IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
TYCKO: Well I was born in Riverside California, but most of my childhood I grew up in Freeport Grand Bahamas. My people are originally from there. I was one of the first of my generation to be born in America. I have been living in Houston Texas since 2001 and have been here since.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
TYCKO: My music background consists of a variety of music from, country, hip-hop, blues, techno, R&B, soul, rock, and most of all especially reggae. My younger years I have moved around a lot. I’ve lived in many different places. That kind of stuff can happen when you’re a military brat/ child, and your people aren’t the wealthiest or financially stable. So due to those reasons I have different locations backgrounds, and music genres.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
TYCKO: I want to record music because it’s a way of releasing a lot of stress, anger, pain, rage, happiness, joy, etc. without going crazy from holding certain things within. It’s like what the great Maya Angelou once quoted, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” It’s like a pothead’s marijuana, or a coke head’s cocaine, or an alcoholic’s beer and so on. The reason I want to release my own music is because there are so many people in this world that go thru things, and don’t know who to talk to how to talk to them, what to say, how to say it, and they can relate. So when they hear a song that tells a story that they can relate to, people not only like the song, they appreciate it, they use it, they learn from it. It helps them sometimes to understand you can take some weight off of your shoulders. My music helps people realized they are not the only ones.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
TYCKO: My songs are about me. I write songs that deal with what I have been thru, what I have seen, what I have learned, what I have done, what I think is going on, and what I know is going on, etc. It all has to do with me. What makes me stand out is my metaphors, similes, and examples comparing this to that so that my listeners can understand what I mean when I say something or just to have laughs. Most of all to understand that they can’t create punchlines like I can.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
TYCKO: My fan base is directed towards anyone who likes it, anyone who doesn’t like it, and those who think nothing of it at all. Reasons I say this is because not only do I have personal experiences that I want to share, but also knowledge I want to share. It’s so easy for you to remember a song from 20 years ago because of the same nice beat that goes with that repetitive hook that goes with those repetitive lyrics that you like. On the other hand you can sit in class for hours every day, yet kids have a hard time learning something in class. People think you can’t be positive or tell a story that has great meaning and value in it with swag in it or a fly hook with an outstanding beat. It can be done. It’s about if you have the right swag, beat, hook, word and word play. If you do, you can get even the most ignorant people who don’t want to change or are blind to things to help them understand. Understanding is key in life. Without it you are lost.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
TYCKO: My musical influences started off with my cousin, my family and friends. I have so many influences in the music industry that people in the music industry that I can only name a few, but the most important to me are: Michael Jackson, 2Pac, Jay-Z, Nas, B.I.G., Lil Wayne Eminem, Kanye West, and Lauryn Hill just to name the most important ones to me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
TYCKO: I would describe my music to people, clever, informative, fun, relatable, enjoyable, very extreme versatility. I feel that way because I talk about so many different things in so many different fields in so many different ways. Perspective is important too.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
TYCKO: I’m different from other artist because for one I don’t usually go with the flow of what everyone else goes with. I’m not a follower. I was born to lead. I know how not to commit to the trend but to be the trend and attract. You might laugh oh well, but it’s a “Scorpio” thing. Seriously though, I can’t speak for the other people but I know how to attract, and I never get out of character to do it or to become someone I’m not. Money is the mission in this industry, but is selling your soul worth it? Meaning being something you really don’t want or you know is not good just for a quick buck.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
TYCKO: I’ve been working on this EP/ mixtape that I’ve done some work on already. It’s going to be a double disk CD. I’m leaning more towards because of all the instrumentals and song ideas I have in my head. I am weighing out options about it because recently I heard another artist trying to do the same thing. I want to be different and stand out. I am thinking I’m going to go thru with it cause it’s rare in today’s Hip Hop Industry you get a double disk CD.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
TYCKO: My career goal is to come in the music industry and leave a mark that no one will forget. I want to be the best in the shortest time any rapper has done it, to be recognized as “Yeah that’s him, that’s Tycko, the greatest rapper of all time.” I know it sounds crazy cause it’s like, who the hell does this dude think he is? where the hell did he come from? another black kid with his head up his a$$, but I’m serious. I know it’s going to be extremely time taking, extreme hard work, extreme sacrifices, the worst criticism, and all the focus I have. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward too. Go hard or go home. I want to have accomplished that goal within the first 3 years of my entrance in the music industry. By the 10th year I want to be to the point to where I’m managing artists. I want to help artists producers, engineers, and major and independent record labels. I want to be able to have an effect on people and possibly even politics. Most of all I want to give back to communities and especially where I call home the Bahamas.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
Facebook: Tycko Rolle
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