Your parents told you that he was a bad influence. He put his teachers to the test. The government has been searching for his candy stash for six years.
Hailing from Toronto’s Junction district, JR Mint aka Minty Burns is quickly burgeoning into a position as one of the cities freshest faces. A mishmash of low-income housing and cultural hotspots, The Junction’s patchwork provided a teenage JR Mint the perfect soil to plant his seeds. Skipping high school classes to skateboard, make music, and shoot paintballs at elderly women, JR somehow managed to attain a diploma in drama from Toronto’s renowned Etobicoke School of the Arts without getting expelled.
Effortlessly winning street battles throughout Toronto for years prompted Mint to enter Cravefest’s Mic 4 Your Life (hosted by Mad Linx and Bishop) contest in 2007, where he went on to defeat Toronto’s most renowned battle rappers for a number one finish and, as a result, appearance in the Toronto Star.
Pursuing his post-secondary education in Toronto’s most esteemed hip-hop venues (Opera House, Reverb, El Mocambo) JR Mint has been budding locally since early 2007. His recent opening of the recording studio Belvia Sound in Toronto’s west-end has solidified his presence in the cities scene.
Boasting a recent soundtrack appearance in Gorrilaz in Our Midst—an independent film about growing marijuana co-signed by Marc Emery—and a sponsorship from Ruth’s Hemp Foods, Minty Burns is now poised to grow globally.
A leader of the new school with old school roots, JR Mint is for fans of Lupe Fiasco, The Cool Kids, Wale, Black Milk, Devin the Dude, Redman, and AZ.
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