Toronto-based rapper DijahSB just gifted us with ‘By Myself’, sporting a down-tempo classic boom bap beat with a funky bassline to suit. The tune has a sprinkle of the contemporary, with a distinct guitar riff towards the final verse and chorus, present in a portion of Odd Future’s records, early last decade. The production on this joint comes curtesy of JUNO-nominated Toronto producer, Harrison.
DijahSB’s music is said to be a raw look into the mind of a Black non-binary artist rapping their way through hope, heartbreak, and breakthroughs. The song is a celebration of Dijah’s own perseverance, confidence, and talent.
They cite Kid Cudi, Pusha T, and Lupe Fiasco as some of their main influences and idols, but it is hard to put this MC in one singular lane. Ever earnest and open about struggles with depression, mental health, and financial instability, Dijah’s music serves as a balm; a friend baring battle scars that might serve to soothe your own.
Naturally, identity is a huge part of the Toronto-native’s work. Knowing oneself and being open about it is a refreshing quality which we anticipate to be explored further in ‘Head above the water’, the new album due for release on the 23rd April.
Listen to ‘Be Myself’ today and let us know what you think.