The Philly rapper with the poetic flow
Tjay the poet knows his music isn’t quite like anything being made right now. While finding a unique style has been one of his biggest advantages as an artist, it’s also a challenge to get others on board. “The hardest part is getting more out there,” He says. “People are so drawn to one type of music that they miss out on great vibes.”
His type of music may not be mainstream, but with his combination of multi layered wordplay and a gritty flow that is undeniably birthed in the city of Philly, he is certain that there is a market out there to take his name to the next level.
“People are so drawn to one type of music that they miss out on great vibes”
Tjay’s biggest influence came from his step grandmother, who helped inspire him in religion as well as his art. “She was Muslim so I grew up practicing Islamic holidays with that side of my family,” He says. “In kindergarten I had a poetry project, she and my stepmom helped me with it. After I did the project I was just into rhyming words and I started listening to music more.” Since the early inspiration, he has taken his poetry and music on the road, touring around the country and gaining new fans along the way.
“I just speak on what I know about”
Tjay’s raps often shine a light on the grim realities of the Philadelphia streets and the struggle of being a young black man in America overall. While his music often has a particular style, he insist that there is no particular theme or label he wants attached with his raps. “I just speak on what I know about,” He says. “If I do speak on certain things it’s about what I want to achieve or things that I’m trying to do but I don’t really speak on stuff that I don’t know about.”
“When I hear people sing my songs word for word it’s funny because when you’re writing it you never expect that”
With so many rappers false claiming a particular lifestyle or persona, Tjay’s honesty is refreshing in the rap game. At a young age, he has already created his own rap label entitled Cairo Casanova, inspired by his beloved grandmother who died in a car crash in Egypt years ago. The young poetic rapper hopes to honor his late grandmother’s legacy with his music, which is starting to catch on among fans.
“When I hear people sing my songs word for word it’s funny because when you’re writing it you never expect that,” He says. As Tjay’s profile continues to grow, we predict that more and more fans will be quoting his raps very soon.