#VibeOfTheWeek: SKIIFALL – Bentayga Dust

This week’s vibe is honestly a fucking banger. The Montreal-based St-Vincent born rapper SKIIFALL has gained a lot of traction since his debut single “Ting Tun Up”. It’s almost unheard of for an emerging anglophone artist in Quebec to get numbers like SKIIFALL debut, despite there being countless talented artists. So I love to see young artist getting some shine. It’s well deserved in my opinion. He certainly didn’t let me down with his follow-up single “Bentayga Dust” that dropped a couple months, early May.

The video is a welcomed addition to the song, where we follow SKIIFALL from the snowy outskirts of Montreal on a snowmobile, to the a swanky psychiatriast office setting, to the him chilling in the backseat of a Bentayga. The video has lots of flair and style that matches the vibe and lyrics that “Bentayga Dust” has.

If ya’ll haven’t already, please do yourself a favor and check out SKIIFALL, he’s someone who will surely be making big waves in the industry soon enough. He’s also recently released a new single, that’s currently exclusivly available on Audiomack and Sounclound, “Feds Fraid We”. This song’s is also a banger and we can honestly do a #VibeOfTheWeek with every track he’s dropped so far.

#NewMusicAlert : JTONDABEAT – Damaged (feat. Lil Waterboi)

We’re coming at you with some new music! This track is brought to you by Florida born audio engineer, JTONDABEAT. He’s been making beats since 2016 and now is working on making his mark in the music industry as an artist. With his catchy melodies, varied sources of inspiration and passion for music, he can really go places.

Previous #VibeOfTheWeek feature Lil Waterboi joins JTONDABEAT on “Damaged” as well. Both artists are members of the Bahay Collective, which works to strenghten the creative community. On this new single which dropped June 18th JTONDABEAT and Lil Waterboi take on a melodic instrumental and come with lyrics that put their heart on their sleeves.

The song and is catchy, and as a self proclaimed “sad boy anthem”, it’s definitely relatable as well. I mean a lot of us have been through it. “Damaged” is a song born out of heartbreak and personal experience which is refreshing to say the least.

The music video visuals are trippy as fuck! Honestly I absolutely love how it was shot. It’s definitely worth taking the time to watch.

Check out “Damaged” now out on all platforms! Make sure to follow JTONDABEAT on his socials to stay up to date with everything he has going on (Instagram, Facebook, Spotify, Soundcloud).

Blvcknd Talks Misconceptions, New Album and More

For this month’s interview we’re featuring the homie Blvcknd, an underground artist coming out of Montreal. He’s a member of Triple Nine Section as well as the Grime Mtl collective. He’s been working hard in the studio on his debut project which is set to drop this summer. We’re anxiously anticipating Blvcknd dropping some new shit for us. His sound is gritty, lyrical and his style is extremely versatile. We honestly don’t know what to expect but are very excited regardless. Check out the write-up to get to know the story behind his stage name, some artists he’s listening to right now, and more.

Shot by @tragicboyjay

What’s the story behind the name?

In 2011 Odd Future had this sub-group called Mellowhype which was started by Hodgy Beats and Left Brain and they dropped an album called Blackenedwhite. I liked how it sounded so i ditched the white, the two e’s in blackened and flipped the A to a V. 

Where did you draw inspiration for your album?

I really love when artists make a character or a theme for the main focus on an album. I took a lot of inspiration from certain artists who do that like for example: Schoolboy Q on Blank Face. I also of course draw inspiration from my homies that do music too.

If we were to buy you a drink, what should we order?

I feel like my go to drink changes every year but for right now i’d have y’all order me straight Baileys with a lot of ice in the glass. People say i’m weird for it but that shit is fire.

What would you say is the biggest misconception people have about you?

I feel like people think that i’m very opened and social but in reality i’m hella shy and closed off if i don’t really know the person i’m talking to. it’s been that way since i was younger and i’m still trying to work on that. 

If you had a choice of any producer for a album or mixtape who would you choose?

Literally everyone in Triple Nine can produce but me, so all the homies of course. My dream collabs with bigger producers though would be Working on Dying, Pierre Bourne and The Alchemist. 

What are 3 things you look for when you see live shows?

Stage presence, audio quality and the first and last song of the persons set. 

What are some of the artists you’re listening to?

