Shanghai-based producer SunBiz hit me up a while back just to introduce himself and his grind. He was originally born in Shanghai and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Sunbiz been producing for over 9 years ever since he graduated from a production and engineering school in Burnaby where he learned about recording, music and production. Since then he has been working with Vancouver's local artists and producers in various musical projects. Just a few years ago Sunbiz relocated back in Shanghai to explore the music scene over there.
Sunbiz sent in 3 songs that he produced: Humble in the Jungle (ft. Stace Prints), No Chinese (ft. Cha Cha), Main Squeeze (ft. Stagga Dagga). They are all completely different sounding songs: the first one is a lyrical hip hop song with an early 90's vibe, the second song is a slow ballad with a haunting melody and the third song is a reggae track with one rapping verse. Included are the press releases for each song.
Production: SunBiz (www.sunbizonline.com) - Palace of the Sun
Lyrics: Stace Prints (Welterweight Records)
Stace Prints is one of the pillars of Vancouver hiphop, earning his stripes in the hay-days when HipHop culture was first establishing itself on the Canadian west-coast. This was in the era of Kilo-C and the "Krispy Biscuit radio show", UBC "Sound Wars", and of course "Let your Back-Bone Slide" by Maestro Fresh-Wes. This was the time when hiphop in Canada was still fresh and the skies were the limit. Not to take anything away from the many talented MC's and Producers that call Vancouver home today, but without the likes of artists such as Stace Prints, hiphop on the WestCoast would be a much different place. The flow Stace brings to a track is timeless, when you hear the signature Stace Prints cadence you can't help but bob your head and think of that 90's sound.
Production: SunBiz & DJ SickStar (www.sunbizonline.com) - Palace of the Sun
Lyrics: Cha Cha (Uprooted SunShine)
Underground music culture in China is still brand spanking new, but you wouldn't know it if you heard Cha Cha. Her voice is raspy and rooted in emotion, something that is rare gem in the confused and over-satured "bubble gum pop-tacky-tastless" music landscape that is much of China currently. Cha Cha brings the depth that many Chinese singers just don't understand yet, her love of reggae, triphop, dub and hiphop music shines brightly on this track. Have a listen and you'll know what I mean.
This recording was originally a demo, but it turned out so well. The un-rehersed and unadulterated nature of her vocals doesn't need anything else. This track is meant to be raw and in your face. Taking inspiration from the lifestyle and culture that is modern China, we wanted to do something that was "un-fake" and "un-overly-processed". She just got on the mic and let it ride. Contrary to popular belief there is dope music being made in China ! Respect.
Production: SunBiz & Stagga Dagga (www.sunbizonline.com) - Palace of the Sun
Lyrics: Stagga Dagga
Regge and Dub in China ! ? ! WTF !
Well believe it son ! Stagga Dagga is from the ISLAND man ! a native of the Caribbean that relocated to China of all places.
I met Stagga randomly through a mutual friend and we got talking and a week later we had laid down "Main Squeeze". Perhaps it was the lack of quality beaches that plagues Shanghai and Yangtze River that served as inspiration but whatever it was, the tune is a summertime sizzla !
It just makes you wanna grab your girl and cruise on down to the closest piece of ocean you can find (which is quite difficult if you live in Shanghai...)
This track speaks for itself, partake :) "It's summer - ya gots to chill man !"