IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – TERI “LYRIC” GREEN – CHICAGO’S HOTTEST STAR!

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IAA:  What is your music background?

TERI “LYRIC” GREEN:  I have only been doing music for about 2 years now. After the passing of my grandmother I started to write poetry. My poetry blossomed into spoken word and then rhythmic recordings. It was never my intention to become a rapper/lyricist. After exposing my gift and seeing the impact it has made on others I had no other choice but to continue. Since the age of 9, I have been able to play the piano by ear, and since the passing of my grandmother I have been training myself to play the acoustic guitar

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

TERI “LYRIC” GREEN:  During the course of my life I have experienced many hardships, and music/writing has always been a major outlet for me. In listening to some of my favorite songs as a child I have noticed the release of pain and agony in just the mere composing of their music. Although I never imagined myself being able to write lyrics or compose my own beats, I have found a key element in helping heal others through my own therapeutic way of healing myself. I believe that “It is not where you come from, but where you decide to go that counts the most,” so if I can release music to help others  maintain a healthier way of thinking and living then my purpose in life will be fulfilled.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

TERI “LYRIC” GREEN:  I consider myself to be a positive life artist. My writings are composed of tragedy, pride, pain, success, love, domestic violence, defeat and triumph, consequences, and most of all honesty. I believe that in order to be honest with someone else you must first be honest with yourself. I write based upon what I have

experienced in life in order to help or save someone else from making the same mistakes I have made or witnessed. I write positive music to show that no matter what you experience in this  life that there is always a way out and an opportunity to change for the better.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

TERI “LYRIC” GREEN:  A fan is described as a person who is enthusiastic about something: a supporter or aficionado. I would like to target people of all walks of life to inspire them to become fans of life through my music. I write all positive music so that any person of any age can relate to some portion of my music. But because I am aware that every person won’t like my music I would most likely direct my music to people from the ages of 19-30 years of age.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

TERI “LYRIC” GREEN:  I consider myself to be an universal artist. I have never limited myself to just one genre of music. I listen to music of different extremes from Jay z and Nas to Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus, Papa Roach to Marroon 5, India Arie to Lauren Hill. I even have credits as a song writer to 2 gospel songs with “The Big Man of Gospel” Rev. Walter Butts through WJB gospel records. All genres of music inspire me not only by popularity but intensity in lyrical content. The depth of lyrics has always moved me and thus the reason I am affectionately known as Teri “LYRIC” Green.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

TERI “LYRIC” GREEN:  My music is passionate pain, exposed by love, lost in happiness. In losing my grandmother I found myself lost in a pain that seemed to never cease. But as time progressed I learned that life has a beginning and an end for every breathing thing on this earth. Flowers bloom for a season and die for a season. For me, in order to see the legacy of love being relived constantly without ceasing I began to write and expose my pain to save another. If people can take the positive messages that I write and pass them on to another, then the passion that I pour into my music can be relived over and over without ever dying. There is no greater gratification in knowing that my words can save someone else from my pain. I like to believe that my music stands alone in its own genre that I call Neo Soul Hip Hop. Soulful music with a rhythmic tone and powerful message each and every time.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

TERI “LYRIC” GREEN:  I’ve been told many times that there is something special about me. I only could wish that I could see what others see in me but just the thought alone causes me to stay positive and welcoming to people. I make it a point to mingle and talk with my fans at my shows just to show that I am just as human as they are. I also realize as an artist that branding is extremely important. Bow ties, suspenders, geek glasses, converse, custom vests, and rolled up button up sleeves are some of my signature pieces. Because I am sincerely a “geek” in my personal life due to my day job as a computer engineer, I like to bring a stylish way of showing who I am on a daily basis. I believe my style stands out not only because of the geek feel and unique style but mainly because of the sincerity behind it. For me my style is easy and not forced therefore it stands out and blends well with my bubbly personality. It’s official Computer geek hacks industry all access!!

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects are you currently working on?

