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.
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).
So we’re back with another vibe of the week (which will be more consistent from now on)! This week’s bop comes from a very young artist coming out of South West London who goes by the name Timur N. In a short time since dipping his toes into the music industry, he’s come out with three solid singles. His newest single Tonight shows me that there is so much promise in the future of this newly turned 17-year-old singer-songwriter.
Tonight has a pop vibe with a sprinkle of RnB mixed in. The instrumental definitely gives me a nostalgic feeling that I can’t quite place what it reminds of (and it’s driving me insane). I feel like it would be absolutely amazing if this song also had a visual to it since there’s the storytelling factor in Timur N’s writing. The lyrics are also just too relatable, we love a fuck my ex I’m better off without them bop. Because it’s absolutely true. “Tell me how it feels to be on the other side of things? Why can’t you let me take a break? From all of the bullshit. You’re really not worth it.” I mean that all facts and I feel seen. These lyrics on top of a catchy beat, I love it.
Make sure to check out the two other singles that he has out, Talk Dirty and my personal fave, Somethin’. Check out his Instagram to keep up with him. I’m patiently awaiting a new project and can’t wait to see what Timur N has in store for the listeners.
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.
There’s some people you meet whose positive energy has you thinking you’ve known them forever, or at least that you wish you had. Singer-songwriter Montrealways is one of those rare people and we were lucky enough to vibe,smoke a spliff and get to know more about her. She’s an independent R&B artist who makes melodic bops like Got It All and GPS that you can’t help but relate to. She’s young but has an unquestionable dedication to her craft along with a voice of a siren. Montrealways is definitely on her way to the top. Read below to know the reason behind her name, how she stays creative and more!
Why’d you originally name yourself Montrealways?
I used to take long walks everywhere ever since I was like 10-11 years old. My city has always inspired me to write poems and write in my journal about how I feel and it was kind of a way to say that I would go everywhere. Kinda like I’m going in my own direction,no gps, no nothing. Just walking around and just letting my city inspire me to make art. So I decided on Montrealways, it’s kind of wordplay. It gave me confidence in a way, at first it was just an instagram name, a twitter username, you know nothing serious but then I decided to use it for music.
What first got you into music?
So I’ve been singing since I was three years old and ever since there hasn’t been a day that I haven’t sung. Like I’m always singing. I really started taking it seriously, well not that seriously, but I really started singing when I was 16. I’d sing off my apple earphone and use this app called offtop and I received like 12 emails of people telling me that I helped them make decisions about their heartbreak or the person who cheated on them, or whatever. I thought that was crazy that I had an impact on people from something I just freestyle on my earphones and I thought about what I could do if I actually took it seriously.
I’ve been working on myself a lot from 2016 to now and I feel like I’m finally ready to take the steps that I need to take in order to make my career boom. I’ve really built up my confidence and I’ve allowed myself to not focus on what other people say. People would hate on me like “oh you’re only dropping one minute songs”. But I just kept it pushing and see where it brings me. I’ve gained a good following of people who actually care about what I post and can relate to it. Sometimes when I feel like I don’t want to create or there’s no reason behind it I remind myself quickly that I do have a reason and a purpose behind doing what I do.. I do it for myself to heal but also for those who can’t necessarily voice the issues and traumas they’ve been through.
Who’s an artist that you’d love to get a feature from? Why?
Whenever I tell people this they’re often like “huh?” They wouldn’t expect it but Kid Cudi. He has inspired me to be the most authentic version of myself. I feel like growing up listening to his music definitely made me know that there was someone else on earth struggling with who they were and where they fit in. You know being a loner, not really being understood. I used to dream of being on stage with him performing. I feel like the way he has inspired me I’d want to make something that would have as much of on impact on others.
How do you keep yourself inspired and creative?
I’m a very emotional person. So everything I go through I’ve mastered a way to turn it into art. If it’s a good thing or a bad thing, whatever it is that I’m going through gets put in a song,or I just sing and create a melody. I really stay creative by allowing my feelings to just flow. And when I don’t feel like creating I don’t force myself to. There’s no reason to and the music just doesn’t come out nice you know. Yes I’m staying in the rhythm but my mind’s not there and my soul isn’t in it. So I feel like it’s important for me to work on my own time but I’m really working on making a lot of content when I am feeling it so that when I feel like I can’t really create I’ll have backup content to put out.
What are some of your musical influences?
I have so many, too many to count actually. But some of the main ones are Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Erykah Badu. I really love Jhene Aiko, Kehlani and Tori Kelly. Who else… There’s a lot. I grew up to a lot of old school hip hop. People usually think I listened to R&B when I was younger but not a lot, Ciara I would though. I really love Nas and Tupac so they’re definitely inspiration as well.
Do you face any challenges as an anglophone artist in Montreal?
Definitely. From experience, the post on instagram that I have the most likes and shares on is a post where i’m singing a song in both french and english. I know that If I were to go towards the french side I would rise quicker but that’s not my goal, my goal is to stay myself. I’m giving the city a couple of years to give anglophone artists the recognition that we deserve. It’s only a matter of time because there’s a lot of us that are really really talented and for the work we put in we deserve to be recognized.
What’s next for you and your music career?
I’m working on an EP at the moment. It’s not going to be a long EP, I want it to be short and sweet. I’m going to be very vulnerable on it. I mostly sing about love cause I feel like I base everything that I do off of love. So I love singing about that. The music that I’m making recently I’d say it reflects more of who I am now than the music I used to make. I feel like I’ve grown into the music as well. This EP hopefully I’m going to drop it before the end of the year if everything falls into place.
That’s it! Oh I also I plan to be consistent with the releases and the content. After all these years of being so reluctant and scared I’m just going to allow myself to be free and be open to what life has to offer with this beautiful career that I chose.
What’s the biggest lesson you learned in 2020?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned in 2020 is that in order to show up for others you must be able to show up for yourself first by the doing inner work and setting healthy boundaries. It’s the only way good things can come to me!
You can keep up with Montrealways on her Instagram so you won’t miss any new music releases from her. Also make sure to check out the amazing bops she’s already gave us. Her songs are available on all platforms, click here for more.