Toven: Vocals

Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap

RIYL: Haydo, Riff Raff, Bad Credit, Soulja Boy, Vanilla Ice, Birdman, Tyga, MC Flow, William Hung, Wild Man Fischer, Devastatin' Dave Turntable Slave, MC Hammer, Morris Major and the Minors

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Background:

The Toven is unrelated to Superfly's Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Zaytoven, nor does he have any connection to Long Island gospel/hip-hop artist Toven Musik or film composer and music supervisor Trygge Toven.

San Diego's Toven self-releases homemade hip-hop music, as well as Youtube videos few view or comment on. The same performer has also gone by Air Toven, or The Air Toven, or Morrell TheToven Coleman, or the toven, sometimes with and sometimes without a capital "T." It's unclear if he ever settled on how to spell his own name.

Amateur mixtapes and EPs released between 2012 and 2014 include Million Dollar Mixtape (unrelated to the same-named releases by Yukmouth, Hip Hop Suspects, and DJ Theory aka Mr. Exclusive), I'm a Star (unrelated to same-named releases by Gucci Mane and Wiz Khalifa), and Road to Riches (unrelated to same-named releases by Nipsey Hussle, TF, and the Notorious B.I.G.). The latter is described on Amazon.com as "manufactured on demand using CD-R recordable media," indicating its homemade amateur nature.

After 2014, he appeared to be mostly inactive, until summer 2017 when a Youtube video credited to "The Air Toven" was posted for a song called either "San Diego Gang Gang to Tupac Hit Um Up Beat," or "San Diego Gang Gang," or "San Diego (Gang Gang)" (three different titles were presented within the one post). The description says the video was made "to defend Rob Stone with a XXXTentacion diss song," apparently referencing an altercation that took place onstage at Observatory North Park between Stone and XXXTentacion that doesn't appear to have anything to do with anyone named the Toven. Six months later, the video had zero "likes" and only one comment: "cringe."

A new EP was self-released in early 2018, Cash In (unrelated to same-named singles by Solange and Phoebe Snow). Other singles self-released that year include "Zone" (unrelated to same-named releases by Drake, Orelsan, Arizona Zervas, Alrima, 3RACHA, nor "The Zone" by the Weeknd) and "Birthday" (unrelated to same-named releases by the Beatles, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, All Time Low, Maisie Peters, JP Cooper, the Sugarcubes, Flo Rida, Twista, Kenny P, Destiny's Child, the Bird & the Bee, Dougie & Pitbull, etc).

Around a year passed with no new Toven music.

(Photo: Youtube)

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