Celebrity Beatmakers Back Canadian Hip Hop Gaming App 'The Mu$ic Biz'

Jake One, Mr. Porter, Ryan Hemsworth and Rich Kidd, who works with Drake and Busta Rhymes, feature in the upcoming iTunes release.

TORONTO – Film director Sudz Sutherland and Canadian mobile game developer XMG Studio are making noise in the Canadian hip hop scene, not with a song or music video, but a gaming app, The Mu$ic Biz.

And they’ve signed up celebrity Canadian and American hip hop producers to contribute beats to the Sim-style simulation game, set for release on iTunes on Dec. 12,

Canadian hip hop producers behind The Mu$ic Biz include Rich Kidd, whose beats got fans nodding their heads to music by Drake and Busta Rhymes, Frank Dukes, MoSS, Badbadnotgood, Marco Polo and Ryan Hemsworth.

American hip hop producers on board the Canadian gaming app, which allows players to build record empires as music moguls, include Jake One and Mr. Porter, who worked with Eminem.

Sutherland, who latest movie is Home Again, which stars Tatyana Ali and CCH Pounder, says The Mu$ic Biz mobile app aims at building an online hip hop community that uses the celebrity producers’ beats to create and share songs, via social media.

“That’s my dream, to have a star come out of The Mu$ic Biz,” Sutherland explained.

Recent releases from XMG Studio include Ghostbusters Paranormal Blast, a reality and location-based mobile game based on Sony Pictures Entertainments’ Ghostbusters franchise, and the fashion game Fashion Star Boutique.