There’s way too many to name but as of right now Lucki, Playboi Carti, Coi Leray, Fijimacintosh and Thugger

Creating a project has many parts, besides rapping what was your favourite?

YAMA//SATO basically produced like 80% of my new album so while i was in the process of making this project there would be times that he’d send me a beat he just made at like 1am and hearing that beat and what i could do on it was definitely a favourite part of mine. 

What is the triple nine section?

Crypt and Jei Bandit came up with the name triple nine section one day and we decided to just start a little group because we all messed with each others music heavy. In Trip 9 it’s me, Crypt, Jei Bandit, Amideluxe, Yama//sato, Jämvvis and Oscar. Them boys my day 1’s till death 

Thank you so much to Blvcknd for doing this interview with us!! Make sure to follow his Instagram and check out his singles on Spotify!

Shout out to our photographer @tragicboyjay and @gotsweige for styling the shoot. They killed the creative direction and got these crazy shots off an iPhone!!

L’ATITUDE on Creative Endeavours, Why Sativa’s His Bitch and More

For this month’s interview, we’re so glad to be featuring artist, producer, and all-around creative, L’ ATITUDE. He’s an extremely versatile artist whose sound is constantly shifting and adapting with his growth and experience. No genre is out of the question, he’s always up for the challenge. After quite some time we’ve been graced with a full-length project from him, Moon in Aquarius, don’t miss out and take a listen!

We joined him a couple months back in Little Burgundy and Uptown, the two Montreal neighborhoods he grew up in, to visit some smoking spots, chill, eat and catch up. We got to speak on everything from music to weed preferences and future plans. Read below to get to know a little more about L’ ATITUDE.

He’s an extremely versatile artist whose sound is constantly shifting and adapting with his growth and experience.

What’s Ion vs Allies? And what are your plans with it moving forward?

It used to be vs but now it’s plus. Ion + Allies encompasses creatives that I fuck within Quebec. Within my friend group, the artists I know, and the businesses I collaborate with on the daily basis.

We’re all young so right now we’re really just building ideas. We’re capturing the moment and seizing all the opportunities we can so that we can be successful in the future. I see Ion + Allies being way more than just a collective. 

What’s a piece of work that you put out that best reflects who you are?

In 2017 on December 21, I released a project called “B A D”. It features YAMA//SATO, Trinity, Jai Natai Lotus, and other individuals that I’m inspired by. It’s an album that I’ve started writing a short novel about.

I feel like it represents me the most because it has my mentors on there, Jai Natai Lotus and MAD. It has all my day ones on there. This album really kept me in Montreal’s music game because I really think about quitting this shit every day on a real note. But those people and making “B A D” kept me in it. 

Besides your music, what other creative endeavours are you pursuing?

Besides music, I’m currently managing 3 artists. I don’t want to reveal the names but you’ll hear about them very soon, through me and/or themselves.

I’m also writing scripts for music videos and would potentially like to do it for bigger films. I’ve written here and there. I write songs, I’m a ghostwriter. I’m a producer as well besides just being a rapper and vocalist.

If you could be extremely gifted in anything, what would you choose?

Being able to speak spanish. I really love the language but am not able to speak it for shit. 

Who’s an artist that’d you like to make a project with?

Kendrick Lamar hands down. I feel like vocally and lyrically he and I can push the boundaries of music in terms of infusing jazz, hip hop, and R&B. We could make a new sound, I know that.

Kendrick is the reason I’m still rapping. I don’t fucking like rapping. He even told, not directly, but indirectly through the music as I listened, to keep going. Kendrick is more than an idol to me he’s an example. 

Indica or Sativa? Why?

I prefer sativa because I like to work. I don’t like the day going by and I haven’t completed something. You understand. The sativa keeps me going, the indica got me sleeping. When I smoke indica and I drink liquor and I fuck, I fall asleep. And I want to fuck but I just fall asleep, It’s the indica. It stops me from doing and getting what I want, I don’t fuck with it. I like sativa for the brain, my mind will race in a way that is calming to my heart, soul, and mental. Sativa’s my bitch.

What’s next for you?

Creating my own record label and just skipping through the mainstream bullshit. Skipping over the idea that you have to get a record deal then create a label and having to make 100 bands, 300 bands, 500 bands, or however much you’ll need to sign your artists. I’m already working with so many different artists signed, unsigned, big and small. I want to make a record label that’s open for everyone, that’s my next plan. It’s not just that nigga or that person. I want to be able to cater to everyone who may need what I have access to. 

