Ever since he signed to the OVO label, fans have been excited to hear more and more music from Smiley. He is known for his unique tone of voice and distinctive style, which quickly made him a fan favourite artist in Toronto.
His brand new project, which is his first since signing to Drake and OVO is out now and it features an impressive list of collaborators. The project, titled Buy or Bye 2, features guest verses from Toronto’s Golde London, Pressa, Duvy, and of course, Drake. He also secures features from popular American artists like Yung Bleu and OhGeesy.
The album features incredible production throughout with a lot of Toronto influence. In addition to the obvious presence of Toronto artists on the guest verses, the album also features numerous Canadian producers.
A glance at the tracklist before listening to the album should give you an idea of the kind of project Buy or Bye 2 is going to be. The heavy presence of Toronto artists mixed in with popular American artists, lets you know that Smiley wanted to show off on this project.
Even early in his career, Smiley made music that helped him stand out from the crowd. On this project, he does it again. He starts the project off with “When I Die“, on which he sings about the legacy that he’s already created. It’s clear that Smiley is confident in himself and is aware of what he’s been able to accomplish given his humble beginnings. He does this using a mellow flow with dramatic production and beat switches, which leaves lots of room for the songs to get even bigger and more aggressive.
The project is 15 tracks long and although he has a strong list of features, he raps on a majority of the songs alone. Every song, whether it features a guest or not, has production that is hard, exciting, and captivating.
In addition to releasing the album, Smiley shared a music video for the OhGeesy collaboration “How Can I Miss“, which features production credits from DJ Charlie B among others.
Check out the music video and album below and let us know what you think.