Tee Slaves is a songwriter and lyrical artist but got inspired by seeing a group of female rappers in a freestyle Cyfer. She decided to jump on a freestyle to see what happened. Is there any value in freestyle rapping?
Check out this interview she did with Street Wave Media back in September 2020.
StreetWave Media presents an exclusive interview with lyrical artist, Tee Slaves from Brooklyn, New York. After our interview, check out her music video linked below…
- What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?
I have been listening to music my whole life at age 7 I started dancing ballet tap and jazz. I think it’s always been something I had an interest in.
- What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?
My name Tee Slaves which is a play on my brand Tahyira Savanna Inc. I’m highly outspoken and I feel like so many artists are fighting to be liked that I just work on saying something meaningful. I’m a storyteller so I’m painting imagery with words and sounds.
- If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?
Lauryn Hill – she’s an icon to me and one of the first people I knew to talk openly about mental health issues in the Black community. My first track 2020 is on her beat, That Thing.
- What do you think is your biggest Advantage and your biggest Disadvantage about being an Indie artist?
My advantage is that I have 100% creative control. My disadvantages is that it’s a lot of work to get notable in the music industry that’s also pay to play. The signed artists have a monetary advantage of being co-signed by a recognized Record Label.
- Do you prefer the Independent route or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?
I would sign to a major label because I think my message is important. I would love an opportunity to reach a wide audience with the anchor of the label behind me. You can stay independent but it’ll take you longer.
- Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?
Story of Us which is a remix to Jay’s Story of OJ. It’s the first track in my first project. I think it’s just an anthem to me and it introduces my artistry to the masses.
- Do you miss the era of CD sales OR do you prefer the new wave of music streaming? Explain…
I miss CDs but not the space they take up in my room lol. I would have crates of cds just stacked up in my room from Michael’s Bad album to Britney Spears Baby One More Time. I make music as if I’m in that era, not just dropping singles randomly but full on projects with themes and skits.
- Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?
The stage, the studio is technical, the stage is freedom. It’s just you and the spotlight. It’s a real performers treat. In the studio I try to keep everything quick and professional as fees rack up like you wouldn’t believe.
- During your entire journey through the music business, what would you consider your Worst experience?
The day before my biggest stage performance, they shut down venues due to Covid. It sucks being not able to show off musically. I’m not sure how I feel about Zoom performances either.
- What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?
Rapping. People know me from like behind the scenes, managing, setting up shows, production and stuff. It’s so much fun just creating new music. I feel like I’ve found a new therapy. I performed at my own show in August at Prospect Park. Folks stopped by to listen in, it made me feel special.
Tee Slaves continues on her musical journey in Winter 2022 as she gears up to release her fourth solo-independent mixtape entitled, DISCONNECTED.
Disconnected is set to be released on all streaming platforms this Winter. On Disconnected, Tee delivers yet another piece of work to mark our current atmosphere. Everything seems to be broken. A lot of it doesn’t add up. It has Tee feeling a big disconnect, between her mind and her eyes, from her heart and her awareness. The project takes you on a lyrical ride around the United States politically designed system making frequent stops at places like income inequality, access to voting, and the attacks against women’s reproductive justice.
On tracks like Get Money, she mocks the rudimentary get money mentality seen in young Black Americans on TikTok challenging her listeners to rethink financial powers: “What you need with all this money, we already paid the pipers, let it go. Own what you owe, dollar bills circulate to the crew and row, oh what a scandal, the World as we see it and the one that we know.” Tee explains how the Aunt Becky scandal gives insight into what rich people do to win leaving poorer minority groups out. On MYOB, she continues this trend, in a realization moment. The pandemic has indefinitely changed her life: “just mind ya business, the World done changed, forget about the bitchin, my mind my business, black wealth moving up, I lost my pot to piss in.” Her delivery and bar game as well as lyrical prowess is fresh on tracks like, I Stand Up and The Enlightened Ones. Disconnected additionally features two fellow Indie Artists, Jam Young on the track titled Whoa and Jasmine Denise on the track titled Meghan’s Energy.