Toronto is a hotbed for music – specifically hip-hop with acts such as Drake, Tory Lanez, Jazz Cartier, Jahkoy, and others leading the way. Another Canadian hip-hop MC/producer from the province of Ontario, Hamilton specifically, is staking his claim as a lyrical force, and he goes by Emay.
Having made waves with his 2014 EP, Sinner, Song-Writer and more recent releases such as "Blaow 'that hurts'"; Emay has returned with the first single – "Israfil 'angels trumpet'" – from his forthcoming album Ilah. "Israfil" is an archangel that blows his horn to announce the day of resurrection in traditional Islam.
On the self-produced cut, Emay shares of personal struggles growing up and a yearning to make it. The varying accents of horns throughout the song help to connect the track to its title. A befitting clip from author and social activist Bell Hooks helps to drive the song home.
Listen to Emay blow his horn and declare that it is his time to shine on "Israfil 'angels trumpet'"; and expect Ilah soon.