TERI “LYRIC” GREEN:  Currently I am working on completing and releasing my first mix-tape. I will also be featuring in a couple of festivals in Atlanta and Miami. During the course of writing and performing in Chicago I will also be touring in about 6 states and over 20 cities. After my day job as a computer engineer is done I find myself performing, writing, recording, mentoring in schools in the city and being involved in community service events often.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

TERI “LYRIC” GREEN:  At a very young age I had decided exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I have a love for computers that has carried me a very long way. I found myself being the Assistant Chief Engineer at the #1 Spanish Radio station in Chicago 107.9 WLEY radio, during my Junior year of college. I have worked for some very prestigious engineering firms, radio stations, and television stations here in Chicago as an engineer and am currently still progressing. Now I find myself at the age of 31 with another passion and love; music. My goal with music is to reach the world with a positive message by ranking the top of the charts and becoming a legendary female hip hop artist. Since Missy Elliot, there has yet to be another female artist/producer with her success and recognition. In 10 years I see myself becoming one of the top female producers in the industry right alongside of her.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

TERI “LYRIC” GREEN:  Teri “Lyric” Green can be contacted and accessed by the following links:

www.LyricNeoSoulHipHop.com

www.soundcloud.com/TeriLyricGreen

www.reverbnation.com/TeriLyricGreen

www.twitter.com/lyricsjourney

www.facebook.com/TeriLyricGreen

www.youtube.com/lyricsjourney

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132 COMMENTS

  1. Hard work, dillegence, and tenacity mixed with heart, good music, and faith goes a looooooong way. Lets keep pushing a reaching beyond the stars. We got sun burn on our elbows for reaching so far….lol proud of you Lyric!!!! #CHICAGO LETS GOOOOOOO!!!

  2. I been follow Lyric for a minute now and she have a passion and a heart for what she does. I majorly respect her and her artistic abilities. She will change lives with her work and her name doesn’t need to be in lights. They already are!!! Shout out to you Lyric whose Swagg be on a thousand I may add. Much success

  3. She is defiantly a dope artist! What do I mean by “Dope”? Anytime you have artist that performs and can take you to the place they where when it was written out of happiness, sadness..whatever the emotion may be.. and make you feeeelll exactly where they are coming from…THATS A DOPE ARTIST!!
    I wish you nothing but continued success!!!

  4. You are so amazing. What a great artist you are. I hope go beyond your goals and reach the stars. Your talent has no limits. May you be blessed. Great work and looking forward to hearing more from you.

  5. So proud & happy for for you Teri. Glade to be able to say “I knew her when”. Keep up the good work.

  6. The world needs more positive music like hers, with meaningful, honest lyrics and music/beats that you can’t help but bob your head to. It’s only a matter of time before Lyric is everywhere. Hopefully her impact on the music world will usher in a new generation of positive artists. I’m looking forward to seeing her career flourish around the world. It’s going to be a fun ride for her and the fans.

  7. I’AM SO HAPPY SO SEE YOU AS A YOUNG WOMEN TAKE THE PROPER STEPS INTO THIS INDUSTRY PPL ARE GOING TO RESPECT YOUR LYRICS HANDS DOWN! FROM ONE GREAT ARTISTS TO THE NEXT WE ARE IN CONSTRUCTION MOD AND WE ARE BUILDING ARE OWN LANE CONGRATS!!!!!! #THATILL

  8. Lyric my Lil Nominee…..im so proud of you ans the name you have made for yourself. God will continue to bless your diligence n your willingness to help others keep striving keep grinding. Love you now go get it….

  9. That was a very great and inspiring piece to read. You will always have my support and I know you are one of the best rapper/lyricist out. Keep up the great work and continue blessing us with that great music.

  10. That was a very great and inspiring piece to read. You will always have my support and I know you are one of the best rapper/lyricist out. Keep up the great work and continue to bless us with that great music.

  11. Mizz Lyrics is the dopest positve life artist i heard form the Chi. i like her not only because she is a great artist but because her work and ways= of delivery not only reach the ears but the heart also. everyone needs not to sleep om her because she a beast.

