South Coast Music Group/Capitol Records has released Toosii’s new single, “Love is…,” a soul-baring look at the pain and confusion that follows a break-up.
Poignant keyboards accompany Toosii’s poetic delivery on the track, which samples Julia Michaels’ “Love Is Weird,” a song from her 2021 debut album. Earlier this month, Toosii shared a snippet of his new song on TikTok. The sound now has more than 35,000 creations with over 14 million combined views on the platform.
In the official video for “Love Is…,” which also premiered today, Toosii revisits and reflects on a relationship’s tragic end. He shot the visual in Los Angeles, once again teaming up with director Noratchetss, who collaborated with Toosii on such videos as “Secrets” and “Traumatized.”
The 22-year-old Syracuse-born, Raleigh-based artist will perform at Rolling Loud Miami (July 23) and New York (September 25). After beginning 2021 as a member of XXL’s esteemed Freshman Class, Toosii went on release the mixtape Thank You For Believing, which earned acclaim from The Fader, Complex, The Source, and others and was followed by a deluxe edition, Thank You For Believing: The Manifestation, which included 10 additional original songs.
By year’s end, he had crossed the threshold of one billion global catalog streams and completed his first U.S. headlining tour, which included sold-out shows in New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, Boston, Houston, and Orlando.
“Love is…” is the follow-up to “Keeper,” which XXL Mag named as one of the “best new hip-hop songs” upon its release last month. HotNewHipHop said, “The beat for the song is exemplary, combining both an R&B and hip-hop sound, Toosii shows off his ability to be a rapper and a singer all on the same track.” Hailing “Keeper” as one of the “songs you need to add to your rotation, BET observed, “Toosii has a knack for heartfelt records.”