After lighting up social media with a must-follow account reaching an audience of nearly 400K, TyNi reached stardom before she even touched a mic. The Atlanta-native spent several years at premier strip clubs in her city before creating the soundtrack for the world she knows. TyNi is an artist that many girls can enjoy as she expresses her big, outlandish personality over 808s and claps. “I’m just an outgoing, fun, don’t give a fuck type of person,” she emphasizes.
Last year, TyNi dropped a sex-positive ode to shaking her thick posterior, “Jelly,” which racked up copious plays and is poised to be a post-pandemic strip club anthem. The single serves as the first in a slew of releases she has planned for the coming months.
In our latest interview, we spoke with TyNi about her childhood, inking her deal with Warner Records, and her goals for this year amongst various other topics. Read the full interview below.
What was it like growing up in Atlanta?
It was very good, there are opportunities for everybody. I haven’t really lived anywhere else so staying in Atlanta introduced me to a lot of street stuff. At an early age of course I was fighting and I went to a lot of different schools which opened my eyes more.
How did you eventually gravitate towards music?
I got into music at a young age because my whole family listens to music. We listen to music playing basketball, during warm ups, and cleaning the house. That’s really how I found my interest for it.
What were you doing before then and what made you want to make that transition into an artist?
Prior to music, I was dancing, I was a video vixen. Honestly, my producer Stroud made me want to transition. I really didn’t want to rap at first, it was too much out of my comfort zone but I had to do it. I love it now, for the most part. I didn’t know it was going to be so stressful.
Last year, you actually got signed to Warner Records with no prior releases—how did it feel?
That came about with Ray Daniels and Thomas, they heard the song and I guess they just loved it off the jump. I didn’t expect it at all, it was the least expected ever. I never knew I was going to get signed. Honestly, I never knew I was going to start rapping, let’s start there.
Your debut single “Jelly” came out not too long ago, what was the inspiration behind that record?
We were in the studio and basically, I go based off what me and my friends do in the club or when we’re with each other. One of them said “oh girl, that booty move like jelly” so I just had to put it in a song.
Do you have any goals as far as personal growth or music collaborations?
My goal for this year is to get top ten on billboards. I want to touch at least six figures off music by May. I want to do a lot, I want to drop some new music and go crazy. I really want to do a song with 21 Savage, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj.
What do you want people to remember you for in 2021?
For this year, I want people to see me as the best smackable jelly in the world. I want them to remember these ass cheeks shake like jelly and they’re not going no where.
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