After moving from Eritrea to Kenya to Canada in 2011, Toronto artist Hoodz9 taught himself English as a child by listening to music. He quickly become well versed in melodies and songwriting and developed an interest in pursuing music as a career. But as the oldest of three siblings with no father, Hoodz9 put his love for music on hold to provide for his family. Desperation led to several run-ins with the law and Hoodz9 was eventually forced to spend several months on house arrest in 2018.
During his house arrest boredom led to frustration, which eventually led to determination to pursue music full-time. Within a month of making the decision Hoodz9 had completed over 90 songs. Since then his infectious melodies and raw street tales have garnered hundreds of thousands of streams and YouTube views. He’s also collaborated with Toronto artists Why G, Yung Tory, Ot9, Houdini and more.
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