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Roy Woods
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Woods in 2018
Background information
Birth nameDenzel Spencer
Born (1996-04-18) April 18, 1996 (age 23)
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

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

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  • ✪ Roy Woods "Say Less" Official Lyrics & Meaning | Verified
  • ✪ Roy Woods - Snow White [Official Audio]
  • ✪ Roy Woods - Jealousy [Official Video]
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  • ✪ Roy Woods - Go Go Go [Official Video]


When it’s through music, they actually, people fucking listen. They actually fucking listen. You can tell somebody the same fucking thing, the sentence 100 times, and then go record it on a track next day, and they’ll go "Oh I understand what you mean now." Facts. People don’t like to listen unless they’re forced to so I try to tell the mic everything, ‘cause some people just didn’t wanna listen to me. It was a very random session. Very natural session. LUCA. presented the beat to me. He ran it and I was like, “What the hell is this? This right here. This is the one. I love this beat." I just kept freestyling, and then there was one part that really stood out. It was like, “Say less, say less, say less, say less, say less.” Instead of telling me you’re gonna do it, just show me baby. Show me what’s going on girl. Sometimes when I have girls over at my crib, when I be out, and I have girls and I tell them come over to my hotel or whatever. They're like, "Oh my god. Why your room so hot?" "Like you have Africa or Jamaica here? Can you please turn it down?" Nah. This is how I keep it. I need it like this. You know what I’m saying? That's a Toronto thing. Everybody from the West End, to the East of Toronto says "say less." Whether you're Asian, White, Black, Hispanic, don't matter. Everybody says "say less." ‘Cause I’m like I really don’t understand what you’re talking about. So say less fam. I don’t need to...we don’t need to keep going. I understand. Say less. I keep myself lonely because it's easier for me to be lonely from like bullshit. I stay away from negativity. When I mean lonely, I'm not always alone. But I love having alone time. And sometimes I actually will be alone when I wake up. Like, "Oh shit. I'm alone in this bitch. Nobody in the crib." I'll play video games a lot, or I watch a whole bunch of Netflix. I have my ones I watch. So I'll just watch my runs, we'll have a marathon. She moves around a lot. She moves around a lot. She hops around a lot. I can’t say too much. She’s around a lot. Crew hopping is a thing that goes on everywhere. It’s not happening in one city, not in one place, not one environment too. Happens in music, sports, all sorts of businesses, all sorts of environments and shit. Girl or guy. It doesn't matter. We make plans. You'll tell me, "Yeah, I'm going to come through." And you just got me waiting. Like, bro you could have hit me up from time say, "Yo bro, I can't make it." It's all good, no problem. But when you just leave me there in the blue, have me waiting for you. Come on where's the respect? You know what I'm saying. Come on, I need that. When you feel like you're lost, and you don't know what to do, it's like you're almost stuck. You feel really stuck, don't know who to talk to, don't know how to feel, how to act. You have to know that you're not alone. Even though you may feel lonely in this world, you're never alone. And it's always people out there that really do care for you, and really do love you. You just can't be blind to them. You can't be selfish, to want the people that you want to love you, love you. Nah, that's not how the world works. The people that love you, love you for a reason. And you have to just appreciate that, and be grateful for them, because bro you can be dead ass lonely out here. My form of expressing my pain, and getting things off of my head. Making sure that I'm sane in my head. So when I make music, I'm not just making for you guys, but I make it for me too. I'm literally making it for me too, 'cause I need to get these things out of my head. I don't like doing a lot of talking when it comes down to my life in the first place. I like telling the mic my tale.


Early life

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. 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.


2014–present: Career beginnings and Say Less

On July 11, 2015, Drake premiered the first song, called "Drama" from Woods' EP, titled Exis. The song was also premiered on Apple's Beats 1 radio during the first OVO Sound radio show.[4] 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. On October 9, 2015, Woods released his first music video for his song, "Jealousy". It has since garnered over 9,000,000 views on YouTube.

Woods performing in 2016.
Woods performing in 2016.

In 2016, Woods announced via Twitter that his new project, titled Waking at Dawn will be dropping soon. Waking at Dawn was released on July 1, 2016, promoted by Woods and other artists, including Drake and Wiz Khalifa through social media.[5]

On December 22, 2016, Woods released his second EP, titled Nocturnal.

On July 20, 2017, Woods released the track, called "What Are You On?" as the lead single from his debut album, Say Less. On November 17, 2017, Woods released the title track, called "Say Less" along with the album pre-order. On December 1, 2017, Woods released his debut studio album, Say Less.

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

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


Woods has said some of his biggest influences are Michael Jackson, Drake, Nelly, The Weeknd and PartyNextDoor.[6] 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 Toronto talents TRIPSIXX, DRIPXXXX and DOLOINDACUT as Roy's Official DJ. Woods has also had other underground artists open for him at his shows, such as other members of the OVO Sound group, 24hrs, and members of his collective.[citation needed]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and sales figures
Title Album details Peak chart positions


Say Less
  • Released: December 1, 2017[11]
  • Label: OVO Sound, Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
26 92 38 11
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions and sales figures
Title Album details Peak chart positions


Waking at Dawn 30 127 11 6
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales figures
Title Album details Peak chart positions


Exis 27 10
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Title Year Album
"Gwan Big Up Urself" 2016 Waking At Dawn
"What Are You On?" 2017 Say Less

Music videos

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Jealousy" 2015 Jim Joe
"Get You Good" Kid. Studio[14]
"Gwan Big Up Urself" 2016
"Go Go Go"


  • Unlocked Tour (2016)
  • Say Less Tour (2018)


  1. ^ "Roy Woods - Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Is Roy Wood$ the Rap Version of Michael Jackson? | NOISEY". Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  3. ^ "Running Through The Six: A Look at Toronto's Emerging Artists". HYPETRAK. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  4. ^ "Drake Debuts 3 New Remixes on First Beats 1 Show: Listen Now". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  5. ^ "Roy Wood$ on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b "Roy Woods – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Roy Woods – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "Roy Woods – Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c "Roy Woods – Chart History: R&B Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  11. ^ "Instagram post by ROY WOOD$ • Aug 1, 2017 at 9:01pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Waking at Dawn by Roy Woods". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Exis - EP by Roy Woods". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  14. ^ "Kid. Studio - Get You Good". Kid. Studio. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  15. ^ "Drake and Future Announce Summer Sixteen Tour". The Fader. Retrieved April 25, 2016.

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