Lil TJay – F.N
Bronx, New York rapper, Lil TJay is holding it down for the birthplace of hip-hop, but don’t expect old-school sounds from this young MC, born Tione Dalyan Merritt on April 30, 2001.
Having caught attention with his guest spot on Polo G’s ‘Pop Out,’ Lil TJay has been steadily building his rep on Soundcloud since 2017.
His tracks, ‘Resume’ and ‘Brothers’ – which is included on this E.P. – have been Soundcloud staples, showing his growing profile:
With inspirations including Usher and Michael Jackson, Lil TJay flips singing into his rhyming, much like Drake, except Lil TJay also pays homage to his Bronx roots by adding Spanish to his wordplay.
Delivering street-savvy rhymes throughout, Lil TJay’s style owes more to Lil Wayne than it does Boogie Down Productions, with the deep basslines, rolling snare lines, and autotune touches – such as with the catchy, ‘LANESWITCH:’
Also check ‘Ruthless,’ which features some patois from Jay Critch (the only guest on this 6-track release):
Styles aside, there’s no doubt that Lil TJay has some solid rhyme skills and can ride a beat too – such as with the breezy swagger of ‘Leaked:’
The E.P. closes with ‘Goat,’ which may be a bold claim, but there is no doubt that Lil TJay has shown he is a name to watch:
Here’s hoping he is working on a full-length release…