  12. Hot talented loyal fresh artist speaks the truth brings out the most in people she likes for you to show your all and bring it hard and do your up most greatest very collective bright smart cool respectful and she is going places and will and can change a lot of things in the music industry

  13. I have been here from the beginning of your poetry career and not once did u give up. You are a great person and a very hard worker. You give back no matter what your situation is and you remain humble. You deserve all the success that is in your near future. You’ve come a long way from a battered child, to a successful engineer and now a big “Lyrical” genius!

    Be Bless

  14. To me, good music has always been synonymous honesty. As long as she stays who she is people are going to relate and love it. I wish her much success

  15. What an outstanding article! An artist like Terri “Lyric” Green is the perfect prescription for, in my opinion, a sick and dying artform…HipHop. Her conviction to breath a positive spirit back into our culture is exactly what we need at this time. I have had an opportunity to personally meet Terri and hear her passion in person and yes…she is everything the article expressed. Looking forward to much more! Turn up!

  16. I THINK THAT ALL TALENT IS A GIFT DIRECTLY FROM GOD AND WHEN YOU USED IT FOR HIS PURPOSE, YOU WILL TRULY BE BLESSED!! BIG UPS TO TERI, IMANI-TRUTH, JERONIMO, AND ALL THE ARTISTS ACROSS THIS CITY FOR SUPPORTING THE STOP THE VIOLENCE CAUSE!!

  17. IM SO PROUD TO SEE HER REPRESENT THE CITY OF CHICAGO AND ALL THE FEMcs thats doing it right now,lyric is cold as ice when it comes to the mic its just a natural thing plus she a very beautiful black queen its going to be crazy to see what she has coming in the future – “love my life”The General,BennyG,ChipGwop,Yak da liquor man.

  18. Lyric is the business, a mixture of poetic thoughts and a love for music, she takes the world as it is an presents it in a way that make you listen! Keep doing you……..keep it Lovely

  19. I am definitely a fan of her style and personality. It’s nice to see artists remain humble and be about the people and not about self. Definitely looking forward to the release of her upcoming project. Beautiful person inside and out. Team Lyric! Chi-town Stand Up!

  20. Talented beyond the words of art. Poetic musically punch lines that will get you staggering to hear more! Impressive works she has done and I have her back all the way. Like we all say started from the bottom, and we gettin there! Much love Teri! Keep this goin and can’t wait to see you in person! Minnesota Love!

  21. Mz “Lyric” has an amazing skill! The first time I heard her I was literally in tears. No joke! I can’t wait to watch/hear her as she continues to grow! #Dope #ChiTown #TruArtist

  22. I met Lyric last year and from the moment I met her she had a spark. There is something intoxicating about her personality and it shows in her lyrics and music. All the best my Lyricster all the best.

  23. I had the pleasure of meeting this young lady through a mutual acquaintance and I can definitely say she is an amazing person as well as artist…her music reflects her personality…INSPIRATIONAL. I think she’s gonna do great things with her abilities.

  24. I got mad luv for Lyric, she’s a true hip hop artist and great poet…..mad respect 100 to the bone….SALUTE!!!!!!!

  25. Teri has always been an leader when it came to inspiring people! When you hear the poetry she recite it’s like music to your ears! Keep up the good work!!!!!

  26. Lyric brings a breath of fresh air to the game, her style put le in the mind of lauryn hill, I love her song death of a poet, I keep it on repeat. She give up n coming artist a reason to believe, longevity with out a question, hip hop watch out cause she will take the game by storm ayyyyyoooooo

  27. What can I say who would of thought this little girl that you use to run up behind me and her big sister trying to hang out with us would be such a great success. would have such great accomplishments And over achiever, great person awesome talent and amazing woman. She can rap anything the conversation is about you no any rapper or hip/hop artist that can rap about anything off the top of there head. I do my cousin Teri green she has multiple talents sing,dance,rap,spit fire poetry and keep you on edge for more and more. Big ups to the lyricists Teri green keep making us move to your sound and hands up to your words…

  28. This is very inspiring!!!! You have an original and unique style but yet you keep your music positive! Keep up the good work. Keep going, keep pressing, and don’t stop!!!!

