On December of 2015 an energetic and catchy new Toronto trap hit surfaced to the local hip-hop scene called Kawalling. The song was released by a Somali-Canadian rapper DollaSign $heed from Weston Rd who is a part of the same independent music group as J Soul—The Public fka RVRE Republic. As a matter of fact the Rich Gang signee and Toronto singer/rapper makes an appearance in the video for $heed’s hit Kawalling. This buzz must have got $heed working even hard because now, less than a year after his first release he drops off his debut project Ward 11.
After creating a hype for himself with Kawalling–which is a Somali term that became common in modern Toronto slang–$heed released scattered content, which were mainly features. The Weston Rd rapper received mentions on Complex Mag and The Fader and has only grown since his first release.
Now in October 2016 $heed makes his mark with a Complex premiere for his strong first project titled after the Ward from Toronto which he’s from. Right from the beginning $heed comes on the same high energy trap rapping, which he had delivered on the singles Kawalling and Ferragamo. The first three songs are over beats with a lot of banging trap bass and $heed delivers bars.
The middle of the project showcases a more experimental $heed. The Weston Rd rapper delivers three records in which he takes a shot at singing. No Time, Focused, and AirBnB are the tracks where you could hear the singing/rapping side of $heed. Although there’s a subtle auto-tune over his vocals, $heed does his thing with the melodies and it works for him.
The closing of the mixtape includes $heed’s local hit Kawalling an interlude and the final track is collaboration with two artists called B.U.H. and Marcanada.
Weston Road has proven to be a breeding ground for a lot of Toronto’s hip-hop talent, and $heed is the current example of it. Toronto rappers are prouder than ever and $heed brings that beautiful civic pride to his project Ward 11. $heed proves he can do more than just rap and that he’s here to stay with this debut project.