Jan 15, 2021, 16:17pm EST — Motivator and musician Tobyraps has released a music video for his newest single “Exercise” from his upcoming album Make Yourself Happy. The entire Make Yourself Happy album focuses on the idea that happiness is a work ethic. “In order to remain happy, it is up to us to put in the daily maintenance to ensure that our bodies and minds continue to glow with self-confidence,” says Tobyraps. “Exercise” further supports the artist’s mission of encouraging and uplifting people. Tobyraps created the song as motivation towards finding happiness because he believes “one of the simplest ways to gain mental and physical confidence is by engaging in daily exercise.”
He was inspired to write “Exercise” when he realized how his spirits lifted post-workout during quarantine. “I felt more optimistic, more energetic, and overall just proud of myself,” he says. Tobyraps says he wanted to capture those feelings for the single. The artist knows he isn’t a fitness professional, however. He simply wants to encourage people similar to him to find the motivation and make exercise fun. Tobyraps has a long history of pursuing happiness for himself and everyone around him. His first album, Make People Smile, followed a similar path to Make Yourself Happy. Even when he was working as a street musician, Tobyraps continued to put in all efforts to uplift strangers. “Exercise” is just another way he will spread joy, encouragement, and the passion for life with those who listen.
Tobyraps is a musician from Cleveland, Ohio with a strong passion for uplifting people through spoken word. After graduating from Cleveland State in 2015, he went on to spend the next three years as a working street musician, making up personalized songs for passersby. He traveled all around the country performing on the street, crashing on couches of generous hosts, or in the front seat of his car. In 2018, Tobyraps released his first studio album “Make People Smile,” in collaboration with his producer and long time best friend, Chris DiCola. The album gained some local traction, and he began to trade in street performing for stage performing. In the beginning of 2019, he packed up his car and moved to Los Angeles in search of new experiences and a stronger identity of self.
In February of 2020, he released his sophomore album “Make More Friends,” chronicling his experience as a California transplant, working constantly to stay afloat, carrying out a long distance relationship, and eventually severing old ties in the name of establishing new ones. After the album’s release, Tobyraps went on a 2 week tour that landed him back in Cleveland at the beginning of the pandemic. Quarantined in Cleveland, he began reading self help books that led to the idea for his third album “Make Yourself Happy.” Wanting to be closer to his producer and family in the midst of the pandemic, he made the tough decision to move back to Cleveland, so that he could more consistently record music. Tobyraps is currently employed as a Cleveland Ambassador where his job is to walk the downtown of his city and generally uplift the spirits of the people that he meets.