Shopé has been holding down for the city of Toronto for years. Now, the rest of Canada is starting to catch up. The emcee took home the Searchlight 2019 award for finding Canda’s Best Undiscovered Talent.

The XXY rapper beat out 1,000s of contestants making it all the way down to a top 10. That’s when celebrity judges took over.

“Beyond honored. Beyond grateful,” he said in a press release. “It’s incredible validation that this journey I set out on 10 years ago isn’t a fool’s errand. At the end of the day when you truly believe something and you’re willing to work hard for it, you can achieve it.”

Shopé will receive a prestigious placement in the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, five days of recording at Studio Bell, a performance at JunoFest at the 2020 Juno Awards in Saskatoon, and a performance at the 2019 CBC Music Festival in Toronto.

Read what the judges had to say here.