Polaris Music Prize-shortlisted rapper DijahSB today shares their latest single, the Mick Jenkins-assisted “Here to Dance”, and announces the release of their forthcoming EP, Tasty Raps Vol. 1, due out September 17th, 2021.
Listen to “Here to Dance feat. Mick Jenkins” HERE.
Following the recent Harrison-produced “New Balance”, “Here to Dance” is the second single lifted from the forthcoming Tasty Raps Vol. 1, DijahSB’s first project since their second LP, Head Above Waters, was announced as a finalist in Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize, appearing alongside a shortlist of The Weather Station, Cadence Weapon, Mustafa, Dominque Fils-Aimé, TOBi and more. On “Here to Dance”, the Toronto-based rapper links up with critically acclaimed Chicago emcee Mick Jenkins, whose previous work includes collaborations with the likes of KAYTRANADA, Disclosure, Noname, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ghostface Killah, EarthGang and more.
Marrying warm synth chords, syncopated, feet-shuffling, hip-swinging percussion and balmy, sensual harmonic hums, “Here to Dance” swelters with the spirit of the club – in DijahSB and Jenkins’ hands, a scene for both escaping the realities of life and for indulging in your successes. Jenkins’ opening verse sets the tone and mise-en-scene, appreciatively surveying the crowd as his slinky flow induces the listener, guiding them by the hand, into the middle of the dance floor. From there, DijahSB takes over, their agile flow and witty lyricism growing in complexity as they delve deeper into the impetuses and histories that carry them – and that they carry with them – into the club, throwing trauma up against triumph, relationship turmoil against the freeing of everyday anxieties as they preside impeccably over the night’s vibe.
Of the track, DijahSB shares:“This is a dream collab for me, Mick soundtracked my entire 2019/2020 year, working retail I used to listen to him to and from work. From then I’ve deemed him one of my favorite rappers. Here to dance is smooth and is about not tryna hear shit about shit while in social spaces. I just wanna dance.”
Ever earnest and open about their struggles with depression, mental health and financial instability, DijahSB balances their candid and frank storytelling with lyricism that is always playfully dexterous – an abiding belief in continual growth and the potential of life’s small victories – that is inspirational but never didactic. Their music serves as a balm; a friend bearing battle scars, talking you through all of their myriad hopes, breakthroughs and heartbreaks in the hope that it might soothe your own.
Long an emergent star of Toronto’s hip hop scene, the release of their second full-length, Head Above the Waters, delivered DijahSB to wider international attention, garnering praise from Clash, Gal-Dem, Fader, Complex, Exclaim, NPR Music, Consequence, OkayPlayer and more for their innovative, free-form approach to genre and quick-witted, honest depiction of everyday life of a Black, non-binary artist. Alongside their Polaris Music Prize nomination, 2021 also saw the emcee named as a finalist for the 2021 SOCAN Songwriting Prize, Canada’s only publicly-voted major songwriting award, for the single “Frontin’ Like Pharrell” taken from their debut LP, 2020 The Album.
“Here to Dance” by DijahSB is out now, buy/stream it here.
Tasty Raps Vol. 1 EP by DijahSB is out September 17th, 2021