As you all know I love to give credit, where credit is due, and showcase local talent. It is my pleasure to introduce to you my friend and local artist, Tyrone Stroble aka "TYKE T". In a land, 20 minutes from Nashville, where I spent most of my years growing up, is Smyrna High School. That is where I met Tyke. I don't remember ever going a day without him making me laugh. (see photos below) He has always been the life of the party, but now he's moved up to being the star of the show. I haven't seen him many times since high school, but have always kept up with him over the years via Facebook (where would we all be without it?) and I have gotten to really watched him evolve as an artist. I started seeing him perform during halftime at the Memphis Grizzlies games and thought to myself how great that was, then a few weeks ago, heard his song on the hit show, POWER! That is huge. I couldn't be more proud of him. We are both a couple of regular people from Smyrna, Tennessee just trying to make it, and Tyke T is headed to the top!
MEET TYKE T
Tell me a little bit about you and your background, what do you do?
"I'm Tyke T. Just a kid with a dream of making music from Smyrna, TN. I'm an artist. I love to create. Music, visual ideas all of it. I love the whole process of just starting with nothing & at the end coming out with something amazing. I'm a creator to be specific."
Who are your influences?
"My mom. She's the biggest influence on my life. They ask about my grind? Nah they need to know her grind. She don't complain about sh*t. Just always putting in work."
"Musically, too many to name. Seriously. I pull from so many different genres of music, because I've been exposed to so much throughout my life . I love music, all kinds, & they are all sprinkled throughout my artistry. "
If you could compare yourself to an already established artist, who would that be and why?
None anymore man & I'll tell you why. I did used to chase the sound of various artists, trying to sound like "such & such" or look like "who & who. I wasn't getting any results though. Like why not just be myself if they aren't gonna like me anyway? Like I'd rather you not like me for being 100% Tyke T as opposed to you not really feeling the music & I was trying to be someone else."
"At this very moment I'm Tyke T. Not trying to be or sound like anyone. Just gonna create my own sound & those who vibe with it do, those who don't don't ..We're gonna focus on the people that "do" rock with me. Getting better results that way. I hope all that made sense."
What do you think your listeners will get out of your music?
"Depends on what they listen to. If their first encounter of me is some of my old stuff, probably a dude out here grinding would be what they would get. Now on the new stuff I think they are gonna catch the wave of the production because the beats are just that.. a production. Everybody on my new project brought something different to the table. After the production, I hope they hear my rapping skills because I take that seriously as well. "
What is your greatest accomplishment as a musician so far?
"It's a tie on this one Probably one of my songs "Nothing To Lose" being placed on the STARZ show "Power".. it's such a popular show .
Then performing at the FedEx Forum, for the 1st time at the Grizzlies game. It showed me I can really do this performing sh*t on a huge scale."
What made you want to get into the business?
"It's in my blood . Had no choice. Music just has always been around me & even though I sometimes tried & still try to let it go.. I can't. I'll forever be doing music in some form."
What is the most difficult thing you've ever had to endure in the music industry?
"I think just in general presenting new material to people. I mean I love the feeling of letting people hear my new music, but it's also super stressful because I care so much about my art! Like all the work I've put up to this moment weighs down to a " yay" or "nay" response basically. It takes people like what 25 seconds to know if they like a song. So just that feeling of not knowing if someone will like it is always super difficult to me, but it makes me go harder everyday!"
How does it feel to be finally getting your break?
"I don't feel like I've gotten any breaks yet man. I have so much more work to do! It is exciting to see more people being responsive to the music, but we got so much more in store, I don't feel like I'm close to being where I want to be yet at all. I'm excited about what the future holds! "
What do you hope to do with your music?
"I hope that i inspire that little kid in Smyrna, TN or wherever small city who thinks that their dream is too big to accomplish. Like it doesn't matter where you're from, it's all about where you're going. If you put in the work nothing can stop you! "
Is there anything else that I did not ask that we should know about you?
"I had a new single drop on Wednesday and my goal is to sell 750 singles in the first week so we can chart on Billboard! Please tell everyone you know to purchase the record!!! It's called "C'est La Vie" & I know you're going to love it!!
I'm going to be honest with y'all about this, I bought this on iTunes yesterday and not only was it good, I was actually riding around bumping it in my car, like on repeat. I was beyond impressed with this kid from little old Smyrna, Tennessee. Y'all check him out and show him some love. Here is the direct link to the new song on iTunes :
Listen to C'est la vie (feat. Kevin Pierre & Carla Barnes) - Single by Tyke T on @AppleMusic.
Tyke on IG : Tyke__T
Tyke on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/DrivenTykeT/?fref=ts
To see Tyke's song played on "Power" CLICK HERE
If you like rap music, you will love this song and hopefully this artist as much as I do!! Support Local y'all, it's SO important to me!! Thank you guys, as always for reading!!