It was a song in 2002 about a bus route that brought Calgary hip hop duo Dragon Fli Empire out of the basement and into the limelight. Now, almost two decades post-"Mount Pleasant", they have become a leading force in the city's hip hop scene, from opening for names like De La Soul, The Roots, Public Enemy and Mos Def to performing at festivals like the Calgary Folk Fest, Sled Island, Warped Tour, Shambhala and Rock the Bells. They were nominated for Best Hip Hop Album at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards and have toured through Canada, the United States, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway and Switzerland. The DFE have released music independently as well as through labels in Canada, Japan, France and Finland. The crew recently released a 7" vinyl 'Record Store b/w Fli Beat Patrol" on U.S. based label Ill Adrenaline Records, and the A-Side "Record Store" has reached 180,000 plays on Spotify. They also released a new album "Banff Avenue" in March 2020 on their own Makebelieve Records, which has reached #1 on the Earshot Canadian campus radio charts including heavy rotation on CJSW, CKUA and CJSR.
Art type: Live Music
Music type: Original Music
What this Artist plays most of the time
Genre: Hip-Hop/RapSpoken Word
Home base: Calgary, AB, Canada
Appeals most (but not limited) to: Music festival attendees / indie music lovers, 18 - 45 would probably be a good range of those who most enjoy our music, but it can definitely go broader than that. It is clean hip hop that doesn't compromise the artistry.