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MeLo-X protégé/NXGN member TyBass has just released his latest single Girl Is Mine featuring Choppy Chan. The Brooklyn native channels his Jamaican heritage over a bouncy beat coupled with mellow bars.
Listen to the track above, and check out our interview below!
Tamara: How did you get your start in music?
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TyBass: Music is something that’s been in my life for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, like two or three years old, my family said I used to sneak my grandmothers pots out of the cabinet and pretend to cook or make sounds with them. Either way, cheffing shit up was bound to be apart of my destiny. For sure I know my first exposure to music was Bob Marley because in a Jamaican household that’s almost inevitable. Classic Stone Love CDs too. My first exposure to hip hop was probably in elementary school, everyone reciting their favorite Jay Z or Biggie lyrics at lunch time. Super New York shit. I began writing at 9 and started recording myself at like 12 or 13.
What should we expect from your upcoming release “BAP!” ?
Bap! BapBapBapBapBapBaaaaap! Bap is super unique to me. It’s really one of my favorite creations to date. I’ve always wanted to recreate different aspects of my childhood and turn them into art in some way, shape or form. For those who don’t know, I’m first generation American (my entire family is West Indian) so being from Brooklyn and still being exposed to a bunch of what my own culture and ethnicity has to offer is crazy to me. I know many people who don’t have that type of shit in their day to day life. From certain foods to various settings and life lessons and experiences, being an immigrant child definitely plays a major role in my personal character as well as my artistry, so that reality isn’t something I’d ever want to give up regardless of the ups and downs. With BAP, I could’ve just rapped over strictly stuff people want to hear like trap and 808s etc, but I wanted to switch it up and apply all the sounds that mean something to me. So off rip from the intro alone, I have audio effects like air horns and sirens, dancehall ad-libs and drops from Jamaican DeeJays, and even shit NXGN and myself are strictly known for. Honestly it’ll all make sense when you hear the body of work. But yeah it’s like a melting pot of culture and real life shit to say the least…
Tell me about the collective NXGN, how did you guys get together?
NXGN is the future. NXGNcbnt is basically a team of creatives and a family of innovators who each have multiple talents to offer that’s just on a different wavelength from the stuff everyone else is currently putting out or releasing. I’d say NXGN on some official official shit started coming together in like late 2015, early 2016 with myself and MeLo-X. Over time essentially homies that needed to be gang finding their way in. Like it’s really wild how much credit we owe the internet in terms of all meeting in connecting. I met MeLo through SoundCloud, Fresh through Instagram, JonBoy through a mutual friend/ colleague from Cali (Tru Sound) who I was connecting with on FaceBook, and Nohri on Instagram as well, who introduced me to Chris. The story goes on but once everything started to manifest, it just didn’t stop. NXGN is growing every day and our creations whether music, art + design, and curating improve as well, almost as if it’s in sync with our personal growth. It’s ode special.
Where do you see yourself and the collective in 5 years? Any specific long term goals?
In 5 years, I see myself really on my shit. Making quality music, inspiring people of course. That’s always what I wanted to do, give people from similar backgrounds as me someone to look up to and use as inspiration/ motivation to get out of their specific situations and shit. I really want to get deeper into writing whether books, or TV shows or movie scripts. I low-key do scripts now too. I see myself owning properties and like helping the communities I grew up in because not giving back isn’t really a choice for me. I don’t really wanna be famous. Being financially stable and known for my craft enough to be respected and admired for it is super cool. But cameras and TMZ every day that shit is a dub. All that stuff gets super consuming after a while. Frank Ocean and 3Stacks are my type of celebrity. They deadass pop out when necessary, drop music whenever they please. Go out in public incognito when they want and have the option of living normal lives, despite their status. I don’t know, we’ll see what happens though…
Tamara is on Instagram @tamsou.