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Ian Kamau & Jai Nitai – You I [Video]

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Toronto, ON – Toronto recording artist Ian Kamau just teamed up with Montreal-based producer, Jai Nitai, to bring us these beautiful new visuals for their collaborative track entitled “You I.”

This song is an anthem for the uncomfortable unknowns of modern-day relationships; the “ifs” and the “maybes” that put us on-the-edge. Ian brings us into it with a soulful set of vocals and a hauntingly intimate hook: “If I wasn’t in your heart/ Would I be on your mind?”. Think about that for a minute. That’s deep. Then he gets into his bars and muses over the tug-and-pull of being in a couple; and the struggle to go from being just “you” and “I” to a combined force that is “You I.” Now I am a puddle of emotions. Ugh. The video was directed by Jai Nitai. Check it after the jump.

Ian Kamau & Jai Nitai - You I [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

There’s also a really cool backstory behind the recording of this song. Ian and Jai have known each other since 2012. In June 2014, Ian found himself in Montreal attending a theatre festival. He spent an evening having dinner with Jai and his family. And at the end of the night, they recorded this song together. And now they’ve released it for your listening pleasure.


Twitter: @iankamau | @jainitailotus

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Sarah Sussman is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah was born-and-raised in Calgary, AB. She is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a 2013 graduate from SAIT Polytechnic's journalism program. She writes about hip-hop and fashion (and sometimes a combination of the two). She also manages a vintage clothing boutique on-the-side. Sarah has written for The Weal, Where Calgary, Essential Calgary, and Our Alberta. Sarah started working with HipHopCanada in Jan. 2013 as Canadian Prairies Editor. She has been fortunate enough to interview some pretty cool cats, including Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Maseo (De La Soul), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), and more. Twitter: @IHeartTART

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