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JOHN SMITH - Blunderbus (Or, in Transit)

, 19:53

Joe Compayre, a.k.a. John Smith, is coming from an improbable location for a rapper: Churchill, on the Hudson Bay, a city renowned for being... the "Polar Bear Capital of the World". He settled in Winnipeg in 1993, starting to make a name for himself as a battle MC. It is later on, though, by 2000, in the heydays of Peanuts & Corn, that his – quite relative – fame crossed the border of the Manitoba province, first as a full member of the Park-Like Setting band and the Break Bread collective, and then with Blunderbus, his first album, and one of his label's finest.

JOHN SMITH - Blunderbus (Or, in Transit)

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PARK-LIKE SETTING - School Day 2, Garbage Day 4

, 23:09

That was some concept album. For their first joint record, indeed, Mcenroe, John Smith and DJ Hunnicut opted for a school metaphor, giving to each of this long album's songs the name of a specific lesson, like "Philosophy", "Social Studies", "Geography", "Français", "Physics" or others. They complied with this principle all along the record, and never were off-topic, except maybe with the bonus track, where they admitting dedicating some time to "Extracurricular Activities".

PARK-LIKE SETTING - School Day 2, Garbage Day 4

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