After being a staple in the local scene during the early 2000s, ChanHays (Chandler Haliburton) has recently returned to production under the Droppin Science banner. While previously operating under the moniker Focus Aside, Hays co-founded the Halifax Hip Hop group Something Good (with Boy-Ill, Markit, and YRush) and provided all of the production for their early work. With the group, he was able to tour and perform with some of Canada’s top hip hop artists including Classified, K’naan, SonReal, and more. Chan stepped back from the group to pursue more independent collaborations and worked with several of the region’s top artists including Ghettosocks, Jesse Dangerously, Quake, and others.
2016 brought about a wider reach for his production as Chan began connecting with artists across North America. This evolved into a debut full length solo project set for release by DSP Summer 17. ChanHays will be providing all of the production while also rapping, with plenty of company on the project! Heavyweights such as Pharaohe Monch, Masta Ace, Skyzoo, Homeboy Sandman, Torae, RasKass, Cormega, Erick Sermon, Saukrates, Supastition, One Be Lo, Rapper Big Pooh, and more join Chan along with DSP teammates Ghettosocks, Nilla, and Fester.
The lofty project is truly unique, and has already been compared to Marco Polo’s seminal 2007 project Port Authority that launched that Canadian producer into the international ranks of top beat makers in the genre.