Known for his woozy flow and witty wordplay, Tey's addition to the music game is definitely a welcome one, and to kick off his debut mixtape "3 For the Price of 1" SKYN sat down with the rapper to talk motivation, inspiration, and game domination.
SKYN: Tell us about yourself. Who are you?
TB: My name is Devonte " Tey Boogie " Jackson, I'm originally from Richmond, VA's Church Hill neighborhood. Growing up was pretty rough for me and it really shaped the whole sound of my music and the topics I've covered so far. I lived in Richmond for 17 years of my life until I moved to Houston, TX in 2012 and that's when I started to record music.
SKYN: That's amazing. So you record music. Is that what you do?
TB: I'm a recording artist and songwriter, I also have my own brand that I'm currently building and notably it's something that traces back to my hometown of Richmond, VA.
SKYN: Amazing! It's all about building that name, and finding your niche. Music seems to have had an incredibly big impact in your life. Where do you think that came from? What made you so drawn to it?
TB: Music wasn't really something I was into growing up but I do recall always being around a lot of classic records played by my parents on a regular, some of the most memorable entertainers I grew up on was Jay-Z and Notorious BIG. I remember first getting involved with writing around 2011 while still in Richmond and just being able to tell my story was something that kept me so drawn to making music and also seeing growth with my craft.
SKYN: It's amazing when all the hard work starts paying off like that, isn't it? Not only has it really paid off with the growth, but it's really grown with the impact you can make. Being a huge musical influencer yourself, where do you get your inspiration from now?
TB: Honestly my biggest inspirations right now would have to be Drake, mainly cause of the way he makes his music and of course Jay-Z, which is the main reason why I chose to even make music, Jay always been a big influence on my music, he was the only thing I heard growing up, all the old heads around me would have him on repeat on a daily basis.
SKYN: Ah, Drake, our hometown boy. That's dope man. You make a heck of a lot of music, but we’ve gotta also assume that you listen to a heck of a lot as well. What other artists influence you and your music?
TB: I would have to say Beyonce, Kanye West, Jadakiss, Sean Price, Phife Dawg, & Kendrick Lamar.
SKYN: Ok now that we know all that could you tell us something random about yourself? Something we may not already know. A lot of people don't know as I stated before Tey Boogie is from Richmond, VA's East End born and raised, the reason why I wanted to state that is because I've been in Houston for the last three years since 2012 and a lot of people think I'm from Texas and before there was a "Tey Boogie", my name was once "Richie Rolend" and the last song I made under that alias was titled "Mexico" released in 2013
SKYN: Ah, that's wild! Aside from being from Richmond, VA., what are you most proud of that you've done so far?
TB: So far it has to be me managing myself, since I decided to take music serious in late 2014, I've literally been the driving force behind everything, not saying that makes me better than the next but to say I'm the reason behind every piece of success I'm obtaining is something I'm very proud of.
SKYN: That is absolutely something to be incredibly proud of. Where do you see yourself going in the next year? What do you hope to accomplish?
TB: By next year I see myself going on my first major tour and doing music with Jay-Z (I know that's a bit of a stretch).
SKYN: Hey, ya gotta dream! It seems like you’re really in this for the long haul, so we’d love to know, what do you hope Tey Boogie's legacy will be? What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
TB: Hopefully my music lives on forever, I want to just make records that you as the listener can live to and believe in. Also I hope my legacy will be something that can impact Richmond, VA, even though I haven't been home in a while, that's where my heart is and will always be. Basically what I'm trying to say is I have major things in line that will make Tey Boogie's legacy live on forever.
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