Wasiu never felt like he truly fit in. Born and raised in Montréal, Québec, the 24-year-old has endured marginalization in nearly every aspect of his life—family, race, education, class—that has, in effect, enhanced his ability to interpret the universal themes of the world around him, and infuse them into forward-thinking narratives for the everyday human.

Overcoming adversity and using those lessons as lyrical fuel is Wasiu's strongest suit. He is preparing his debut album which funnels his life experiences into a culturally defining opus that balances both optimistic and pessimistic perspectives on human themes. "I'm showing what people view as both the good and the bad," he says, "and how without the bad, you can't have the good, and so you start to appreciate the bad... for the good."