Haviah Mighty is one of my favorite artists from Toronto. Her confidence is captivating, completmented by a slick flow that often moves at rapid-fire pace. On the microphone, she's a true warrior, putting her high energy on display on every single track. Her talents earned her a Polaris Music Prize for the 2019 album, 13th Floor.
But she's not focused on the stats that artists have been using to compare thesmeslves and define their success. Haviah knows it's all about perception. These ideas around perceived value got her thinking about the Stock Exchange. Seeing parallels between the way it flows, the constant ups and downs, all dicated by the general public's perception of an entitiy's value, and ultimately how that influences the moves that we make as individuals.
As she worked through these thoughts during the pandemic, she began to see themes in her writing, many of which were centered around self-love. Her new mixtape features 12 singles which were originally meant to stand alone but ultimately became a collection that marked a period of immense growth and self-discovery. Stock Exchange also highlights work from artists Mala Rodríguez, Yizzy, Jalen Santoy, Old Man Saxon, Astrokidjay, TOBi, and Grandtheft. Throughout the mixtape, Haviah tackles a range of deeply felt ideas and topics: the roots of capitalism, systemic racism, self-awareness, independence, strength in community, and beyond. For a behind the scenes look, Haviah has been producing visual pieces expanding on the process of each song for her YouTube series, The Making Of, watch them here.