Henry Canyons

Henry Canyons

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandHip HopSpoken Word

Henry Canyons is a half French/Jewish Brooklyn native & now Los Angeles resident. With a jazz like quality to his melodic sound, and socio-conscious lyrical content reminiscent of New York 90's hip-hop, his diverse perspective, honest voice & cinematic imagery make him a notable up & comer.

Biography

LA based rapper, Henry Canyons, transcends your typical boundaries of hip-hop identity. The self-described Brooklinite-French-Jew took to music at a young age; from his training as a jazz saxophonist to his teenage years spent in Brooklyn ciphers, his melodic style and bilingual lyrical integrity reflect a diverse musical background. Canyons left for the West Coast in 2005 to attend Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. After graduating, Canyons moved to LA intent on following his passion for the art form. Since then Henry has worked on multiple projects, most recently his first solo EP, One Thousand Plateaus. Upon its release in June of 2014 with Brooklyn based label, Backwoodz Studioz, One Thousand Plateaus which features production from BoomBaptist, WIllie Green, and Essex Dogs.  In talking about the EP, Alex Silber from Potholes in My Blog said that "the Brooklyn-turned-LA native stays within a lane equal parts humor and quality hip-hop, generating  impeccably delivered lyrics."  Emerging as a new artist on the scene, Paul Thompson of Passion of the Weiss assures listeners that, "Fortunately, the man at the mic has your attention. Canyons casts himself as the young Leo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can, alternately reckless and over-thinking, but with enough inimitable cool to pull it off."   Slated for the fall of 2014 via Backwoodz Studioz, Canyons has been working on his upcoming album Canyonland with French producer Keor Meteor, as well as other collaborative projects with NYC producer Willie Green. Over the course of his career, Canyons has racked up over 30,000 views on YouTube, has showcased at SXSW 2013, LA's Brokechella 2014 and has shared stages with Macklemore, Homeboy Sandman, Tash, Open Mike Eagle, Blue Scholars, Billy Woods, and tons of local LA talent.


Lyrics

I Wanna

Written By: Henry Canyons

Hook:
I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna

I said I wanna wanna wanna wanna
perpetual improvement from sky fall to sun up
no arrivals, this man's on the come -up. yea that's what's up?
i wanna surpass my goals, never lose my hunger
hydrate this earth with such sweet thunder
ignore a category you put me under
that's for you to wonder, listen to me wander
going to and fro, come hither and yonder
this is my calling no need for a responder
my period in time, couldn't be calmer
convo of karma, belief makes me stronger
got it, gotcha, yep, capeeesh
not how you have to proceed, if you don't want to
if you change your mind up, then come holler
i want quality control, need honor in a product
otherwise it's garbage, don't want a piece or a part of ,
stay true to you, akuna matata
if that's not what you do, then i want nada
need to quench and cleanse flush out with water
many people think it's grand in this land called la la
makes me go ha ha just seeing if you follow?
bunch of pre-madonnas, where i work for tips from the rich seen madonna
blah, blah, theatrics and mad drama
catalyst paramount to recount the saga
not a carbon copy, that's cop out, watch out

I don't wanna pony, need true friend, i don't wanna homie
cause i learned the latter tend to be borderline phony
-----------------------------------DAMN!-------------------
i wanna woman who wants to get to know me
knows how to hold me, console me when I'm folding
all within the context of no Holy matrimony
because i'm not ready to settle down get cozy
that doesn't mean i won't wait a bit to get intimate
and if i do, it's cause i'm truly feeling it
i mean feeling her ------------------------
each adventure leads to experience

Hook:
I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna

want soul like Coltrane, rip riffs like Dizzy
want more than just a couple of ears to hear me
blessed with certain privileges i don't need your pity
so i'm flattered by your envy, stir the pot and cause a frenzy, you get me
sensations edging towards miraculous
i wanna animate the inanimate
i'm adamant about so i habit out of it
then counteract counterfeit, i'm mad proud of this
seal with proof like laminating cabinets
captivate audiences with answers for analysis
wanna earn my living off mic checks and balances
use the power of my language to account for this
don't need an accountant or an abacus to amount for
all of the successes towards one of my biggest challenges
my vantage is "i couldn't of ask for this" it's just happening
i wanna put it all back in, guess i'm out of it

