EVERYTHINGOSHAWN

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EVERYTHINGOSHAUN

Ev­ery­thing Over Ev­ery­thing Else

Though it’s been pop­u­larly de­fined glob­ally thanks to a hand­ful of artists, the Toronto scene has al­ways man­aged to have a lit­tle of ev­ery­thing. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously dip­ping his hands in all the cur­rent waves at once — while main­tain­ing his bal­ance — Bramp­ton, ON artist EverythingOShauN’s lat­est ef­fort, Ev­ery­thing Over Ev­ery­thing Else, is a hearty plat­ter of po­ten­tial. His third body of work, and fol­lowup to 2017’s Al­most Ev­ery­thing, this is a co­he­sive yet sur­pris­ingly di­verse sound­scape that EverythingOShauN tra­verses from mul­ti­ple an­gles, as both a singer and rap­per. With only a sin­gle fea­ture by Clairmont The Sec­ond on the Xpress aka DJ XP-pro­duced “Golden,” he moon­walks the thin line be­tween main­stream and mes­sage.

Toronto pro­duc­ers 5PiECE and SLWJMZ co-pro­duce one of the project’s stand­outs, “W.C.W.,” which is one of the project’s most in­fec­tious trap soul gems. The al­bum’s high­est high, though, is “Lowry,” named after the Rap­tors point guard. On the slow hyp­notic in­stru­men­tal, he ex­plores his hunger for suc­cess at the ex­pense of a com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ship. In­ter­twin­ing his per­sonal jour­ney into his mu­sic al­lows Ev­ery­thing Over Ev­ery­thing Else to beam with per­son­al­ity, even when it veers a lit­tle close to the flames of sonic medi­ocrity. With no ma­jor co-signs, the Bramp­ton rep­re­sen­ter con­tin­ues to il­lus­trate why there’s no need to leave the GTA to find ei­ther tal­ent or suc­cess. (GSX Mu­sic)

How does this com­pare to Al­most Ev­ery­thing?

This re­lease is more pol­ished than the last one in some re­spects — it’s two songs longer, but it still feels more con­cise to me, and [is] a more fluid tran­si­tion.

Where do you fit into the Toronto scene?

In this scene, I see my­self as some­one bring­ing a clash of al­ways try­ing to say some­thing im­por­tant, but in a fun, vibe, smooth clever way. As more pro­jects re­lease, the ver­sa­til­ity I can bring to the ta­ble will be more clear. I feel like I can fit quite com­fort­ably with all the greats from our city cre­at­ing great mu­sic.

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