With deep roots in Mi’kmaq, Innu, Beothuk as well as strong Cree and French lines dating back to Samuel de Champlain, the Def Squad member is as Canadian as they come.
The Scartown original has pretty much been a part of every Canadian superstar’s career, one way or another. He’s worked with k-os, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Choclair, Divine Brown, Glenn Lewis, Jully Black, and of course, Drake. With all of this in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Strickland’s production and engineering work is credited on Drake’s Grammy Award-winning album, Thank Me Later album, as well as Take Care and Nothing Ever Was The Same. It is also important to note that Strickland and Noah “OVO40” Shebib were both mentored by the Toronto legend Noel “Gadget” Campbell.
Along with his impressive list of Canadian collaborations, Strickland has worked with hip-hop legends such as Pete Rock, Erick Sermon and EPMD, Keith Murray, Redman and Method Man, just to name a few.