Canada has been killing it with amazing artists in R&B and Hip Hop for a minute. Drake and the OVO team (personal favourites PARTYNEXTDOOR and dvsn) have put Toronto on the map and allowed a gateway for other artists to come up. Jahriia (Pronounced Jah-rye-ah) is a rapper and singer from Ottawa with a small selection of tracks available on SoundCloud. I found her last year while exploring and have been a big fan ever since. She has an old cover of “Power Trip” by J. Cole feat. Miguel posted on YouTube so you know she’s a real one. Her voice is beautiful and she has stacks of vocal talent and charisma.
In April of this year she released a video for “Love Me Now” on YouTube, a punchy wavy jam with lots of attitude. The track features a sample beat f
rom one of my favourite songs by British native Sampha “Without” from his 2013 EP “Dual”. The video, directed by David Giinchy (IG: @letdavidcutit), starts with a shot of the Toronto skyline and has lots of beautiful visuals of Jahriia including in the bath with a signature wine glass in hand.
Previous video “Lovesick” released in February 2016 is also available on YouTube.
Other notable tracks posted on SoundCloud are “babypink”, most recent release “Unbreakable”, and my personal favourite “I Know” which I have thrashed.
J is a confident, skilled and relateable lyricist who explores themes of challenging relationships and heartache with a no fucks assertiveness. She has a huge amount of potential to be a really amazing artist and I can’t wait for her to release a completed project in the future. Highly recommended.