Urban Vault caught up with Toronto, Canada based Hip Hop producer Klee Magor to ask him some questions about his new music, collaborations, and inspirations
Klee Magor rose to prominence as a founding member of hardcore rap duo Riviera Regime, and after releasing two full-length albums ‘Thugz of War’ and ‘Cold Blooded’ through
his own independent record label Landmine Entertainment, he then signed to Necro’s Psycho+Logical-Records and went on to release the full-length album ‘Real Soldierz Ride’ with Klee Magor handling the vast majority of the production. He later left that label and released two other albums ‘Regime Vol.1’ and ‘Chaotic Temple’.
Over a span of a decade, Klee has performed on countless stages around the world, garnering an international fan base. He has recorded and performed with many legendary Hip Hop artists such as PMD, Killah Priest of Wu-Tang Clan, Canibus, R.A. the Rugged Man, Onyx, and many others.
What is your name?
My name is Klee Magor
Where are you from?
I’m from Toronto, Canada. Born and raised.
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music since the late 90’s, and released my first album in 2004.
How many songs /albums have you released to date?
Riviera Regime – Thugz of War (2004 album release)
Riviera Regime- Cold Blooded (2006 album release)
Riviera Regime – Real Soldierz Ride (2008 album release)
Klee Magor – ILL Regime Vol. 1 (2012 album release)
Riviera Regime – Chaotic Temple (2013 album release)
KleeMagor feat. Onyx – Hardcore Rap (2017 single release)
Can you tell us about your new single with Onyx, the background, and inspirations behind it?
Hooked up with Onyx in Tel Aviv while overseas on a tour in 2011. We rocked out on the same show together and we connected. The next day we had some off time and we went to the studio vibed out and recorded the song together! Fredro and Sticky wrote and recorded their verses during that session. Was super dope having that experience. We related on some real recognize real shit. A couple years later they were on tour in Toronto so I got my visuals company Galactic Visuals to produce the video for the song we did which is called ‘Hardcore Rap’.
Who else have you collaborated with so far in your Career?
So far in my career I’ve collaborated with many artists. Artists that I came into the game with like Benny Brahmz when we recorded a bunch of albums together, and other artists that are well known in the underground like Necro, R.A. The Rugged Man, Reef the Lost Cauze, Danny Diablo & Snowgoons to name a few. And then I’ve had the fortune of working with legends like Jeru the Damaja, Onyx, Killah Priest, Canibus, and PMD. I recently collaborated with Riff Raff also and will release that single later this year at some point.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I’d like to collab in the future with some other Toronto artists that are making big waves in the music industry. I think Toronto and Canada in general has tons of talent here that i’d be down to work with. I’ve toured a bit with my homie from Vancouver Snak the Ripper recently and we’re supposed to collab on a project soon as well. I like working with people that I actually connect and vibe with as opposed to just anyone.
What inspires you when you make your music?
When making music I’m most inspired by shit that I’m actually dealing with on my day to day life. I’m really out here doing real G’shit on a daily basis, so that will be translated into lyrics and attitude when I’m writing and recording in the studio. I went through what I’d describe as a spiritual awakening a few years ago and That translated into my album ‘Chaotic Temple’ which is a more deeper spiritually awakened type of album concept. But for the most part, when you listen to my music you will always get a taste of the gangsterism in my songs.
How have you ended up in the music industry?
I ended up in the music industry based on love and passion for Hip Hop music. I always knew growing up that I was destined for this, and
when I first started writing and recording tracks I was young and had little experience but it was exciting and new, and I just fell in love with the process. Now I look forward to releasing new songs and getting that feedback from the people and fans. I get a kick out of performing live on stages and touring the world. I’ve been blessed to get a taste of that life and I cant go back now.
What do you think of the music industry in 2018?
The music industry in 2018 is exciting and evolving into something more powerful I feel. As an indie artist I feel more empowered now in 2018 then I’ve felt in the past. spotify is a great new platform for artists now, and social media, in general, is a great tool to gain more exposure as an artist. It feels like the music being put out these days is getting better as well, and that is inspiring to me.
What have you got planned for 2018?
This year in 2018 I plan on releasing a new single every month for the whole year! I’m looking to really make a lasting mark on the industry this year. I used to follow a lot of the wrong advice in the past, but recently I’ve been able to hire the right people to help me and guide me in the right direction, and I’m pretty confident that will pay a big role in my progression this year and beyond.
What’s your favorite track at the moment?
At the moment my favourite track is my newest single featuring Onyx ‘Hardcore Rap’!!! I listen to that song every morning, afternoon and night. Its a really powerful banger and it has the power to empower. Shout out to Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr and the beat maker Fred Simon who were all involved in making this song what it is.
What do you do when your not making music?
When I’m not making music, I’m on my grind getting that bread, stackin more paper. I’m an entrepreneur in the fullest sense of the word, I own and operate a few businesses outside of the music realm that keeps me super occupied. Other than that I’ll try and spend some quality time with my girl and family and also spend time staying in shape and keeping healthy.
Facebook or Twitter?
I fuck with both facebook and twitter, but you On twitter you can find me @rivieraregime and on facebook, I’m found just by searching for my name Klee Magor. On Instagram, I’m found @klee_magor
In a few words sum up your thoughts about Urban Vault and what we’re trying to do?
I appreciate what Urban Vault is doing for independent musicians and artists. It’s important for us to get featured in these types of media. Thanks for the opportunity to express myself to your readers! Expect to hear much more from me this year. Cheers!
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making dope, fresh music….
Klee MaGoR ft. ONYX – Hardcore Rap
Klee Magor is gearing up to hit the road again for his upcoming tour across Canada with Jeru the Damaja.
8th Feb – Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont
9th Feb – Guelph, ON @ DSTRCT Nightclub
10th Feb – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
11th Feb – London, ON @ 765 Old East Bar
13th Feb – Red Deer, AB
14th Feb – Edmonton, AB @ The Forget on Whyte
15th Feb – Calgary, AB @ Dickens
16th Feb – Kelowna, BC
17th Feb – Vancouver, BC