Lil TJay is an American rapper who is on his way to becoming a millionaire. It's a tough business but this talented young man has shown that he has what it takes to attain a measure of success as a rapper in the industry. At the tender age of just 19, he's already gained a decent sized bankroll.
His estimated net worth as of 2020 is $600,000 so he's more than halfway there. We were curious about how he came to be so wealthy while still a teenager in a fickle business that doesn't always pay the rent. We looked into his career and current activities and here is what we learned about Lil TJay.
His early years
Lil TJay was born on April 30, 2001, to parents who are from Ghana. He was born in the Bronx and this is his home town. His birth name is Tione Jayden Merritt, so his stage name is an abbreviation of his given name.
Since he was young, Lil TJay had a feeling he would someday be in the spotlight, but he didn't have a plan and wasn't sure what he would be doing. His appreciation of music began when he was very young. He was influenced by his mother's choice in music, growing up hearing Usher, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson. His personal musical influences are Meek Mill and Drake.
He got into some trouble when he was younger and spent a year in juvie for committing a robbery. While this looks like a downturn in his life, it was at this time that he found himself with plenty of time on his hands and he began to focus on music and songwriting. It was at this point in his life that he wrote the songs that would be instrumental in launching his career in music. When he was released, he was ready to go and he got busy uploading his songs to SoundCloud. This was the beginning of his success.
His emerging career in music
After uploading his song "Resume" to Sound Cloud, it seemed that Lil TJay's popularity soared into an overnight success as the song went viral. It only took a few days for him to rack up thousands of listens. This led to a contract with the Columbia Records label. His music has an infusion of Spanish in some songs with auto-tune hooks. He plans to move forward with an album of R&B songs at some time in the future.
Lil TJay is a planner
Lil TJay is very particular about his music. He is adamant about the fact that he refuses to release an album until it meets his standards for perfection. He has plans to put a lot of effort into his career in entertainment and for him, the future includes dance lessons as well as vocal lessons. TJay is serious about his music and for him, it's a passion and he is dedicated to giving his all to be the best that he can possibly become.
Lil TJay gained a fair amount of recognition when he collaborated with Polo G in "Pop Out." This hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart and it made its best showing at number 11. He also did very well with "Resume," "Brothers," and "Leaked." His upload of "Leaked" garnered an amazing 44.4 million plays through SoundCloud, which tells us that people love his work a lot.
His career really started in 2017 when he was just 16 years old. He uploaded a video he made at home and it became an internet sensation, but this was just a precursor to the success that would follow. By 2018 TJay had entered musical competitions and he emerged as the first place winner at the All Ages Edition of the Coast 2 Coasts Live NYC competition.
The A&R record label in charge of attendance to judge for the event gave him some serious attention. He released "None of Your Love" through the aid of producer Cash Money AP and received a massive 18.2 million plays in a matter of just 8 months.
Lil TJay wasn't born in a family with much when it comes to finances. He was raised by his single mom and two other siblings. Things may have been tight but it didn't stop him from gathering up the necessary resources to launch his lucrative career. He had some behavioral issues early on, but his detention in juvie turned out to be a real blessing in disguise. Watching his mother struggle to provide for her family had a tremendous impact on Lil TJay. He made up his mind that he was going to do something to create a better life so they wouldn't need to struggle just to pay the bills and keep food on the table.
Lil TJay is a young rapper and songwriter who has tenacity and a strong will to succeed. He has a positive outlook on life and a disciplined approach to managing his emerging career. He has come a long way in s short time, and he is just getting started. TJay took advantage of what could have been a very rough patch in his life to start making plans for his future.
With time to think, he applied himself to creating some of his most famous works to date. Upon his release from detention, he did the smart thing and launched his musical career.
It was his talent and the value of the work that he rendered that has drawn so many fans to his music. He's a powerhouse when it comes to songwriting and with his current mindset, he is likely to go far in his career and in his life in general. TJay is one to keep your eye on because we expect to see some really great things from him in the very near future.
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