photo:submitted

Kelowna rapper, Mr. Wisdom addresses the opioid crisis with his music

The musician says he has lost at least 25 of his friends to date

Kelowna rapper, Joel ‘Mr. Wisdom’ Critchley lives up to his name.

His latest album, that marks his return to the rap game, honours his friend and fellow rapper’s death caused by the opioid crises. Critchley says he last lost at least 25 friends to date.

“I released the album on Feb. 25 this year, it’s a year after one of my very best friends death to the day,” Crtichley said. “I dedicated the album to them, he was a huge part of my life. I wanted that day to be something special… it still hurts and I am not taking away from that but to be able to hear him and remember him for what he loved most, which was music is important.”

Aaron ‘Killimatic’ Lawrence is featured on Critchley’s self titled album and hopes to bring further awareness to the opioid crisis. He says he hopes his songs, even though they may come off as aggressive, can help people know that they are not alone in their pain caused by the opioid crisis.

RELATED: Kelowna’s young rappers rise to the occasion

“It seems like everyone you talk to now has lost someone that they knew,” he said.

His instrument heavy ‘aggressive’ and loud rap hearkens back to the early 2000’s where Tech N9ne, Xhibit, D12 and Swollen Members ruled the rap game. Critchley has performed with these inspirations during his career that he grew up listening to.

“I bring blunt truth to everything I bring to the table… I don’t hold anything back and I don’t try to pretend to be anything I am not,” he said.

Pulling from his own experiences, Critchley says his music first music video that he released for ‘Art of War’ this year is a ‘tool of war’ that was shot in Mission Creek Regional Park and Bear Creek Provincial Park in Kelowna.

“The way we went we decided to go with the video, I am looking at a perspective of music is my tool for war- we shot it in that perspective. It’s a war scene to a degree.”

Critchely throws sand into the air and wades in the rivers while spitting verses that he hopes will reverberate through the hearts of those mourning the loss of their loved ones while he looks to climb to the top.

Critchley plans to announce the dates for his forthcoming tour later this year. To listen to Critchley’s music visit his Soundcloud.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Registration is open for the Okanagan’s largest outdoor cycling class

The 13th annual YMCA of Okanagan Cycle for Strong Kids event will take place on May 26

UPDATE: Truck dumped on embankment near Big White

The truck was allegedly reported stolen from Kelowna

Car crashes into semi-truck in West Kelowna

Highway 97 heading northbound by Boucherie Rd. closed

VegFest drops Okanagan Ice Pops as sponsor

Controversy stirs over a bacon-chocolate flavoured popsicle

Semi-annual Trunk Sale returns Saturday

Regional District Waste Reduction Office hosts semi-annual Trunk Sale

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Black bear spotted near Salmon Arm elementary school

The bear was sighted at around 4 p.m. after school was out

Multiple black bear sightings in residential area near Okanagan elementary

Pictures of the bear have been posted on the Armstrong Community Forum frequently

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Most Read