Originating from two Canadian cities – the “Bridge City,” Saskatoon, and the “Queen City,” Regina, Samurai Champs is a recording and performing hip-hop and R&B duo. Consisting of rapper Jeah and soul-inspired R&B singer Merv xx Gotti, the duo draw influence from their Southeast Asian heritage while taking pride in their urban-Canadian identity. Blending Jeah’s versatile rap vocal delivery with Merv xx Gotti’s emotional R&B vocals, the duo creates a contemporary coalescence of modern hip-hop/R&B.
In the twelve months since their Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs) – Urban Artist of the Year nomination, Samurai Champs have risen as the premier hip-hop and R&B group of the prairies. The official video for their debut EP’s single and title track “Crayons” premiered on notable internet media platforms, namely VICE Noisey, while Crayons (EP) itself premiered on Exclaim!. More recently, they released their latest single, “Dripping,” inspired by the sounds of Toronto’s OVO label with the soulful minimalism of L.A.’s Soulection.
“Dripping” was mixed by Jazz Cartier’s Juno Award-winning producer and engineer, Michael Lantz, and mastered by Drake’s Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer, Chris Athens. Upon its release, “Dripping” was placed on Spotify Canada’s Just Vibing playlist, and has since amassed over 23,000 streams. “Dripping” is now available on all major music platforms, including Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music.
Samurai Champs has toured nationally and internationally, and they have shared the stage with notable hip-hop artists such as T.I., Flatbush Zombies, and k-os. They have performed at international festivals such as South by Southwest (SXSW) (Austin, TX), North by Northeast (NXNE) (Toronto, ON), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, GE), and The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK).
During their recent European tours, the UK’s largest independent music blog, The Line of Best Fit, featured Samurai Champs in their article, “20 Of The Most Exciting Bands On The Planet.” Following this, UK music news site Gigwise featured Samurai Champs in “11 New Bands From The Great Escape That You Need In Your Life.” Most recently, Samurai Champs were also named in Gigwise’s “5 Top Acts To See at Tallinn Music Week.”
Samurai Champs is currently preparing for the release of their debut album and their 2019 Southeast Asia tour developed around their performance at Music Matters Live festival in Singapore.
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