Drake, Melanie Durrant, Divine Brown and most recently Justin Nozuka. Currently, the beat-savvy artist is working on finalizing the album, for his new group The Slakadeliqs entitled The Other Side of Tomorrow. The project is vastly different from his previous hip-hop focused work and showcases his range and musical diversity. The album features Justin Nozuka, Swedish Grammy nominated artist Tingsek, Juno nominated artist Shad and more. Slakah has just released the video Bboy Beef from his previous solo album Soul Movement Vol. 1. Playing in rotation on MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic and Muchvibe, the video features some of Toronto’s top b-boy crews Ground Illusion and Twisted Ankles.


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