Lil Tjay: The Artist You Need To Know

Lil Tjay gritted his teeth in dissatisfaction. Sitting on the sofa in Sony’s Manhattan office, he was either shy or uninterested in conversation. When he was asked about the rapper who shaped his style, the slight jingle of his chain was the only sound in the awkward silence that followed. “A lot of ancient influences,” … Read more

Lil Tjay is getting huge. Maybe he’s fine?

Reports of the death of rap regionalism are greatly exaggerated. For decades, almost since its inception, rap has been the most native form of American pop music—loosely interconnected local scenes, each with its own sound, aesthetic, character, and rules. But a few years ago, we started hearing about post-regional rap—the idea that the internet has … Read more

Lil Tjay draws songs on his True 2 Myself album

Bronx rapper Lil Tjay from the birthplace of hip-hop made a splash in 2019. After his release from prison in 2017, Tjay brought the rhymes he wrote in prison into a wax figure — bringing a breakthrough in 2018 when his song “Resume” took off. Now, as 2019 draws to a close, the young rapper … Read more