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Houdini (rapper)

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Background information
Birth nameDimarjio Antonio Jenkins
Also known assingle
BornJuly 23rd 1998
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
OriginBelmont, Ontario, Canada
Died27 May 2020 in Toronto
GenresCanadian hip hop
Years active2016;present
LabelsUpTop Movement, Inc.
Create Music Group
Associated acts

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Houdini a Canadian rapper who was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and died 27 May 2020 in Toronto. He gained recognition from his hit songs “Late Nights”, "Myself" and “Backseats”, and his collaborations with fellow rappers Pressa, Robin Banks and NorthSideBenji.[1] He released his debut mixtape Hou I Am on February 13, 2019. His sophomore mixtape Hou Woulda Thought followed on August 2, 2019.[2] On March 18, 2020 Houdini dropped his final mixtape while alive which was a 5 song EP titled “underGROUND. [3]


2016–2019: Beginnings, Hou I Am, Hou Woulda Thought and underGROUND[edit]

Houdini started his career in 2016, having released various freestyles through social platforms. He gained recognition having featured on the single 456 alongside TallupTwinz and Burna Bandz released on August 17, 2017. Canadian rapper Robin Banks founded UpTop Movement Inc. in the same year, a record label based in Toronto. The record label showcases young and upcoming artists from the North-West end of Toronto and signed Houdini to the label.[4][5]

Houdini released the single Late Nights featuring Burna Bandz on May 8, 2018. The music video amassed over 1 million views within a month of being released.[6][7]

On April 1st 2018, Houdini and fellow associates such as Burna Bandz, Pressa, Robin Banks Etc. Dropped a joint mixtape featuring 27 songs titled “Northside Jane” including “Late Nights”, “One of mines” and “No Favours” which combined have just under 10 million views on YouTube. [8]

Houdini released his debut mixtape Hou I Am on February 13, 2019.[9] The mixtape featured guest appearances from NorthSideBenji, Burna Bandz, Tallup Twinz, Pressa,[10] and J Neat.[11] The album peaked at 27 on the Canadian Independent Music Charts[12] and 29 on the iTunes charts and stayed on the charts for 4 days.[13] Houdini was featured on NorthSideBenji's single Levels.[14] On April 18, 2019, Houdini released an acoustic version of his single Myself with viral uekelele player Einer Bankz.[15][16]

His second mixtape, Who Woulda Thought was released on August 2, 2019.[17] It was supported by the singles; Freak,[18] Kenzo,[19] Belmont Boyz and Ain’t Gon Cap and the album lists no featured guests, unlike the previous mixtape. It peaked at 56 on the ITunes chart.[20][21] Both mixtapes were released independently and with Create Music Group.[22]

His third mixtape was a 5 song EP titled “underGROUND” which dropped March 18, 2020. It was the last studio album Houdini dropped while alive. The EP contains hit songs “Big Time” and “Fantastic”. [23]


May 27, 2020[edit]

On May 27, 2020 around 4pm Houdini and fellow associates were ambushed by a single shooter while exiting the Bisha Hotel on Blue Jays Way and Peter in Toronto. Houdini was quickly rushed to the hospital but shortly succumbed to his injuries. Houdini’s death was shocking to the rap world as it marked another rapper gunned down in their own city. Fellow rappers such as Meek Mill, Killy and Tory Lanez paid their respects on Instagram to the young rapper.[24]



  • 2019: Hou I Am
  • 2019: Hou Woulda Thought[25]
  • 2020: “underGROUND”


  1. "Exclusive Interview With Up-And-Coming Rapper – Houdini". July 20, 2018.
  2. "Houdini Archives".
  3. https://www.complex.com/music/2020/03/houdini. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. "UpTop Movement Inc". YouTube.
  5. https://www.instagram.com/Houdini/
  6. "r/hiphopheads - Houdini Toronto Rapper?". reddit.
  7. "Houdini x Burna Bandz - Late Nights (Official Video)" – via www.youtube.com.
  8. https://www.hiphopcanada.com/northside-jane-compilation/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. "Hou I Am: Toronto artist Houdini releases new project". HipHopCanada. February 16, 2019.
  10. "Pressa Brings Out Houdini For Live Performance" – via www.youtube.com.
  11. "To Thine Own Self Be True ft WhyG X Burna Bandz & Houdini- S&M w/ JellyTooFly G-Host Melizia E109". February 7, 2019.
  12. "CIMA 40 | Canadian Independent Music Association". cimamusic.ca.
  13. "iTunesCharts.net: 'Hou I Am' by Houdini (Canadian Albums iTunes Chart)". www.itunescharts.net.
  14. "NorthSideBenji Reaches New "Levels" with His Latest Music Video". Complex.
  15. "Watch Canadian rapper Houdini perform an acoustic version of "Myself" with Einer Bankz". GRM Daily - Grime, Rap music and Culture.
  16. "Toronto Artist Houdini Drops "HOU I AM" Project". February 22, 2019.
  17. "hou woulda thought at DuckDuckGo". duckduckgo.com.
  18. "Song of the Day: Houdini enlists Sadatr to direct "Freak"". HipHopCanada. September 22, 2019.
  19. "Toronto Rapper Houdini Releases "Kenzo" Video". October 20, 2019.
  20. "Houdini Chart Positions on iTunes/Spotify/YouTube". kworb.net.
  21. "iTunesCharts.net: 'Hou Woulda Thought' by Houdini (Canadian Albums iTunes Chart)". www.itunescharts.net.
  22. "HOUDINI/Create Music Group". www.traxsource.com.
  23. https://www.complex.com/music/2020/03/houdini. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. https://globalnews.ca/news/6991259/toronto-rapper-houdini-dead/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  25. "Hou Woulda Thought by Houdini" – via music.apple.com.

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