I’ve been working on a lot in terms of music too. I’ve been making a lot of music. I haven’t stopped, I never stopped. There’s only more coming.

Be sure to check out L’ATITUDE curated playlist here :

Stay up to date with everything L’ ATITUDE by following him on his Instagram. Check out his music on Soundcloud, Spotify, and Apple Music.

#VibeOfTheWeek: Lil Waterboi – Crazy Rich (feat. Ching)

NobodyAsked presents the first of a weekly showcasing of new singles and albums that we’re currently vibing to which we’ll deem the #VibeOfTheWeek. Up this week is emerging Asian Canadian artist and producer Lil Waterboi. He is an independent artist coming out of Montreal and co-founder of the Bahay Collective, which works to strenghten the creative community throughout the Asian diaspora. On his brand new single “Crazy Rich” he and featured Toronto rapper Ching take on a fire trap instrumental that also has an upbeat East Asian influence that we absolutely love ( big shoutout to the producer!).

The song is catchy as fuck but also aims to defy common stereotypes that all Asian people are a conservetative, quiet and safe monolith. This is a message that we absolutely can get behind although we can’t say the same for pouring lean in boba, I mean that’s just a waste of perfectly good bubble tea.

The music video visuals are amazing and have us missing turn ups pre- covid. Lil Waterboi truly oudid himself with this one! This is truly such a well done nod to The Crazy Rich Asians book by Kevin Kwon and the blockbuster film of the same name. We love the video so much it’s honestly great and super refreshing to see this kind of creativity and originality from a rap video.

Check out “Crazy Rich” now out on all platforms! Keep up with Lil Waterboi on Instagram and find his music on spotify, soundcloud and apple music.

In My Hood With Brandon Doret

NobodyAsked’s In My Hood is a series where we interview various artists in their neighborhoods and are shown places that are significant to them. There’s so much perspective to be discovered when speaking to someone about themselves while being immersed in the communities that shaped them.

In the final installment of the first season of In My Hood we visited Brandon Doret in Cartierville and Ville St-Laurent. We spoke about his newest album that dropped January 27th, When It All Falls Down, growing up in Montreal, his influences, and more.

Thank you to Brandon Doret for participating in this interview! Keep up with him on Instagram and and make sure to go check out his newest body of work, When It All Falls Down and the short film that accompanies it.

In My Hood With Spaceman Dela

NobodyAsked’s In My Hood is a series where we interview various artists in their neighborhoods and are shown places that are significant to them. There’s so much perspective to be discovered when speaking to someone about themselves while being immersed in the communities that shaped them.

Spaceman Dela joins us for season 1, episode 2 of In My Hood. We met up with this versatile artist in Saint-Hubert and Greenfield Park, just outside the island of Montreal. We got to talk about his newest album, coming from a family of music, and more.

Thank you to John Dagsaan for providing his talents, all the photos were captured by him. See more of his work here.

Big thank you the Spaceman for doing this interview us! Keep up with him on Instagram and listen to some of his music on Youtube, Spotify or Apple Music.

Make sure to tune back in next week Friday at 8PM for the next episode of In My Hood.

In My Hood With TGEMarx

NobodyAsked’s In My Hood is a series where we interview various artists in their neighborhoods and are shown places that are significant to them. There’s so much perspective to be discovered when speaking to someone about themselves while being immersed in the communities that shaped them.

TGEMarx joins us for season 1, episode 1 of In My Hood. We caught up with him in his childhood stomping ground, Lasalle, and got to discuss music, being an independent artist, plans for the future, and much more.

Big thank you to Marx for doing this with us! Make sure to tune back in next week Friday at 8PM for the next episode of In My Hood.

Keep up with Marx on Instagram and listen to some of his music on Youtube, Spotify or Apple Music.

Chanksdaddy on Taking L’s, 2021 Plans and More

For this week’s interview, we had the opportunity to interview an extremely talented producer, artist, and DJ from Ottawa. Going by Chanksdaddy or just Chanks he’s produced for one of our faves, Romeo Don’t Die, along with many other artists such as Huey Draper, Krsraga, CasaLee, and Iceyami. He’s been referred to as a genius for his ability to blend genres and style making them seamless. Besides producing he also is an artist who makes catchy bops that he teases us with but doesn’t release, so to say we cannot wait for his solo project to come out is an understatement. Read below to get know why he has so much unreleased music, his thoughts on violence in the rap game, and his upcoming plans in 2021.

