Who is 88Glam? Get to know the Juno breakthrough group nominees

The Weeknd-affiliated hip-hop group is riding high on the success of its second release.

The Weeknd-affiliated hip-hop group is riding high on the success of its second release

Toronto-based hip-hop duo 88 Glam is nominated for the 2019 Juno Award for breakthrough artist of the year. (Matt Adam)

The Juno categories of breakthrough artist and group of the year have gone through a few different identities in their 45-year history, but what's never changed is the incredible pedigree of the categories' winners. A veritable who's who of now-established and future Canadian music industry icons have taken home these coveted Junos.

Breakthrough artist winners include Burton Cummings, k.d. lang, Colin James, Alanis Morissette, Jann Arden, Avril Lavigne, Michael Bublé, Feist, Drake, the Weeknd, Alessia Cara and Jessie Reyez. The list of breakthrough group winners is equally star-studded: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Rush, Glass Tiger, the Tragically Hip, Nickelback, Alexisonfire and A Tribe Called Red.

Think of the Junos as an opportunity to survey just a little bit more of the country's music scene, its depth and breadth, and then keep checking back as CBC Music posts its handy primers for each artist and group, as well as some context to help deepen your appreciation of these great musicians.

Who: 88Glam.

Where: Toronto.

Sound: Hip-hop, trap, R&B.

Why they're nominated: The XO-signed pair have been building buzz since the release of its self-titled debut in 2017, which featured heavy-hitter guests like the Weeknd and Nav and producers Wondagurl and Murda Beatz. The duo has tallied tens of millions of streams on Spotify and YouTube and is riding high on the success of its 2018 followup, 88Glam 2.

Previously: 88 Camino and Derek Wise were both solo artists prior to 88Glam, but they were also former collaborators, having worked with Jazz Cartier as part of the Get Home Safe Crew. Wise also made headlines when he was arrested and charged with human trafficking in 2014, though the charges were dropped in 2016 because "the Crown found it unlikely to secure a conviction due to lack of evidence."

Quote: "We want people to just listen and say, 'This is f--kin' sick." — UMusic, 2018

'It's a Flex' feat. Nav (2019)

Editor's note: strong language warning.

'Bali' (2017) ​

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'12' (2019)

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Wherever you are in the world, you can watch the 2019 Juno Awards on Sunday, March 17, broadcast live from London's Budweiser Gardens at 8 p.m. ET on CBC, CBC Radio and online at cbc.ca/junos.


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