Monday, October 3, 2011

Artist: Garfield aka Moses Thievery, Album: Rap Essentials 2001, Song: Whatcha Want

"Sleep with one eye open and die with two eyes closed."  Here is another fantastic single from the pioneering label, Beat Factory, and their Rap Essentials series.  The artist is Garfield aka Moses Thievery from Toronto, Ontario.  He released his first single with the Classic Entertainment label in 1997.  The single received some strong support from college radio as well as club DJ's which prompted his follow up single in 2001, entitled, Knock Her.  This particular track, Whatcha Want, was the B side to that single.  It was also included on Beat Factory's Rap Essentials 2001.  Garfield is a talented MC and his style is similar to that of Jay Z.  Unfortunately, there isn't much written about him since his last release so I'm not really sure if he has released any recent material.  The song was produced by Darp Malone who also collaborated with Garfield on his first release.  Darp is now part of a hip hop duo called Hero and you can follow him at  This particular Rap Essentials release is one of the best in the series.  It features some great tracks from artists like Solitair (see blog 3/20/11), Checkmate (see blog 7/27/11) and Mood Ruff (see blog 3/6/11).  At the time of this blog, there were vinyl and CD copies trading on Amazon and Discogs between $20 and $50.  You can check out the song, Whatcha Want, on You Tube (  Thanks for reading and enjoy!