5 Songs, 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hip-hop wunderkind’s beats blossom into bright, piano-driven pop tunes. Years of honing a blend of musical flavours have led Aaron Hoffman to this breakthrough moment. Soulful vocalist, ingenious producer, nimble rapper: the Vancouver native brings his many talents together in this short-but-very-sweet set of five sharp-dressed delights.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hip-hop wunderkind’s beats blossom into bright, piano-driven pop tunes. Years of honing a blend of musical flavours have led Aaron Hoffman to this breakthrough moment. Soulful vocalist, ingenious producer, nimble rapper: the Vancouver native brings his many talents together in this short-but-very-sweet set of five sharp-dressed delights.

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About SonReal

Canadian rapper Sonreal was born Aaron Hoffmann in Vernon, British Columbia in 1985. Growing up in a small town, he was interested early on in skateboarding and heavy metal, but his tastes quickly shifted to a love of hip-hop after becoming fascinated with classic albums by pillars of the early-'90s East Coast scene like Nas and Mobb Deep. After graduating high school, he spent all of his free time recording his own original tracks, resulting in his earliest mixtapes such as 2006's Trapped in the Streets, 2009's The Stroll, and the more polished 2011 effort Where's Waldo. He began to be recognized for his work in Canada, and with the help of a breakout video for his track "Everywhere We Go," constant touring, and releasing of new music in the form of EPs and free mixtapes, he eventually inked a deal with Capitol Records. With the support of the label, he delivered his first proper full-length studio album, One Long Dream, in 2017. ~ Fred Thomas

HOMETOWN
Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
BORN
1985

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