Rapper Smiley Returns After Drake Cosign With Bill’ Single & New ‘Buy Or Buy 2’ Announcement


After having the biggest year of his career, OVO’s latest signee Smiley returned on Friday (March 18) with a new track titled “Bill,” and announced his album Buy or Bye 2, which includes the Drake-cosigned “Over The Top,” will be getting the deluxe treatment next Friday (March 25).

“Bill” is a relaxed reflection on the great 2021 the Toronto rapper had, with straightforward bars like, “my job is so awesome. My life is so awesome.”

Smiley’s Buy or Bye 2 (Deluxe) will boast six new tracks, and will include the upcoming single “Grammy” featuring Trippie Redd. The original Buy or Bye 2 included appearances from BLEU, Ohgeesy, Golde London and of course Drizzy, who Smiley told Complex has been following his movement for a while.

“So like, he heard my songs from when I had my first wave,” he explained. “A long time ago, it was 2014 or something like that. He heard those songs and I guess he paid close attention. And then when I took a break and I came back, I dropped this one song called ‘Hit’ with my other guys on the song. That was the first time I’d ever seen that Drake knew who I was or anything; one of his boys posted my song, and he commented under it and said, ‘Smiley = G.O.A.T.’ And then that’s when I was like, ‘Oh fuck, this guy knows who I am and shit.’ So then, probably a couple of days later, he follow me on Insta.”

He added that after he got sentenced for a gun charge, Drake dropped Scorpion and in the credits listed Smiley as an inspiration for the project.

“The day after he dropped it, he wrote his inspirations for the album and he put my album Buy. or. Bye on there. And then from there, we just built our relationship,” Smiley recalled.

Check out the new single “Bill” below.