I hadn’t heard of Charmaine until she submitted this one to me. I’m glad she did because this one is a beautiful, vulnerable song about who she is as an artist and a human being. She tells us that she’s seen struggles most of us don’t know the half of. From living in a motel with her entire family to having a parent lose their job–right after they all moved to Toronto–she’s seen hell, but she’s stronger because of it. She also raps with a hunger that can only be found in those who’ve really been through ish in their lives. The Zimbabwean-born artist lets us know she’s here, and not going anywhere. That’s the type of energy I respect and love from the people I feature here. It’s an added bonus that she let her soul be bared on this track. Check it out below and support dope music in all its forms.