Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.
Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Mighty started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15.
Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority — a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women’s Day in 2016 — Mighty is making equally large waves as a solo artist.
Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. To date, Mighty recently released Polaris Prize-winning album, 13th Floor (2019), her most fully-realized project to date - making history as the first hip hop artist and the first black woman to ever receive the award. Garnering overwhelming praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, Hot New Hip Hop, and Lyrical Lemonade to name a few, Haviah continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip hop.
Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Redman and Method Man, Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, and Kranium.
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 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.
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