At the tail end of 2016, Toronto artist Tasha the Amazon, a.k.a Perp Vonnegut, dropped her debut EP Die Every Day. Although Tasha has been releasing mixtapes for years, Die Every Day is her first fully-developed project, providing the most pronounced introduction to the emcee’s sound. Tasha’s menacing beats and confident lyrics are perfect aggressive pre-drinking or crushing it at the gym on leg day.
Tasha oozes cool. She co-produced each of the eight tracks in her EP and effortlessly switches up her vocal cadence within songs. The standout cut “Picasso Leaning” features a booming bass and snickering hi-hats while Tasha raps melodically over the beat — a sound characteristic of the Toronto hip-hop scene.
However, Tasha does not let her city define her music. The chaotic “Nowhere” (featuring RetcH) strays away from this stereotypical 6ix sound. This track is soaked in Hennessy and will make the hairs on your neck stand upright. A dark piano melody and RetcH’s gritty feature give the track its unique flare. “They never should have let us in the building / Come riding through these streets like some villains / They never should have let us in the building / Outlaws, blowing holes into the ceiling,” raps the emcee, asserting her dominating presence.
Although the album is hype, the songs are difficult to differentiate. Except for “Watch it Burn“, every track has a BPM in the triple digits. Bold percussion characterizes each song, and the melodies seem underdeveloped. In spite of Tasha’s undeniable talent, the album offers little outside of club bangers.
All flaws considered, Die Every Day should not be written off. By bulldozing her way into the Canadian music scene with an arsenal of skills and unshakable resolve, Tasha secures herself a place on Canada’s ever-growing roster of young hip-hop artists.