Our Journey

 
Lenny Diko founded UIYB Records in 2002 and it quickly became one of the busiest promotions and underground hip hop labels in Canada. Promoting shows and releasing records for it’s own artists it put on over 150 shows between 2004 and 2008 and released over 10 independent albums and singles. The label worked with artists from both the US and Canada, and eventually branched out to work with artists in Austria, Germany and Russia before pausing operations in 2010.

2002

Lenny Diko founds UIYB Records in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

2003

Lenny Diko partners with local artist Aria Silenced and signs her to label

2004

Releases Aria Silence’s debut album Refuge for Disappearing Milkmen

2005

Releases Lenny Diko’s debut album Five to Nine

2005

Holds Aria Silenced’s album release party at the Waldorf Pub

2006

Hosts shows with LuckyIam.PSC from the Living Legends Crew in Vancouver BC

2006

Forms UIYB Collective of over 20 artists in Vancouver including Kid Lithium, Bizoid, Fresh Logic, RC Tha Hazard, Similar Differences, Neato The Filthy Varmit, DJ Con and Lex.

2006

Hosts and promotes shows with Jedi Mind Tricks, Classified, Swollen Members, Emotionz, POS, Dirty Crew, DJ Moves, DJ Neoteric, Live Manikins, the Sandpeople and more.

2006

Hosts shows with Josh Martinez & DJ Maker

2006

Aria Silenced Tours across United States supporting album release

2006

Releases Violative Cause’ first album “Just Movement” with production from Moka Only, Dj Redworm, DJ Con.

2006

Starts Tuesday night open mic night at the Columbia Hotel in the Downtown Eastside Vancouver

2006

Releases Violative Cause debut album

2007

Violative Cause tours Europe w Black Wallstreet Austria

2007

Releases Violative Cause second album “The World Is Ours”

2008

Tours Moka Only with over 10 shows in British Columbia Canada

2008

Signs digital distribution deal with Samsung Asia

2008

Releases Solomon Childs (Wu Tang Killa Beez) single 

2008

Starts Sunday night open mic night at the Cobalt in Vancouver British Columbia

2008

becomes partnered official booking agent for J-Kwon

2009

Hosts show with Karl Wolf, DL Incognito, Belly, Classified, Danny Fernandes, Illa J,

2010

Pauses

2021

Back again, for the very 10th time

2022

We’re back.