  29. Lyric I LOVE the way you fuse your “real life” with what you do in music. Lots of artist tend to look for some big gimmick that is popular at the time but it is NOT WHO THEY REALLY ARE. Realism wjill always win out over falsehood. I also admire your strength as a result of your grandmother making her transition. Being a persor who LOVED their grandmother to life I totally understand where you’re coming from. Please continue to put out the great music that you do and make grandma proud. I hope you come through Dallas soon. I would love to see you perform.

  30. Super Talented Rising star don’t sleep on her she will be a star and a force in the industry both on and behind the mic.

  31. Very entertaining article with Lyric. I produce a local cable Chicago tv show, 1love 1house TV and Lyric has the talent that we promote. Positive, inspiring and thought provoking material. We also encourage community involvement and it is refreshing that Lyric makes time to participate. Having a full time job while developing herself as a Spoken Word Artist, it is very impressive that she is still dedicated to her community. I am very impressed by her skill and volunteerism. Lyric is invited to perform on 1Love 1House TV when time permits. Great article!

  32. Ice princess…need I say more. Shorty is cold as ice and “Lyric” lyrics pierce your soul. Then leave your bones with a chill but hey…What else would you expect from one of Chicago’s coldest artist. Anything real from them heart mix with originality and “Lyric” equals success. Since ive know her she has been putting in work. She deserves for the world to hear what she’s got. The world needs healing. The world needs “Lyric” with a purpose so other artist can have a learning lesson and get their education in rhyming 101.

    Bishop Burnz

  33. Lyric is very passionate about her music and dedicated to making things happen. I’ve been nothing but impressed with all of her work. Keep doing what you’re doing and making positive music!

  34. Dope, I like your work, can’t wait for the mixtape to drop, we need more artist like you definitely coming from Chicago, keep up the good work

  35. Me & Teri attended the same grammer school. After checking out some of her music & reading this article I can honestly say that Teri is a very unique, talented, outstanding, & lets not 4get impressive person. I actually have a couple of favorite songs (Karma, So Long Goodbye….. Teri u r amazing & inspiring, keep doin what u doin !!!!!!!

  36. THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN SHARING WHAT’S DEEP IN ONE’S HEART. I HONESTLY FEEL CLOSER TO MY OWN SPIRIT WHEN LISTENING TO “LYRIC”. I CAN STILL REMEMBER JUST SEEING HER FLUTTERING ABOUT JUST GIVING ALWAYS GIVING. I KNEW VERY SOON EVERYONE WOULD HEAR THIS QUIET ANGEL BREAK THROUGH. I WISH EVERYONE HAD AN EXTRA EAR TO HEAR THE NON-STOP FLOW OF LOVE THAT PERMEATES THE AIR WHEN SHE SPEAKS..KIU..keep it up. 1.

  37. I had the opportunity to meet LYRIC while obtaining additional education. She was very friendly, sraight forward, and humble. I didn’t realize she had other talents until I followed her on social sites. So its been pretty cool watching from a far her blossom in to such the “Lyricist” . Btw I just found out today that I will get to personally see her work, at an upcoming event #StopTheViolence @LacunaArtistLoft in the historical Pilsen neighborhood also where/in the building I uphold my own business in. This event falls on April’s second saturday.. GREAT JOB GIRLY keep striving for your destiny!

  38. Good to see positive minds endure in music dat impact today generation.. I salute you for not doing it for the fame and doing it from the heart dats what this music is really about. I look forward to hearing your work and god bless in your journey #FastMoney

  39. I first heard one of Teri’s songs on the pansophy project with Niki Gee on the underground radio show. I fell in love with her style, her lyrics,and her beat. I knew right then and there that I wanted this great talented young lady from chicago to be in my event “100 Thousand Hip Hop Heads for Change” On april 6th. This will be a community/youth event and I knew having Teri perform here would be a positive influence on these kids. She is an amazing artist who just needs the right person to hear her and have her blow up. She has everything else!!!

    http://www.facebook.com/events/271990656251904

  40. I really cant say enough words on this lady skills she is so amazing with her work that Its give me chills .If happen to any one of you guys that mean she is a blessing for God ..Thank you Lyric for the good music..

