If you don’t know this emerging artist, well get to know – Missy D. This femcee has been rapping since she was 11 years old in French and English coming from the 3 corners of the motherland (Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe). Missy D calls it Rap & Soul. You might also catch her on stage alongside Sejal Lal with their duo Laydy Jams. Missy is a bilingual Hip Hop, Rap & Soul Artist who makes music as a form of therapy to express feelings, share a message and connect with listeners. It is a fusion of sounds of her childhood from french melodies to r&b, soul, jazz, hip hop and rap legends. It’s all for the culture and for us. She wants to speak for them, sing for them, and empower folks with love and music.
You will hear the sounds of MC Solaar, Diams, Erykah Badu, India Arie, J.Cole, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Stromae echoing through her voice. Rest assured Missy D has more new music with a brand new French EP entitled Case Départ released in April 2022 with a video for the first single, Case Départ, and more coming soon. This artist will have you catching too many feelings or that je ne sais quoi singing YES MAMA as Missy D embraces diversity in instrumentals, music, and most of all people.
Hip Hop/ Rap & Soul
# of Albums:
1 Album, 2 EPs
Favourite musician growing up:
MC Solaar, Diams, Missy Elliott, India Arie, Magic System
Favourite musician now:
J.Cole, Erykah Badu, Stromae, Burna Boy, Lauryn Hill + the list above
Guilty pleasure song:
Thong Song – Sisqo
Live show ritual:
Prepping and laying out my jumpsuit the night before and listening to the full setlist and humming it quietly by myself
Favourite local musician:
That’s not a fair question – I love and look up to a lot of folks. I’ll start with Kimmortal, JB The First Lady, Desiree Dawson, Francis Arevalo, Tonye Aganaba, Old Soul Rebel, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and many more…
EP or LP?
I love an EP, for some reason it allows you to play around with song structure and more creative freedom. LP represents for me more extended work and takes a longer time.
Early bird or night owl?
Depends on the day, mostly I’m a night owl – it’s harder to fall asleep sometimes
Road or studio?
I love the studio, creative ideas flow constantly but excited to be on the road in the future – performing gives me so much joy!
Any shows or albums coming up?
My first francophone EP Case Départ – it’s like I’m reintroducing myself to my current and new audience in both English and French, it is both daunting and exciting. You get to understand and hear my childhood and the source that has led me to Missy D
Where can we follow you?
Rapid Fire Vancouver Qs
Favourite local restaurant:
Favourite street in your city:
Commercial Drive – it’s a vibrant drive with restaurants from around the world from Ethiopian, Lebanese, and Italian Cuisine. A walk down the drive and I’m usually running into a creative friend and we have multiple options for an impromptu hangout.
Favourite park in your city:
Joyce Collingwood Park is a very spacious park and has provided me with a lot of joy and relief during the pandemic. Always love a local neighbourhood park!
Favourite music venue in your city:
Fortune Sound Club holds a special place in my heart as my first performance venue, and Guilt & Co is just a whole vibe.