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Abstract Artform New Lyric Video ‘The Hitchhiker’ feat. Dan Frechette and D-Sisive; Opening For Slum Village + More Show Dates

   Winnipeg, MB prairie rapper Abstract Artform has posted a new lyric video for ‘The Hitchhiker’ feat. Dan Frechette and D-Sisive. The track is from his recently released remix album ‘CROWS:’, which is a collaboration with beatmaker Oscar “Mumbles” Folundin and DJ Björn Friberg (Co-Pilot) remixing tracks from last year’s release ‘As The Crow Flies’.

In additional news, Abstract Artform will be performing to his hometown crowd on April 27th opening for Slum Village and Pharcyde at the Pyramid plus May 14th with Animal Nation at Le Garage.

Show Dates:

April 27 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid w/ Slum Village and Pharcyde
May 14 – Winnipeg, MB @ Le Garage w/Animal Nation
June 13 – Dauphin, MB @ Boulevard Hotel w/ White Rhino

Lyric Video – The Hitchhiker’ feat. Dan Frechette and D-Sisive

"the hitchhiker" feat. dan frechette and d-sisive - crows: // with lyrics

Music Video – As The Crow Flies
as the crow flies - crows: // raw pre-mix version

Music Video – Through My Music ft. Relic – 

through my music - abstract artform ft. relic










In March of 2014 three-piece hip-hop/blues/folk-constellation Crows: released their debut album called “Remixes, Reboots and Alternative Versions”. “Remixes…” started out as just what it sounds like; a remix album. Using a microphone, a loop-pedal and one 15-watt amplifier Mumbles put together rough remixes of tracks lifted off his friend, Winnipeg prairie-rapper Abstract Artform’s album “As the Crow Flies”. Enter Co-pilot; with who’s sincerely dope and playful cuts, amongst other additions to the mixes, the sound of the album broadened.

The track list contains both alternative versions of previously released songs by Abstract Artform, and original – previously unreleased songs made by Crows: as a three-piece.

“This album sounds like what would happen if a bunch of Canadian rappers and beat maestros emigrated to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, sitting out on the porch with their equipment, jars of moonshine tucked neatly between rocking chairs.” –

CROWS - Remixes, Reboots and Alternative Versions cover


1.  Three Crows (feat. Pere Thevenot) 02:02
2. The Hitchhiker (feat. D-Sisive and Ramblin’ Dan Frechette) 02:33
3. Birdie 00:42
4. BAMF 03:06
5. This One Goes 04:22
6. Intermission 01:14
7. Volume 10 03:33
8. Whispers 03:27
9. Grind 03:44
10. Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (feat. Cee) 04:02
11. As the Crow Flies 04:18

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About ‘As The Crow Flies':

2013’s ‘As The Crow Flies’ was produced by Juno nominated producer Fresh Kils and features collaborations with Juno nominated rapper D-Sisive, Toronto Independent Music Award nominee Blackboltt, blues/roots artist Rambling Dan Frechette and cuts from Uncle Fester. 

In the last six years on the Canadian Hip Hop scene Abstract Artform has performed at the Grey Cup Fest, Canadian Music Week, Indie Week, won the Intel Superstars Urban edition plus has topped the earshot Canadian hip-hop college radio charts, landed on the Top 25 Hip Hop charts on CMJ in the USA and was selected as a semi-finalist from over 16,000 entries in ISC 2011 for the song “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be” in the R&B/hip-hop category.

As The Crow Flies - Abstract Artform (produced by Fresh Kils)

RIYL: Jurassic 5, Everlast, Kid Rock, Buck 65, K-OS

1. Things Ain’t What They Used To Be 02:22
2. The Hitchhiker ft. D-Sisive & Rambling Dan Frechette 03:10
3. As The Crow Flies 02:26
4. Volume 10 ft. Uncle Fester 02:51
5. Interlude 02:33
6. B.A.M.F. ft. Blackboltt 03:18
7. Brown Chicken, Brown Cow 02:18
8. James A. Richardson ft. Uncle Fester 03:05
9. Can’t Always Get ft. Daryl Hayward & Uncle Fester 03:31
10. Life Goes On ft. Flo Soul 03:22

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Music Videos

Summer in the City ft. Doodlebug (of Digable Planets) – 

I Am Canadian – 

Abstract Artform ft. Jurassic 5 – Bring It Back – 

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“If “REAL” hip hop is your thing than you’ve got to see these guys live.” – The Scene Magazine (Indie Week 2012 Concert Review)

“Abstract Artform is all about putting its own distinctive twist on things when it comes to hip-hop. The genre is principally about repping where you’re from, and frontman/producer MC Shea Malcolmson notes they take it to heart.” - CBC Radio 3

Halifax’s Classified might be trying to establish himself as the preeminent writer of hip-hop songs tied to our national identity, but Winnipeg’s Abstract Artform might just give him a run for his money.

