Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. Mighty could not better describe Haviah’s craft of provocative challenges and uncompromising truths.
Based out of Toronto, Haviah has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political critique. Her dynamic combinations of rap, song, and instrumental, transition seamlessly from hip-hop to soul to afrobeats with a meticulous flow and cadence that transcends any traditional expectation of genre.
2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album, 13th Floor, garnering overwhelming praise from publications such as Pitchfork and Billboard, and making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the “best Canadian album of the year”.
In 2020, the recognition spread internationally. Haviah made an acclaimed appearance on Sway in the Morning, impressing with a performance of immaculate flow and fierce lyricism, “showing you something you NEED to be looking at.” Likewise, in the UK, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders recognized Haviah as “one of the most exciting new rappers out there.”
2021 might have seen Haviah’s momentum stalled by a certain global pandemic…But for Haviah, attrition is met with defiance, and hardship with inspiration. She describes the enforced solitude of lockdown as not an obstacle, but “a window of immense opportunity” to develop the art that has always been a realization of deep contemplation and self-examination. Haviah pushes forward continuing to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip-hop.
Stay locked in for new projects to challenge, move, and entertain, coming your way soon. Unyielding and irresistible - Haviah Mighty will be heard…
“The 2019 Polaris Prize winner is one of the most exciting voices in hip-hop today, equally comfortable with windows-down bangers and mind-bending conscious raps.”
21 Breakout Musicians To Know In 2021 - “There must be something in the water in Toronto, because Haviah Mighty is another rapper from the city who, after having a breakout 2020 (BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders recognized Haviah as “one of the most exciting new rappers out there") whose unapologetic hooks are bound to travel even further in 2021”
“A true storyteller”
The 30 Canadian Artists You Need to Know in 2020 - "It’s a socially-conscious record about embracing self-love in the midst of power structures, and Mighty spits bars with a fiery swagger throughout. Its booming instrumentals need no introduction—they’re just as menacing and uncompromising as her vocals"
Polaris Prize 2019 Winner Announcement
Album Review (7.5/10) - "The Canadian rapper’s debut is her most cohesive and narratively ambitious project to date." "13th Floor captures the spark-plug energy of her live performances with ominous, bass-heavy beats and hard-nosed bars that could go toe-to-toe with any challenger."
"Canada has had a lot of female artists step up their game in the past few years, after this release it would seem if Haviah has put herself ahead of the pack with an album that will stand the test of time."
Listed as one of '15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know' - "Sounds like: The flow of Missy Elliott mixed with the soul of Destiny’s Child" "Haviah has a level of swag that stands up next to stars like Snoop Dogg and Sheck Wes, for both of which she's previously opened. There’s no telling how far she'll go."
Rated: VERY HOTTTTT
"Haviah Mighty is her real name. She’s only 24-years-old. It’s like the Rap Gods decided they’d had enough of the day-to-day shenanigans and decided to cook up their own Athena, fully-formed as the perfect specimen of flow and force, of energy and charisma, born to be a star."
"Haviah’s flows are just as immaculate as her bars"
"Haviah Mighty just dropped an International Women's Day anthem"
"The song's frenetic production and booming bassline provide the perfect backdrop to Haviah's commanding flow"
10 Female Rappers in Toronto You Should Know - "Undeniably the most energetic and promising rapper in the city right now"
"It's 13th Floor, though, that's poised to be her official entrance into mainstream consciousness."
"Over 13 eclectic tracks, tossing it up between catchy melodies, bangers and scrape-your-knees-on-the-concrete rhymes – Haviah gets the point across. Hip-hop is built for a voice like hers.
The Line of Best Fit
Altered states: Haviah Mighty explains how travelling has opened up her perceptions