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VNCHY gave us the breakdown of his new single release “No Kobe”

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist VNCHY just released this new track titled “No Kobe” as his fourth single release of the year. VNCHY uses this track to draw a comparison between himself and the Black Mamba, as he delivers an important lesson in progression and exceeding expectations.

VNCHY comes in over top of a dark hard-hitting composition by IXXI engineer-producer JANDRE, and hits us with his new brand of soulful sung vocals: “I’m done with the fake shit/ Hit the breaks shit!”

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For the record: VNCHY is one of my favourite Canadian guys on the come-up right now. I got familiar with him in 2015 because of his grizzly Dr. Dre-like flow, and his monstrous Neverland: 001A_0315 EP.

2016 has seen a whole new lane for VNCHY, though. Instead of delivering raspy raps over hard-snapping production, VNCHY has started singing. There’s still a gritty VNCHY edge to his vocals; but it’s unlike anything or anyone I’ve heard before. The dude’s pretty much got the voice of an angel.


HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me about what prompted you to write this song, and what it means to you – personally?

VNCHY: “No Kobe” stemmed from a moment of frustration; a time where I had to take a leap of faith in order to accomplish my goals. Overthinking things can sometimes leave a perfectionist in a frenzy when faced with an obstacle. This record serves as a reminder to master your craft and do what others consider impossible.

HipHopCanada: Talk to me about how your journey and career in the rap game parallels Kobe’s journey and career in the NBA?

VNCHY: The obvious parallel is the pursuit of a successful career. The true connection – however – lies in the character. I’ve always felt a sense of progression radiating from Kobe. His ability to maintain focus even in the most tense situations (and ultimately helping his team make history) is what I plan to do.

HipHopCanada: “I’m done with the fake shit/ Hit the breaks shit/ Skkkkrrrrt.” What are you referring to on this line?

VNCHY: The element of surprise is important when it comes to the art of war. As an artist I had a lot of people trying to categorize me early in my career; unaware of what I was truly capable of. Being aware that this would happen I led them on with a bluff. As soon as they got comfortable I came out guns-blazing. It’s a war tactic. It’s the sonic manifestation of Kobe’s fadeaway.

HipHopCanada: Explain the title “No Kobe” to me.

VNCHY: The title “No Kobe” speaks on that war tactic I spoke about previously. Throughout this song I have my “Kobe Face” on and I’m racking up 81 points with no intent of slowing down. Regardless of how similar my situation might be to the great one, I am different nonetheless. I’m going after 82, 83, 84 points and I’m going to continue forever. It’s always about progression; always about chasing after the best in the game. I’m No Kobe – it’s all VNCHY.

HipHopCanada: Tell me about JANDRE, and how this collaboration came about?

VNCHY: I only work with the most talented of producers and JANDRE is no different. I have a few more hits with him so you’ll be seeing his name come up again soon.

HipHopCanada: Talk to me about that spoken word bit in the middle of the track and why you chose to incorporate that.

VNCHY: I needed a moment to really speak to all those that carry that “No Kobe” mentality; those that are on the verge of breaking out of the bluff. Do not let anyone try to measure you, for their unit of measurement is never accurate. Know yourself and know your enemy. Life is an art of war.

Twitter: @lordVNCHY

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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