TAYYBLAKK PUTTING PHILLY ON
1212MAG: Tell us a little about yourself as an artist.
I’m an underground artist from Norristown, Pa. I like to think of myself as very versatile and different. I try to push the limit by using different flows, and sounds, and try to be as vulnerable as possible. I have no ego when it comes to my music, I have no issues telling my story in an unapologetic fashion.
1212MAG: How did you get started and how would you describe your music?
I got started writing back in elementary school. I became fascinated with song writing while reading lyrics off of a Luther Vandross CD case. I just recently became serious about music in 2019.
I’d describe my music as real, honest, blunt, thought-provoking, creative, deep, and fun. I like to make each song unique in their own way. I like to try new things, I never want people to be able to say I have 1 style.
1212MAG: What does hip hop mean to you?
EVERYTHING. It’s my religion. Born in 87, to very young parents, I grew up completely engulfed in HIP HOP. I study it, I learn from it, I pay homage to it. It’s one of the greatest creations ever made, and it came from black people in the struggle; that’s so beautiful when you truly give it thought.
1212MAG: What projects are you currently working on?
Finishing up my Music&MarijaNNa mixtape and moving on to my next project, which I have already started recording for. I believe I have a name, but I am not ready to reveal just yet. My next video shoot is scheduled for February 16 for my song #DevilOnMyLine. I also have a show on February 22 at “The Lounge” located in Jeffersonville, Pa.
1212MAG: Where was your last performance?
I’m a big HIP HOP head so you could always catch me at an open mic in Philadelphia or somewhere around there; perfecting my craft, networking, and keeping my ear to the pulse of the streets. My last showcase was at the Centre Theatre located in Norristown, Pa.
1212MAG: Where would you most like to perform?
I honestly never thought about this. Probably somewhere that has an “MTV Unplugged” atmosphere. I have nothing against big crowds; but I think when the crowd is small and intimate and truly into your art, there’s a deep connection there. I’d love to be able to perform and discuss my songs with others who’ve truly listened and appreciate the work.
1212MAG: If you could try a new genre of music, what would it be?
Easily R&B; it’s like hip hop’s wife.
I sometimes get upset out of nowhere because I missed the window to be a part of a 90’s R&B group. But seriously, I think so many of those groups are dope and innovative, especially to the current era of music.
1212MAG: Do you enjoy writing music and/or lyrics?
Very much so, it’s freeing and therapeutic.
1212MAG: Do You Have a Formal Music Education / Training?
I don’t… I study HIP HOP deeply, but I have no “formal education”, which I’m sure is inferior to my knowledge of the RAP GAME.
1212MAG: Do you play any instruments?
I play the bass guitar somewhat. My grandfather played bass in groups throughout the 70’s and 80’s and still plays. He passed the love and appreciation down to me. I LOVE THE BASS GUITAR, and a good bass line is a huge component when choosing my beats.
1212MAG: What hidden talents do you have?
Hidden? I’m not sure, but I’m very athletic. I play(ed) basketball and football in school and college. I’m a movie buff and critic. I’m a closet nerd; I read, watch documentaries, and other types of research on a regular basis because I love to learn.
1212MAG: Who Are Your Musical Influences?
Notorious BIG, Nas, Jay-Z, Tupac, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, A Tribe Called Quest, OT Genasis, Tierra Whack, Black Thought, Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, and the greatest musician to ever live Stevie Wonder. He inspires me to paint visuals with my lyrics.
1212MAG: What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
Don’t short change it. You can’t cheat the grind. It does cost MONEY, so make good connections, and maintain good relationships which can in turn help lower those costs. Be different, don’t try to be the next ANYONE because no one remembers a replica. Make sure it’s something you truly love, because there will be many discouraging moments. Study the craft, the history, and learn from the mistakes of those before you.
1212MAG: What can we expect from you in 2020?
PROGRESS. I’m not sure how big or small, but I just know slow progress beats no progress. I will be out there making moves, music, and connections. I’m going to figure out where my weak points are and turn them into my strengths. Last but not least, I want to put my name on the MAP; everyone needs to hear some TayyBlakk. I want to be WORLDWIDE!
1212MAG: Where can fans find you on social media…website?
Youtube: TayyBlakk Music