A transplant from Calgary, AB 24 year old Dkay has been making music since the age of 12 and has since been able to hone in on his talents which helped mold him into Vancouver’s main hip hop icon. A natural born performer, Dkay’s stage presence is noted for his high level of engagement and attractive aesthetic which has secured him spots opening for notable acts like YG, Tory Lanez and Travis Scott. His music is characteristically inspired by southern R and B and Rap, and smoothly blurs sweet melodies with heavy 808 bass, percussion, and instrumental components. Introspective bars backed by enticing melodies quickly make his releases overwhelming crowd favorites. As a self produced artist, Dkay can convey his true vision for each song. Following the formation of the Leftside brand in 2016 which Dkay currently leads with partner Keyon Slowly. The Leftside collective is a group of creatives whose goal is to promote urban Vancouver culture through the collaboration of Fashion, Music and Film. The release of Dkay’s hit singles “Dáme” and “Westhill” come at a career defining moment for both Dkay and Leftside, as Dkay’s upcoming EP marks their collaborative introduction to the international music market. Dkay’s debut EP Rudeboy is set to be released in the second week of September of the 2017 calendar year. Check out Dkay’s music at Noisey and Complex.
Ahead of his country wide “Rudeboy Tour”, the rise of Dkay is becoming difficult to ignore. Underscoring catchy melodies with clever wordplay, the rapper’s unique style has catapulted him to the forefront of Vancouver’s hip hop scene. Opening for major artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, Tory Lanez and YG; his following has grown tremendously in the past 2 years. And while he expands his reach across the border, he has already begun catching the ears of major labels such as Cash Money.
Dkay explains. “I love that Vancouver has so many opportunities, and so many friendly people. I think my biggest obstacles are internal, but I needed to live in a landscape that motivates me to push past those obstacles.”
As they branch out into different ventures, Leftside Dkay Associate has continued to build upon a multi faceted identity that has allowed them to also partner with mixed drink producer, Nude Vodka.
Asked what he feels Leftside represents, Dkay responds, “Leftside represents love, unity, and positivity. Every person involved in this movement are supporting because their mind and heart are aligned with one or more of those things. Leftside also represents the amazing city where it all begins.”
“Vancouver is an inspiration. When I moved to the city, I was blown away by it’s beauty. I had no clue that I didn’t have to leave Canada to find paradise,” he says.
Dkay’s “Rudeboy Tour” will see him stop in 9 different Canadian cities with multiple showings in Toronto as well as Vancouver.