Hook:
I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna
I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna

Offshoots

Written By: Henry Canyons

Yo, it's time to go
harmonize the ride of being on the road
offshoots can be launched wrong, master your arsenal
no placing blame in the name game, it's nominal
certain phrase that pays, opens lanes, got some pull
let's flee the drama mama vamanos
a wave called karma came rocked the boat
the next Elian Gonzalez found off the coast
survival was onerous, story's phenomenal
new phenomenon constantly chronicled
see evolving species Galapagos
many morph into modes time module
more than words speak volumes, better watch your tone
subtleties of audio are quite audible
my noggin has a lot more to grow, not NO
God didn't make my options low
the process of production's methodical
contributing lost and found as i trot the globe
keeping my core centered abdominal
range of emotions flow, on what my eyes behold
in face of obstacles, can't usea monocle
that's myopic, chance catastrophical
tried evade what's taxing, Al Capone
market rising, the cash flow astronomical
buy in bulk at Costco, where the cost is low
hanging on for dear life like a barnacle
if you feel this fleeting then adios
now's the time to speak, hold your peace, or drop your quotes
heavy chested, they're tongue knots in throats
do as you please, no need for a conscious vote
that would defeat purpose, like you forgot the pro-
grams at home, damn right i got that dope.

Hook:
Staying on the move, other time what I got to lose?
I got to, I got to (an Offshoot), I got to, I got to (an Offshoot) (an Offshoot)
Staying on the move, other time what I got to lose?
I got to, I got to (an Offshoot), both helpful and harmful (an Offshoot) (an Offshoot)

it's all i used to want, now get crushed by structure
fuck getting stuck, in continuous flux and rupture
cowabunga, surfing waves til God calls my number
pocket dialed so i hung up
evasions,digging tunnels under mazes
can't find him, they'll be running a guns blazing
tracing new literature of smooth spaces
rarefied forms, statements of greatness
televised for, the famous, the nameless
man am i bored, acclaimed entertainment
can i buy more, haven't seen this in ages
glorified mortified unorganized changes
caught up in disorder gotta call upon patience
borderline anxious bonafide gracious
momentum not wasted, many fine lines ,
absorbing sign's language, no rolling by aimless,
solely in control of i'm holding down stages
morphing into forms because of polarizations
mean globalization, technology's colonization
all mobilized, no homeostasis

Hook:
Staying on the move, other time what I got to lose?
I got to, I got to (an Offshoot), I got to, I got to (an Offshoot) (an Offshoot)
Staying on the move, other time what I got to lose?
I got to, I got to (an Offshoot), both helpful and harmful (an Offshoot) (an Offshoot)

Music Man

Written By: Henry Canyons

ambitions soar, meteors, gotta thank Keor
catalogue are Vignettes, already had my Séance
carve shapes through the namesake, keep the frame sharp
consumed by my job, pipe dreams of getting of laid off
silhouettes of smoke cascade through my neurons
occupy grey areas get my blur on
then get pensive in the shade
recording history with each record made
God gave me lemons not making lemonade,
it's all meringue, here's a piece of the pie
they're getting greedy for cream, it's the crust they leave to the side
once you knee deep, watch the strengths of the tides
highs, lows, bass, baritone, and sopranos
terrain doesn't determine where i'll go, no
since we talking pastry, i'm a la mode

Hook:
y'all can tell by the way i use my talk
i'm a music man, yea i bring the funk
ahhhh ahhhh use to point your fingers and go ha ha
now you know you found something ah haaa
c'mon c'mon oooo la la oooo la la

staring at the trees, seeing figures in the branches
20/20 hindsight fishing for second chances
there's no bait, just face value,
create channels cuz the space shallow
days travel by all i see faint shadow
brain rattled, reptile coiled around a big apple, still mad crisp
streaming our graffiti live, snakes staring with beady eyes
giving me the heebies jeebies, heeding signs to free my mind,
easy breezy lemon squeezy, breeds and species, frenzy feeding
meeting, greeting, queens leading pollinate the beehive
stretch as i prep for the free dive, with zero time to realize
that now it's too late to make her my sweetheart
it wasn't wrong, it just didn't feel right
it's tough to say what that really feels like
either way on the west, both sipping on east side
she's adoring, absorbing, my foreign BK NYC style
button down, desert boot, jean Levi
sky bleeding before sleep, splashy Cali seaside
atmospheric aphrodisiac, for you and me time
enjoy the free ride yeee haw

