A diverse array of sounds layered atop a soulful hip-hop foundation. Captivating and enlightening, A.Y.E. & The Extraordinary Gentlemen truly possess an undeniable warm energy.
"One of Calgary’s most exciting young artists, Jahimba Hutson single-handedly puts to rest the tired and entirely ridiculous notion that the city has no hip-hop scene, or no good hip-hop scene"
Mike Bell –Calgary Herald
Allan Slaight Juno Master Class 2018 top 10 finalist Jahimba Hutson a.k.a. A.Y.E. was born into a musical family, getting an early start on stage performing with his father’s rasta reggae band Strugglah as keyboardist & emcee, while in junior high. The band shared the stage with such luminaries as the Wailers, Burning Spear and Jimmy Cliff. A young A.Y.E. watched carefully, listening and learning first-hand from Strugglah.
A.Y.E. was born in Calgary, and raised in Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary exposing him to eclectic musical influences including Bob Marley, Nas, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Supercat, Common, Jay-Z, Tribe Called Quest, Kardinal Official, Steel Pulse, Lincoln Park, Agustus Pablo, Sly & Robbie, Tenor Saw and Jacob Miller, to mention but a few.
At 16, A.Y.E. co-founded Hutson Fam Music Group with his brother and sister, and eventually set out on his own to pursue his own craft and set himself apart in the hip-hop/urban scene. Upon releasing his first EP “Goodbye” in 2012 he was quickly identified by national publications and bloggers as one of Western Canada’s best young talents. In 2014, he released his first self-produced full length “90 Now,” which was a nod to the hip-hop that first influenced him. The album announced him as a major talent on the Canadian scene, and introduced him at an international level, selling copies from South Korea to L.A. A label in France also released the album in a limited edition run on vinyl. A.Y.E. has been nominated for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2017 Calgary Music Awards and Musical Group of the Year at the 2016 Obsidian Awards with The Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Performing on some of the biggest Canadian stages opening for MURS, Cyhi The Prynce, Pusha T, Raekwon, D12, Mos Def, Black Sheep, Swollen Members, Camp Lo, Madchild, Omar LinX and more, along with headlining shows at Sled Island, Lilac Festival, Hi-Fi Club in Calgary and Fozzy Fest in Lake Koocanusa. Mentioned by CBCMusic.ca as a emerging act to watch.
Art type: Live Music
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Home base: Calgary
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