13 (Pronounced One-Trey) is an emerging artist from Toronto who’s lyrics tell the stories of the cities street life. Unafraid to reveal harsh realities about our society in his music, Trey provides an authentic first person perspective for listeners and brings them into his world. Recently releasing his debut single and video titled “Westend”, 13 has taken many listeners by surprise by both his lyrical and melodical skills behind the mic, and his first single is memorable with powerfully quotable lyrics throughout.
Speaking on the significance of “Westend”, 13 says “This is my debut release and I give the audience a glimpse of real life events in the music video to tell my story. I consider myself a prophet of the streets, one that’ll tell you dark truths about society as a young African man coming from poverty.”. The single is produced by Rayny with the music video being directed by Lawraines and Kavin Roberts from Toronto. The video captures the trials and tribulations that come with the life 13 chose and portrays true events from his past.
At a young age, 13 has already lived a life time’s worth of challenges and hardships. Spending much of his teen years incarcerated over a robbery-gone-wrong that turned violent, Trey used the situation as a lesson and decided to reform his life. While incarcerated he graduated high school and accomplished several academic achievements. He received scholarships to multiple colleges in the greater Toronto area and took a liking towards music. Upon his release from jail 13 made a vow to devote his life to music and commit to doing whatever it takes to turn his life around
With a musical style that is reminiscent of the gangsta rap and street rappers from the early 2000’s, 13 has been compared to artists like 50 Cent and Nate Dogg while having recognizable influences in his sound from Jadakiss and Styles P to 2Pac and Big. Be on the look out for more new music and video releases from 13 and watch and share the “Westend” video out now!