Havi­ah Mighty shares her power­ful new single, “Protest,” fea­tur­ing UK rap-star Yizzy. Havi­ah and Yizzy go bey­ond bor­ders, tak­ing to their own streets to speak truth on the dynam­ic, drill-infused pro­duc­tion by Young Dreadz. The release also serves to announce Havi­ah’s much anti­cip­ated new mix­tape, Stock Exchange, out Winter 2021.

The video is pre­dict­ably bril­liant, hav­ing been dir­ec­ted by Kit Wey­man & Chr­ris Lowe in col­lab­or­a­tion with Dir­ect­or X‑led Fela pro­duc­tion (cred­its: Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Ros­alia, Jay Z and more), and sees both artists on home turf: Havi­ah in Toronto and Yizzy in Lew­isham, South Lon­don.

Havi­ah Mighty’s “Protest” is a vis­cer­al recall of the feel­ings of guilt and stress that many mar­gin­al­ized indi­vidu­als carry with them due to cen­tur­ies of suf­fer­ing, heav­i­ness, and pain at the hands of the police. The pro­duc­tion blends slow, sad, eth­er­e­al piano chords with aggress­ive 808s and a drill-infused per­cuss­ive groove, fol­low­ing a pace that rises like a heart­beat with ten­sion.

“This song is my protest — a remind­er that regard­less of all the con­ver­sa­tions, the chat­ter, the media, the justices and injustices — this feel­ing and fear we walk with, is as present as ever. Hav­ing UK-based artist, Yizzy, bless this record brings it full circle. From a light skin male’s per­spect­ive from some­where else on the globe, our exper­i­ences still mir­ror one anoth­er, a fur­ther test­a­ment to the eer­ie sim­il­ar­it­ies of trauma among Black folks.”

Havi­ah’s forth­com­ing Stock Exchange mix­tape will be out later this year. The title refers to a reck­on­ing Havi­ah had intern­ally over the last year about how artists are forced to val­id­ate their value based on ran­dom data and los­ing a part of the authen­t­ic exper­i­ence of art. She adds, “These stat­ist­ics that we use to com­pare ourselves to oth­ers and to define our suc­cesses, have become proof of our worth. It’s all per­cep­tion. These ideas around per­ceived value got me think­ing about the Stock Exchange. See­ing par­al­lels between the way it flows — the con­stant rising and fall­ing – all dic­tated by the gen­er­al public’s per­cep­tion of an entity’s value, and ulti­mately how that influ­ences the moves that we make as indi­vidu­als.”

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.