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. Over three previous EPs, Da Vinci pulled Wolf Castle down dark and dangerous paths, fueling 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.
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.”