Rap Recording of the Year 2012


Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye


Rap Recording of the Year




URBNET* Fontana North

In the late 1990s, the young MC known as D-Sisive came up quickly in the Toronto hip-hop community with a string of well-liked singles, but his burgeoning profile was stopped cold with the illness and death of both of his parents in a six-year span. Grief and depression stole his creativity and motivation for the better part of a decade, but in a moment fit for fable, his lyrical inspiration returned suddenly one day while singing along to the Beach Boys on the radio. It was the new start D-Sisive’s story needed. And he hasn’t stopped since. THE BOOK EP (2008) was nominated for a JUNO Award and its single “Nobody With A Notepad” won SOCAN’s ECHO Songwriting Prize. LET THE CHILDREN DIE (2009) was long listed for that year’s Polaris Music Prize (and would later get an elaborate send-off with a full-band live funeral after legal issues forced it out of production). The same year, he released JONESTOWN as a free downloadable album. Less than a year later, we got VAUDEVILLE, and a year after that, the JONESTOWN sequel, JONESTOWN 2: JIMMY GO BYE BYE.