Kyan’s “Lonely River” is a modern mashup of hip-hop and R&B styles that’s as wild as the lonely river he’s singing about. The song is frankly gorgeous, honest, and powerfully written.
He has Jack Johnson’s easy optimism, a maritime feel that is reminiscent of Joel Plaskett, and the cronning voice of classic folk music. He doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is fond of wearing suits. He has won five East Coast Music Awards. He recently won the Juno for rap recording of the year for Inner Ninja.
When Transit first came to Calgary, he was surprised at the reception he got. Some told him that the city wouldn’t be receptive to his particular brand of hip-hop; that it just wouldn’t work. Those people were wrong. Since first moving to Calgary from Victoria for university, he has become a voice of the city and built a solid fan base here.