Tarik Robinson

Tarik Robinson (aka Teekay) is best known as the emcee of longtime Calgary hip hop duo Dragon Fli Empire. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia while his Jamaican parents attended Dalhousie University. His family moved to Calgary before his first birthday, and he was raised in the Stampede City. He grew up absorbing the sounds of R&B, soul, reggae and gospel that his mother would play in the house. In the '90s while in elementary school, he started getting into hip hop and was fascinated by it, especially thought-provoking acts like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and The Roots. Eventually, he started creating hip hop beats himself on a Yamaha keyboard and started recording unique, introspective and conscious rhymes over them while in high school. Encouraged by positive feedback and constructive criticism, he continued to hone his craft. After catching the attention of fellow William Aberhart High School alumnus DJ Cosm, the two started collaborating, eventually forming as the Dragon Fli Empire (DFE) crew in 2002. They immediately started attracting wider attention in the Canadian independent music scene through their popular song "Mount Pleasant".

With DFE, Robinson has toured across Canada, the United States, Germany, France, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark and shared the stage with many musical icons, as well as playing festivals like the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Edmonton's KaleidoFest and The Works Festival, Yellowknife's Folk on the Rocks Festival, Shambhala, Warped Tour, Rock the Bells and many more. The duo even created the theme music for CBC Radio One’s the Calgary Eyeopener, adapting their Calgary anthem "CGY" for the radio program. Robinson also releases music as a solo artist, including the 2019 instrumental album "Unión Latinoamericana", which he performed live at the 2021 Calgary Folk Music Festival 'Block Heater' showcase.

Robinson attended Mount Royal University in Calgary, and graduated with a Journalism degree in 2004. He has written for several publications on the hip hop scene, and has interviewed artists like Del the Funky Homosapien and the late Gift of Gab from Blackalicious. He has also worked extensively in Information Technology which afforded him the opportunity to travel to Chile and India. He also provides voiceover talent for various advertising campaigns, and was even involved in the 2006 Alberta playRITES festival in Calgary as part of the collaborative theatre production “Diplomatic Immunities”.

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