US rapper TayyBlakk speaks exclusively to us about his brand new LP ‘The Vibrary’. We discuss his love for Hip-Hop, his talent as a songwriter, and the process behind putting together the new LP.
An artist who was born into Hip-Hop, TayyBlakk is on our radar as one to watch.
What was your first experience with Hip-Hop? Who introduced you to it?
I was born into Hip-hop. My mom and dad were only 15 and 16 when they had me so I was always in the forefront of what was happening in rap, even before it was an interest of my own. My dad rapped, my mom is a hip-hop junkie; but my dad’s youngest brother my uncle Joey is like my sensei when it comes to the culture. He would introduce me to all types of hip-hop and give me breakdowns of the lyrics, eventually growing into me doing the same for him as I grew older. We’d watch classics like; “Krush Groove” “Breakin” “Disorderlies” and to me those were better than anything Disney had to offer. Lol
You have been writing music since you were a child? What inspired you to put pen to paper as a way of expressing yourself?
“Brenda had a baby” was the song that changed the way I looked at music. I only saw music as something to dance to or ride around blasting in the car. I remember my Uncle Joey playing that Tupac classic for me when it came out, and all I could do was listen. As I listened I could vividly see all his lyrics play out in my head, and it was such a different experience. I didn’t just hear it; I saw it, I felt it. That’s when I first understood the power of words and music. I started writing a few years after that; inspired by reading the lyrics off of my grandma’s “best of Luther Vandross” CD. I saw how he was rhyming words at the end of his lines, and staying on topic while doing so; it immediately clicked for me! My grandma played “Always and Forever” almost daily and it wasn’t until I was able to read the lyrics that it took on a different meaning for me. Once I started writing, at around 7 or 8 years, I haven’t stopped since.
Tell us a bit about your new LP ‘The Vibrary’? What was your creative process, and how long did it take you to put it together?
The Vibrary has honestly been completed for over a year. My bro Padre De’Leon and I, met FuzzMack back in August 2020 and found instant magic. I can’t explain the chemistry we all share in the studio, I can only describe it as a vibe; hence the name THE VIBRARY.
I’ve ALWAYS wanted to expand my sound and try new things in the studio without compromising my brand, and FuzzMack helped me make that possible. This project took tremendous dedication; but it mostly just felt like a good time.
Is there a particular track on the album that is close to your heart?
Great question; they are all special to me because my music is deeply personal and transparent. However; in “No More” I discuss one of my childhood best friends, and how he did a home invasion robbing and killing my sisters boyfriend in front of her and my nephews in 2019. He attended the vigil, funeral and all. It’s a situation that really shook me and my family’s life, as it came from someone considered family.
Who did you collaborate with on the album and why?
I worked with Padre De’Leon who’s extremely talented but very raw at this stage musically. I immediately became a fan of his voice and style and felt we could help each other out and so far, so good. Super producer FuzzMack produced the whole project, and is featured on “No More”; he helped me push my music and confidence to new heights. And OTH, featured on ‘STTP’, I seeked him out for a feature because of his authenticity and work ethic. I was excited when he told me he’d hop on the track, I was shocked that he returned the verse in such a short time. He’s a true business man.
Is there a particular lyric from one of the tracks on the album, that you would use as your life motto?
“Hope I don’t get Nipsey Hussled by the local Eric Holder” because at this time its so dangerous to be a rapper, especially when you have people chasing clout to get a name for themselves. People will try to harm or slander you just to gain infamy. It’s sad because we often lose sight that these people are actually human beings.
Back to a post-pandemic world, have you managed to get on stage and perform much?
Not as much as I have liked to, but I plan to perform much more now that I have a project to promote and music to share with the world.
What other plans do you have with your music for the remainder of the year?
I plan to keep pushing ‘The Vibrary’, perform more, collaborate more, and maybe drop another album before 2023, who knows?
Where can we find out more about you?
THE VIBRARY IS OUT NOW
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