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Van Hill asked the bank teller to give him all hundreds & made a song about “Robert Borden”

Brampton, ON – Earlier this week Brampton artist Van Hill released a new track titled “Robert Borden” as a nod to the eighth Prime Minister of Canada, and the current face of the Canadian $100 bill.

Produced by Edeez, “Robert Borden” is a hard-hitting banger about getting money, and it’s a much different look from any other Canadian rap song about getting money you’ve heard. You know how American rappers have their Benjamins? We don’t have any bank note nicknames like that up North… I don’t know why. But it’s not something guys have thought to do… until now.

“Robert Borden” is a track about getting what’s yours and wanting everyone to know how you’ve been earning; it’s about going to the bank and asking the teller to give you all hundreds because you can.

This track comes to us as Van gears up for the release of his forthcoming Amsterdam Motor Show mixtape, which will be the follow-up to the recently released Sad Day At Wonderland. Stay tuned on that, and listen to “Robert Borden” below.

Van Hill asked the bank teller to give him all hundreds & made a song about


Q&A: Van Hill

HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me what inspired you to write this one, and what its significance is to you.

Van Hill: Everyday life inspires me to write different types of moods and feelings. Bank teller asked me if I wanted twenties; I said “No, all hundreds please.” On some suit and tie shit, but there was no suit and tie.

HipHopCanada: In the U.S. guys are always rapping about the “Benajmins”. But in Canada I find most people don’t know everyone on our bills so it rarely gets referenced. You found an innovative way to rap about money and Canadianize it.

Van Hill: I feel like as a creator I need to be innovative in a sense. Defer the popular opinion if it’s something I don’t agree with and stay rooted.

HipHopCanada: Listening to this, I feel like the idea of “all hundreds” goes beyond the money. Like it’s not just a reference to $100 bills. It’s about being top-level and top-tier in all aspects of life…

Van Hill: The thing about art is that it can mean many things to many people and they’ll get a connection off what they believe subconsciously. Regardless of how others feel, your feelings won’t deny how it feels.


Twitter: @VANHM5

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Sarah Jay is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah 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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