|On his fourth EP Da Vinci’s Inquest, Mi’kmaq rapper/singer/producer Wolf Castle writes the epilogue for one story and the opening chapters of his own destiny. The record marks the death of Da Vinci—a vicious, ambitious Mr. Hyde alter-ego—and the birth of the true Wolf Castle.
– Listen to Da Vinci’s Inquest // Watch video for ‘Welfman’ –
Over three previous EPs, Da Vinci pulled Wolf Castle down dark and dangerous paths, fuelling obsessions with fame, money, and attention. Now, during Da Vinci’s Inquest—fuelled by toe-tapping, old school beats and bars that run the gamut from sage to swaggering—Wolf Castle is finally able to shed every last bit of the villain inside, opening himself up to the world with unshakeable, clear-eyed heart and spirit.
Wolf Castle – Da Vinci’s Inquest
stream // order CD / 180g green/black LP
“shades of Mac Miller and Vince Staples” – Complex
“truly killer hip hop” – If It’s Too Loud
“his beats and clever raps toggle between a socially conscious backbone and bangers fresh for summer” – CBC Music
Hailing from Pabineau First Nation in Mi’kma’ki (New Brunswick), the 24-year-old Wolf Castle, aka Tristan Grant, is a true renaissance artist. Gifted with a DIY spirit thanks to being raised on the reservation by a family of artists, musicians, and filmmakers, Grant taught himself to write music and play piano at the age of 11, and has released new projects—written, recorded, and produced mainly by himself—every year since he was 17. As a student of art history and fashion, his spitfire flow and precise production are as carefully constructed as haute couture, and every bespoke beat, rhyme, and hook has the flourish of a master craftsman, stitched together under the House of Wolf Castle. “Heart on my sleeve,” he declares. “Wear it as a war bonnet.”
As Wolf Castle goes supersonic in his tribal lands, his live delivery system—a stage presence filled with mesmerizing energy and refreshing realness—is forcing the rest of the world to take notice, too.
See Wolf Castle live:
August 27 – Tatamagouche, NS: Tatafest // info/tickets