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Clair­mont The Sec­ond

Lil Mont From the Ave

If you weren’t al­ready con­vinced that Toronto wun­derkind Clair­mont The Sec­ond is a prodigy, his lat­est ef­fort will con­vince you. Lil Mont From the Ave is a tight, co­he­sive and in­cred­i­bly fun al­bum on which Clair­mont flexes his mu­si­cal dex­ter­ity and lyri­cal might. Ma­tu­rity and com­fort shine through­out here; the pro­duc­tion is clean, and Clair­mont’s flow is sharp and con­fi­dent on each track. He sounds com­pletely at ease on stand­outs like the in­fec­tious “Gheeze,” “Wezide” and “Ma Homie Gawd” (a bright, snappy col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hezi, the al­bum’s only fea­ture). The hon­esty of “Lu­vin’ Ona Bud­get” is en­dear­ing, and pro­duc­tion­wise, Clair­mont seems be­yond his years on the full-bod­ied “2 Rich 4 Me.” From start to fin­ish, Lil Mont From the Ave is well-paced, var­ied and re­fresh­ingly free of clut­ter. If you weren’t pre­vi­ously a Clair­mont fan, now’s the time to get on board. (ct­sec­ond.com)

How would you de­fine your sound?

Jazz, gospel, R&B and neo-soul mixed with slap­ping beats. My sound is all that in one. Like on “Wez­side,” I add that R&B jazz break at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond verse. Or for “Lu­vin’ Ona Bud­get,” that song kinda fits the trap soul genre, but the bass line is very R&B. That’s the stuff I like to make. HIP- HOP

How im­por­tant is Toronto to your mu­sic?

West side Toronto is what in­flu­ences me most. It shaped my ideas and how I think. Why wouldn’t I want to tell peo­ple about where I grew up and what I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced? I want to be the guy that takes the west’s sound world­wide.

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