“I Feel the Formula is Not Me:” An Interview With Haviah Mighty

Haviah Mighty’s music sounds like Brampton, which is to say that it borrows, fuses, and collaborates. It’s steeped in the dense lyricism and hard-nosed energy of grassroots Brampton rap, but also weaves in different influences including trap, reggae, dancehall and neo-soul. In her eyes, that comes directly from the city. Mighty is of Jamaican and Bajan heritage, and grew up around Portuguese, Indian, and other Caribbean families. Immigrants constitute over half of the population in Brampton. Unlike the poor and predominantly white Toronto neighborhood where she…

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