Mixtape: Ayah – The Problem Woman

by Winston "Stone" Ford

Ayah – The Problem Woman Mixtape (Free Download)

Most of y’all know that I generally don’t like R&B music, and let’s face it: the genre has been stagnant for years now after the death of neo soul and the introduction of pro Tools assisted divas with an absence of talent and class.

However, maybe once a year a voice comes along that makes me do a double take and reintroduces me to the genre that I’ve spurned. In 2008, that voice is Ayah. The Toronto native has been making a name for herself up North. At the age of only 22, she’s already aligned herself with DJ Jazzy Jeff and and a bevy of producers for her debut album which drops sometime this year.

But female voices are a dime a dozen, but its her attitude that carries her through. Her mixtape, based on Marvin Gaye’s 1972 soundtrack to the blackspoltation flick Trouble Man has an ear to the past, but dosen’t harp on it and lets her true sound shine through. With a attitude that Butta from Soul Bounce calls “sweet but street,” Ayah might just reinvent the R&B genre as we know it.

  • BulletProof$oul

    A nice representation of toronto’s flavour. The mixtape is dope. Instrumentals from slum v, pharcyde, jayz plus the troubleman beats. I’ve had a for a few months, i should have recommended it when u came to Toronto a few weeks ago, as a soundtrack to the city.

  • Butta

    Thanks for the quote. ;)

    I’m definitely digging Ayah like an old soul record. I interviewed her recently (coming soon @ you know where), and she was so down to earth and chill. She’s a singer who most definitely has my support.

  • Stone

    I’ll be lookin’ out Butta!

    I had the chance to meet Ayah when I was in Toronto and she’s def. very down to earth. Can’t wait for the full album….

  • Kole Ogunjobi

    Just hearing Ayah for the first time from a DJ Jamad mixtape. It’s good to know there is still untainted music out there. No turning back now!!

    I’m looking forward to relocating to Canada even more from the UK. Its underated!

  • Cedric Bedford

    Ayah is HOT!!!! Glad I ran across this. Thanks for doing what you do.


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