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The Austin 100: Haviah Mighty

Haviah Mighty.
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Haviah Mighty.

Hometown:Toronto, Canada


Why We're Excited:Canadian rapper Haviah Mighty has credentials to burn: She's landed a song on HBO's Insecure, won a national talent competition, found success with the hip-hop trio The Sorority and taken home the 2019 Polaris Prize for her most recent solo album, 2019's 13th Floor. In "Blame," she proves equally adept at breezy confidence, rapid-fire spitting, sneering menace and laconic cool, all wrapped up in a drawl of a chorus that'll get stuck in your head for days.

Listen to Haviah Mighty's "Blame"

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