Five Minutes With: Vancouver Hip-Hop Artist W4SH

W4SH is a Vancouver Hip-Hop artist who provides many different feels through his music. You can look to him for music to motivate you in the gym, get through thoughts about an ex, turn the party up, or even when it’s time to get introspective. W4SH creates from a perspective created through his hard beginnings. With the passing of his mom at 12 and the departure of his father at 14, he was forced to be independent early. This is the fuel that ignites his needs for success, and the resilience needed to endure what the industry throws at artists on their way to it. W4SH has been supporting ‘Merkules’ on his No Place Like Home’ Canadian tour all of 2023 through Canada’s biggest markets such as Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and more major cities. He’s been rocking shows night in & night out while promoting his music & AMC brand. In the midst of the tour, W4SH released his third project ‘Times’. ‘Times’ has notable features like Merkules, Kirko Bangz, Eazy Mac, along with others. W4SH has been propelling himself upwards and onwards all year, we are excited to see what 2024 has in store for the Vancouver artist.







First song released in 2020

# of Albums:

3 – Times, Godspeed, and The Grapevine (from newest to oldest)

Latest Album:


Latest Single:

RUN FROM U ft. Kirko Bangz

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Eminem & 50 Cent introduced me to the genre.

Favourite musician now:

The goat, Drake.

Guilty pleasure song:

Not sure about a guilty pleasure haha, but I always find myself listening to ‘Club Paradise’ by Drake

Live show ritual:

Prayer with the family & team, a few breathing exercises, and maybe a shot of tequila or Hennessy

Favourite local musician:

My brother Merkules. He’s opened many doors for us in Vancouver and continues to push the culture forward.

EP or LP?

LP for sure. EP’s don’t really give an artist enough time to get their message across. Only enough to convey a feeling or a vibe.

Early bird or night owl?

Honestly, I’m both. It depends on what the situation needs at the time.

Road or studio?

That’s a hard question. They are really polar opposites. The studio is intimate, and therapeutic at times. A lot of patience is needed while attempting to perfect art. While being on the road is all about energy, and relaying that to the crowd. Have to be present in the moment, and be able to adapt on the fly to the energy in the room/environment.

Any shows or albums coming up?

I just finished supporting Merkules on his ‘No Place Like Home Canadian Tour’ in Toronto and a couple other spots in Ontario. These were the last shows on a tour that we’ve been on since the end of 2022. Now that we’re back home, it’s time to focus on my next album.

Where can we follow you?

Website | Instagram | Youtube | Spotify


Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Black & Blue always holds down a fire steak, but lowkey. I’m down to grab a bowl of pho whenever.

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

I’d have to say King George Blvd. I feel a lot of nostalgia whenever I drive through my old city.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

The Commodore. Many legendary acts have performed there. The sound quality is the best in the city. Definitely my favourite venue I’ve performed at so far.

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Probably would have to be Spotify at this point haha I’ve bought a few vinyls at Zulu Records though.


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Emilea Semancik was born in North Vancouver. Emilea has always always wanted to work as a freelance writer and currently writes for the Vancouver Guardian. Taking influence from journalism culture surrounding the great and late Anthony Bourdain, she is a recipe author working towards publishing her own series of books. You can find her food blog on Instagram: