He's already got a fan in Drake; now Smiley's looking to win over the world. Drizzy's given the gritty rapper from Toronto's Pelham Park neighbourhood several nods over the years, listing him as an influence on 2018's Scorpion and shouting him out as one of his favourite artists from the city during his Rap Radar interview a couple years ago. (The two even appear on a track together, which leaked last year, and doesn't quite require a Boolean search to find.) His deceptively clever, lackadaisical-yet-menacing bars are one of a kind. This spring Smiley will release Buy. or. Bye 2, the sequel to his 2018 breakout project. Expect the first single "In My Zone" to arrive sometime in February. "I'm going to get more personal on the album about a lot of things," he tells Complex. "I've been working on it and thinking, 'Buy. or. Bye 2, is this album gonna change my life?' I just feel like this is the one. So I have to talk about stuff and just let it all out. I've got to level-up and get to the big leagues." —Alex Nino Gheciu

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