Abstact Artform have come a long way since the release of their debut album “Prairie Kid” back in 2008, which garnered them high praise as one of Winnipeg’s leading acts. Then, when AA released their sophomore album “His Story In The Making” in 2010, the band catapulted onto radars across Canada as they peaked at #2 on bothChart Attack and !earshot Hip Hop College Radio Charts, as well as making the Top 25 Hip Hop charts on CMJ in the USA, along with added rotation on Winnipeg’s HOT 103.1FM and STREETZ 104.7FM of their hit single “Summer in the City ft. Doodlebug (of Digable Planets)“.
Now the International Songwriting competition finalists are back with their third edition of blues/funk influenced Hip-Hop with “As the Crow Flies” produced by Juno-nominated producer Fresh Kils and features collaborations with blues/roots artists such as Rambling Dan Frechette and Juno-nominated D-Sisive.
“Halifax’s Classified might be trying to establish himself as the preeminent writer of hip-hop songs tied to our national identity, but Winnipeg’s Abstract Artform might just give him a run for his money.
The group, fronted by MC and producer Shea “Kid A” Malcolmson, fuses live jazz and soul-like music with vocal delivery familiar to fans of groups like Jurassic 5. Their “I Am Canadian” single from 2010’s His Story In The Making is a hit waiting to happen while other cuts share and celebrate life in a Prairie capital. Upcoming full-length As The Crow Flies is their second in as many years and the third since 2008’s Prairie Kid. The band’s work ethic has garnered them consecutive appearances at the taste-making NXNE festival, a 12-month stay on the Chart college lists, and a slew of other appearances and opportunities.
With easy flow, great instrumentals, and lyrics worth turning an ear to, Abstract Artform should be must-play material for any Canadian hip-hop fan.” – Canadian Musician Magazine
Shea "Abstract Artform" Malcolmson Rhymesayer/Beat Maker