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Ol' Man Winter

by John Smith

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Blindsided 04:30
Thirstday 03:23
Heavy Mettle 04:00
Good Man 03:26


If you wanted to sound something like John Smith, you would have to work at it. You would have to grow up broke in Winnipeg's gritty north end. You would have to spend time in Churchill, Manitoba, on the frigid shores of the Hudson Bay. You would love rap as a young teen, skip school, smoke weed, and get into trouble. You would have to spend time with Farm Fresh and fermented reptile, and acquire that legendary do-it-yourself ethic from Peanuts & Corn head mcenroe. You would have to enter battles and win them, again and again. You would have to read Dostoyevsky. You would have to have a chip on your shoulder and a huge belief in yourself. You would have to tour Canada back and forth for gas money. You would have to release solo albums (Blunderbus - 2001, Pinky's Laundromat - 2004, Growing Pains - 2006), as well as group LPs as Park-Like Setting (with mcenroe and Yy), Break Bread, Hip-Hop Wieners (with Pip Skid), and more.

Even if you did all that, I doubt you would be as good as John Smith. You can't write like he does.

His new album, "Ol' Man Winter", is where he finds that balance. The balance between intellect and street, sensitive and hardcore. The balance between raw skill and great songwriting. Its 14 tracks, produced entirely by mcenroe, feature a maturity and wit 30 years in the making. The album features guests Pip Skid, Yy, and Birdapres, and continues the tradition of excellence that fans have come to expect from Peanuts & Corn.


released July 24, 2012

Recorded in Vancouver, BC except "Thirstday" and Guest Spots... All songs written by J. Compayre, R Bailey (SOCAN) Except "Ol' Man Winter" (J Compayre, R Bailey, D Goulet), "Strobelight Dummies" (J Compayre, R Bailey, P Skene), "A Love Song" (J Compayre, R Bailey, D Corrigan)

All songs produced, mixed and mastered by mcenroe.
All photos by Jon Voss. Layout by mcenroe.
And it Don't Stop, and it don't quit

John Smith Sez:
Love for my mom & pop, and my brothers: Kelsey, Murder Mur & Lonnie Ce. Thanks to my extended family: Compayres, Smiths, O'Connors, Stovers, Krista Ramsay, Nestor Wynrush, Cousin Chris, Joel, Soke, Hendo, Owen, and Churchillians far and wide. Loyalty for: My TUB squad (especially Kev, Dubs and Becky De Jesus), The Grippin Grain DJs (Co-op and Footwerk), Ric Hard, Murdock, Hunnicutt, Kutdown & The Foultone Boys. Hope for: All of Winnipeg Hip-Hop, Whether we cool or not. Word up to the Break Bread crew for their contributions, but, most importantly, true admiration goes out to mcenroe for sticking with me and making us sound so got damned good. RIP to Grandma Mary, Icis Nizz, Nicky Villarin, Traci Irving, and Anthony Motherfuck Bueno


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