The Sorority is the definition of solidarity. pHoenix Pagliacci, Keysha Freshh, Lex Leosis and Haviah Mighty found themselves at a cypher hosted by TeamBackPack in 2016 for International Women’s Day. Somewhat known to each other, the four took turns spitting over what would become one of the biggest cyphers of 2016. Noisey asked, “Have you ever heard someone rap so good you had to close your eyes and ask Our Lord Saviour what you did to deserve this? “ Drawing the attention of Fader, Rap Season, Boi-1da.net, Cosign Hip Hop and a host of Toronto and Canadian music blogs, the four decided to eventually form a collective.
Upon their release of Undun, their first track together, the four women picked up again on major and local press all expressing a keen interest in the presence of a female hip hop group and a refreshing narrative of women supporting women in the industry. In November 2016, Phoenix, Keysha, Lex and Haviah became The Sorority.
They went on to release a reboot of Ladies’ Night for its 20th anniversary, dropping a video with an all women cast and production crew on International Women’s Day. CBC Arts said, The Sorority ‘bring the spirit of womanhood to life with their music...[they] manage to not only revive the spirit of hip-hop but also bring back femininity and solidarity amongst women in a historically male-dominated arena.’(CBC Arts)
Since then, The Sorority have played a number of festivals including Toronto’s Manifesto Festival, the City of Toronto’s Canada150 Festival, and Unity Festival and opened for the likes of Majid Jordan, The Internet, Isaiah Rashad, Jidenna, DVSN, and throwback, Mainsource. In the fall of 2017, The Sorority announced their first tour, aptly called .::SRTYSZN::. (Sorority Season) with an eleven show run in four cities across Ontario and Quebec. Their tour included performances alongside Miguel, Joey Bada$$, and A-Trak, as well as fellow Toronto artists, Sean Leon, and TiKA.
The Sorority‘s unique live performance allows for each member to stand out with their own signature flare and style, while also providing the cohesion you would expect from a group. “This isn’t a girls club, a university alliance, a clique or trend. The Sorority is a progressive hip-hop group spitting fierce bars with grace” (BanTor Radio, 2017). Proving themselves to be “dope spitters” (sypher sights), The Sorority’s “energy and technical prowess (shine) through over both boom- bap and trap beats...that pull no punches (Now Magazine).
Mixing the new with the old, the classic with the progressive, with respect for the greats and blazing their own trail, The Sorority, are the ones to watch for 2018.
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