In his just-released music video for “Grow Op,” the first single off his forthcoming album, Lost In Vancouver, Vancouver-based hip-hop artist and producer Cityreal showcases his hometown and expresses an optimistic outlook in the face of troubled times.
The cut moves between shots of the rapper in various parts of the city, a ballerina dancing in an alleyway, and people singing along to the uplifting and infectious chorus, against symphonic backing from The Living Society Soul Choir and Tonye Aganaba.
The song, which also features DJ Abel and was crafted alongside pianist and composer Todor Kobakov (Metric, k-os, Dan Mangan), is one of the first offerings from the rapper since he took a break following the passing of his mother late last year. The new album follows up Cityreal’s 2015 EP, Prologue, which featured other Vancouver artists like Rykka and Swollen Members. Lost In Vancouver will include appearances by Bif Naked, Saukrates, Dr. Gabor Mate, and more.
Cityreal, whose full name is Remi Huot, first broke out onto the local music scene in 2010 with his debut album, The Beginning. Now a three-time Western Canadian Music Award nominee, he’s shared the bill with legendary hip-hop artists like Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Ice Cube.