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First Play Live: Haviah Mighty, 13th Floor

Watch powerful performances from the Toronto rapper's debut solo release show.

Watch powerful performances from the Toronto rapper's debut solo release show.

Haviah Mighty performs from her debut solo album, 13th Floor, at the Drake Underground (CBC Music)

Haviah Mighty, best known for her work with hip-hop group the Sorority, is an established rapper who's been recording, producing and rapping since she was a teenager. 13th Floor is her solo debut album, on which she is the co-executive producer alongside A Tribe Called Red's 2oolman. The album features collaborations with Sean Leon, Clairmont the Second and Haviah's sister, Omega Mighty.

13th Floor's laser-sharp focus is on marginalization, and the additional offence inflicted by the negation of that marginalization. "You didn't go through that, it wasn't that difficult; you're in Canada, you don't experience racism," Haviah says she's used to being told. Western society's removal of the number 13 and the 13th floor — for reasons we accept but often don't really think about — is Haviah's metaphor for her marginalized experiences.

Watch below as Haviah owns the stage and passionately performs during her album release at the Drake Underground in Toronto. She is joined onstage for a couple songs by Clairmont the Second and Omega Mighty.

Haviah Mighty performs 'In Women Colour' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:07
Haviah Mighty performs 'Waves' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:12
Haviah Mighty performs 'Wishy Washy' featuring Omega Mighty, for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:44
Haviah Mighty perform 'Blame' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:15
Haviah Mighty performs 'Thirteen' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:09
Haviah Mighty performs 'You Don't Love Me' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 4:07
Haviah Mighty performs 'Smoke' featuring Clairmont the Second for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:53
Haviah Mighty performs 'Fugazi' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 2:42
Haviah Mighty performs 'Squad' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:43
Haviah Mighty performs 'Oh My' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 2:59
Haviah Mighty performs 'Ride' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:04
Haviah Mighty performs 'Bag Up' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 2:38
Haviah Mighty performs 'Kiss It' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 2:47
Haviah Mighty performs 'Vamonos' for CBC Music's First Play Live. 3:15