Toronto, ON-based hip-hop artist, ALMI recently released his debut track, “LD (Learning Disability)”. The track was recorded at MajurMuzik Studio with producer Skyhighjams and mixed and mastered by Elcee & Thomos. “LD (Learning Disability)” is stirring track which lyrically aims the stigmas behind those with various learning disabilities in the education system, set to a moody, spacious, and atmospheric beat and progression.
Check out the single below and find out more about ALMI via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Almiraz Abedin. Friends and family call me as my stage name ALMI. ALMI has also been my nickname since middle school and the acronym stands for “All Lies My Inspiration.” This is my motto as an artist to inspire others and give other positive support to understand where I come from and what I been going through to express my feelings towards my music. I recently graduated from George Brown College and East York Collegiate. I am currently studying at Ryerson University taking the Business Management program while writing my music on the side.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
I have been writing my music lyrically for 3-4 years. I write about my experience, current issues, and everything around me that comes to my mind whatever it connects to the music I create because creativity is endless to the approach of the idea that I am willing to target the audience. Most of the writing for my music, I either type it on my phone or write on a piece of paper to get my creative juice flowing while I’m home or on the go. As myself understanding and being apart of the hip hop music and culture in Toronto, my music is inspired by a mix of East Coast and West Coast legends such as 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. It also includes rap innovators like Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Kanye West, and Eminem along with modern contemporaries from Kendrick Lamar, Drake, The Weeknd, and Childish Gambino. I bring forth a style that is both reminiscent of the past while remaining fresh and new.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
As of my current state as an artist, I am working with my team and management to sort out the brand and figuring out the long term plan to provide shows and more opportunities to make it all happen by sharing my music, not just Canada but worldwide for our supporters. Because I haven’t had my live performance yet, I bring myself with positive energy towards the crowd like how am presenting my presentation towards each individual and I show how my voice is powerful and giving the number of emotions towards the song I made on countless of hours. It’s showing my true self along with giving inspirational words with the crowd and how much I care for my craft to give deeper connections to those who understand my story in my music.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
If I were asked to suggest only one of my current songs for someone to hear it would be “LD (Learning Disability). As an artist, I’m not scared to open about my Learning Disability because I have that since childhood and these challenges have made me stronger as a person. It gives me this drive to be motivated for what I love to do as my passion for making music on my genre in hip-hop/rap and that I learn differently from others but at the same time, I go on my own pace to focus on the craft and show that I follow my trends, not from others. My track is available on all of my music platforms.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
As I am born and raised in Toronto, I have listened mainly to hip-hop/rap all my life from old and new schools from different countries and cities. At the same time, I do listen to other genres of music for my taste and to give a sense of ideas of how I can incorporate towards my music. I love music in general, to get myself going, relieving stress and being productive on the go. When it comes to music in Canada its growing day by day with the upcoming artist making it big from our nation and going internationally. Current favourite artists such as The Weeknd, Nav, Drake, Killy, Belly, Classified, Kardinal Offishall, Tory Lanez, Roy Wood, Nelly Furtado, Massari and others that come to mind when they impacted the style of music I listen to from Canada.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.