After 250+ tour dates scattered across Europe and North America in the past two years, opening slots for some of the biggest names in hip-hop, a handful of awards and accolades, and an unwaveringly strong underground following, one would only expect the emcee responsible for such privileges to be knee deep in bling and riches, right?
Hailing from False Creek in Vancouver and raised in a musically inclined household, Evil Ebenezer has always been a performer. From acting in TV and movies, with appearance in Stephen Kings’ “It,” and auditioning alongside Hollywood big wigs like Ryan Reynolds, Evil eventually made the transition into music; performing at various talent shows and competitions while still in high school.
Evil Ebenezer’s spent nearly a decade on the road evolving his sound and growing into an exceptional talent representing the everyday man in a genre full of braggadocios alpha males. Much to his fans delight, Evil released several free mixtapes in 2012, The Birds, Penguin EP & Kush Up’s EP, as well as the collaborative work, Zzbra (with Moka Only); all of which were received with critical acclaim. It seems the fans weren’t the only ones who noticed, and Evil earned two more nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards amongst the Best Hip Hop category; bringing the total count up to four in the space of three years. Evil has also won a Leo Award for “Best Video,” and Exclaim Magazine triumphantly labelling him as “the best new voice in Canadian rap.”
In the past year Evil has opened for the likes of A$AP Rocky, Raekwon, Tech Nine, The Pharcyde, and toured Canada with Australia’s top group Bliss n Eso on the Circus In The Sky Tour, with every show a sell-out. With his growing resume and industry peers checking off on his signature sound, Evil just released his fourth studio album, HOWL. Howl features Snak The Ripper and Cadence Weapon with the majority of production from underground legend Stuey Kubrick.