I reviewed Toronto-based MC Fubb’s album In the Face of No Agreement back in 2011, as well as a couple of his singles. I like his style; and recently he’s just released a free EP titled Belonging after a two-year hiatus.
Check the link here: https://mcfubb.bandcamp.com/album/belonging-ep
Full bio can be read below:
MC FÜBB (pronounced “emcee foob”) is a Toronto born hip hop MC. Having written his first poem at the age of 9 (and hundreds more since then), MC FÜBB demonstrated a natural talent for writing at a very young age. As he grew up and began listening to hip hop music, FÜBB’s poetry writing evolved into writing rhymes and he began rapping at the age of 15. Being introduced to hip hop by his oldest brother (whose tastes in hip hop music ranged from KRS-ONE to OutKast to Wu-Tang, just to name a few), MC FÜBB was inspired and spent much of his time educating himself about hip hop and the art of emceeing, subsequently falling in love with hip hop as an idea, a culture, an art-form, and a mode of self-expression.
Since embarking on his journey into the world of hip hop, MC FÜBB has gone through tremendous transformations as an artist and an individual, which are reflected in the lyrical content of his music. He raps for the love of hip-hop, for creative self-expression, and most of all to carry a conscious-minded, (overall) positive message to those who take the time to listen. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science, majoring in both psychology and philosophy. During his undergraduate career, he became president of a student run organization called “Hip Hop Headz” which was dedicated to the expression and proliferation of hip hop culture on the university campus. After graduating, MC FÜBB chose to put his degree on the shelf, taking what he’d learned from his years in academia and pursuing his passions via his career as a professional hip hop artist.
Past performances include sharing the stage with GZA and Masta Killa (of the Wu-Tang Clan), Jeru the Damaja (Gang Starr Foundation), Stalley (MMG), J-Live (Triple Threat Productions), Frank Nitt (of Frank ‘N Dank) and Illa J (brother of the late great J Dilla), dozens of open mics around the city of Toronto, professional hiring for private functions such as weddings and parties, and various other shows, many of which he organizes and promotes himself. In an effort to bridge the gap between the origins of hip hop music and its current manifestations while also pushing the boundaries of hip hop as an art-form, FÜBB also spent some time performing with the Metro Big Band (http://www.metrobigband.com). While committed to his own career as a hip hop artist, MC FÜBB also devoted himself to hip hop culture and music itself, seeking to contribute to the hip hop community whenever and wherever possible. In 2009, he founded and formed the Hip Hop Headz (H3) community (borrowing the name from the university organization that he was once a part of and has since been dissolved), bringing hip hop artists in Toronto together to engage in the “manifestation of hip hop in all of its various forms.” With the aid of H3, from 2009-2012 MC FÜBB also organized and hosted a popular event called “The Cypher” in the core of downtown Toronto at which hip hop MCs/rappers from all over the city were invited to come out, pass around a microphone, and showcase their talents and skills.
In 2012, FÜBB put his artistic pursuits on hold in order to “restructure every aspect of [his] life.” He began volunteering extensively and then working professionally in the mental health sector and was admitted to a Master’s program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) to study Counselling Psychology. Through his work as a front-line mental health worker and advocate, as well as through his music, he hopes to create a positive difference in the world – one listener at a time.
MC FÜBB’s debut release, the EP Foundations (2009), pushed the boundaries of conventional hip hop, blending genres with the use a live band and various styles of emceeing. He released his second project, the Blue Collar Worker mixtape, which is comprised of dubs over instrumentals by famous producers such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and J Dilla, in May 2010. In April of 2011, FÜBB released his first full-length album, a collaborative project with producer Noyz, entitled: In the Face of No Agremeent (ITFONA). In November 2012, he released the poet EP, featuring several producers and guest artists. the poet is MC FÜBB’s attempt to reconcile himself as both a poet and a rapper, painting verbal images and evoking strong emotions while staying true to himself as a hip hop emcee. After a 2 year hiatus from the music scene, MC FÜBB again teamed up with Noyz to release the EP: BeLonging, centered thematically around the fundamental human need to belong. All of MC FÜBB’s music can be accessed through www.mcfubb.com, or directly through https://mcfubb.bandcamp.com.