Toronto emcee draws inspiration from Basquiat film and shares important message on new single

In this new track, Toronto emcee Terrell Morris proves that a view counter can’t define modern success in music.

Entitled “Book of Benny”, the first single for an upcoming album is based on a certain fast-lipped minor character of the same name from the 1996 movie Basquiat.

Sampling some of Benny’s more memorable quotes from the film, Morris is guided by a muffled backbeat and light piano notes.

The sampling is smooth and fits well in between each verse, backed by Gat’s creative and melancholic sound, but it’s Morris who steals the show with a head-bobbing flow from start to finish.

In between stanzas, the message clearly shines through with samples of Benny’s lengthy, uncut quotes explaining what defines success. As Benny points out, being successful isn’t just a numbers game – it’s knowing the right people and making the right moves.

The sampling is smooth and fits well in between each verse, backed by Gat’s creative and melancholic sound, but it’s Morris who steals the show with a head-bobbing flow from start to finish.

Lines like “It’s on my agenda to remember who I came with,” remind listeners this is some introspective poetry in lieu of fresh music.

Overall, the track is a perfectly summed-up analogy by one of Toronto’s promising up-and-comers. As Morris puts it in the song, “there ain’t no silver spoon here,” but maybe that’s a good thing.