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Canadian band Badbadnotgood are known for their intriguing jazz-influenced interpretations of hip-hop tracks. Founding members Matthew Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alexander Sowinski all attended Humber College in Toronto where they were enrolled in the school's jazz programme. Their jazz/hip-hop explorations received a lukewarm reception from college tutors but found favour with rapper Tyler Okonma who enthusiastically promoted the band's interpretation of Odd Future material on YouTube helping the video go viral. After a debut live performance in 2011 the band have steadily grown in stature whilst maintaining close musical connections with members of Odd Future. Their fourth album Sour Soul, released in 2015, was a collaboration with Ghostface Killah. Sour Soul widened the band's commercial appeal drawing more upon hip-hop for inspiration and relying less on jazz. Saxophonist Leland Witty became a permanent addition to the line-up in 2016 and the band's fifth album, misleadingly titled IV, featured more collaborations including contributions by Canadian singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson and Future Islands' shape-shifting frontman Sam Herring.

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