Bridge:
Now's the time
Just let it ride, let it ride
Now's the time
Just let it ride

Hook:
y'all can tell by the way i use my talk
i'm a music man, yea i bring the funk
ahhhh ahhhh use to point your fingers and go ha ha
now you know you found something ah haaa
c'mon c'mon oooo la la oooo la la

expression's my espresso make sure that it's robust
here's something to hold on to, it isn't a hold up
when you're feeling Kind Of Blue, your friends telling you So What
for those who didn't get the reference, your feelings are so what's
the point of doing it if not to blow up?
you need to focus, without taking a close up
'round the corner, another small business just closed up
community's screaming losing allegiance, for what?
more bucks to live prosper, isn't that what we all want?
uh huh, uh huh, oh shucks,
are you confused with I'm Jewish and don't keep Kosher?
just showing pride for my identity and culture
those who don't take notes no surprise if you're not noticed
damn right this is the land of the free, loaders
duly noted, my moves be forward,
don't misconstrue quotes for reaching quotas
it's real disclosure, reveal emotion
the seal's been broken, the wind's been blowing,
the windmill's rolling, the field's been growing,
and my yield's been potent, so raise your glasses,
glad our plot points intersected on this axis
the fact is , in pursuit of fusing my talents and passions
a lot more than u think goes into this happening
and i'm just gaining traction

Hook:
y'all can tell by the way i use my talk
i'm a music man, yea i bring the funk
ahhhh ahhhh use to point your fingers and go ha ha
now you know you found something ah haaa
c'mon c'mon oooo la la oooo la la

Bridge 2:
Sayonara there will be no tomorrow
if you want one it's gonna cost, better ante up

Sayonara there will be no tomorrow
if you want one it's gonna cost, better ante up

Bridge:
Now's the time
Just let it ride, let it ride
Now's the time
Just let it ride

Hook:
y'all can tell by the way i use my talk
i'm a music man, yea i bring the funk
ahhhh ahhhh use to point your fingers and go ha ha
now you know you found something ah haaa
c'mon c'mon oooo la la oooo la la

Dis Moi

Written By: Henry Canyons


allez dis moi, i know it's tough
allez dis moi, allez allez dis moi

Hook:
dis moi, que'st ce que tu veux
qu'est ce qu'y est passé pour éteindre le feu
alors je cherche du bois, pour toi
c'est pourquoi// je suis la

Tell me, what do you want?
What happened to extinguish the fire?
So I'm gonna go fetch some wood, for you
Thats why I'm here

Verse 1:
i wanted to be your friend not only for my benefit
how i read your sentiments you enjoy what you get from this
time that we spend together, respective pleasures,
both blatant and hidden treasures, baby you're quite excellent
either it means something, or we did it for the hell of it
wake up with a bonjour, following a night of body contours
at dawn caught an encore, need trust to rock raw, so jimmy's in my top drawer
so gentle, unity assembled, cute is sweet, but beauty echoes
motivated by momentum moments left momentos
fluctuating tempos keeps things fresh no mentos
besos on my huevos, what i asked you never said no
feel so blessed so must confess tho yes you special
i'll put in work, tell me how i could be helpful
recollecting when i first saw you saw a halo, then i said hello
but now i'm second guessing because of how we making pretzels

Bridge:
ooooo ooooo how you do? what's cooking good looking
ooooo ooooo how you do? what's cooking good looking

Hook:
dis moi, que'st ce que tu veux
qu'est ce qu'y est passé pour éteindre le feu
alors je cherche du bois, pour toi
c'est pourquoi// je suis la

Tell me, what do you want?
What happened to extinguish the fire?
So I'm gonna go fetch some wood, for you
Thats why I'm here

