Born David Afriyie Obeng, Canadian songwriter and artist Friyie is one of Toronto’s best kept secrets.
The second generation Ontarian of Ghanian descent, came of age in the six’s notorious Jane & Finch neighborhood, long known for its criminal and gang activity. It was in this rugged environment that a young Obeng began developing an interest in music and the arts & followed his dream to become a Toronto rapper.
Fast forward a few years and a teenage David Obeng begins recording music at the age of 14 and even drops his very first mixtape under the moniker “D-Money Chaser” entitled Hottest in the City Vol. 1 at the tender age of 16.
This early project opened some doors, such as appearing on the local talent showcase Toronto’s Got Talent, which in turn began garnering some early supporters for the budding artist’s work.
While continuing to refine his craft and musical persona, Obeng got his first real break while attending York University in his hometown of Toronto. Now going by the name Friyie, which is a play on his middle name Afriyie, the artist released “Come and Get It” a single produced by frequent collaborator TwoTone. This record went on to garner enough buzz to be featured on DJ Charlie B’s summer of 2016 mixtape, which would lead to more opportunities.
One such opportunity would come that same year, in the form of a guest spot on Meeno Giinchy’s Giinchy 5x project, where he ended up appearing on 8 of the tape’s 16 tracks. It was this momentum that would propel the then 22 year old artist to his biggest breakthrough yet.
Fight fans will recall the sanctioned boxing match between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Conor McGregor as the event of summer 2017. It would be Friyie’s 2017 hit single “Money Team” which would become the unofficial track to the blockbuster mega-fight after landing on Floyd Mayweather’s curated playlist and amassing over 1 million views on YouTube.
This led to Friyie opening up for Cardi B at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada the same year and a groundswell of new support from fans all over the world, for who Money Team was a summer anthem.
The now up and coming artist took the 2018 calendar year to work on what would become his most impressive body of work at the time – ANF: Ain’t Nothing Free, which would also contain musical material from 2016, 2017 and serve as his debut EP. Originally released in March 2019, the project received critical acclaim from Now, Exclaim! And other independent music publications which warmly received the album.
Friyie would follow this up with another EP in June 2020 titled, Before The Fight, releasing both an original and a deluxe version three months later. The artist has collaborated with the likes of Grammy award winner, Roddy Ricch, Juno award winner Tory Lanez, Bun B, Rick Ross, and Billboard charting reggaeton artist Dexta Daps.
While Friyie’s trials, tribulations, and self-reflection have now solidified his sound, the artist attests that he has “much more vibes in the vault” which will soon be released for the world to hear and he promises that the next project he has in the works “will be his greatest yet”. He plans to release this new piece of work within the next couple of months so stay tuned!
Until then, fans are getting helped to a steady dose of new material to tide them over via the artist’s #FriyieFridays series, which most recently included the release of a brand new single and video, Major League, which is now available on all platforms.
AstroKidJay, A Young Artist Coming Out Of Toronto
WHO IS ASTROKIDJAY?
Place of birth: Toronto
AstroKidJay skyrocketed his career with a track called “ Ibiza”, which took over the rap world in seconds. People didn’t believe him when he said he recorded it in the closet, but it was definitely worth it.
Even though many thought after “ Ibiza”, the young rapper would keep releasing song after song, his new manager told him to focus on his lyrics and flow and then come out with something top-notch.
Until 2021, Astro Kid was laying low but perfecting his craft by experimenting and reading books.
In 2021 AstroKidJay finally dropped “ Wizard Boy” the album, and he signed a major record label deal. He says his main inspiration for the first album was the 2000s.
In the meantime, he dropped cool singles and dope music videos like “ My Time”, “ Goldeneye”, “ Airplane Mode”, and “ Will or Won’t.” Astro Kid says his new album is something totally different and versatile. He says he is in a completely new era of his life that he would like to share with his fans.
He dropped his second album on April 22nd, 2022. The album “ Rose Out The Mud” has 10 tracks, and one of them is called “ Alicia Keys”. The rapper says the singer is one of the role models he listened to back in the day.
We hope Astro Kid won’t leave us waiting for years to drop something new. Still, we have an awesome album to listen to in the meantime, don’t miss out on it.
His newest music video is for “ Shots”, so don’t forget to check it out below on this page. Leave a comment if you think the music video is something special.
Paris Richards, One Of The Most Known Female Artists From Toronto
GET TO KNOW PARIS RICHARDS
Nickname: Paris Richards
Place of birth: Toronto, Canada
Instagram profile: https://www.instagram.com/paris_richards/
Paris Richards says she always used music as a form of expression, but she never thought of it as her passion because of the male-dominated industry. She started off as an exotic dancer, and now she is a mom and one of the rising female artists in Toronto.
In 2014, she went to the studio and gave it a try. Her first official song, “6ix Queen,” came out in 2016. Her breakthrough hit was “Run it Up” in 2018. The song made it to Radio Flow 93,5 Toronto, which is a big success.
After “Run it Up,” she collaborated with Moshine on a song called “Savage.” In 2020 she dropped “He say she say.” After a break in 2021, Paris Richards dropped “Heart in the Trap,” produced by a Grammy-winning producer, and got 250k streams on Spotify.
The rapper started off 2022 with a powerful vibe by dropping “Woah Vicky,” which is later a bonus track on her album. She dropped “Queen of the 6ix” recently; The album went to 2nd place on the Itunes Hip-Hop charts All Genres. She said the album is her first real body of work and a milestone for her career.
She has worked on the album for a long time and released 9 fire songs. She collaborated with Kash Doll and Jully Black on the album.
The name “Queen of the 6ix” is not only a name she has carried with her forever, but now it is her official trademark. With this album, she is getting the recognition she deserves when it comes to real raps.
We hope this year she will finalize her dream when it comes to working with some of the big stars like Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and others.
Chromazz, A Known Female Artist From Toronto
WHO IS CHROMAZZ?
Place of birth: Toronto, Canada
An unexpected story even for her, who didn’t dream of becoming a rapper. Chromazz started working at a spa, and now she is one of the wealthiest female rappers in Toronto. She became famous when she dropped her first song, “Baddie”, in 2020. The music video got 23M views and launched her career.
Before that, she dropped “Water Paste”, but it wasn’t her breakthrough hit. The song was her first attempt at becoming viral.
She dropped another music video for “Let’s Go” in 2020. In May, it was the perfect time to drop “Quarantina”. The sexy music video got her the attention she needed. Even though she quickly got views, many of them commented that she should not open her mouth.
She didn’t quit, and later on, she dropped “Chromita”, which is her most iconic song so far. Another big win for the rapper was “Marcus The Stallion”, with 380k views. This was intentional diss at Megan, but the rapper didn’t respond.
She did a collaboration with Cholocash on “Henessy” seven months ago. She dropped the newest collaboration, “Beyblade”, with Yung Leeks two months ago. In the bio, she said that her IG is constantly being deleted, so she can’t reach out to her fans.
The newest collaboration has dope visuals and some fire lyrics, and it is probably her best work so far. Fans have commented that she has finally found her sound and that she should stick to it.
She also commented, “Stay Tuned”, so maybe we can expect an album from the rapper soon. She has the platform and the bars todo it, so why wait?
Don’t forget to check out her music, especially her last track, “Beyblade”.
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