POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER HAVIAH MIGHTY DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR SMOKE(FEAT. CLAIRMONT THE SECOND)
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"13th Floor captures the spark-plug energy of her live performances with ominous, bass-heavy beats and hard-nosed bars that could go toe-to-toe with any challenger."
"13th Floor is the thrilling sound of a hungry newcomer who knows she has your attention and will play every card in her hand to keep it."–Complex
"Sounds like: The flow of Missy Elliott mixed with the soul of Destiny’s Child...There’s no telling how far she'll go.”–XXL
“When Haviah released 13thFloor in May 2019, the discourse livened”– DJ Booth
“With the release of 13thFloor, the world witnessed the coming of the next Canadian hip-hop titan in Haviah Mighty (real name, no gimmicks)”– Exclaim!
Toronto, ON – February 18, 2020 – Following a monumental year including a Polaris Music Prize win, numerous accolades, while rocking festival stages and concert halls around the world, Toronto trailblazerHaviah Mightyshares a new video for Smokefeaturing fellow Toronto artist, Clairmont The Second. The video was directed byJon Rieraand produced by VR specialists, Combo Bravo– watch Smoke here. Complex Canada joined Haviah and Clairmont The Second on set to capture the magic – watch their behind the scenes feature here.
Smokeis from her 2019 album, 13thFloor, which was awarded the Polaris Music Prize last year, standing as her most fully realized album to date. On the song, Haviah says, “Smoke manifested from the underdog experience. As a female in Hip-Hop, and as a black female in Canada, it often feels like I’m fighting the stereotypes and history that precedes me - fighting the ignorance - fighting the negativity - to be recognized as regular, as equal, and be given a fair chance in all facets. None of these preconceived ideas match what I feel within me, but I still remind myself of not only societal stigmas, but other people’s stigmas, and how that shapes their perception of me. How the hardships that blacks sometimes face, shapes others’ perceptions of us. And how, despite all the noise and ignorance, there is no one who can truly identify the ‘shape’ of you, but you. This song is to empower those in their self-affirming thoughts, and in the moments of necessarily reminding ourselves of our greatness. In this day in age, where we talk about ‘drama’ as smoke, I approach it from the opposing angle - let’s avoid that. Let’s just live, and be.”
Received to critical acclaim, 13thFlooris an outspoken, raw testament to the underdog experience. Fans across North America can experience Haviah’s unparalleled live set this month, as she heads out on tour. Haviah will perform her first headline show in the US e at New York’s Mercury Lounge on February 20, followed by shows at Le Belmont in Montreal alongside Lou Phelps, and Noise Pop Festival in Oakland, California. In March, she heads to western Canada for a show in Victoria, BC, followed by an exclusive Boiler Room set in Vancouver on March 11, with festival debuts at SXSW, Skeleton Park Arts Festival and Osheaga Music and Art Festival this summer. See below for all details.
In advance of the album release, Haviah made waves across Canada, sharing insight on the album through conversations with etalk,ELLE Canada, FLARE,NOW Magazine, SOCAN,Canadian Musician, Kreative Kontroland The Strombo Show, and DJ Booth. Audiences witnessed her deliver fierce bars on Sideways Studio, Breakfast Television, CBC qand an exclusive performance of the album on CBC’s First Play Live.
13th Floor is Haviah’s most fully realized body of work to date following her acclaimed 2017 album, Flower City. In addition to being a member of renowned trio, The Sorority, Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009. 13th Floor highlights Haviah’s vast musical influences and incredible production style. She co-executively produced the record with Tim ‘2oolman’ Hill (of A Tribe Called Red) and collaborated with numerous artists including Sean Leon (Waves), Clairmont The Second (Smoke), and her sister, Omega Mighty (Wishy Washy). Production features include 2oolman, Obuxum, Robotaki, Young Dreadz, Taabu, Lambo and her younger brother, Mighty Prynce.
The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and vast sonic influences. The album ranges from classic rap/hip-hop elements to inflections of sounds from Haviah’s Caribbean roots, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation. The 13 tracks on the record are conceptual and fluid as they reflect Haviah’s journey over the past couple of years. Lyrical themes highlight experiences of Haviah’s upbringing, unlearning, rejecting societies deemed “ailments” to transcend expectations and perceptions of others, breaking barriers and stereotypes, the change and progression that evolves from challenges, not compromising to accommodate, and passages to self-love.
About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the 26-year-old artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.
Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Haviah started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15. Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority — a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women’s Day in 2016 — Haviah is making equally large waves as a solo artist.
Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. In 2018, Mighty’s track, Vámonos, appeared on HBO’s hit series, Insecure. That same year, Mighty was declared winner of the prestigious 2018/2019 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class.
Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, Kranium, A Tribe Called Red, and Snoop Dogg.
Wishy Washy (ft. Omega Mighty):foundation-media.lnk.to/WishyWashy
Waves (ft. Sean Leon): smarturl.it/haviahmighty-waves
In Women Colour: smarturl.it/hm-inwomencolour
February 20 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
February 21 – Le Belmont – Montreal QC
February 24 – Noise Pop Festival – The New Parish – Oakland, CA
March 1 – Capital Ballroom – Victoria, BC
March 4 – The Basement – Los Angeles, CA
March 6 – Sheridan College Davis Campus (students only) – Brampton, ON
March 11 – Boiler Room x AXE Music @ Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC
March 13-22 – SXSW – Austin, TX
June 21 – Skeleton Park Arts Festival – Kingston, ON
July 31 – Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Parc Jean-Drapeau – Montreal, QC