Something's different, I haven't been the same in a while. I'm antsy, I'm hungry, and I just don't take excuses anymore. I've been a geek all my life. Growing up in a home full of violence didn't take me out of my shell either. What did give me some confidence was making music. Poetry was my starter drug, then I upgraded to the harder stuff. I started writing rhymes. I already sang in the choir so that was just a bit of salt on the dish. Once I started producing records...I overdosed. No matter what I kept DOING MY THANG. You should do yours too. Click below to hear more from me as I get a real job.
new single "Do Your Thang"
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The Cycle is an album that centers on breaking the cycle of poverty and violence. Growing up in gang infested neighborhoods and a home filled with domestic violence, I turned to making music to distract me from the pain and tough times. This is the story of the process that made me an artist.
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WordPlay TJay has been producing music since 2005. His first radio placement came about when his single "The South" hit the airwaves in Little Rock, Arkansas' "Hottest in the Rock" segment on Hot 96.5FM. Since then his production has been featured on Pandora (WordPlay TJay Radio), YouTube (Ask GaryVee & Commuter Conversations), & MTV. He also provides music for Getty Images Music Library. Reach out to WordPlay TJay for music production using the information below. Non-Exclusive and Exclusive licensing is available and instrumental inquiries for recording artists are welcome.
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“Nothin’ Less” is a phrase that comes out of wanting more out of life. Everyone is given nothing less than the talents that they were born with. It is true that learning a skill takes time, but some of those skills take less time to master for others. This mentality is what built WordPlay TJay and gave him the drive to succeed. Born Terry Johnson on December 22nd, 1987, WordPlay TJay grew up surrounded by pain, music, and art in Little Rock, Arkansas. His father played saxophone, his mother sang in the church, his aunt sang as well, and his uncle was a drummer and a DJ. His love for performance and music came naturally. Although it took years to bud, his talent emerged through pain.
The pain of witnessing domestic violence caused WordPlay TJay to draw inwards and develop the skills it took to get out of his environment. WordPlay TJay naturally grew towards fine arts and built those skills aspiring to be a popular artists and architect. The feeling to become someone the world knows sprouted as he observed his father abuse drugs and step in and out of his life. When his father finally left the family WordPlay TJay’s ambition grew stronger. Although his focus was on art the shadow of music was always over him.
To distract himself from his father’s absence and presences of abusive step fathers, WordPlay TJay began writing poetry and developing his voice in choir both in church and at school. The poems were a distraction from the trauma seen in his household daily. Being afraid of the men that were supposed to raise him. His grandfather raised him as a man and encouraged him to break his anxiety by performing and teaching in the church. Needing an outlet for the stress he purchased his first rap album, Ludacris’ Word of Mouf, and this birthed a new emcee.
For years, WordPlay TJay developed his talent and was propelled forward by his successes. In 2005 he was voted “Hottest in the Rock” by radio listeners on Hot 96.5 FM, and soon after he met Russell Simmons at a local bar to give him his demo. WordPlay TJay’s demo was rejected due to lack of copyright but this inspired him to build his own company like Russell’s called On The Map Music Group. As time went by he kept getting better, but after the passing of his grandfather WordPlay TJay realized that he had to work harder to achieve his dreams in order to provide for his family.
5 years later WordPlay TJay got the break he was looking for. His motive changed to inspiring others to take the little that was given to them to change their lives. This “Nothin’ Less” philosophy birthed his debut mixtape including the single “Breakfast & Biggie”. In 2011, WordPlay TJay got into the game on MTV’s RapFix Live, hosted by Sway Calloway. Sway debuted the video for “Breakfast & Biggie” live on the air. The host, along with rapper Ja Rule, described WordPlay TJay as “well written and catchy”. This is the spark that WordPlay TJay needed to grow into the spotlight.
WordPlay TJay continues to make inspiring songs that mix mainstream sounds with a message. His lyricism and catchy hooks are crafted to give people hope and motivation. His latest single “Do Your Thang” drives people to use their talents to change their lives instead of following the tradition of a 9-5 job. At the same time, his music is therapeutic. He uses the creative process to work through depression and the anxiety from his past. WordPlay TJay lives through symbiosis by giving music and receiving the love from those who appreciate it. He inspires people to take #NothinLess and do more with their talents to achieve greatness.
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I've been on a roll with these beats. I wanna finish this new one but I have no energy!