Token’s been having a lot of fun as of late. The 17 year old made his young dreams come true with a career catapulting freestyle performed on Sway In The Morning, and later created a comically inclined, tongue-in-cheek visual for “Waist Down,” a track that critiqued detractors for the cut’s carefree attitude with a crushing, per-determined extended version that was released after all of the hate he knew was coming his way fell from the sky of the internet. Genius.
However, for Token’s latest, Ben Proulx directed video release, “Happiness,” the Salem, MA product gets serious once again as he sits back in class to tackle issues with depression from multiple social perspectives. Set to a hazily synthesized Boom Bap instrumental from producer Kato, Token steps into the shoes of a downtrodden, quintessentially “unpopular” student and an intelligent, beautiful blonde girl to find exactly where happiness is, even musing his family’s own pill popping suffering with the psychological disorder to discover that, maybe, there is no answer at all.
Sometimes I just feel no one would ever understand / Sometimes I wanna cry / Sometimes I wanna crush my family’s so called medication look in they eyes / and tell them they don’t need at as long as we just have each other / but then sometimes, I watch them suffer / I just wonder where happiness is / Show me where happiness is /
Take a listen to Token’s “door opening” single from his forthcoming project, Eraser Shavings, below and watch out for the mixtape as it heads our way.
Happiness in the door opening to the mixtape. I can't wait to show you guys who I am. Eraser Shavings is on the way. Thank you for watching.
— TOKEN (@tokenhiphop) August 29, 2016