MP3: Wasiu – “Good Girl” (Prod. by Dear Lola)
The Internet’s “Girl” is Remixed for the Second Single From the Haitian-Canadian Rapper’s MTLiens EP, Debuted by GoodMusicAllDay
Critical Praise for Wasiu:
“Wasiu is the hip-hop voice of Montreal.” – i-D
“The young Montreal rapper has been working steadily to make a name for himself and it looks like he’s on the right track.” – Pigeons & Planes
“Wasiu is another one to look out for this year.” – Complex
“Many rappers twice his age would be wise to take notes…” – Okayplayer
“Wasiu is pretty much the embodiment of Montreal’s cultural shift.” – Noisey
“Wasiu has exhibited a desire to creatively tackle a variety of topics, and he raps about them in a way that proves he’s a more-than-formidable emcee.” – HYPETRAK
With “Good Girl,” Montreal rapper Wasiu discovers that there’s more to a book than its cover. After falling for what he deems a good girl based on her glasses and shy behavior, Wasiu is surprised to find that she’s more open and adventurous when they’re alone. “You finally get with a girl that you been talking to for awhile,” Wasiu explains. “However, you’re surprised when you finally get in the sheets with her, because she’s one of those quiet good girls with glasses, yet she’s performing like she’s highly experienced in this. It throws you off, because of the stereo type that we have of these quiet ‘good’ girls.” Fellow Montrealer and Raw Records co-founder/producer Dear Lola flips a sample of The Internet’s Kaytranada-produced “Girl,” giving it a glitchy, breakbeat sound with snapping transitional points – from the hypnotic intro to the smooth but choppy chorus.
Debuted by GoodMusicAllDay, “Good Girl” is the second single from Wasiu’s MTLiens EP, which is set to drop September 4th. “Good Girl” follows “P*ssy N*gga,” which released earlier this month via 2DopeBoyz, who noted that “if Wasiu’s goal is to be spooky and graphic as hell, dude’s achieved it.” Since hitting people’s radar earlier this year with the Noisey-premiered video single “Physical,” which was produced by Kaytranada. A wave of heavy-hitting singles produced by A$AP P, Soulection‘s Da-P dabeatX, and Nez & Rio, among others, followed, as i-D deemed Wasiu “the hip-hop voice of Montreal.
Wasiu will be performing at the POP Montreal Festival on Sept. 18th alongside Cannibal Ox and Jean Grae. He’ll also be performing at the Manifesto Festival in Toronto on Sept. 19th.
Listen to “Good Girl”: https://soundcloud.com/w-a-s-i-u/goodgirl/
Check out the GoodMusicAllDay premiere: http://goodmusicallday.com/blog/2015/8/27/wasiu-good-girls
For Wasiu, being a pariah has always been a constant. A child of divorce from a Nigerian Muslim father and Haitian Protestant-Christian mother, he was torn between worlds, seen by both communities as impure, and a “mixed breed”—not entirely Haitian, not quite Nigerian. Even though he’s Québecois (a Québec native), his immigrant parents tainted his claim to the province. Raised by his mother after his father moved to Toronto, he felt obliged to fit in with her side of the family. Resentments towards his father’s beliefs and culture led him to drop his father-given middle name—Wasiu—so that he wouldn’t be teased in his predominantly white school, where he battled black stereotypes by pushing his intellect past expectations.
Overcoming adversity and using those lessons as lyrical fuel is Wasiu’s strongest suit. He is preparing his debut album which funnels his life experiences into a culturally defining opus that balances both optimistic and pessimistic perspectives on human themes. “I’m showing what people view as both the good and the bad,” he says, “and how without the bad, you can’t have the good, and so you start to appreciate the bad… for the good.”
“Good Girl”: https://soundcloud.com/w-a-s-i-u/goodgirl/
“I Got It”: https://soundcloud.com/w-a-s-i-u/igotit
“Picture Imperfect”: https://soundcloud.com/w-a-s-i-u/picture-imperfect-produced-by-aap-p-on-the-boards/
“I Know” (Remix): https://soundcloud.com/w-a-s-i-u/i-know-remix/s-0BIOt
“Gros Lysick”: https://soundcloud.com/w-a-s-i-u/gros-lysick-freestyle
Bio, photos, and streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/wasiu