Five Questions With Toronto Poor Boy

Canadian hip-hop artist, Toronto Poor Boy has released a video for his single, “Big Dreams”, which follows his 2019 single release, “Karma”. “Big Dreams” amplifies the Jamaican-born entertainer’s dynamic blend of hip hop, rock, and reggae, while drawing audiences to his magnetic online presence full of original comedy skits.

Poor Boy’s music is very much a reflection of his complex identity;

I’m very much two people,” he says. “Not innocent or bad, but both parts exist simultaneously.

Ultimately, it’s my goal to inspire those in my community. My message to everyone is to never give up, and keep working on those ‘Big Dreams.’”

Check out the video below and find out more about Toronto Poor Boy via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi, my name is Toronto Poor Boy. I was born in Jamaica but was raised most of my life in Toronto, Canada. Upon arriving in Toronto, I spent my years in many different group/foster homes from all over the city and that is why I put Toronto in my name…the city is a part of who I am and the streets of it are what raised me.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Everything I write comes from my heart. I talk a lot about my past struggles, as well as my current ones. I feel like I have this edgy rock vibe sometimes when I rap cause I put so much passion and soul into my lyrics that it’s almost like you can feel my pain through not only my lyrics but my voice. I’m also very comedic, so you get that side of me in my songs, as well my lyrics just make you enjoy yourself and have a laugh. Writing and free-styling was my way of staying out of trouble, as well as a therapeutic way for me to talk about all the anger and pain of not being close with my family. I always find it hard to define my style. I rap, but my flow/style is quite unique. My Jamaican roots come out in my songs a lot, so you get this sort of hip hop reggae vibe and then you have tracks where I’m truly baring my soul, and it has this rap/rock vibe, and I have those club bangers that mix rap with pop….guess you have to listen to my whole album to figure out my style!

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

No shows at the moment but I’m always ready. I really enjoy entertaining people. I have this funny side to me that always comes out naturally, so I put comedy in my shows. Making people laugh and engaging with the crowd are a big part of my shows. I always bring the energy, too. My songs have too much passion and truth for me to just stand around, so you definitely see lots of energy when I perform.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I just released some really great music that I’m proud of, but I would say Big Dreams is the one to listen to. It’s a really inspirational song about someone who wants to achieve their big dreams and them not giving up, no matter how hard or how long it takes. The video, which is out now, shows kids wanting to be a basketball player and a ballerina, and in the end, it shows them growing up doing what they love. Success doesn’t happen overnight, so just work hard and you can achieve your big dreams. It’s also out now on all distribution platforms, so make sure to get your copy.

We are all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

The Weeknd for sure. Tory Lanez. Even a fan of Celine Dion!

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