Pass the Aux, a series dedicated to amplifying new and upcoming musicians. We will get you up-to-date in discovering new music monthly to the point where your friends will ask you to “pass the aux!” The first Thursday of every month consists of some of the members of dayfour choosing musicians to highlight. We will give you our thoughts, our feelings and our theories on those musicians (strictly from a consumer standpoint).
*Have you got new music you want people to hear? Or perhaps you know someone that you think makes great music and just hasn’t had their big break? Make sure to follow us on IG and email links/information on new music to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be reviewing all submissions and deciding to focus on someone new each month.
blkcory’s pick: Tia Bank$
Honestly, I stumbled upon Tia Bank$ by complete chance but I’m glad that I did. I fell asleep one night with Spotify on shuffle, and woke up with one of her songs playing. At that point, I asked myself out loud, “ayo who is this?” I’m a hip-hop fan and she’s hip-hop fasho*. She rapping-rapping man and it’s nice to see Canadian talent doing that. Women in hip-hop have been on the rise so I thought why not highlight someone from our side of the US border.
I’ll be honest here, out of her records, this song stands out above the others from a production standpoint. Not because it’s softer, I just feel it complimented her flow on the song a lot more. The pocket she picked on this song really allowed for a more seamless transition from the verses to the hook. It almost comes off like Tia Bank$ approached this song with an entire concept in mind and all the pieces fell into place perfectly.
The first thing that stuck out to me on this track was her flow and rap cadence. She sounds like someone that grew up listening to The Lox and Remy Ma and I’m into that. Each of her verses was filled with punchlines back to back to back. Most importantly, she’s rapping with a lot of confidence on this song and that’s what brought me back for another listen.
This is probably my favourite song of hers. It’s a solid beat and she has a “Many Men” reference before the hook. Who doesn’t like to hear homage to prime 50 Cent? Plus she did it in a way that wasn’t corny. I gotta respect it and I gotta respect the bars. Lowkey I’d like to know more about her story because I won’t lie, she sounds like she can fight when she ready and I rate that too.
If you’re looking to see what some of new artists are doing on Canada’s hip-hop scene, look no further than Tia Bank$. My only complaint is the fact that she only has 3 songs on digital streaming platforms. I’ll be looking forward to hearing more from her in 2022.
Fasho – for sure/without a doubt