Teddy Fantum makes strong debut on Toronto scene with revealing Help Me album
Toronto, ON – Teddy Fantum’s debut project Help Me is an open cry for those battling with mental demons and past scars. The 28-year-old Toronto rapper has been a hidden gem in the scene since 2011, where he toured with the likes of Mac Miller and his friend The Weeknd. Since then, he’s been in and out his city’s after-hour party scene – trying to figure out his place and identity as an artist.
Help Me is a strange, dark yet transparent dive into Fantum’s world. From the opening track “Darkest Hour,” the Toronto-native begins a sonically-booming downward spiral of mental unrest. Fantum rides this wave of vulnerability with the psychedelic-airy track “Moments” where he raps “Don’t go following the light, it’s a trap.” The album breaks off to a more trapped-out, romantic tone with tracks like “On Me” and “Cyberia,” both featuring fellow Torontonian G Milla. The closing track, “Like A Star” features an eerie, drugged out monologue of Fantum which closely resembles something of a Kanye-Cudi auto-tuned cutaway.
Listening to Help Me feels like trucking through the murky waters of addiction and loneliness only to arrive at a golden gate of ultimate understanding. For Fantum, Help Me is a giant leap into piecing together his personal and musical journey while establishing himself as a new force in the Toronto scene.
Written by Pavle Vuj for HipHopCanada