Polaris Music Prize-winning Toronto artist, rapper and producer, Haviah Mighty, revs things up in “Way Too Fast,” featuring North Carolina rapper, Jalen Santoy,a song about believing in yourself and having the courage to never let go of big dreams.
Ideas for the song started in 2019, the year Haviah released her breakthrough album, 13th Floor, and a time period abundant with travel opportunities, gigs across North America and Europe, as well as receiving one of the biggest accolades to date for her craft. Revisiting the momentum she felt in her career, Haviah says: “A few months later, I won the Polaris Music Prize for my album, and my preconceived ideas around what I was capable of achieving completely withered away. What felt impossible, now felt possible – maybe even probable. I felt this internal surge of self-belief – it was belly deep, at the pit of my core. From then on, and to this day, I thoroughly believe I have what it takes to achieve my wildest dreams. This song is a reminder to dream big, and to not put a cap on your goals and limit your potential. As a people, we’ve come so far. I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the work that has yet to be done, but sometimes, we have to remind ourselves of the inevitable rewards as well.”
“Way Too Fast feat. Jalen Santoy ” follows Haviah‘s reconnection last month with fellow Toronto standout, TOBi, on “Good On My Own Tonight,” as well as a recent string of heavy-hitting singles including “Obeah” – tapped by Rolling Stone as a ‘Song You Need To Know – “Antisocial feat. Old Man Saxon,” “Occasion,” and “Atlantic,” examining the roots of unequal labour and its impact on marginalized communities worldwide. Amidst all the lockdowns and touring cancellations, Haviah has still managed to turn heads the last year at the BBC, GQ, BrooklynVegan, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Consequence, Atwood, HotNewHipHop, FLOOD, and more.
Just this past week, Haviah Mighty’s powerful video for “Thirteen,” was nominated for a Prism Prize, a national juried award recognizing the artistry of the modern music video in Canada. “Thirteen” was a standout track from Haviah’s Polaris Music Prize-winning album 13th Floor. The powerful animated accompanying visual (released July 2020) unpacked the roots of systemic racism with illustrations by Toronto artist Theo Kapodistrias. Stay locked in for upcoming releases to challenge, move, and entertain; unyielding and irresistible – Haviah Mighty will be heard.
“Way Too Fast feat. Jalen Santoy” by Haviah Mighty is out now, listen/buy it here.
About Haviah Mighty:
Haviah Mighty became the first Hip-Hop artist, as well as the first Black woman, to win the Polaris Music Prize for her breakthrough 2019 album, 13th Floor. The project highlights her vast sonic influences ranging from classic Rap/Hip-Hop elements to Caribbean rhythms, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation, while tackling marginalization and racism head-on as Haviah proclaims self-love as a Black woman.