The next generation of R&B
Young people that are precocious and two steps ahead of the game usually fall into one of two categories: off-putting or enthralling. If you pushed “play” before reading this, you are now well aware that Toronto’s 19-year-old Ursa Major falls into the second category. His track “Around” is one of the smoothest, most original pieces of music in recent memory. Built around the instrumental track “Flowers” by the late legendary producer J Dilla, Ursa Major blends R&B, hip-hop, and soulful guitar solos to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. The young artist’s calm, confident, and clever lyrics, demonstrate his expansive vocabulary and aptitude for writing while matching up perfectly with the low-key piano and tambourine background courtesy of J Dilla.