Meet the Artist: Todd Googoo

Name: Todd Googoo aka SHiFT FROM THA 902

City: We’koqma’q First Nation, Nova Scotia

Genre: Hip hop

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A bit about myself:

I’m from a small Mi’kmaq reservation called We’koqma’q First Nation on the Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. I’ve always been really into hip hop, from the clothes to the videos to the lyrics to the beats.

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My great uncle was a well-known Mi’kmaq singer and my dad was a drummer. I’ve been making music since age 12, and for the past five years I’ve been traveling, doing shows and building a fan base around the Maritimes. Over the past year I’ve done shows with Classified, Merkules, Joyner Lucas  and Riff Raff. Last year, I had Toronto MC Shad as a mentor through the RPM.FM digital mentorship, and I just released my self-titled debut album in May 2018.

Influences:

Eminem, Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G, 50 Cent, Classified, Drake, Merkules, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, plus countless others that I’m forgetting.

The first album I bought:

50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin’

The first concert I went to:

50 Cent in Halifax.

The last concert I went to:

Joyner Lucas.

The last song I listened to:

Big Pun, Still Not a Player

My favourite song of all time:

Drake, Feel No Ways

My dream gig:

A show in NYC or LA.

Myself in three words:

Family, friends, music.

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received:

“Don’t care what anyone thinks or says to you.” – My mama.

Beatles or Rolling Stones:

Beatles for sure.

What I do to pay the bills:

Basically doing shows as of right now.

When I’m not making music, I’m …

With my son and my girlfriend, hanging out with friends, visiting/annoying my mom and brothers, or on the road doing a show.

Something people would be surprised to learn about me:

I wear glasses but you’ll never see me wearing them.

What I’m currently working on: 

A single to start my next project, but that’s not for a minute because I just released an album.

If my life were a song, the title would be …

Mo Money, Mo Problems.

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