Terrell Morris has the warm slow-dripping sauce that goes with just about everything. Sweet on the palate and nourishing for the soul.

The rising Toronto artist has been carefully crafting his intricate blend of neo-soul meets hip-hop with inspirations gathered from familiar faces, evolving love and his own battle with the practice of self-control. With his mission statement realized, he then became fully-formed after finding his sonic counterpart in smooth producer duo, Free n Losh. Together the trio put together Terrell's debut EP Molasses, which is available to stream here.

How did you start the year new? What kind of lifestyle changes came with that?

I quit my day job. That was probably the biggest change. I just became a pescatarian, actually.

Switching out of your day job is one of the biggest decisions an artist can make. Tell me about that risk.

I just realized that there are so many people out here doing it overtime so I cant be doing it part-time and expecting to be doing what they’re doing. You’ve got to put more time in to get more act. So, I just worked really hard this past year to make sure I was taken care of and took the dive.

How does that change the way you wake up in the morning?

I’ve got to make sure that I don’t sleep in as often, because I’m the only one who dictates that. I have to make a schedule for myself to stay on top of things, because I don’t have a schedule from anyone else.

What constitutes the ability to manage yourself in that regard?

It’s maturity for me. That’s definitely a big thing. Just knowing who I am and being that person and actively trying to better that person rather than trying to spread that all over the place. I’m trying to be better at that.

How have you felt a shift?

The music that we’re making right now, it’s really music. It’s music, where as before, sometimes I was just making songs. Making tracks. Now I’m putting everything into it and I feel it coming back out in the work we’re doing. And that puts a lot of confidence in all of us. Free n Losh as well, I think they’re feeling the best they’ve ever felt as far as music goes as well.

How do you define that music?

When I went to Free n Losh, I told them that I wanted to make neo-soul meets hip-hop. I feel like that’s some of what we found, but that’s what I’d like for it to be taken as. It’s very smooth and a very grown sound.

Which the title Molasses speaks to. Tell me about the philosophy behind it.

Molasses is just the slow-dripping sauce. It’s just extra warm and that’s how the music feels too. You’re just laid-back in a vibe. It is something that you listen to by yourself, which is something that I really appreciate about it. Because that’s always my favourite type of music. What I’m sitting at home listening to while I’m feeling myself.

When I first met you as T City years ago, you were a completely different artist. For you to go from Worldstarhiphop raps to this smooth Molasses, what had to happen?

I had to calm down a little bit and get out of the hype of everything I had going on. I was very much in the crowd and now I like to stand outside the crowd. I’m a bit more of a wallflower and I like to observe things. Before, I wanted to be in the middle of it, being observed.

I guess because of how long I haven't put anything out, some of the biggest changes I've gone through are like, my mom moved down home back to Nova Scotia. So, I was out here with my grandfather. And I couldn't do that anymore, so I had to go live by myself. It was the first time I did that - downtown, living by yourself, living that life.

It's trouble.

All it is is trouble. But a lot of learning came from all of that trouble.

What were the biggest lessons?

Self-control. In every way. That was probably the biggest lesson. If you're going to be out here, by yourself, being that young adult, you have to learn self-control.

There is something about this city. Being a young creative, downtown. It is often a really reckless life.

It is extremely reckless and everything can come in an abundance at times. It's hard out here.

What is the most personal track for you on Molasses?

Probably 'Familiar Faces'. It's about everyone I know and everyone I have known and them all being the same people when I get back home. Because of living downtown and seeing the way the city works when you're in that nightlife, when you go back home and everyone is still on the block, it's just nice to go back to that. And that's what song is about.

And where are you talking about specifically?

I've lived everywhere, but I spent most of my time in these co-ops over by Christie and Dupont, over by Ossington. I also lived by Jane and Weston. It's always a West end ting. I was up by Finch. Everywhere. And then I lived downtown throughout high school.

What does this new project represent for you?

It’s the beginning of the middle. I think it is a big transition point in my life. At least, I hope it’s going to be. It feels like it’s going to be. And that’s what the music says too. It’s one to remember. I need to start writing things down to remember this – that’s what it feels like.

Molasses is out now on all streaming services.