Meet DijahSB: sneaker-head, mental health advocate, and your favourite rapper’s fiercest competition. Hailing from Toronto’s Eglinton West neighbourhood, DijahSB has been perfecting her rhymes since 2011, when, under the name Kzaraw, she joined forces with Toronto producer Astro Mega to form a boom bap duo called Class of ’93. Since then, the 25-year-old has forged her own path, revamped her sound and recorded five solo albums to date including her latest released in 2018, Looking at Space From a Submarine.
Dijah, born Kahdijah Payne, is a clever and agile emcee whose rhymes are as witty as they are honest. She takes a balanced approach to her music, fusing candid, personal lyrics with modern beats and infectious hooks. A true artist, Dijah is adaptable and innovative, always finding ways to put her own stamp on emerging music trends. She navigates different sounds with ease from drum-heavy boom bap to dark, grungy rock, to trap’s booming bass. Her talents have led her to appear on Sway in the Morning, BET’s Freestyle Friday reboot and, in 2018, on stage with her idol Jay Electronica.
Dijah cites influences like Kid Cudi, Pusha T, and Lupe Fiasco and her music encapsulates a bit of each of them: like Cudi, she’s open about her experiences with depression and injects her rhymes with vulnerability. She has the same cocksure confidence as Push and, like early Fiasco, an endearing relatability. Tying everything together is a unique perspective that’s all her own: stories of a young, Black queer woman who loves Toronto as much as she loves her Nike SBs.