In the past decade Toronto has risen to become one of the worlds top destinations for music and arts. As hip hop takes on the new mantle as the ‘most listened to’ music in the industry, the city and the artists that call it home will be the ones leading the charge into new and uncharted territories.
Roy Woods is one of those artists. Patiently taking his time to develop his craft in recent years among some of the cities (and even the world’s) top talents, Woods has been cautiously making his way paying meticulous attention to the details that will propel him to the most revered stages, and in the echelons that house the magnates who’ve inspired him to make it this far.
"Michael Jackson was that guy, had the girls crying, people going to the hospital fainting and sh*t. The songs he made, and how he just made me feel is forever, timeless. I was Michael Jackson for Halloween, for four years in a row, back then I could moonwalk. He was a huge inspiration to me, people refer to me like ‘you're the next Michael’, I never expected that, I never thought about that, I just love his music.”
Even so, Roy Woods has been able to gain notable mentors currently dominating the industry and learn from the absolute best as a part of the OVO squad. "Drake's still running sh*t, I was 12 years old, I was in grade 7 bro, I'm 20 now. This guy's on top of the world and he just keeps going, he doesn't stop, he doesn't slow down, he's consistent as f*ck. Drake opened that gateway for Toronto, a city that never had music.”
As Woods and other artists from his hometown continue pushing the wave for great new music and artistic excellence, they all hope to bring up other artists like themselves along the way.
“There’s so much talent that's out there and people are scared to be able to use em because ‘there’s so many people in this field, it’s really hard, it’s like a one in a million’- no, why the f*** are you gonna put your mind in that state when you have the talent already… I wanna help people find a way [to accomplish their dreams.]”