Denzel Spencer (born April 18, 1996),[1] better known by his stage name Roy Woods, is a Canadian singer, rapper and songwriter.[2][3] Woods is signed to OVO Sound, the record label co-founded by Canadian rapper and singer Drake, record producer Noah "40" Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib. Woods is also the founder of his own collective, Unlock The Underground.

Roy Woods
Woods in 2018
Woods in 2018
Background information
Birth nameDenzel Spencer
Born (1996-04-18) April 18, 1996 (age 26)
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active2014–present
Labels
Websiteroywoods.co

Early lifeEdit

Denzel Spencer was born April 18, 1996, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.[1] For over three years, Woods attended Turner Fenton High School and eventually made a decision to move to St. Augustine Secondary School during his final year.[4] Before his music career took off, he was often recognized for his commitment and talent in the sport of football. The origin of his name "Roy" comes from a youth that lived in the same building as him from Brampton. Woods took a survey throughout his high school and "Roy Wood$" seemed to be the winning ticket.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

2014–present: Career beginnings and Say LessEdit

On July 11, 2015, Drake premiered "Drama", the first song from Woods' EP, Exis. The song was also premiered on Apple's Beats 1 radio during the first OVO Sound radio show.[5] The track also features with the guest appearances from Woods' label boss, Drake. On July 25, 2015, a second song titled "Get You Good" premiered on the second episode of the OVO Sound radio show. On July 31, 2015, Roy released his debut EP Exis digitally through OVO Sound, of which was the record label co-founded by Canadian rapper and singer Drake.[6] On October 9, 2015, Woods released his first music video for his song, "Jealousy".[7] It has since garnered over 9,000,000 views on YouTube.

 
Woods performing in 2016.

On July 1, 2016, Wood's first mixtape, Waking at Dawn, was released and promoted by Woods and other artists, including Drake and Wiz Khalifa through social media.[8][non-primary source needed]

On December 23, 2016, Woods released his second EP, titled Nocturnal.[9]

On July 20, 2017, Woods released the track, "What Are You On?", as the lead single from his debut album, Say Less.[10] On November 17, 2017, Woods released the title track, "Say Less". On December 1, 2017, Woods released his debut studio album, Say Less.[11]

On June 8, 2018, Woods released two new singles, titled "Russian Cream" and "Snow White", with no prior announcement.[12][13]

On February 8, 2019, Roy Woods released a single titled "Worth It".[14]

On September 18, 2019, Roy Woods released a single titled "Bubbly".[15]

On May 8, 2020, Roy Woods released his newest single titled "I Feel It"

On May 15, 2020, Roy Woods released his third EP, titled Dem Times.[16]

ArtistryEdit

Woods has said some of his biggest influences are Michael Jackson, Drake, Nelly, The Weeknd and PartyNextDoor.[17] Woods has also started an artist collective, titled Unlock The Underground, which is a branch of the OVO Sound. The artists on this collective include In-house Producer/Engineer BATMANONTHEBEATZ, RAYNY, and DOLOINDACUT as Wood's Official DJ.[18]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and sales figures
Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
[19]
US
[20]
US
R&B
/HH

[21]
US
R&B

[22]
Say Less
  • Released: December 1, 2017[23]
  • Label: OVO Sound, Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
26 92 38 11

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions and sales figures
Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
[19]
US
[20]
US
R&B
/HH

[21]
US
R&B

[22]
Waking at Dawn 30 127 11 6

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales figures
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
R&B
/HH

[21]
US
R&B

[22]
Exis 27 10
Nocturnal
Dem Times
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

SinglesEdit

Title Year Certification Album
"Drama" 2015 Exis
"Gwan Big Up Urself" 2016 Waking at Dawn
"How I Feel"
"What Are You On?" 2017 Say Less
"Russian Cream" 2018 Non-album singles
"Snow White"
"Worth It" 2019
"Bubbly"
"Juliet & Romeo"
(with Martin Solveig)[28]
"Shot Again"[29] 2020
"Too Much"[30]
(with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Dvbbs)
2021

Other charted and certified songsEdit

Title Year Certification Album
"Get You Good" 2015 Exis
"Instinct"
(featuring MadeinTYO)
2016 Nocturnal

