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A Dirty Dozen with TYKE T – April 2021

| 13 April 2021 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Back by popular demand, Memphis rapper Tyke T gears up to release his next hit “Lottery” on Wednesday March 31st. Leaving the decision to his dedicated following, Tyke T’s fans voted for “Lottery” when asked what single he should drop next. Leading a subscription service for hundreds of loyal listeners, Tyke takes fan feedback seriously as “Lottery” is projected to a new favorite. A nostalgic nod to music made “back in the day”, he pairs the soulful stylings of his new track with his music video’s 1950’s greaser vibe. Re-introducing a theatrical format to music videos, “Lottery” offers a Broadway musical meets Motown mood. When Tyke T met his wife, he felt like he won the lottery. And that’s what “Lottery” is all about. He perfectly captures that lucky, once in a lifetime feeling through lush lyrical stylings reminiscent of Common or Black Thought.” We get Tyke T to discuss new music, influences, and more.  And check out the single – the Motown influence ROCKS!

1.Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

So I recently released a short film to my single “Lottery.” We took it back to the Motown days in the video, where I play a cocky singer on the “chittlen circuit”. I wanted to have a visual like “Thriller” or “Remember the Time” where there was acting at the beginning and then the music continues the story. HAHA, in the script we made sure to have the waitress say the word “Lottery”. She is the lottery ticket and, in the video, I’m vying for her love.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Man I tell this story in a song called “Mrs. Tyke T,” but basically after I wrote my first rap, I was hooked man. I just got back from the boys and girls club, and I took out a pen and pad, and just started writing down lyrics and I’ve never looked back since.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I think the album that guided me the most, and I cringe saying this out loud, just because I don’t agree with what he has become… but it was Kanye West’s The Graduation album. I still remember listening to this album with my Zune portable and just being like… yea this is what I want to do. Everything was put together so well. The lyrics and tracks, and it was like he was making it cool to just be yourself. You didn’t have to be in the “streets” to be a rapper. You could just be authentically you.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Drake, Master P, Michael Jackson, Kirk Franklin, and a tie for so many people here that I can’t name one lol.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Drake. He literally has the ability to turn you into a household name with 16 bars. It’s crazy the amount of influence he has.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

It really depends on what track you listen to from me. I built my brand on not being boxed into a genre. Sometimes I will give you current “singy” trap vibes. Other times I will give you the 90’s vibe. When I’m writing for TV and film, it’s epic hip-hop motivational type music. So it really just depends. I have not heard an artist that people have related me to that made me cringe yet. It’s all pretty much been on par to some of my influences.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I don’t have a band, so I do all of these things lol.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Probably Master P. He was someone I looked up to. When I met him at A3C I was in awe.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The fact that you created something from scratch that elicited some type of emotional response from a person. That’s an amazing feeling. And if I could no longer be a musician, I’d be a gamer honestly. I was big into gaming growing up and in college.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Man I’m really tired of answering the musical influences questions. It just feels so cut and dry lol … But I’ve always wanted an interviewer to ask me my Top 5 NBA players. I’m a huge sports guy. 1). MJ; 2). Magic; 3). Lebron; 4). Kobe; and 5). Kareem.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Nah not really. I try my hardest not to go back and review from a standpoint of “I wish I would have done that”. It’s all in GOD’s plan. We gotta keep it moving, you know. That’s how I feel.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Thriller. I wanna know what the conversations were like in the studio. Like, did Mike already have the horror film idea in place? Sometimes in the studio, people throw out random stuff. I would just like to be a fly on the wall for that.

BONUS QUESTION – Due to the current world situation with COVID-19 / quarantine / shelter in place, what have you discovered you miss the most from your life before the pandemic struck?

That being alone like that isn’t healthy. We all need to be amongst each other. You can see it now. People are rushing back to what we consider our “normal” lives. I personally don’t think we will ever go back to what we used to be like, but it’s clear we all need to be amongst each other in some fashion.





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