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. The band shared the stage with such luminaries as the Wailers, Burning Spear and Jimmy Cliff. A young A.Y.E. watched carefully, listening and learning first-hand from Strugglah.
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, and Jacob Miller, to mention but a few.
At 16, A.Y.E. co-founded Hutson Fam Music Group with his brother and sister, and eventually set out on his own to pursue his own craft and set himself apart in the hip-hop/urban scene locally. Upon releasing his first EP “Goodbye” in 2012 he was quickly identified by national publications and bloggers as one of Western Canada’s young emerging 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 label in France also released the album in a limited edition run on vinyl.
A.Y.E. was Allan Slaight Juno Master Class 2017-2018 top 10 finalist, nominated for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2019 YYCMAs (Calgary Music Awards) and Musical Group of the Year at the 2016 Obsidian Awards with The Extraordinary Gentlemen. His recent album "Soul Food the Audiobiography Of..." was released the summer of 2019 and charted #1 on the National Hip Hop Charts via Ear-shot Campus Radio.
Listed by CBC Music as an "emerging act to watch" (2017).
Performing on some of the biggest Canadian stages opening for international headlining acts such as Rapsody, MURS, Pusha T, Raekwon,
Cyhi The Prynce, Yasin Bey (Mos Def), Black Sheep, Camp Lo, and many more.
THE EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
A diverse array of sounds from funk, rnb, blues, reggae, layered atop a raw, soulful hip-hop foundation. A.Y.E. and his band, The Extraordinary Gentlemen are proof that it's okay to stand outside the box. A.Y.E. truly possess an undeniable warm energy with his smooth delivery and captivating stage presence. The addition of the band's unique musical taste they create the perfect harmony of what they title "soul food".
Since the group first got together in 2012, they've performed at several music festivals and venues such as Canadian Music Week, One Love Music Festival, Sled Island, The Works Music Festival, Fozzy Fest, and recently embarked on a western Canada tour in the fall of 2019.