Last year, Naya Ali already conquered her home province in a way no Anglophone rapper has done previously, by becoming the first solo rapper to be nominated for Anglophone Album of the Year for Godspeed: Baptism (Prelude) at the ADISQ, Quebec’s equivalent of the Junos. Last November, the lyrical pugilist put her skills to work in the single and video “Air Ali.” Earlier this month, she became the only non-Ontario artist to win one of the five prizes at the inaugural Black Canadian Music Awards. She'll be dropping the second half of Godspeed this spring, but before then, watch out for a remix of "Air Ali" featuring Montreal's Connaisseur Ticaso in early February. —Erik Leijon

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