EGL Exclusive: Hip-Hop Artist TiZ Drops “Laced” and Gives us the 411

“You have to go get what you prayed for, you have to go get what you dreamed…” -TiZ


Forest City, North Carolina native, TiZ (born Raymond Phillips), recently dropped his first single “Laced” released by Soundtrak Music Group from his unreleased freshman studio-project entitled, Leap of Faith, and it is real nice. The rising hip-hop star puts his own flare on top of “Late” by Kanye West as a way to pay homage to Yeezy and the prolific era of sample-heavy music; the ‘90s. Leap of Faith is a follow-up to TiZ’s Pre Leap of Faith mixtape hosted by DJ Proe. We had the opportunity to speak with TiZ about his forthcoming project and to get to know who he is as a breakthrough artist from North Carolina.

After a brief introduction, the interview started right away. We asked, what was it like growing up?

“I grew up in a small town called Forrest City, North Carolina, I’m the oldest of 4 siblings… Music was definitely in the household… My mother, she sang a lot.”

TiZ jumped into the art of hip-hop around the age of 14-years-old.

  “Me and my cousins made a little mixtape and passed it around in high school…”

The first track he ever blessed lyrics to was 50 Cent’s “Back Down” (Get Rich or Die Trying).

“It’s easy to see when you look at me.. (as he sings)… that was the first thing I ever wrote to..”

As the interview progressed, TiZ shared with us that he became a father at the age of 15-years-old.

“I had a child early in high school, so that definitely changed my perspective on a lot of things.. It made things a whole lot tougher.”

This was definitely not a setback for the MC, but fueled his grind and the need to be a father who empowers his young lady.

Growing up, TiZ was more into sports. After high school, he attended a small college in Radford, Virginia where he played basketball. TiZ really started taking his career serious when he moved to Charlotte, NC from college and dropped his “baby”, “Hello Summer”, which is his first original song produced by a local producer named Jay. “Hello Summer” was picked up on the popular station platforming the college lifestyle, community happenings and emerging artists, MTVU.

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