Toronto continues to dish out talent as up and coming singer and rapper Roy Wood$ is stepping onto the scene. The 20 year old emcee and singer started singing at the age of 12 and freestyling at a local YMCA at the age of 14. Two years later, at 16, he started to release his music to the public, starting with his song “I Got”. Though the dual role as rapper and singer has become common, it works for Roy on this record as his abilities mesh well together.
His song “Gwan Big Urself Up” is very Caribbean inspired with Wood$ employing a Caribbean accent to give the song an added touch. This song is very reminiscent of the early days of hip hop and R&B, when Sean Paul reigned over the charts. He notes that some of his influences are Michael Jackson, Bone Thugs N’ Harmony, Nelly, and Drake. On his song, “How I Feel”, the Michael Jackson inspiration can definitely be heard as he takes on the cadence and tone that the idol was notable for. His debut EP Exis was released in 2015 hosting a total of 6 songs. The EP includes a feature from Toronto’s very own Drake, who lends a verse on the song “Drama”. Roy Wood$ sings about a girl surrounded by drama while Drake discusses his experience with “lost girls”.
This feature not only premiered on Drake’s OVO Sound, but now Roy joins OVO’s roster of artists at their label. With a powerhouse behind him and standing alongside some of his influences, Roy has the possibility of becoming a superstar. Drake definitely has an ear for talent and many of his artists have gone on to enjoy great success. Only time will tell what will become of Roy Wood$, but he is definitely getting off to a great start. His EP Exis can be found on Sound Cloud, Apple Music, and other streaming services.