Qi Yama is on the grind. Relatively new to Montreal’s music scene, the singer-songwriter-turned-rapper has been tirelessly honing his craft while building strong connections in the local community. Raised in Winnipeg, the 21-year-old has a voice that carries the unmistakable weight of energy and emotion, belying a tone which breezes effortlessly over beats. Deeply committed to the craft of musical storytelling, Qi Yama has moved quickly to build an impressive repertoire of emotional snapshots that betray an astuteness beyond his age. I sat down with him to find out more about his musical evolution, influences, and the message behind it all.