December 2020 Unity Artist Feature – Eyeda Sophia Copy

Eyeda Sophia is a Toronto based MC and poet. Her music unpacks tales of growth and self-reflection via spoken-word like delivery. She has curated several Toronto-based cyphers and events in support of safer and more inclusive spaces to enjoy rap. Eyeda continues to represent the rebirth of new-age Hip-Hop; a place for queer, marginalized and femme peoples.

 

Want to know more? Check out Eyeda’s interview below. 

Q1: What about your practice makes it meaningful to you? 

 

A: I’m an MC and spoken word poet. I use music as my medium to unpack tales of growth and self-reflection. 

 

I’m a committed artist, endlessly dedicated to developing my craft. I curate cyphers and events in support of safer and more inclusive spaces to enjoy rap. I want to help represent the rebirth of new-age Hip-Hop; a place for queer, marginalized and femme peoples. 

 

Q2: How did you discover your artistic practice? How long have you been practicing? 

 

A: I started performing at 15, 10 years ago. I entered slam poetry competitions because I needed a safe place to feel comfortable. Platforms like Toronto Poetry Slam and BAM! Youth Slam gave me the confidence to excel in my craft. I was given the chance to compete internationally and make lifelong connections.

 

I slowly progressed into music. This is where I began to fuse poetry with production. I have since released 3 projects (Much Love 2017, Much Love pt.2 2018, The Red Project 2019) and performed on major platforms all across the USA and Canada.  

 

Q3: What motivated you to develop your craft into a career path?

 

A: Music has given me the freedom to explore myself and what I truly want in life. To create change and influence growth in my community. The message is always bigger than the music. 

 

My content has impacted (at least) a handful of people to listen, to create or to dig deeper. This assures the process is all worth it. 

 

Q4: What were you like as a kid? How would you say that you’ve changed?

 

A: I dealt with anxiety, poor mental health and a lack of confidence at a young age. At 15 I had to drop out of school and live on my own. This forced me to grow up quickly. Poetry made me believe in me. It let me see that I could be good at something. Performance gave me a place to express suppressed emotions. Music allowed me to heal and help those around me. I’ve not only changed, but I have also grown in a way I didn’t think was possible.  

 

Q5: When and How did you first get involved with Unity Charity?

 

A: It was at the Unity Festival in 2015. GZA was headlining. I squeezed my way into the front-perks of being 5’2. He performed one of my all-time favourite albums, Liquid Swords. I’ll never forget that evening! Afterwards, I was readying myself to head home. I heard an explosive sound emitting from the center of the thinning crowd. A beatbox cypher. I remember running into the center and starting to rip a freestyle. Everyone embraced me with love. Since that day, I’ve actively attended and performed at several Unity events, workshops and cyphers. 

 

Q6: How has your experience with Unity influenced your path as an artist?

 

A: I have met some of the most incredible people at Unity Charity. They have provided many great opportunities that have helped elevate my career.  It is a place for young people to enjoy Hip-hop education and encompasses the theme of peace, love and above all else…unity!

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