Denzel Spencer (born April 18, 1996), better known by his stage name Roy Woods (stylized as Roy Wood$), is a Canadian rapper, singer and songwriter from Brampton, Ontario.He is signed to OVO Sound, the record label co-founded by rapper Drake, producer Noah "40" Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib.
Woods attended Turner Fenton Secondary School for three years before moving to St. Augustine Secondary School for his final year of high school. Before his music career took off, he was often recognized for his commitment and talent in football. The origin of his name comes from a youth that lived in the same building as him from Brampton giving "Roy" his name after his previous one, Woods took a survey throughout his high school and Roy Wood$ seemed to be the winning ticket when he asked his peers.
On July 11, 2015, Drake premiered the first song "Drama" from Woods' EP Exis on Apple's Beats 1 radio during the first OVO Sound radio show, the track also features Woods' label boss. Two weeks later on July 25, 2015, a second song titled "Get You Good" was premiered on the second episode of the OVO Sound radio show.
On July 31, 2015, Woods released his debut EP Exis, digitally through OVO Sound, the record label co-founded by rapper Drake. In 2016, Woods announced via Twitter that his new project, 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.
Woods released his second EP, Nocturnal on December 22, 2016.
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