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Pressa, Toronto’s Next Top Artist




Given name: Quinton Armani Gardener

Aliases: Pressa

Date of Birth: 10.5.1996.

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Label: Blue Feathers


About Pressa:

Pressa is a Canadian rapper, singer, and songwriter. He was brought up in Toronto by a Filipino mother and Jamacan father. He grew up in the notorious hood named Jane & Finch, which he often mentiones in his songs.

His breakthough hit was “Novacane,” produced by Murda Beatz. However, he created his unique flow and style in “Canada Goose” ft. Tory Lanez. He opened for Drake and later collaborated with Lil Uzi Vert and Houdini.

His debut album “Prestige” was published in 2019. He dedicated the whole album to his father, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison. His father’s famous nickname was Prestige, which also kind of influenced his stage name.

Pressa’s father was Mark Anthony Gardener, known in the north hood of Toronto for multiple convictions for drugs and violence. Pressa was only one month old when his father commited murder.

He expresses the love for his hood and his struggles through life in his songs. Music has always been an escape door from reality for him. 

He often says: “Things get better when u thought it’ll get worst,” which may be considered a kind of moto that guided him through his life  and career.

He is currently living in Los Angeles, not in Toronto. His net worth is 140 000, and he has 290 000 followers on his Instagram profile so far.

Troubles with the Law

Before he was famous, he was involved in the YBK Gang, and he had many problems with the law.

When he opened for Drake on his Boy Meets World Tour in 2017, he was on bail.

He was accused of pistol-whipping a teenage hostage in a notorious incident in 2016. As a result, many say that he will either end up like his father or in a VIP section.

Recent Years

We can notice that 2020 was the rapper’s most successful year so far, with the releases of mixtapes: Press Machine, Press A Brick, and Prestige, where he expressed his versatility and unique drive for his creative craft.

He also released a debut EP, “Gardner Express,” in December. The name of the EP is a pun on his last name and the Railway that runs through his hometown. It features previously released tracks: “OTM,” “96 Freestyle,” and “Head Tap.”

He works really hard on his songs, and his growth can be noticed from year to year. So no wonder he is getting a lot of calls for collaborations and remixes.

A song that surprised many of his fans was “Blackberry Zap,” a collaboration with Jackboy. In this song, Pressa changes his unique, hard street style to match Jackboy more melodically and harmonically.

He continues to gain fans with new hit releases in 2021.

First, on 4.2.2021, he starts the year off with “Attachments” ft Taliban Glizzy, which has gained over 1 million views.

The song was a hit already, but on 20.5.2021. he releases a music video for the remix of “Attachments” ft the one and only Coi Leray. 

Coi Leray did not miss a chance to add some of her juice to the song.

The song has already gained popularity with over 150.000 views. The rapper is for sure on everybody’s radar, and he is on his way to becoming Toronto’s finest rapper.

Check out the music video for the song “Attachments” ft. Coi Leray in the link below:

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