In Awe of Simplicity
The charisma of Ottawa-Fredericton rapper Brockway Biggs (formerly Pimp Tea) has been winning over diverse crowds for the past 10 years. Biggs imparts an infectious energy at every show, leaving his music best described as a fun 'breath of fresh air.' Inspired by his late Great Uncle Don Messer (a fiddling legend), his entertaining stage presence is cultivated from the vintage vibe of story telling, crowd participation, props and freestyle dance moves. Biggs' childhood was similar to that of most any rural Canadian kid. He grew up on a dead-end road in Charters Settlement, New Brunswick, not far from the province's capital of Fredericton. It was a simple life adorned with yard sale treasures, baseball cards, bike rides and splitting wood. At age ten, his creative knack first exposed it's light when he won Ganong's 'Why I Love the Chocolate Mousse' poetry contest. By high school, Biggs had become enthralled with basketball, so he began mixing warm-up tapes for the FHS Black Kats team he managed. In 1996, a bonus project for his chemistry class inspired him to record his first song, which led to his first performances. This love of hip-hop soon spilled over into writing. In 1997, he joined his university's paper, The Brunswickan, as a hip-hop staff writer. In 2001, he joined the HipHopCanada.com movement, and enjoyed four UMAC-award winning years as the site's senior writer. In 2000, Biggs released his first music video, which was featured on MuchMusic's 'Eds Big Wham Bam' and MusiquePlus' 'Dollaraclip.' In 2002, his debut album, 'Power Is Mindful Peace' (PIMP) was released under the moniker PIMP-T. It garnered a 2003 East Coast Music Association (ECMA) nomination and marked the true beginning of this prolific rapper's career. Since 2002, Biggs has won an ECMA Award, charted on 40+ radio stations and been featured on nearly every major Canadian TV network. He has released three solo albums, a 12' vinyl record, a multitude of music videos and several years of annual Canadian rap compilations. In 2008, he spent 100 days on the road touring Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast, resulting in more than 60 radio and live appearances. Regardless, Biggs' humility is nearly without parallel. 'For me, the most important aspect of hip-hop is making sure the music is fun and the lyrics are real, but community support definitely takes a close second.' Biggs' positive outlook has built a contact book that runs deep into the corners of the Canadian hip-hop scene and has led to collaborations with Gordie Johnson (of Big Sugar / Grady), Nelly, and Canadian rap stars the likes of Classified, Skratch Bastid, D.O. and J-Bru. Inspired by stories of the giving nature of his late Great Uncle Don Messer, he launched Brockway Entertainment in 2005 to support his fellow artists. In four short years, it has grown to become one of the most sought out hip-hop marketing & promotion companies in Canada. The coupling of his community support and energetic stage presence, have established Biggs as a central figure in the Canadian hip-hop indie scene.