K.A.S.P

Say Magazine - - MUSIC -

Rob Sawan, a.k.a. K.A.S.P, is an 11time award win­ning and 7-time nom­i­nated Cree hip hop artist, DJ, mo­ti­va­tional speaker and work­shop fa­cil­i­ta­tor from Bri­tish Columbia, Canada. Cur­rently re­sid­ing in Kam­loops, Bri­tish Columbia, K.A.S.P grew up in the rougher ar­eas of East Van­cou­ver where he was first in­tro­duced to hip hop mu­sic.

K.A.S.P grew up lis­ten­ing to hip hop mu­sic in the 90s, char­ac­ter­ized as the “golden age of hip hop”, and rap­pers like Nas and Tu­pac in­spired the mu­sic he makes to­day. “I re­ally loved the cul­ture - what hip hop mu­sic was all about,” says K.A.S.P. “Hip hop mu­sic was my medicine, and it just brought me back to who I’m at in be­ing Indige­nous.” To­day, K.A.S.P says his mu­sic is in­spired by his tra­di­tions, fam­ily, life and just be­ing able to cel­e­brate with mu­sic.

K.A.S.P started his mu­sic ca­reer in 2000 with the hip hop group 7th Gen­er­a­tion, and in 2010 made the de­ci­sion to branch out as a solo artist. Most re­cently, K.A.S.P won West Coast Rap Al­bum of the Year at the 2015 Cana­dian Hip Hop Awards and the Abo­rig­i­nal Arts Ex­cel­lence Award at the 2016 BC Arts Awards. His lat­est sin­gle “Thank You” from his up­com­ing al­bum is on the Top 25 Indige­nous Mu­sic Count­down.

In 2013 K.A.S.P took some time off from his mu­sic ca­reer to fo­cus on his other pas­sion: mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing. K.A.S.P has spo­ken all across Canada, and in some parts of the United States. He has worked with youth or­ga­ni­za­tions, bands, health cen­ters, min­istries, Min­istry of Chil­dren and Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment and del­e­gated agen­cies, jails and prison set­tings, con­fer­ences and fam­ily events.

K.A.S.P has two year-round tours, the “Reach our Na­tive Youth” and “Ad­dic­tions Aware­ness” tours, and has also re­cently teamed up with North of 60’s Dakota House and Co­me­dian Abo­rig­i­nal Hyp­no­tist Scott Ward for the “Go­ing M.I.L.E.S” tour. K.A.S.P’s goal is to reach as many Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble in or­der to in­spire and mo­ti­vate peo­ple to bet­ter them­selves. Mo­ti­va­tional Speaker, Fa­cil­i­ta­tor, Hip Hop Artist

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