Album: Tabula Rasa

The Calgary rapper opens album Tabula Rasa with a clear roadmap that prepares listeners for what’s to come: a rebirth of the self, an opening of the mind to the possibilities. Sinzere views her mission of gaining freedom as similar to Harriet Tubman’s, and there’s history seeping into every nook and cranny of this fiery opener over a stern piano. With personal and shared experiences intertwined, there’s no better captain for the voyage than the skilled and engaging artist from the Prairies. —Erik Leijon