Tray $tarks – Teddy Ruxpin [Audio]
Toronto, ON – Tray $tarks – one the latest additions to T.O.’s transformative hip-hop scene- brings a new design to the Screw Face capital with his debut track “Teddy Ruxpin.” $tarks is part-founder of Unlky Designs (a street wear, graphic design and high concept art faction) but he recently revealed that his artistic talents extend beyond just the world of graphic design.
The track was produced by DJ Charli Brown, and gives a crisp foray into the currently frozen landscape of $tarks’ hometown Toronto. It delivers a fantastic breath of fresh air that hears “Teddy Ruxpin” perfectly aligning itself with the far-out vibe of the Unlky crew. Check it out.
I love a song that doesn’t take long to cut to the chase. And within about 30 seconds of “Teddy Ruxpin” unravelling its smooth beat, we can hear $tarks already careening and tumbling his eclectic thoughts into clever rhyme formations. Referencing everything from WWE Wrestlers to Street Fighter charatcters, $tarks slaps us into playful submission with bars like “Now gimme this/ Zangief with these heavy lifts/ These n*ggas is animated/ Something like a funny GIF.” Just hearing $tarks’ smooth delivery, one can’t help but wonder when a collaboration between $tarks and his fellow Unlky crew member Hydeff will hit the net.
It’s been a long time since Toronto (or Canadian hip-hop, for that matter) had a solid movement. Even Drake and his cohorts have emerged as singular acts and only recently have begun to spend time crafting their OVO empire. Similar to the Wu-Tang Clan’s domineering presence in the 1990s, the dawn of the Unlky crews’ sound is beginning to spin Toronto’s hip-hop scene a new direction. Hearing a more cohesive project amongst these talented artists would be, as Ghostface Killah once said, ending this with “a big red cherry on top.”
Written by Brandon Bastaldo for HipHopCanada