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“Therapy Session” with Edmonton’s Young Tox [Interview]

Edmonton, AB – Edmontonian rapper Levi “Young Tox” Gray has just released a highly emotional video for “Therapy Session” off of his debut mixtape Intoxicated.

“Music—especially writing music—has always been very therapeutic for me,” said Gray. The video shows Tox in a one-on-one therapy session discussing his life. The track follows a question-and-answer format and covers a range of stresses in Tox’s life including industry pitfalls, getting out of the drug-dealing scene, and – get stoked on this one, ladies—his love life and lack thereof. The video was directed by Jeff Eckert and produced by Stress. Though the video shows him in a therapy session, Tox admits that he hasn’t actually ever had therapy. “Music has always filled that role for me. Maybe I could use some, though,” said Gray.

HipHopCanada caught up with Tox for our own little one-on-one to find out more about the new video, Tox’s therapeutic experiences, and the “bad bitches” that blow up his phone. Check out the video below and look for the interview after the jump.

Tox - Therapy Session [Video] -

Young Tox: Q&A

Interview conducted by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada

HipHopCanada: In the video, you’re seeing the therapist because you’re “stressed out.” What stresses have come up for you in the hip-hop scene?

Young Tox: The over-saturation of the scene and the politics that have come with the social media and blog-age stress me out a lot. I’ve always believed in the old-school fundamentals of getting on a beat and showing your skills was what showed if you’re a dope MC. All the gimmicks and fakeness that fills the industry these days is whack. Also, promoters that create artificial relationships with artists for personal gain is a big pet peeve [of mine].

HipHopCanada: Who was the “Bad Bitch” on your BlackBerry?

Young Tox: The “Bad Bitch” represents a woman in my life who would blow up my phone all day and stress me out to the point [that] I wished I didn’t even have a phone.

HipHopCanada: Did you actually have an ex who “popped X and sniffed blow the whole night”?

Young Tox: Not necessarily exes—but I have had a lot of women close to me that fell to addictions. Sad story.

HipHopCanada: What caused you to want to share these struggles with your listeners?

Young Tox: I just wanted to show my fans my story in the deepest and most accurate way possible. [I wanted] to show them that I also have my vulnerabilities and have gone through the same day-to-day struggles that they have.

HipHopCanada: Would you say you’re at a low point or a high point in life right now?

Young Tox: I’d say I’m at a high point. I read in a book from Canadian legend Maestro [Fresh Wes] to always keep a picture of yourself as a teen in your wallet to remind yourself how far you’ve come. I might not be exactly where I want to be yet. But when I look where I came from and where I am now, I’m doing pretty damn good.

HipHopCanada: Tell us about your beef with promoters “who only care about how much the cheque pays.”

Young Tox: Promoters claim they are trying to help your cause but really only care about their own gain in the end. My city has an epidemic right now of promoters who will let virtually any MC—no matter how whack they are—get on a show, as long as they sell tickets [or] pay to get on. Not a good look.

HipHopCanada: Thanks, Tox. Any last words for the HipHopCanada readers?

Young Tox: Thank you for your continued support. Always stay true to real hip-hop, always stay true to yourself and God bless.

Interview conducted by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada

Young Tox in Concert: May 23

Tox is currently planning a shoot for his next video as well as the release of a new album that is dropping in September. Catch Tox opening for Fabolous and Pusha T at Encore Nightclub (8882 – 170 St. NW) in Edmonton on May 23. Tickets are $75 – $90 and doors open at 9 p.m. Download a free copy of Intoxicated off of DatPiff.

Tox - Therapy Session [Video] -

Twitter: @YoungTox

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Sarah Jay is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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