The group, fronted by MC and producer Shea “Kid A” Malcolmson, fuses live jazz and soul-like music with vocal delivery familiar to fans of groups like Jurassic 5. Their “I Am Canadian” single from 2010’s His Story In The Making is a hit waiting to happen while other cuts share and celebrate life in a Prairie capital. Upcoming full-length As The Crow Flies is their second in as many years and the third since 2008’s Prairie Kid. The band’s work ethic has garnered them consecutive appearances at the taste-making NXNE festival, a 12-month stay on the Chart college lists, and a slew of other appearances and opportunities.

With easy flow, great instrumentals, and lyrics worth turning an ear to, Abstract Artform should be must-play material for any Canadian hip-hop fan.” – Canadian Musician Magazine

“Abstract Artform came out swinging with “Here We Are” from their debut album Prairie Kid. Their high energy set continued with stomping, rap exercises and oh yes songs: “Hands up”, “I Am Canadian” and “Summer in the City.” They debuted “BAMF”(produced by Canadian beatsmith/MPC-Jedi Fresh Kils) a new song from their upcoming album.”(Live Review) – Stylus Mag (Winnipeg)

His Story in the Making, the second album from Abstract Artform (aka producer/MC Kid A, aka Shea Malcolmson), delivers on the promise hinted at on Prairie Kid. From the easy groove of Winnipeg (feat. Fashawn) to the funked-out Old School (feat. Flo Soul) to the hooky Hip Hop (Is What I Was Doing), Kid A establishes himself as a self-deprecating, clever wordsmith who isn’t afraid to let his Prairie roots show. There are no bitches ’n’ bling tales of excess here, either; Steady At It is a refreshing reality check about the financial struggles faced by Canadian artists, hip hop and otherwise.- 4/5 – Jen Zoratti – Uptown Mag – Review – His Story In The Making

Canadian hip hop group ABSTRACT ARTFORM is a perfect recipe of golden era hip hop combined with funk and soul from the 70′s, and of course some new school influence. Abstract Artform founded by Kid A, the band includes several members: Kid A – lead vocalist/writer/producer, Cue – hypeman/back-up vocalist, DJ ill Type – DJ, Bishop Grandin – drums, D-Rail – bassist, Cam Wilks – drums” - HipHopForever – Review – His Story In The Making

“What happened to hip hop?” MC Abstract Artform, aka Shea Malcolmson, asks on Here We Are. Good question. Luckily, this Prairie kid is eschewing the commercial hip hop cluttering our radio airwaves and, like Winnipeg expat Grand Analog and Edmonton’s Cadence Weapon, takes a decidedly old-school approach to hip hop. Heavily funk inflected, Prairie Kid dares you not to dance – but it’s Malcolmson’s deep, Buck 65-esque vocals that make this record shine. Check out Boom and They Call Me featuring the renowned DJ Brace. – Jen Zoratti – Uptown Mag – Review – Prairie Kid

“You can call him Abstract Artform. You can call him Kid A. You can even call him Shea Malcolmson. But don’t call him a poser. This debut proves the local MC and producer is definitely for real. His beats are stark yet distinctive, his eclectic tunes splice ’70s samples with his own material, and his gruff, tongue-tripping flow bypasses thug fantasies for intelligent realism. We’d call that cool.”- Darryl Sterdan - Winnipeg Sun – Review – Prairie Kid

“You one of the coolest, smartest and sincerest artist I know. Much success.” – Akil the MC (LA SKILL DISTRICT/JURASSIC 5)

“…Distinctively Canadian Hip-Hop…” “…National hit song writing material…” Greg Wells PRODUCER (ONE REPUBLIC, LINDSAY LOHAN, CRASH TEST DUMMIES, DEFTONES)

Awards / Accomplishments / Placements

2012 – Intel Superstars Winner Urban

2011 – Song Placement SHAW TV Show Milkshakes Burgers and Fries” in conjunction with the HOT AC HOT 103 (Winnipeg) “

2010 – Finalists International Songwriting Competition:

2009 – Reverbnation/Microsoft Sponsored Artist/Windows 7 Launch

2009 – CBC Track of The Day w/Lauren Burrows:—Stay-Prairie

Shared Stage w/
Akil the MC (Jurassic 5), Imaginary Cities, Digable Planets, Cancer Bats, Pigeon John, Abstract Rude, Choclair, Muneshine, D-Sisive, Josh Martinez, Tanika Charles, Birdapres

Past Festivals & Tours:

2013 – Coca showcase
2013, 2012 – Canadian Music Week (Toronto)
2012 Grey Cup Fest (Toronto)
2012, 2011 – Indieweek (Toronto)
2011, 2010 – NXNE (Toronto)
2009, 2008 – Canadian Tours

2008 – Prairie Kid – LP
2009 – Big Shiny Rhymes – EP
2009 – Summer In The City – Single
2010 – His Story In The Making – LP
2010 – Birth Of A Track – Single
2013 – Through My Music ft. Relic – Single
2013 – As The Crow Flies – LP
2014 – CROWS: Remixes, Reboots and Alternative Version – LP – Interview – The Tens w/ NYCE

“This duo is going to be one to watch in the months to come.”