Kareem is releasing his most explosive, most recent contribution to French electronic hip-hop with his new single “Bionic,” stamping his name in the rich history of Quebec’s musical underground.
Canadian underground Hip-Hop artist Kareem Live is releasing his most powerful single yet: Bionic.
Kareem moved to the Outaouais region of Quebec from Morocco at the age of 2. Inspired by alternative music such as Nirvana and Metallica, he learned to play guitar, and formed the band No Self Control when he was 15 years old.
By the time he reached adulthood, however, his tastes changed. French hip-hop, fueled by popular artists such as MC Solaar and Iam, were blowing minds all over Europe and Canada. Kareem was no exception. He listened, he learned, and found his passion for lyrical poetry in underground hip-hop.
Kareem met his friend and producer, Da Heala, in 1999, and right away they collaborated to create hip-hop music as The Symphony, Kareem’s first regularly performing group. During this period Kareem earned the respect of Francois Carrier, president of the Association of Professionals of Song and Music (APCM, Canada). The president’s respect proved well-placed: Kareem succeeded to the annual Hip Hop 4-Ever semi-finals twice consecutively.
This led to a pair of publicly broadcasted appearances on Le Garage, hosted by Veronic DiCaire on Radio-Canada and ARTV. A wave of encouragement and popular demand ensued, prompting Kareem to record his first professional track at Raven Studios, where he was introduced to a Quest sound technician who would become his right-hand man. They opened a sound studio together.
Soon afterward in 2002, Kareem was awarded the Embassy of France’s grand prize in a music competition and was sent to Paris to learn and collaborate with French artists. He appeared onstage more and more frequently, and his writing became prolific. He performed a duet, “Persuing My Dreams,” with Canadian Idol Eva Avila.
Kimberly Graveline of Tag Radio, the voice of the Outaouais, invited Kareem for a series of interviews on the air, and having decided him the obvious candidate, took him to a press conference organized by the Regional Office of AIDS Services (ARMS). It was here that the media became infatuated with Kareem, thinking him a symbol and example of the best art in the region, and a slough of interviews in print as well as on the airwaves continue to keep him busy.
Now Kareem is live and ready to release his most explosive, most recent contribution to French electronic hip-hop, stamp his name in the history of Quebec’s musical underground and help it attain the global attention it clearly deserves.
Kareem’s video “Bionic” is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc1y4iTC02Q.
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