Hailing from two Canadian prairie cities – the “Bridge City”, Saskatoon, and the “Queen City”, Regina, Samurai Champs is an emerging recording and performing R&B/hip-hop duo. Consisting of new-wave rapper Jeah and dark-soul/R&B singer Merv xx Gotti, the duo draw influence from their Southeast Asian heritage while taking pride in their urban-Canadian identity. Blending Jeah’s versatile rap vocal delivery with Merv xx Gotti’s emotional R&B vocals, the duo create a smooth, yet dark coalescence of modern hip-hop/R&B.
Within the past twelve months since the release of their debut EP, Crayons EP, Samurai Champs have risen as one of their province’s most prominent hip-hop/R&B artists. Recorded and mixed by former Urban Heat/Universal In-House Producer, Miguel Dey, and mastered by Colin Leonard, mastering engineer behind Bryson Tiller’s US Billboard 200debuted #1 album, True To Self, and Migos’ US Billboard Hot 100 #1 single, “Bad and Boujee”, Crayons EP combines the contemporary Canadian hip-hop/R&B sounds of Toronto-based label, OVO Sound, with the soulful minimalism of L.A.’s future-soul collective, Soulection.
The official music video for the EP’s first single and title track, “Crayons”, exclusively premiered on VICE’s music publication, Noisey. Crayons EP itself premiered on Exclaim!, Canada’s leading alternative music & culture magazine. By the end of 2016, Crayons EP proceeded to win second place in SaskMusic’s Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2016, and was highlighted in Chart Attack’s yearend article, The Best Music of 2016 From Cities Around Canada.
Crayons EP is available on iTunes, Spotify, and all other major music platforms.
Samurai Champs have toured across Canada, as well as internationally, sharing the stage with international hip-hop heavyweights such as T.I., Flatbush Zombies, and k-os. They have also showcased in international music festivals such as Canadian Music Week (Toronto, ON), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, Germany), The Great Escape Festival(Brighton, UK), New Skool Rules (Rotterdam, Netherlands), and Liverpool Sound City (Liverpool, UK).
Surrounding their recent European tour around The Great Escape 2017, UK’s most influential music blog The Line of Best Fit exclusively premiered Samurai Champs’ new music video for Crayons EP’s second single, “Zone”. The blog also featured Samurai Champs in their opening festival article, 20 Of The Most Exciting Bands On The Planet to See At The Great Escape. Following the festival, award-winning UK music news site Gigwise also featured Samurai Champs in their festival recap article, 11 New Bands From The Great Escape 2017 That You Need In Your Life.
By the end of 2017, Samurai Champs were nominated for Urban Artist of the Year in the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs), as well as performed in this year’s BreakOut West Festival (Edmonton, ON).
Samurai Champs are currently working on their debut full-length record.
“The song was inspired by a couple of things, the title of the song being one of them. The intimate conversations shared with a significant other over a glass of wine. Which also ties into the inevitable truth about a past relationship of mine. The wine itself is universal and represents the love a couple would reflect on through conversation. The other significant inspiration for the song comes from a past relationship. Leading to an inevitable end. The song is about how two people fight to hold on to a love they know they can’t have or isn’t meant to be. Wine gets better with time but even time runs out and so does wine. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it, while it lasts.” – Samurai Champs