Since receiving a powerful Drake cosign, breakout Torontro rapper Smiley (or Smiley_61st) has been working hard to remain one of his city’s hottest topics of discussion.
• Smiley rose to fame during the 2018 feud between Pusha T and Drake. After briefly withdrawing from social media, Drake hinted at his return with a comment on Smiley’s Instagram, drawing fans and curious onlookers to the rising rapper’s page.
• Drake later cited Smiley’s 2018 Buy. or. Bye. as inspiration for Scorpion. This cosign marked Smiley as an artist to watch, and Buy. or. Bye. has since garnered more than a million streams across platforms.
• Capitalizing on his moment in the spotlight, Smiley returned in 2019 with Road to Buy or Bye 2 (The Playlist).