Kyprios is a rapper who is renowned for his work with the group, Sweat Shop Union. Kyprios toured with the Juno nominated Sweat Shop Union long enough to meet some of the greats in the rap game. He has shared the stage with The Black Eyed Peas, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, The Roots, Rakim, Living Legends, Swollen Members and Jurassic Five to name a few. He has made numerous appearances in television and film and is one of the voices for Michael Jordan’s website jumpman23.com. Kyp has won a “Jesse” (Jessie Richardson Theatre award) for his musical work in a play called “Cranked”, has licensed music to MTV’s “The Buried Life” and continues to write for and with many artists. This guy knows what it takes to entertain.
Kyprios is touring western Canada with an act billed as ‘Kyprios and the Chaperones’. It’s actually a tasty blend of hip-hop turn tablism /MC accompanied with live musicians. The Chaperones consist of Malcom Aiken on trumpet, Rick Baker on keys, back up vocalists Carly Campbell and Sadie Campbell. Also on vocals and saxophone, Alex Maher accompanied with DNA 6 band mate Mario Vaira on guitar.
There is DJ Itchyron on turntables, Tim Proznick on drums and bassist Scott Tucker. It’s a jam packed stage. The sound is stabbing into some old Motown style soul, with the female backup singers harmonizing and punching out catchy hooks that accompany the horns. The Chaperones also venture into some classic jazz sounds where the keyboardist’s masterful playing is clearly influenced by masters such as Medeski or Jimmy Smith. But make no mistake, this is a hip hop extravaganza. The drums and the turntable sampling are true hip hop that match the skills of the main man, rapper Kyprios.
There is no lack of talent on this stage. This group heads some of the best jammers on the west coast. All of them touring veterans more than able to throw down the skills to create an infectious dance party. This show is the real deal, it’s going to groove and move anyone who shows up. The venue is the Grand Central in Fernie, and the date is Saturday October 22. This is a big night of music in an awesome little mountain town!
BY COLIN LOCK