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Hip-Hop, Indie

STEPHEN HERO makes raw, regional hip hop from Canada’s east coast, with a sly, working class lyricism, anchored in hip hop tradition. He began writing and recording raps on a tape recorder in his bedroom in the early aughts, and spent his teens and twenties honing his craft, exploring other genres and learning a few instruments and engineering skills. His style is heavily influenced by alt-rap legends like Kool Keith, El-P and MF DOOM, with a strong penchant for the relaxed and joyous energy of groups like De La Soul and Beastie Boys. His taste in production is eclectic and open-minded, working with artists in various genres as well as producing himself.

“Hero's darkly sly humour is an easy entry point to his multifaceted music, and his MF DOOM fandom shows through offbeat rhyming and layered lyricism. EAT THE RICH, his anti-capitalist new EP with Motherhood's Brydon Crain, boasts tracks like the abrasively industrial "Livin the Dream" and the acoustic guitar-backed call to arms ‘Nose to Tail,’ which will make you nod your head as you hoist your pitchfork,”
- Exclaim!

“Meet Stephen Hero, the New Brunswick rapper who’s unapologetically
himself,” - Complex Canada