Allan Slaight Juno Master Class 2018 top 10 finalist Jahimba Hutson a.k.a. A.Y.E. was born into a musical family, getting an early start on stage performing with his father’s rasta reggae band Strugglah as keyboardist & emcee, while in junior high.
A.Y.E. was born in Calgary, and raised in Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary exposing him to eclectic musical influences including Bob Marley, Nas, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Supercat, Common, Jay-Z, Tribe Called Quest, Kardinal Official, Steel Pulse, Lincoln Park, Agustus Pablo, Sly & Robbie, Tenor Saw and Jacob Miller, to mention but a few. Upon releasing his first EP “Goodbye” in 2012 he was quickly identified by national publications and bloggers as one of Western Canada’s best young talents. In 2014, he released his first self-produced full length “90 Now,” which was a nod to the hip-hop that first influenced him. The album announced him as a major talent on the Canadian scene, and introduced him at an international level, selling copies from South Korea to L.A. A.Y.E. was nominated for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2017 YYCMAs and Musical Group of the Year at the 2016 Obsidian Awards with The Extraordinary Gentlemen