Meet DijahSB: sneaker-head mental health advocate andyour favourite rapper’s competition. Hailing from Toronto’s Eglinton West neighbourhood DijahSB has been perfecting her rhymes since 2011 when under the name Kzaraw she joined forces with Toronto producer Astro Mega to form a boom bap duo called Class of ’93. Since then the 25-year-old has forged her own path revamped her sound and recorded five solo albums to date including her latest 2018’s Looking at Space From a Submarine. Dijah, born Kahdijah Payne is a clever and agile emcee whose rhymes are as witty as they are honest. She takes a balanced approach to her music fusing candid personal lyrics with modern beats and infectious hooks. A true artist, Dijah is adaptable and innovative always finding ways to put her ownstamp on emerging music trends. She navigates different sounds with ease from drum-heavy boom bap to dark grungy rock to trap’s booming bass. Her talents have led her to appear on Sway in the Morning BET’s Freestyle Friday reboot and in 2018 on stage with her idol Jay Electronica. Dijah cites influences like Kid Cudi Pusha T and Lupe Fiasco and her music encapsulates a bit of each of them: like Cudi she’s open about her experiences with depression and injects her rhymes with vulnerability. She has the same cocksure confidence as Push and like early Fiasco an endearing relatability. Tying everything together is a unique perspective that’s all her own: stories of a young Black queer woman.
|May 9, 2019 11:00 pm||Sneaky Dee’s, Thursday May 9th|