Amazingly talented unsigned artist looking for show opportunities, artist/companies who need writers (confidential writing is an option as well) always looking for new producers and artist to work with and possibly looking for a label deal. Please contact Denise Walls 614-668-8676 (manager) if you are interested in working with Ty-Ro (Young Soulja)http://myspace.com/tyroyoungsouljahttp://youtube.com/ytsouljahttp://twitter.com/614souljahttp://www.ourstage.com/profile/tyrohttp://www.reverbnation.com/tyroyoungsoulja
1. What's up TY-RO The Young Soulja let the world know who you are and why you are the next big thing in the rap game?
When you are a rapper being lyrical is a big help. You can always follow the new trend because you can adapt to any situation. However there are a lot of talented artist who get big breaks in this music industry and then there are a lot of talented ones who don't. I think what separates me from the ones who don't get many opportunities is my method of showing you my talent. I choose to rap about my life, major events that are happening in the world, and about topics other people are too scared to try out. Also, a lot of people encourage their artist to be cocky, but for me, my humility has also helped me. Before I started trying to get my music out I reached out to those who were already doing big things in this industry and I asked for help and guidance. That lead to me getting new producers, better engineers, more DJ and radio support, more performances, and opportunities like the one I got on my mixtape with Mix Master Ice. It's like he says..."Without the old, there could never be the new"-Mix Master Ice.
2. I notice that your first major mix cd which is hosted by the legendary Mix Master Ice is called "My Mission" what is your mission?
My Mission is to show that in rap or in any kind of music you can show your own personality and make it popular. You don't have to rap about what the record execs are saying is the money maker right now. If you are from the streets, bring that to your album. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ ,bring that to your album. If you are laid back or energetic, bring that to your album. Whatever it is that makes you who you are, paint the picture for us in your music. You'd be surprised what people like.
3. I know that you have to grind hard to make a name for yourself in todays rap game and have a lot of support, so how do you feel about the support that you receive from your city?
Columbus Ohio is a city that is hungry to have another artist come from here and land a major deal. As soon as I started getting my music out to more and more people here, I could start to feel the love. When I only had a small circle of friends that heard my music the love was there, but not as evident as it is now. I think the reason for that is because there are so many talented artist here that are grinding hard to make it in this industry just like me. But when the mixtape came out, the posters went up, the website dropped, the shows started picking up, and the radio started playing my tracks...I couldn't go anywhere without getting a congrats along with a small pep talk to go with it. My point is that you can tell my city is ready to support there next big artist. Somebody is just gonna have to fill that spot first. And after they do, since all the hot artist in Columbus pretty much all know each other, you would think they would go national and rep C-O hard and never forget to come back home and spread the wealth. I mean the south got the rap game on lock...but it had to start with one person first right??? I think the midwest has the same amount of talent in order to have there era in the game as well. Hopefully I can be that artist. That's my goal. So thanks to all my fans who called the radio station and showed love, dropped e-mails, bought a mixtape, and anyone who just listened to me at all. My city keeps putting so much gas in my tank...I ain't got no excuse not to move forward.
4. As of today in early 2010, How do you feel about the rap game?
I feel like the rap game is wide open right now. It's starting to get too hard to keep up with everyone's new album or mixtape now. With so much talent in the industry, underground, and independent it's hard to keep up with everyone's newest project now. I think this is a good thing. You got a lot of different categories of rap now and that just shows how important this music actually is to the world. You got snap music, gangsta rap, trap music, gospel rap, r&b/rap mix, the more lyrical artist, and the entertainment/dance type artist. IT'S CRAZY! But with so many people tryna get in the door and make it big with this rap, it's making everyone have to step their game up. Every year someone raises the bar.
5. When you were younger, who influenced your rap career?
My father and sister were both in the music business so I was introduced to it at an early age. My sister was in a group called the "Kandy Rappers" most known for their positive messages, performing for Barbara Bush at Ameriflora, and their involvement with Fox 28. And my dad was in a group called "DeAmor Da Funk" most known for their hit single "A Friend Of The Heart." ---written by my dad Ernest Lee and "God Makes The World Go Round".
My biggest influence to rap came from the group Kriss Kross. I wanted to be just like them when I was little. And when I was in high school I used to get in freestyle battles all the time. But after I had been rapping for some years, I got another boost of motivation from CAPACITY. CAPACITY, CAPA’s youth arts program, celebrates our urban neighborhoods while guiding youth as they discover and expand their artistic talents. Young people, ages 12-19, work with renowned artists and arts administrators to develop a wide variety of arts and related skills. ---(ecapacity.org) (This is the same organization that helped the nationally recording group "Fatty Koo" get started)
6. Who is TY-RO's top five rappers of all time?
Tupac, Biggie, Big L, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne not in any order,,,
7. Where do you see your rap career in 5 years?
In 5 years I see myself either with a major record deal, or being a part of an independent label that I am on as a artist and a writer. I want people to come to me the way everyone goes to Neo to write them a hit song. I feel that I have an extraordinary talent in hearing a story, or taking an emotion or situation and then putting it to a beat. I feel that I have been able to make those same vibes come out through the music the same way they would if you were actually in the situation I'm rapping about. Hopefully in 5 years the name Ty-Ro will be an international name and not just a local name that is becoming a national one, like it is now.
8. What major artists and producers do you look forward to working with in the future?
Ludacris, Musiq Soulchild, Bone Thugs In Harmony, T.I. , Kanye West , Rihanna, Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Pharell, Outkast, Lil Wayne, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, LL Cool J, Rick Ross, Mario, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, T-Pain, Q-Tip, Mariah Carey, Robin Thick, Pink, Akon, Leona Lewis, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Twista, Eminem, Gnarls Barkley, Pit Bull, Justin Timberlake...
TOO MANY TO NAME!!! -I love to work with other talented artist.
9. Where can people find your music?
And also if you enter Ty-Ro (Young Soulja) in your search engine...
myspace artist search
...just search "Ty-Ro" on any of these sites
My own itunes and tunecore pages will be up soon
10. Do you have any last words you want to express to the world?
THE MIXTAPE IS HERE !!!
First album will be out soon..."The People's Choice"
The Men@Work CD release is scheduled for 2010 (Soulboyee Records)
Hustle and Hunger Vol.1 release will be late 2010
You can cop Ty-Ro's "My Mission Mixtape Vol.1 @ "The Remix (888-852-0296)
If you are not in the Columbus Ohio area it's available online too...if you cannot get it for ANY reason email me and i'll get it to you email@example.com
I'm in the process of going from a local artist to a national artist so just keep checking back on the site...i'm always on my grind, I DON'T SLEEP ANYMORE!!! I'm tryna get on more radio stations, websites, dvds, cds, and in more stores and venues. God has blessed me to be able to work with a great team and it's only a matter of time before I make the transition.