Born and raised in Ottawa, Kool Krys (Christina Devine) moved to Halifax in 2003 to pursue her undergrad studies. There she established herself as a prominent member of the east coast hip hop scene contributing to programming on Dalhousie University’s CKDU 88.1 FM Radio and editorial for the Dal Gazette, teaching hip hop dance to youth in the community, and emceeing at local venues and events.
In 2007, Kool Krys released her debut album, The Return of Diana Prince, with Juno-nominated producer Bix featuring Halifax talent.
Kool Krys’ second album Perfume, also produced by Bix, was released in 2010. The single Never Give You Up ft. Eternia was featured on MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters. Perfume gained popularity through international radio plays in Brazil, Poland, London, Portugal, Greece and Finland. Kool Krys’ single “Feel The Culture” ft. Ghettosocks was featured on UGWHH: Illest Female Rappers Volume 1.
Kool Krys has since been featured on national Canadian radio and TV programs, including CBC Radio’s Bandwidth, Ottawa Morning, and All in a Day (Ottawa), Concordia University’s Grrls Groove and the Phantastiq Cypha (Montreal), The Urban Renewal Project (BC), Carleton University’s Tha New Journey (Ottawa) and The Mix (Ottawa), and The Polish Review on Rogers Television (Ottawa).
In 2011, Kool Krys released her music video funded by MuchFACT for the single Show Stopper on her third album Listen to Your Art (produced by Bix and released in 2012).
Kool Krys performed on CBC Radio One’s All In a Day with Alan Neal during CBC Ottawa’s Share Central 2011 Holiday Fundraiser, which raised over $25K in support of Operation Come Home. In 2012, Kool Krys mentored youth by teaching songwriting via Girls Rock Camp Mississauga, which provides a positive environment designed to nurture self-esteem and self-expression in girls.
In 2012, Kool Krys and Bix toured with Buck 65 on his 20 Odd Years Tour across Canadian cities, performing at sold-out concerts. Kool Krys & Bix also performed in the 2012 JUNOFest rap showcase with 2012 Juno nominees D-Sisive and Swollen Members.
While living in Toronto as an active performer in the #6ix, Kool Krys dedicated herself to various youth initiatives, contributing her artistry to fundraisers and events. In 2012, Kool Krys headlined the BraveArt fundraiser in support of Art Starts, a Toronto-based charity facilitating opportunities for social change by engaging youth in arts, theatre, and music-based activities.
In 2015, Kool Krys performed at Ottawa’s House of PainT Urban Festival of Arts & Culture. She works with the local hip hop community on communications supporting the annual festival that brings 10,000 attendees and features more than 200 national artists at Dunbar Bridge near Carleton University to celebrate urban art and expression.
Kool Krys is now working on her fourth album FEMINUM, to be released in 2016. The first two singles Miss Gemini and Beauty on Parade are available on SoundCloud and Bandcamp.