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artist Masia One

Toronto, ON, CANADA

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[Bootleg Culture LP Masia One Album released September. 2012]

Canadian artist Masia One's sound transcends musical boundaries. She has worked with artists such as Pharrell, The Game, Talib Kweli amongst others. For her third album Bootleg Culture, Masia One worked with Aftermath producer Che Vicious, with collaborations from RZA, Graph Nobel and Isis Salam. Recently got nominated in seven categories at the VIMA Music Awards 2013. Nominations include "Best Overall Female Artist" & "Best Pop Song".


Born in Singapore, Masia One became a fan of Hip Hop after stumbling upon a bootleg copy of Public Enemy’s "It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" at the age of 8.

After moving to Vancouver Canada at the age of 9, Masia developed a keen interest in graffiti and break dance however It was not until she started studying architecture at The University of Toronto that she began writing rhymes and performing. There began her journey into the music world.

Masia One’s debut studio album "Mississauga" was released in 2003. The album was well received and the music video for the lead single "Split Second Time" was nominated in the category of best rap video by the Much Music awards. Masia's second studio album, "PULAU" was released in 2009. The album attained the number one slot on the Canadian College Radio Charts as well as charting on both CBC Radio 3 and South East Asian Radio.

Masia has also released several remix EPs on Muti Music. The EPs feature collaborations with artists such as Ill Gates & Bassnectar. These records exposed her sound to Dance Music crowds and were featured on Electronic Music sites such as Beatport where a few of the singles charted.

Masia has developed into a well rounded multi-genre artist. Her sound reflects inspiration drawn from touring through North America, Jamaica and Asia and sharing the stage with acts such as The Roots, Floetry, Mos Def, DJ Neil
Armstrong, Lady Saw & Ron Sexsmith.

Courted by Grammy Award-winning Aftermath producer Che Vicious (Produced for Lauren Hill, Kanye West and 50 Cent to name a few), Masia began working on what would later become the album "Bootleg Culture".

"Bootleg Culture" was released in September 2012 on Muti Music and featuring collaborations with artists such as Wu-Tang’s The RZA, Thunderheist’s Isis Salam, Uh Huh Her’s Cammy and Idle Warship’s Graph Nobel (Black Molly).
The Bootleg Culture Album Sampler features an unreleased version of the album track Errrybody which features Pharrell and The Game.

Also of note Masia, together with The 411 Initiative for Change, tours through over 200 high schools each year working with young people by teaching them about the arts, womens rights, HIV/AIDS awareness and promoting the importance of education.



MASIA ONE Emcee / Artist


All you can eat meals...
Boogie Monsters
Jackie Mitoo
Masta Ace
Public Enemy
Peter Tosh
Bob Marley
Lauryn Hill
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
PULAU: vol. 1 Montreal in the Fall
September, 2008
List Tracks ▼
PULAU: vol. 2 The Islands
September, 2008
List Tracks ▼
M1 Group
August, 2003
List Tracks ▼


Warriors Tongue 3:18

Warriors Tongue

1st single off Masia's upcoming LP Bootleg Culture feature the emcee running through the streets of Tondo, Philippines - 1 of the worlds most densely populated ghettos. The song speaks about how words (a warriors tongue) can be more powerful than violence (guns). The purpose of the video is to show how ghettos around the world have the same qualities, and should begin to learn from one another.

Split Second Time 3:12
The Hazing 2:51
Halfway Through the City 4:02
Number One 3:50

Number One

Directed Jason Lewis & Alejandro Duran, produced by Jason Lewis & Marco "Butch" Edwards for MERDEKA. Filmed on location in Westmoreland, Jamaica.

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