  41. Haven’t heard Lyric live yet, but I can’t wait until she’s back in the Chi April 6th. The girl is dope and it’s great to hear the emotion and passion in her writings! Keep it up chica! Keep doin’ ya thang!
    #Wolverine’00

  42. LYRIC IS A DOPE ARTIST MEANING GREAT ARTIST. SHE IS VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT HIP HOP MUSIC AND LYRIC IS A PROFESSIONAL WITH HER MUSIC BUISNESS TACTICS. GREAT ARTIST!LYRIC IS NOW NOT NEXT.

  43. I would love to the hear the mixtape once it is complete. I can fully respect ur passion and commitment to music. Keep up the good work.

  44. Lyric has it going on. It comes very natural to her. I’ve seen her in action. Keep up the good work. Music now has a different spin on it

  45. From what I see in this article, greatness is brewing and the best has yet to be seen from this bright star. Keep it up Chicago should be proud.

  46. I truly appreciate Terri’s pure talent. There’s not a lot of authentic artist out here like her. I love her flow and how relatable her music is. She’s the truth!

  47. I came across Terrys music a few months ago and her lyrics just really hit me. Song writting is such an important thing and Terry is doing such an amazing job of it. Listening to her music is a great inspiration for all of us.

  48. Eventually this will lead to something greater then expected… I’m loving the drive…. Go hard and make the climb uphill but watch for haters….

  49. I’ve actually met Lyric in person on one of her jobs as the quote on quote computer geek.Thay she is!…lol
    She is also that very down to earth ,in touch with life and the realities of it that she expresses in her music.
    She Loves to reach others and that’s one element that the industry is missing Especially in a female artist.
    I was blessed with a few rounds of her flow and all I did was shut my eyes as she took me and a friend of mines on a journey with her lyrical content .she is definitely talented and someone the world needs to know

  50. I can’t believe she’s only been doing this for 2 years. She’s extremely talented and I love her music. Congrats to her on everything she’s accomplished! If you haven’t yet, you need to go check this girl out!

  51. Lyric YOU are definitely one of the best artists out here today. You always give the people your all and it’s not in vain, keep speaking those words give the people the real meaning of music. Keep doing what’s in your heart to do and that to deliver great MUSIC.

  52. LYRIC is an incredible neo-soul hip-hop artist. Her vivid storytelling along with her witty and sharp metaphors and similies puts her in a class of her own. Have a listen, buy her music, go and see her live and in person. Rock with Teri “Lyric” Green. #geeksandnerds #teamLYRICalldayeveryday
    It’s yours and all you have to do is go and take it!
    Orphan to Engineer and God’s Child Always
    🙂

  53. Mainstream hip-hop music has tended to be male dominated, with some notable exceptions. Despite what we might see on the surface, the hip-hop community is in fact filled with amazing female artists from all over. Teri “Lyric” Green, keep up the good work!!!! I SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT 🙂

  54. I wish you the best and keep pushing to achieve your goals we need positive rappers to reach these younger generation kids now of days since they are so influenced from the negative music that is out here.

  55. This article was written beautifully. I enjoy the music made by Lyric and the writings/spoken word that are from the person deeper than Lyric (Teri). Lyrics work of art is different. It feels different. It feels good. Her ‘art’ moves and motivates me as a person. I LOVE the movement TERI Lyric Green has created…always have and always will! #teamlyric

  56. MRS LYRIC IS EXACTLY HOW SHE REPRESENTS HER HERSELF. SHE HAS SOME MANY INSPIRATIONS THAT ACTUALLY SEE IN HER SUCH AS MC LYTE, MISSY ELLIOT, AND LEFT EYE. VERY MUCH ECSTATIC ABOUT THIS YOUNG LADY.

  57. This is my BLOOOOOOD SISTTERRRR YESSSS SHEEEE GOEEES HARRRRRD OF COURsE AND SHES BEAUUTIFUL lovveee her to death <3 hug and kiss SISSY

  58. Every time I see “Lyric” I am more and more impressed with her talent and the passion she exhibits on the mic. This article was a great way to get to know more about this young star. I challenge IAA to follow up with “Lyric” in the next few months…I can see a supernova.

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