Ottawa rapper TwoTiime wins writing award for emotional Hood Cry tribute

The prize is accompanied by a cash prize of $ 5,000 for each musician.

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Ottawa hip-hop artist TwoTiime feels “honored and truly blessed” to be one of five recipients of this year’s Young Canadian Songwriters Award, an annual award presented by the SOCAN Foundation to recognize emerging songwriters.

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TwoTiime, whose first name is Khalid Omar, was recognized for his groundbreaking track, Hood Cry, a moving tribute to his late friend, rapper FTG Metro, who was killed in January 2020 while sleeping in an Airbnb on Gilmour Street.

In an email, TwoTiime wrote that he was able to take the suffering of his community and capture “something sincere and healthy” that showed “genuine emotion and authenticity”. He added that “bringing everyone together after the tragedy was really one of the best times of my life.”

TwoTiime and FTG Metro grew up in Ottawa’s Ritchie Street Community Housing neighborhood.

The other four recipients of the fourth annual award are Maggie Andrew of Nova Scotia, Angel Baribeau of Quebec, Jessica Spurrell of Ontario and Leah Marlene of Illinois, the Toronto-born daughter of Honeymoon Suite guitarist Derry Grehan.

The prize is accompanied by a cash prize of $ 5,000 for each musician.

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