Ernest Kirby Small, 20, is ascending the ranks of Calgary’s up and coming rappers and he is not about to slow down.
“The city has massive potential for rappers to flourish and I’m excited to be a part of it,” said Small in a recent interview.
Small is relatively new to Calgary’s hip-hop scene, having started his career in 2011.
His debut mixtape, released via the music sharing website Soundcloud, The Demonstrative Statement, was released in April, 2014.
The mixtape has built up a small circle of fans anticipating what his next move will be.
“I didn’t expect this kind of reaction because I basically just got my foot through the door with my career,” said Small.
“I really appreciate the love I’ve received due to this simple body of work I put my soul into.”
Small tackles various social and personal issues with his music.
“The average person in their ’20s goes through a myriad of problems every day. I want my songs to reach my listeners in a spiritual and meaningful way.”
Small continually seeks answers from his own personal experiences as well as his faith.
“My faith in God has been tested in a million different ways,” he said.
For many hip-hop fans the music has always been about the message, not the commercial market.
Through his incredible work ethic, Small has been able to hone his songwriting ability and craft well-thought and interesting songs.
“The temptation to want to take the easy route is always an option but it’s not a solution.”
Small had the honour of performing his songs at popular hip-hop event 10at10 at Commonwealth during the summer.
“It was such a rush to be on a stage and performing in front of people who love hip-hop,” said Small.
Brett LaBorde, a recent SAIT graduate from the IT program, is a fan of Small’s music and stage presence.
“He has a unique cadence and likability factor which makes it easy for people to connect with him. That speaks volumes, especially for hip-hop, because the genre is synonymous with a negative viewpoint on pop culture,” said LaBorde.
“That speaks volumes, especially for hip-hop, because the genre is synonymous with a negative viewpoint on pop culture.”
Fortunately for Small he perceives hip-hop as safety net for people who need a helping hand.
“There are many walks of life and I happened to choose this path to cross, said Small
Husam Elian, a 4th year geophysics student of the U of C, is also a supporter of Small and does not hesitate to speak highly of him.
“He’s got it all. The lyrics, the charisma, and the love for the culture of hip-hop. He’s far beyond what I expected rappers to be,” said Elian.
Small is walking a path to become a legend in the world of hip-hop.
“It’s been a wild ride and I don’t expect it to stop. I’m striving for greatness and I’ve got an army behind me,” said Small
For more information on Ernest Small check out his Facebook.