Toronto’s rap music scene is blossoming. The city has bred a sound that people can’t quite put their finger on. Industry juggernauts from the six such as Drake and The Weeknd have cultivated entirely different sounds. And from these two styles, they have birthed an underworld of artists ranging in genres. The underground sound of Toronto is enigmatic. The once popular high pitched and almost whiny sound of artists such as Pressa and Killy has died down, making way for a style I refer to as “Northern Trap”.
That is where TOPBOYLEXUS thrives. His melodic yet hard hitting sound makes him an artist that you can only be excited for. With no official projects or EP’s released on streaming services, he already has fans, including myself, eager to hear more. He embodies the Toronto sound I am growing to love, soulful yet brash, harmonic yet cut throat, emphatic yet reserved. His sound makes me feel like I’m drinking a bottle of Moët at a bush party.
Despite his small catalog, TOPBOYLEXUS seems to have found a groove. His first drop in 2021, Shazam, was released in February and was accompanied by a music video in June. Working with directors Sip Entertainment and Jesil, the trio put together a top tier project. The dark visuals pair with the song’s eerie beat and result in a movie that has us feel like TOPBOY is hovering 20 feet above us on the beat. Plus he has fucking laser vision, and who doesn’t love laser vision.
TOPBOYLEXUS can be described as a perfect embodiment of the growing underworld of the Toronto music scene. It is artists like him that have the world looking at the city with a microscope. His ability to float on beats with rhyme schemes you can’t help but get stuck in your head is the reason people are growing to love the sound coming out of the city.
I have been interviewing artists and writing blogs about them for almost two years now, but if there is anything I know from being in this profession, it is that an artist like TOPBOY is here to stay. Judging by his Instagram and his most recent three posts, we are due for a release from the young Toronto artist. He has been teasing a new music video for a song titled, “Make It”, slated to drop on October 1.
He has already begun working on the video, in which he looks to be going full vigilante in a paintball arena, while smoking gas and doing his dance around the place. These short snippets TOPBOY has posted have me excited as the song sounds like what I would call an evolved track.
Throughout his career, there is an undeniable fact that TOPBOYLEXUS has been evolving, growing and refining. The difference in quality, word play and rhyme schemes from his first track “Sweet Diana,” to the snippets we can find on his IG is astronomical. It seems as if with every track he hones in on his sound, experimenting in ways that are getting him products he should no doubt be proud of. TOPBOYLEXUS is and will be one of the most exciting artists to come out of the city in the genre of “Northern Trap” as long as he keeps on his path . With his lofty bars and hard hitting beats, he has listeners on the edge of their seats when it comes to wondering when the album is coming out.
Says the man himself: “Doesn’t really matter where you come from, how you plan on doing it, or how you’re doing it. If I was to think about how the whole thing started, I probably won’t be here now.” All it took was a dream that turned into something to live for.
Written by, John Balser.