Music videosEdit

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Jealousy" 2015 Jim Joe[31]
"Get You Good" Christo Anesti and Glenn Michael
(Kid. Studio)[32][33][34]
"Gwan Big Up Urself" 2016
"Go Go Go"
"Love You" 2017 Ninja Djacic[35]
"Instinct"
(featuring MadeinTYO)
Elliot Clancy Osberg[36]
"Say Less" Gab3
"Monday to Monday" Unknown
"Something New" 2018 Elliot Clancy Osberg[37]
"Snow White" Alfy[38]

ToursEdit

Headlining
Supporting

FilmographyEdit

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2017 6IX RISING Himself Documentary (non-speaking appearance)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Roy Woods – Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Is Roy Wood$ the Rap Version of Michael Jackson? | NOISEY". Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  3. ^ "Running Through The Six: A Look at Toronto's Emerging Artists". HYPETRAK. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Kumar, Vijai (August 10, 2016). "Brampton Artist Roy Wood$ Shows Love to Turner Fenton in New Music Video". Bramptonist. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "Drake Debuts 3 New Remixes on First Beats 1 Show: Listen Now". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  6. ^ haleemakhan (July 31, 2015). "OVO's Latest Signee Roy Wood$ releases "EXIS" EP". The Source. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "You are being redirected..." theknockturnal.com. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Roy Wood$ on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Stream Roy Woods' "Nocturnal" EP". HipHopDX. December 23, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "Roy Woods – What Are You On?". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "OVO Signee Roy Woods Releases Debut Album, 'Say Less'". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Roy Woods Drops Off New Song 'Russian Cream'". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "Roy Woods Releases A Second Single Called 'Snow White'". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  14. ^ "Roy Woods releases his new single 'Worth It'". REVOLT TV. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "Roy Woods Returns With Celebratory 'Bubbly': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  16. ^ "Dem Times by Roy Woods". Genius. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  17. ^ "Meet Roy Wood$: Young Singer/Rapper From Toronto". Hotnewhiphop.com. October 28, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  18. ^ "FOREFRONT: Roy Wood$ | Unlock The Underground". Sidedoor Magazine. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Roy Woods – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  20. ^ a b "Roy Woods – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  21. ^ a b c "Roy Woods – Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  22. ^ a b c "Roy Woods – Chart History: R&B Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  23. ^ "Instagram post by ROY WOOD$ • Aug 1, 2017 at 9:01 pm UTC". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  24. ^ "Waking at Dawn by Roy Woods". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  25. ^ "Exis – EP by Roy Woods". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  26. ^ a b "British certifications – Roy Woods". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 19, 2021. Type Roy Woods in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  27. ^ a b c "American certifications – Roy Woods". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  28. ^ "Juliet & Romeo – Single by Martin Solveig & Roy Woods" – via Apple Music.
  29. ^ "Roy Woods – Shot Again (Official Audio)". January 30, 2020. Retrieved March 9, 2020 – via YouTube.
  30. ^ "Too Much - Single by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, DVBBS & Roy Woods on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  31. ^ "Watch OVO's Roy Woods Music Video For 'Jealousy'". The Knockturnal. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  32. ^ "Get You Good – Music Video". Kid. Studio. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  33. ^ "Gwan Big Up Urself – Music Video". Kid. Studio. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  34. ^ "Go Go Go – Music Video". Kid. Studio. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  35. ^ "Roy Wood$ Drops a New Video for "Love You"". MissBish. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  36. ^ "WATCH ROY WOODS' IMPACTFUL VIDEO "INSTINCT" FEATURING MADEINTYO". The Source. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  37. ^ "Roy Woods Takes a Trip to Space in His Video for 'Something New'". HighSnobiety. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  38. ^ "Roy Woods Drops New Visual for 'Snow White'". Respect. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  39. ^ "Roy Wood$ Announces "Unlocked" Tour". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  40. ^ "Roy Woods Plots 'Unlocked Tour'". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  41. ^ "Roy Woods designs 2018 Say Less Tour". AXS. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  42. ^ Berry, Peter A. "Roy Woods Unveils Say Less Tour Dates – XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  43. ^ "Drake and Future Announce Summer Sixteen Tour". The Fader. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  44. ^ "Photos of Drake & Migos at Madison Square Garden on Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2019.

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