He’s been referred to as a genius for his ability to blend genres and style making them seamless.

Why do you keep so much music in the vault?

The first thing would be timing and I get sick of my shit within 2 seconds. I always feel like everytime I finish something I’m so much better after. Every next thing I do, but also timing. One of those things I’m working on though. 2021. Trust me. Trust the process.

What’s the biggest L you took with a woman?

There was this one time I asked this girl out to eat and basically she just said no. She just said no but I was like damn bitch you not even gonna fake it for a free meal. It was like woah, just no? You’re not gonna fake it or even try to use me? Not that that’s what I wanted but it was just that the no was so firm. This wasn’t that long ago either. I had to just respect it cause I didn’t expect that. I thought it was foolproof even if she wasn’t interested and I did it, at least I did it. But she didn’t even want to go to dinner.  I was like this is crazy, it lowkey a bigger L than her just using me. If you use me and we don’t get along I’m going to know within the first 5 minutes. But yeah she wasn’t trying to do that. She said “nah still”, I think that was her answer. So I was like ok.

Have you been listening to any King Von tracks?

I just started listening to him. He was everywhere. The first track I heard from him I didn’t like. You really couldn’t escape him, so I was like fine I’ll listen to this nigga, and he was really good. He was going up, but like exponentially. He was everywhere. Do you know how hard it must be for an artist to pop during Corona?

What are your thoughts about the unusually high percentage of upcoming rappers dying from gun violence? Would you be afraid of falling victim to it if you blow up?

Yeah absolutely. The beast needs blood, you now, and it’s not a coincidence that you have all these people dying mysteriously or suddenly at the peak of their start. Not even their actual peak just the start. It’s the only genre of music where this happens. It’s a rap thing and I feel like there’s something greater at play, something even more sinister maybe.

Top 5 artists you’re listening to right now.

I like Trippie Redd, Fivio Foreign, Sundiver, that’s rock. Uh let me look at my playlist real quick… There’s Joji, he’s greek, and Rob Banks.

As a producer are there any genres you’d like to explore?

There’s a few. I really like the shit that Micheal Jackson was doing. Whatever that’s called, the actual term for it. Micheal Jackson is lit. Also pop music, but not like the wack pop, you know. You don’t see a lot of niggas making pop, cause it’s intricate. Niggas wanna make bangers all day but that’s not the hardest thing to do.

Who’d you fuck, kill or marry between an X-Box, Playstation and PC?

I would fuck…  That’s the craziest shit I’ve been asked in my life. Can’t believe I’m really about to answer. Especially for a fuck, kill, marry question. I would fuck, omg, PC. Kill X-Box and marry Playstation.

Where does the name Chanksdaddy come from?

Chanksdaddy comes from Chanks and Chanks comes from Chanka, which was what my nickname was in school. So it went from Chanka to Chanks and then Chanksdaddy, yeah. Actually Chanksdaddy I changed that cause of P Diddy, Puff Daddy. I look up to him he’s done a lot of great things.

What’s one song that reminds you of your childhood?

50 Cent- 21 Questions

What are your plans for 2021 with your music?

I definitely want to drop an actual project. That’s big for me because I’m not really a project type of guy, but now I want to drop a body of work. Me, on all fronts. I’ve basically already started. I want to do that and also I want to produce for more people. I’ve been getting a lot of requests because of the stuff that I’ve done recently with Romeo and some other people. The calls have been coming in like crazy. I want to deliver is what I want to do. Sometimes a lot of people call me but people kinda think that music just comes to me or that I have a stash of shit waiting to be sent. Which I kinda do but I never want to send shit to people if it’s below a certain standard. I want to deliver in 2021. I will. That’s all it is. I want to work with more people and work with myself a lot.

Stay up to date with everything Chanksdaddy by folowing him on his Twitter and Instagram. If you need to discover some new music to listen to check him out on Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud.

SLM On Her Rise To Stardom

Shailah “SLM” Morris is a 22-year-old up and coming artist from Montreal. From the very beginning of her music career SLM has set her mind on her goals and accomplished them. She pays no mind to the haters and continues on her path to becoming a better artist and performer while pushing herself outside her comfort zone. SLM has recently come out with a music video for her debut single “Pony” that has garnered lots of attention for its amazing visuals, choreography, and the meticulous detail that went into its production. We had such a great time chatting with SLM about her debut album, her inspirations as well as her activism.

