Every year marks the ascendance of a new crop of emcees, eager to make their mark and stake their claim among hip-hop's inner-circle. Some rise quickly only to fall just as fast. Others will make you believe they're here to stay. It often seems as though the latter emcees pop up overnight, but the reality is often years of hard work and steady progress before they get a share of the spotlight. We at The Come Up Show looked back on 2013 to pick out our favourite artists who burst onto the scene this past year. Some you'll know. The rest, you'll want to get to know. One thing is certain: if you haven't heard of these artists yet, you'll be hearing all about them in 2014. Without further ado, we present The Come Up Show's Favourite Come Up Artists of 2013. Read the full list after the jump.
Saskatoon-based emcee Dayda Banks recently released his music video for the song "Thanataphobia" featuring DillyBat. Throughout the video we see Dayda Banks and DillyBat taking us to their favourite spots in what I'm assuming is their hometown of Saskatoon. The video itself is pretty simplistic, with Dayda rapping along to the lyrics while sitting at a bar with friends sharing drinks or walking through a local park. The simplistic theme works in this case because as the hook states, "This my life and I'mma show you how it goes, this my life and I'mma show you how I roll." Dayda is just letting us witness a day in his life, it's not necessarily the funnest life or even the most exciting video out there, but it does give us somewhat of an idea as to who Dayda Banks is as a person which, by the looks of the video, makes him seem like a really laid back, mild mannered and respectable guy. The video is intriguing and the song itself will leave you wishing that this was not just a single. If you'd like to know more about Dayda Banks, make sure to read the interview we were lucky enough to conduct with him or you could just read the full video breakdown after the jump.
Music has an extraordinary power to heal. Whether writing songs or listening to them, something indescribable about the process touches and transforms us. Just ask Saskatoon's Dayda Banks, whose very career is testament to music's power to change. The Saskatchewan emcee behind Roy Meets World experienced it firsthand nearly five years ago in a particularly low place - more on that later. Since that moment and in the process of finding his voice as an artist, he's experienced an impressive amount of success, opening for the likes of Pusha T, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Machine Gun Kelly, and R.A. the Rugged Man. Read the full feature after the jump. Name: Mitch Roy Hometown: Saskatoon, SK Influences: "I grew up listening to lots of Slug, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Eminem, Hieroglyphics, Zion I, Classified, and Sweatshop Union among plenty of others. Lately I've been listening to lots of artists like Logic, Watsky, Kid Cudi, Anilyst, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Sam Lachow, Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, the list goes on and on. I love the storytellers, you know?" Sounds Like: Soulful beats and honest, straightforward lyricism. Latest Release: Roy Meets World Must-Listen Track: "Bring Boots" and "Thanataphobia" Download "Bring Boots" on Dayda Banks' Roy Meets World.
Every once in awhile, I'll stumble across a gem in the inbox. Today, that gem is Dayda Banks' Roy Meets World. On the mixtape, the Saskatoon, SK emcee delivers a heartfelt, carefully-crafted project with some talented rhyming to boot. A couple early favourites are "I Want It All", "Bring Boots", "For The Hell Of It", and "Therapy". Stream/download Roy Meets World and read what inspired the project below.
"About a year ago I found myself lost, frustrated and sick of living in the same day routine. You could say I had a sudden moment of clarity and realized what I have been doing is not important, and this repetition I have been caught up in, is not the way I want to spend my life... Where I live, the easiest thing to do is to lose yourself, and fall into something I see people regret for their whole lives. Instead, I picked up a pen. Music has been a way I can inspire and motivate, vent about personal conflict, and help others with their own." - Dayda Banks.