Some west coast hip hop is taking over the Rockwater Grill and Bar on Friday Nov. 30.
Kyprios, a North Vancouver hip hop artist, was one of the founding members of the two-time Juno-nominated Sweatshop Union.
It was on a road trip to New York City with Prevail (Swollen Members), the aspiring MC/actor/poet decided to lengthen his stay in the Mecca of hip hop. Studying theatre at HB Studios in Greenwich Village, hitting monthly rap battles anywhere in the city, and participating in poetry slams at the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe, the young artist was learning amongst the best, and developing his trade.
Kyprios’ solo work caught the attention of Sony Music Canada, but the unfortunate timing (Sony Canada was merged into BMG), resulted in Kyprios’ solo record being shelved.
After that, he moved back to Vancouver and re-joined the Sweatshop Union, beginning a rigorous schedule of recording and touring.
Kyprios has toured all over North America solo, and as part of the Sweatshop Union, with the likes of The Black Eyed Peas, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, The Roods, Swollen Members, and Jurassic Five.
He has made numerous appearances in television and film, and is one of the voices for Michael Jordan’s website jumpman23.com.
In 2011, he played inside Rogers Arena during the Stanley Cup Finals with his hit This is How the West Was One, and played the Grey Cup Street Festival.
Kyprios will be playing the Rockwater after the Get it From the Horse’s Mouth event, which connects new residents to Golden. The free event starts at 6:30 p.m., and connects newbies to information about backcountry travel, local adventure sports, tourist services and much more.
There are tons of prizes, free appies, and $3.75 pints. Kyprios will go on at 10 p.m. (cover for the after 10 p.m. party is $10).