With all the love the OVO camp got at the Apple WWDC, I thought it apt to keep the momentum of 6ix love going and discover who else in the city deserves some attention. The plan was to write one of those “guide to who’s rising in the north” type posts.
I started my search on the major outlets. Noisey, Complex, Pigeons and Planes, HipHopDX, 2DopeBoyz etc… You know the list. Unfortunately their rosters were virtual carbon copies of each other. Mind you, by no means am I throwing shade on any of the artists, they’re talented individuals and I’ve added several of them to my list this month. But a few of the blogs mentioned a name that intrigued me immediately so I added him to my follow-up list. Then I drilled down a bit further and hit the forums. His name started showing up much more frequently. I downloaded a copy of his latest project and sat down for a listen.
I decided quickly to ditch my “best of Toronto” list and focus on Clairmont The Second. It was the opening bar on track two, “Accident”, that peaked my interest.
I’m an idiot for not going to sleep
Then complaining about being tired the next day
It’s a sentiment so simple yet one that I instantly dug. A lesson I too can’t seem to learn with age. But what I truly appreciated about this was that I knew he was speaking his truth rather than pantomiming the played out content the genre seems to be dogged with. I related to him.
As a whole the project is tight, honest and well thought out. The subtlety in production is refreshing and his delivery is a refined sound that has been perfected during the aforementioned nights.
But this post isn’t about critiquing his work.
Who is Clairmont the Second?
Full name Clairmont II Humphrey, he really is a true artist both producing and then rapping on top of his beats. A Toronto native and still in his teens, Project II is … his second project to date. His first being Becoming A GentlemIIn released in 2013.
Mr. Humphrey belongs to a family of talented musicians: his father hosts a gospel and spoken word network while his older brother Cola is the drummer for The OBGMs, a punk rock act who recently got some Budweiser love.
Twenty Fifteen seems to be his year, landing a spot at Canadian Music Week opening up for XXL Freshman Goldlink. Besides preforming more prominent shows, it also seems to be the year press is starting to pay attention to him. I’d be lying if I didn’t include myself in this list.
Speaking to Clairmont about his work and the ultimate goal with all his efforts, he’s looking to inspire his peers. For them to get up and get to it. Ultimately, if they just think, there is so much they can do and change. Change for the better.
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There is something genuinely refreshing about him. At the pace he’s going I doubt it’ll last too long but he is currently offering $150 beats as per his Soundcloud page and besides being for hire, he’s also looking to upgrade his equipment. After all, every artist needs good tools to do great work.
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