You’ve recently dropped your newest single “Pony” from your debut album. How does that feel?

It feels really good! It’s super overwhelming with the amount of love I’m getting, but it feels so good to be received really well by the city and even people outside of the city. It’s super fulfilling. 

What was the inspiration behind the “Pony” music video?

So me and Q (@generaleQ), the director, were sitting on the idea of doing a one-take shot video since about February – March. We really wanted something creative, nothing that you’d expect like your typical Airbnb-party rap video. The number one reference video was Dani Leigh’s No Caller ID. We really loved that one take and wanted to do something reminiscent of that but way more colorful because I’m just a colorful bitch and you know that’s what I like!

We peeped that your debut album is on its way and we know we aren’t the only ones that are super excited! Can we get a little insider info on it? A name? A date?

The debut album is on its way, the name though.. I’m not really gonna tell you guys yet, but it’s something nostalgic. Most of my inspiration comes from my upbringing and what molded me into the person I am today, and I wanted to reflect that. I’ll give you a hint though! I’m just going to say a different world, do with that as you will.

What theme/messages do you hope to get across within your debut album, what’s the inspiration behind it?

I just want to empower women. I want to empower myself. Creating this album was really like a therapy session for me. There was a lot of negativity in my life, it was bringing me down and I was like, “fuck all that, I’m that bitch”! So imma spew all that out into songs, make other women feel like they’re that bitch, because they are, we all are. And just hope that it’s well-received.

You’ve been on your journey as an artist for about a year now, tell us about the birth of SLM.

Back in September 2019, I was down bad at my friend’s house for like 3 weeks, just trying to get my own space outside of my house. I was listening to Money in the Grave by Drake, and I was like this beat is fire, lemme write. I jotted the lyrics down in like 10-20 minutes, went on live, performed it, and then I recorded and dropped it! That’s where it all started!

Apart from being a rapper, you are also very vocal about your activism. Can you tell us a bit about your community initiative  “Secure The Vibe”?

Secure The Vibe was started by myself and my best friend, Unique Daniels when we realized that there was a lack of representation for black artists in Montreal. We wanted to have a house for that. We started off doing poetry nights, where people would come in and read, there would be live paintings, kiosks set up and it was great to see the community be able to showcase and consume each other’s work. We had Full Circle, a three-part series that gave women, men, and nonbinary people a space to vent and express their concern with how the community within our city is progressing or regressing and things that we have to undo within our generation to progress and move forward. Ultimately how to break generational curses. Most recently, we got funded by Head&Hands and were able to host an online talent show during the COVID-19 lockdown which allowed artists to still be able to have a platform to be seen and also to be paid for their talents!

As for the future, we have a lot of plans for Secure The Vibe and hopefully, a lot of them will be realized by the end of this summer or at least a big part of it anyway, if not it’ll happen in the coming months.

How has your family taken to this new chapter in your life?

My family shows me the most support ever!  Of course, I still get the occasional “you should have gone to university” or “ you should have finished school”. But I’m like listen, I did college, I gave y’all the paper, but now I wanna do what I wanna do. I told my mom, give me a year and I’m gonna have this shit on lock and show you I’m really serious about it and low and behold, here we are. Pony just dropped, got a whole album on the way and she just really sees it, she sees the dedication that I put into it and so has everyone else from my grandparents, to cousins in the states, to cousins in Guyana! It’s really full force. We’re strong together.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I see a little tour, I see merch, I see multiple businesses, and multiple streams of income. What I see for myself and my family is financial stability, long term happiness, and growth. As an artist and as an individual, I just wanna use every experience to my advantage and dominate! I really wanna live comfortably and live happily off of my music. That’s the ultimate goal.

Thank you so much for sitting down to chat with us, where can we all keep up with you?

You can keep up with all things SLM on my Instagram and twitter @SSHAILAH. All the announcements will be happening there, maybe some surprises show, maybe some surprise pop-ups, I don’t know! There’s a lot of things going on so make sure you guys are tied into all of that. So you don’t miss a beat! ‘Cus y’all know I don’t!

Follow SLM on her twitter and instagram to keep up with all the exciting things she has in store. And make sure to stream SLM’s newest single “Pony” in our playlist that she’s personally curated!