“Best New Rap Group: Montreal’s The Posterz” – Jeff Weiss
“reminds me of Odd Future if they had more of a Tribe sensibility or A$AP Mob if they were still kids. When only the audio is on, I think of Kendrick Lamar doing his best ODB impression.” – Stereogum
“It’s only a matter of time before Drake comes to cosign these Canadian brethren” – Mass Appeal
“‘Starships & Dark Tints,’ The Posterz’ debut EP, consists of five songs packed tight with weird beats and promising lyrical flow.” – Red Bull
“The trio from Montreal rap quickly over bouncy synths and whines that are punctuated by quivering horns, but more important is the fact that they look cool while doing so. “- Noisey
“It felt like if the Canadians won the Stanley Cup – except Husser, Kris The Spirit, and Sir-Share-It are holding the Cup.” – The Hundreds
“Montreal is slowly but surely becoming a hotbed for hip-hop. With the help of producers like Kaytranada, and artists like The Posterz, the city’s finally on the map for budding talent.” – Complex
In five short years and not much more than one EP worth of music, Montreal-based rap trio The Posterz have staked their claim in hip-hop both locally and globally with their refreshing, raw and innovative sound. They seemingly emerged fully formed, making their first splash with October 2013’s “The Bass Song,” a defiant anthem that came with an equally vibrant, self-directed video. The Starships and Dark Tints EP followed, as did love from the press: the trio were named in Huffington Post’s “Top 10 Artists to Follow” in 2014, and featured in numerous publications such as Noisey US/UK/France/Canada, Complex, Red Bull Music, Les InRocks, the Montreal Gazette, and more.Read more
In an era when rappers put out dozens of songs a year, it’s important to note that the group’s minimal output is a reflection of their high standards, not their work ethic. Rather than developing their sound only in the studio, the trio road test their music with their well-honed, high-energy live show. They have performed at Canadian music festivals such as NXNE, Festival d’Éte du Quebec, M Pour Montreal, and Toronto’s Manifesto, and closed out 2014 with a two-week European tour. By playing countless clubs and parties, they developed their fanbase and sharpened their songs at the same time; it’s no surprise the trio hit the ground running.
The group linked up in 2010, in a community center studio in Little Burgundy, a downtown Montreal neighborhood which birthed the city’s internationally renowned jazz scene a couple of generations earlier. Rappers Husser and Kris the $pirit stumbled on what Husser called “the best beat we ever heard in our lives” on the studio computer. They tracked down its creator; in producer Joey Sherrett, they found the third member of the group. The Posterz cite Kanye West, Andre 3000, Future and The Beatles among other influences, but are adamant about creating a sound that is all their own. Even in Montreal, they say their biggest inspirations are less musical and more aspirational; Montreal-born acts like Arcade Fire and Kaytranada made them realize they could blow up too. Huss and Kris temper their deft lyricism with a sense of humor. Sherrett’s beats mix adventurous, hard-knocking drums with masterful of low-end leads and expert synth work.
The Junga EP drops on October 30th 2015. “Bulalay” is the lead single, a narrative journey through the day to day of Hus and Kris in the concrete jungle over a beat built from a homegrown Sherrett chant (“it means ‘Hakuna Matata’”). As with “The Bass Song”, “Bulalay” comes with a dynamic video that convincingly transforms their hometown into a metropolis in the developing world. Junga stretches from modern-day boom-bap (“Want It All”) to a rock-infused love/hate anthem (“Ben Up”), and even a flip of synth-pop duo Secret Sun (“Cold Coast remix”). Junga is yet another big step forward in what will surely be many for the talented trio.
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The Posterz Rise Above Hardships in “Ben Up” Visual, Premiered by Complex
Debuted by Stereogum, Montreal Rap Trio The Posterz Mob Out In “Want It All” Visual From Sophomore Project Junga
Montreal Rap Trio Deemed “Best New Rap Group” by Jeff Weiss, Releases Sophomore Project Junga
Premiered by The FADER, the Montreal Rappers Release Haunting “Lord of the Flies-esque” video for Tribal Chant-based “Bulalay”
Montreal’s The Posterz Announce Second EP, JUNGA for October 30th, Complex Premieres Debut Song “Bulalay”