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Slidin’ Thru: T-Shyne

September 6, 2018

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

It’s not every day you get a cosign from Young Thug, Future, and Andre 3000, and T-Shyne draws influences from all three. Having been in the rap game for a minute, it was until last year that T-Shyne signed to Thuggers’ YSL imprint. Read more…

While it’s easy to assume his smooth flows and vocals over trapped out beats stem from the South, real name Tafa Peter calls New York home. After releasing buzzing singles “Word of Mouth” and “Side Steppin” featuring Thug, T-Shyne is thrilled to unleash his debut album titled The Immaculate.

Slime season is in full effect.

For those who don’t know, who is T-Shyne?
T-Shyne is just a young n*gga trying to put on for my dad, basically. I’m just trying to take care of my family, make sure my dad is straight. That’s all I’m trying to do. I’m not trying to do too much other than that.

Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop and R&B?
In this tiny little space that just blends with both of them well. I’m right in the middle. I got songs that I sing on, but I’d say I’m leaning more so on the hip-hop side.

You’re based in New York, born in Grenada. How does that play into your life and career?
I guess the elements of how I was raised and the music I was raised on. I was raised on a lot of Reggae music. The vibe of my music comes from things from way back.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
I think it’s very important. Everybody’s in LA. Everybody’s cool. You could just meet somebody and literally be like, “Let’s get in the studio,” and they’re going to be down. It’s just like, “Pull up to my studio,” LA’’s dope. I like LA.

Who have you been linking with while you’re out here?
Any time I’m in LA, obviously I’m with [Young] Thug. I’ve linked with Slim Jxmmi (Rae Sremmurd), Juicy J, just different people that we rock with.

What’s the inspiration behind your name?
I got that name in high school. It was one of the names the homies used to call me.

I was listening to “Side Steppin” which has you boasting about being a rapper. What’s been the most difficult part of your journey?
The most difficult part is just staying down. Staying focused and staying on track, and not being like, “Damn, this shit is taking too long.” Like, “I’m going onto something else.”

At what point did you realize this was for?
I guess when people started DMing me how much they fuck with the music. Seeing all the interaction every time I put out a song. How people were starting to react and how the numbers are doing now.

Talk about your relationship with Young Thug. How did you guys meet?
I met Thug through TM88. That’s my boy. Me & TM used to live together with a couple of my other homies: my boy Strick who’s also part of YSL, and my boy Veedo. We were just out here doing shows and living in LA, and basically Thug needed a DJ.

You deejayed for Thug?
No, TM did. But they asked us to go on tour, because they saw us all doing these shows. They were like, “Do three practice shows, and see if Thug likes you, then ya’ll can come on tour with us” basically. We did three practice shows and turned it up. Ever since we went on tour one, then we did another tour with Thug, and now we’re about to go on the next one with J.Cole.

What’s the best piece of advice he’s given you?
It’s not one thing. We’ve had just real deep conversations where he’s telling me different things. But the best piece of advice… just not to rush. You don’t got to go for every deal. Just chill. It’s coming.

What does it mean to sign to YSL?
YSL is a family. It’s not even a label to me. It’s just a family.

You dropped your debut album, The Immaculate, talk about the process behind this and how long it took you.
The Immaculate is a mixture of different vibes, different times I went through in my life, from an attempted robbery at a crib I was living at. It could be those darker moments, but then it’s also obviously now I’m with Thug, flying everywhere and just enjoying life. We’re in Cali in a dope crib, just having a good time. It just has different vibes, whatever mood I was in at the time — whether it’s the dark shit or some of the happier shit, it’s all on there.

What do you want fans to get from your story?
I just want people to relate to it. If you can relate to it take it in and enjoy it. Just know it’s real. It’s coming from a real place.

What is your take on the music industry?
I like where the music industry is right now. There’s a lot of artists I like, personally. I have no issue with it. I like it.

Who are some artists that you’re bumping?
Obviously YSL, Thug, Gudda, Strick, all the homies. Future, my boy S’Natra from New York, my boy TIING, I’m bumping all that. Just the homies. I always just listen to my friends, and then old school shit.

Who are some old schools that you’re bumping?
R&B like Joe, Jaheim, and shit like that. [laughs]

What did you do with your first advance?
“Went and bought my dad a whip!” I helped my Dad get a truck.

What’s your relationship with your father?
Man, that’s the most important person to me. If I get money, I’m not going to so much try and spend it on myself, I’m going to make sure my dad is straight. Being able to help him out regardless is just dope.

What was the household like growing up?
Just love. Real love. It’s a struggle growing up. We didn’t have much, but love is the key factor that made it what it is now.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
A normal day is absolutely no sleep. Studio the whole day, like literally back to back hours. At the studio I record at, they sub out three engineers. Like they sleep and then someone else comes.

What do you do for fun?
Smoke weed. [laughs] Nah, I just chill with the homies. I’m regular. I play video games: 2K, FIFA, shooting games. I just chill.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
Hopefully acting, or stand-up comedy. I hope the music helps me able to do both those things.

3 things you need in the studio?
Weed, ice, and vibes.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
The best encounter with a fan was at Complexcon. I was shopping at a store and this girl, who I’ve known through her being a fan on the internet, hit me up and shit. She came up to me in person, just ran up and hugged me. It was dope. Shout out to Hudson.

Dream collab?
I got to think about that real quick. [pauses] I don’t know. There’s too many people.

Off top. It could be random.
Off top, just on a production tip, I’d like to work with Kanye. Cliché, I didn’t really want to say that. [laughs]

Anything else you want to let us know?
Follow me on all my social media accounts, and get the album. The album is dope. Please hit me up, DM me, show me that you’re listening to it. Show me your favorite songs. I will respond.

You respond to DMs?
I try to respond literally to every DM. It’s good to do it right now.

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