Friday the 13th may be perceived as unlucky for some, but Polaris Music Prize-winning (2019) Toronto artist, Haviah Mighty, continues to eradicate the stigma. Today Friday, November 13th, Haviah releases “Atlantic,” her first new single since her 2019 breakthrough album, 13th Floor. Produced by Mighty Prynce and Haviah, “Atlantic” examines the ugly truths of money, the roots of unequal labor, and its impact on marginalized communities worldwide. Watch the “Atlantic” visualizer HERE (created by BlackPowerBarbie) and listen to the track HERE.
Says Haviah of “Atlantic,” “This concept that we can’t escape, is so disgusting, and the reason they say, ‘money is the root of all evil.’ Specifically, the Atlantic Ocean was used as a vessel of support for these wicked practices, at the expense of my Black ancestors. We were forced to come to the Americas to make this idea of value stronger, bigger, better, with very little benefit. Now we are the ‘bottom of the barrel’ in the Americas, a disposition I explore with the lyrics ‘Never seen Atlanta, but we travel the Atlantic.’ The singing vocals at the beginning and especially the end, are to represent our ancestors crying out – a reminder that they were so strong, so resilient, and still here, keeping us empowered.Our history is with them, and if we talk to them, learn from them, do our research – we will be stronger.”
Since the top of the year, Haviah has delivered an array of stunning videos for 13th Floor album tracks ,“Smoke,” “Bag Up,” and “Thirteen.” “Thirteen” takes its title from the Thirteenth amendment abolishing slavery and was released purposefully on Canada Day (July 1) in solidarity with all marginalized communities of North America. Premiered first by The Fader’s Digital Fort and earning praise from Paste, UPROXX, Exclaim, the CBC and more, the powerful animated video (created by Toronto artist Theo Kapodistrias) illustrates the painful journey of Black people in North America.
Last year, Haviah became the first hip hop artist as well as the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize for her 2019 album, 13th Floor. The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and 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. Tapped by XXL as a Toronto Rapper You Should Know, Haviah was also named one of CBC’s “New Faces of Canadian Hip Hop” and has garnered praise from Fader, Complex, Pitchfork, Billboard, and more.
Known for bringing an explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity, and fast, technical flows (she’s been asked to open for the like of Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Redman and Method Man, and more), catch her major freestyle from February on SWAY in the Morning’s ‘5 Fingers Of Death’ while we wait for live shows to return.
“Atlantic” by Haviah Mighty is out now, listen/buy it here.