Rajan Gahunia is “Northside since 95” but he did not have the opportunity to express it until 2016.
The 21-year-old Brampton hip-hop star is hoping to perform his anthem in front of thousands as the Toronto Raptors head to the playoffs on Saturday against the Indiana Pacers.
The 2:34 minute Gahunia anthem, uploaded to YouTube earlier this week, has been viewed nearly 25,000 times, as well as shared on other social media platforms, and has influences from the Global Ambassador of Raptors Drake in his rhythms.
âI’ve always been an avid Raptors fan since I was little,â he said on Friday, taking a break from his broadcast reviews at Seneca in York. âMy dad sent me to Vince Carter’s camp. I’m also a musician and so to combine the two elements – basketball and music, I just wanted to do something special for the city.
The track “Northside Since 95” took about a week to produce, Gahunia said, including filming and editing the video itself. In the lyrics, he names a number of players, including Kyle Lowry and “I put the 6 on the back like I’m Cory Joe”, as in playmaker Cory Joseph.
âI was thinking of creative ways to use player names and say it in a way that doesn’t sound trite, but catchy,â he said. “I just wanted to make him feel aggressive so that people were motivated before the game.”
Team star DeMar DeRozan also retweeted Gahunia’s video to his Twitter account on April 11.
And while Gahunia doesn’t get the spotlight on center court, he’s happy to fill up with fans at Jurassic Park in Maple Leaf Square, near the Air Canada Center.
“They are my favorite team because I always thought they were underrated,” he said. âAmerica never really respected them until now when they became the second best team in the East. Being underrated is just the mindset I’ve had in life, personally. So I connect with the basketball team in that sense.
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment spokesperson Dave Haggith said it was too late to consider music submissions for this year, but next season they plan to cut entries by using a panel of judges to choose their favorites.
âFor every game, whether it’s the playoffs or the opener, at some point next season, ask them to play for the fans gathered at Maple Leaf Square in Jurassic Park,â he said. -he declares. “It shows all the ‘We the North’ attitude and pride of our fans and we think that would be the way to do it, but we will have to consider it as a concept for next season.”
The Raptors ended their season 56-26 on Wednesday, breaking a new franchise record. They will face the Pacers for Game 1 at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.