Verse 2:
je suis la, ne demande pas ou je suis
allez dis moi, petit rendez-vous vers midnuit
prends ton temps, mais ne fais pas sans blanc,
donne moi la verite ou tous ce- que je rendra sera vide

I'm here, don't ask where I am
C'mon tell me, little rendezvous 'round midnight
Take your take, but don't bullshit
Give me the truth or everything I'll give you in return will be empty

ahhhh oui, qu'est ce qui ce passe a ton avis
vis a vis you and me, who knew feels new
c'est nous, bisoux, oui, oui cookoo
marante, maline, sympa, chicouse

ahh yes, what do you think is happening?
vis a vis, you and me, who knew? feels new
it's us, kisses, yes yes, cookoo (hi)
charming, clever, sweet, stylish

i even like how you're odd, and plus we got plenty in common
not trying to stop, just flip you on top, i'm getting exhausted
what could be wrong, never had that talk bout exploring our options
i want you to be honest, cuz it weighs a lot on your subconscious,

Hook:
dis moi, que'st ce que tu veux
qu'est ce qu'y est passé pour éteindre le feu
alors je cherche du bois, pour toi
c'est pourquoi// je suis la

Tell me, what do you want?
What happened to extinguish the fire?
So I'm gonna go fetch some wood, for you
Thats why I'm here

Unconditional

Written By: Henry Canyons

more willing confront, much less that i'm running from
when it comes to intuition many say i'm my mother's son
innovate shapes in other's than my mother's tongue
when it comes to articulation guess that i'm my father's
similar pet peeves, carelessness really bothers us
men of mantras and mottos, takes discipline to follow them
slash and burn the plot on this farm that i harvest from
internalize frustration exhales towards results
all about face, momentum never halts
is it based upon odds on who will evolve?
pay too much mind to others now the time to indulge
though it does sound arrogant my habits were for y'all
so it's back to the lab to evaluate what's wrong
Escapism feeling trapped in a box,
disenchanted with the current state of affairs
til my mentor said "Henry Yo, pull up a chair"
treatment as an equal truly unites people
seems to me nowadays that's pretty rare
half believe it's earned, the others think it's given
ironically there's a lot to say for the man who listens
ears ringing vs lip syncing, former category slim pickings
latter need a ladder to a lifeboat, they're ships sinking as the tide rose
build from the bass, use accents as the high notes
inversions of spelled chords harmonize those high hopes
ride slopes, faint dissonance listening with my eyes closed
and keep it moving unconditionally,
be as it may, hey i'm taking liberty
independently, like coup d'etat sparked by the military
look inside self for the camouflaged enemy
even consider those within close proximity
need some type of removal to fully see the whole entity
tone is key, in both melody and what you telling me uh
is it my paranoia? Are you setting me up?
the betterment of self is better for us
either way, we do what we must. it's all love

and keep the movement unconditional
it's all cyclical, secular and biblical
ritualize time in search of the mystical
transcending signs, i wonder if you feel them too

i mean i ponder how you read them thru
as it states, a leap of faith isn't reasonable
no redeeming refunds corporate said it isn't feasible
despite instinct, backtracked, figured where i need to go
it's all believing to achieve and grow
build bravado how your reach your goals
passed a down tradition grandpa handed me the scrolls
proudly read the Torah in front of my family,
those i hold close, All Rise in the name of God we all rose
Aliayas on my toes, felt a presence til the ark closed
earning answers to the questions i do not know
navigating paths blessed traveller upon a long road
have all sorts of forces weigh in, source maintaining
sometimes discombobulated how it culminated
avoiding what's automated and the formulaic
coordinating orchestrating the aura i'm formulating
and often get caught up as a result of my own impatience
cause and effect, effects are fading cuz the cause is draining
though it's complicated gotta concentrate to articulate it
internalize it then reciprocate it

and keep the movement unconditional
it's all cyclical, secular and biblical
ritualize time in search of the mystical
transcending signs, i wonder if you feel it too

Discography

One Thousand Plateaus EP:
http://henrycanyons.bandcamp.com/album/one-thousand-plateaus

Vignettes:
http://henrycanyons.bandcamp.com/album/vignettes