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KILLY: Destiny

This new cut from the fast-rising rapper features trip-hop-inflected beats and confessional lyrics delivered with real assurance.

KILLY: Destiny

By Kerry Doole

KILLY - Destiny (Epic Records/Sony): He has yet to receive much mainstream exposure in his hometown, but this Juno-nominated Toronto rapper has quickly become the latest from the city's fertile scene to start breaking big internationally.


His 2017 cut Killamonjaro was the first to bust out, and following tracks also delivered. By the end of 2018, he’d reached almost 200 million listens on Spotify alone, and he has now accumulated more than 500 million streams across platforms globally. That figure is destined to grow with the release of Destiny, a focus track from his latest project, Light Path 8. 

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Atop moody trip-hop-inflected beats, he delivers rhymes with real assurance. KILLY is known for confessional lyrics dubbed emo-rap, and this is no exception - "I'm a misfit, I can admit it."

KILLY has just announced the Light Path 8 North American Tour. The two-month trek will officially kick off on Nov. 11 in Los Angeles and will hit cities throughout the United States and Canada, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Montreal, Vancouver and more. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Friday (Sept. 27) here

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