Mouraine brings on Westside Boogie for “Big Dawg” from forthcoming album In Search Of Gold

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April 20 2023


“Mouraine’s energetic persona and smooth rapping feels equal parts commanding yet carefree... a diverse flow, smooth cadence, and topical lyrical content”

Complex Canada

“a Testament to Hustling... This rapper's struggle makes others look like kindergarten... reminiscent to a Lupe Fiasco joint circa Food & Liquor”


“an unapologetic outpouring of inner strength and feverish resolve. It’s a raw rush of passion; a product of persistence and a statement of artistic intent – not to mention a hard-hitting introduction for anyone not already acquainted with the fast-rising, sharp-tongued talent”

Atwood Magazine

“Dexterous verses and a catchy, memorable chorus full of charisma…this adrenaline-fuelled cut provides much replay value”


“Mouraine’s urgent raps are made all the more so as he cajoles and commands the audience”


In Search of Gold is out May 5, presave it here.

“Big Dawg” is out now, buy/stream it here.

Mouraine today teams up with Westside Boogie on “Big Dawg,” from his forthcoming album, In Search of Gold. It’s buzzing with confidence and bass, with Westside Boogie’s verse ripping in like thunder in this heat storm of a track. Listen/watch “Big Dawg” HERE, and presave In Search of Gold HERE.

Connecting originally over Instagram, Mouraine and Westside Boogie clicked instantly – even over text. Once they started working together over “Big Dawg,” the creativity, collaboration, and mutual respect came pouring out. The chants in the background of the single come across almost as a bark to stand your ground – to commit to making things better for yourself, for your family, and for your community.

Of the track, Mouraine says, “This song is about the underdog becoming the Big Dawg. Growing up as the little guy with a big heart has always been a blessing in disguise. It humbled me, but it also never limited or kept me from achieving anything I wanted. ‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Artistically, Mouraine strikes a trifecta of swagger, buoyancy and humility in his music and demeanor. If his beaming grin doesn’t instantly pull you in, his charisma and cadence definitely will. Seeking asylum from his home country with his mother and siblings at the age of 10, unable to speak a word of English, Mouraine turned to watching hip hop music videos and poetry, which ultimately became his teacher and solace.

Deeply inspired by the way his favorite rappers could energize and demand the attention of a crowd, Mouraine began writing and recording music. He wrote and performed with his two younger brothers as The Overachievers before making his solo debut in 2017 with his mixtape Cold Mornings 2. He’s since shared stages with the likes of Mac Miller, J.Cole, T-Pain, Big Sean, Pusha T, Classified, and many others; still, he retains a humble underdog attitude throughout. His recent Bigger Dreams EP, that sought praise from Complex, The Source, CBC, Earmilk, Exclaim!, and many more, set the stage for Mouraine‘s next anticipated chapter, following collaborations with WCMA Producers of the Year, Deadmen (Begonia, Ashleigh Ball, Royal Canoe), promotional features with Footlocker, Toronto Raptors games and other major sporting events across the country he now calls home, Mouraine is on the cusp of an enduring legacy.

Motivated by raising the next generation of dreamers, creators, and policymakers, Mouraine’s sights are set high. He recently performed at JUNOFest, and he’ll be hitting the road for shows in the UK for Focus Wales, The Great Escape, and more.

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