We’ve been saying it quite a lot, but it needs to be said again; there’s a lot of artists out there in the 6, some just don’t measure up, some need to take a back seat with this whole music thing, however there are a number of artists that have surpassed the average local rapper, and this man right here, Mr. TT himself is one of those artists. Robin Banks has been putting in some serious work, dropping fire after fire, with videos to match. After putting on a serious music campaign and coining the phrase ‘TT’ (stands for Too Turnt), he got some recognition from the 6 God himself, after he posted, “TT right now. Too much. Too much.” on Instagram.
We had a chance to discuss up with Robin Banks and ask him a few questions to help us and his fans get a better insight into what drives him and what he’s like outside of his music. Without any further hesitation, CanadianDope.com is pleased to bring you this exclusive interview with one of Toronto’s most popping artists, Robin Banks.
Lets get straight into it. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a rapper from the Jane and Finch Community in Toronto, Ontario. I’m from a troubled neighbourhood that’s known for drugs and violence. I tried doing things to get out of it by playing basketball and soccer, but then figured out that music was my #1 talent, so from then I went from writing my rhymes to recording them.
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
What inspired me to pursue this career in music was the struggle I’ve been through and seen my people go through. But what motivates me more is the block I’m from; you don’t get many opportunities and chances because everybody doubts a “Hood Nigga”. So for that reason I go hard in the studio everyday.
Do you feel you have a specific sound and how have your roots, (like where you were raised, your experiences, etc.) influenced your style?
I don’t think I have a specific sound but I do think my sound is different in comparison to other rappers in my city. My influence on my music is really the turn ups and the fun we have. Everybody in this city wants to make hood music and trap music, looking all serious and shit, not saying there’s anything wrong with that, I would just rather show how we turn up cause everybody knows where I’m from and how we get down.
What makes you stand out from other Toronto rappers?
I think what makes me stand out is that I always have a catchy hook, no matter if the single is trap or turn up one thing I make sure is that my hook is always on point because I feel like the hook is what grabs peoples attention.
Your tracks and video’s have been getting a lot of attention recently, one getting co-signed by Drake on Instagram. How has the attention affected you, and your music?
I haven’t been affected by the attention in any way when it comes to my personality or ego because this is what I was expecting but it did affect my music by helping me be able to switch up my style and sounds.
The Entertainment. What can we expect from this project? When can we expect it to hit the streets?
The Entertainment will have all different kinds of sounds for all different kinds of people. I don’t have an exact date for the release of the tape but I’m trying get it out real soon.
What’s next for Robin Banks?
Once I get this mixtape out I’m trying to line up a lot more shows for myself.
Anything else you want to let people know? Any Shout Outs?
S/O to my brothers UTM IMG SOS 3Letters.. The whole North Side campaign. Look out for my bros Richie Stacks and Big Bills they got some heat coming out too! This is just a start for us I was just warming up haha.