Lil Tecca

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Lil Tecca
Birth nameTyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe
Born (2002-08-26) August 26, 2002 (age 16)
Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
OriginFive Towns, Long Island, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop, Trap
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2017–present
Associated acts

Tyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe[1] (born August 26, 2002), better known by his stage name Lil Tecca, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Queens, New York.[2] He gained recognition upon releasing his breakout single, "Ransom", which has gained over 200 million plays on Spotify, and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.[3][4] He has also previously released songs that have garnered attention such as "Love Me", "Molly Girl", "Did It Again" and "Bossanova".[5]

Early life[edit]

Lil Tecca was born Tyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe on August 26, 2002, in the Queens area of New York City. He was raised in the Springfield Gardens neighborhood of Queens, but he would later relocate to the Five Towns area of Long Island, where he resides alongside his parents as of now. He is of Jamaican ancestry, and his parents are both Jamaican migrants. From a young age, Sharpe had aspirations of being in the NBA, but at around 12, he turned his attention towards pursuing a career in music.[6]

Career[edit]

At just 9 years old, Lil Tecca catered to his interest in music by rapping with his friends over Xbox Live parties. They would make diss tracks directed towards each other, one of which was uploaded to SoundCloud years ago, but has since been taken down.[7] At first, he did not have intentions to start a musical career and instead had dreams of being an NBA star. However, in his middle school years, he lost interest in basketball and considered taking music more seriously.[8] Lil Tecca said in an interview with YouTube channel Cufboys that he got his stage name from an acquaintance on Instagram who was named Tecca, and she called him "Lil Tecca" because her name was already Tecca on Instagram. The explanation was echoed during an interview with Genius, titled “What I Do.”

His first track to gain some popularity, "tectri", was made in collaboration with his friend, Lil Gummybear, and was released in early 2017. Other preliminary tracks of his include "Callin",[9] "My Time", and "Rags to Riches".

Just a year later, Tecca's career began to take off with his hit single, "Ransom", which was originally uploaded on Cole Bennett's Lyrical Lemonade YouTube channel on May 22, 2019. The song has since peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and received over 200 million plays on Spotify and over 90 million views on YouTube.[10][11]

Tecca claims that he has an upcoming project, expected to be released sometime in 2019, called We Love You, Tecca, which are expected to be featuring Tecca's childhood friends, Hugo Schultze and James Barker. [12]

Artistry[edit]

Lil Tecca is generally known for his melodic rap style, similar to many other rappers emerging from the New York City area. He states that he was influenced by many artists, ranging from pop and rock influences, such as Michael Jackson and Coldplay, to artists of a similar genre, such as Speaker Knockerz, Eminem, Meek Mill, Waka Flocka Flame, and Chief Keef.[13]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[14]
AUS
[15]
CAN
[16]
IRE
[17]
"My Time"[18] 2018 non-album singles
"Rags to Riches"[19]
"Count Me Out"[20]
"Love Me"[21] 89 95
"Ransom"
(solo or with Juice Wrld)
2019 8
[22]
15 5 6
"Molly Girl"[23]
"Bossanova"[24]
"Did It Again"[25] [A] 77
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Memories in My Head"[27]
(Icyslug featuring Lougotcash & Lil Tecca)
2019 Trap Jew

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Mavericks"[28] 2019 Danny Wolf, WAV Night of the Wolf

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Did It Again" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 11 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lil Tecca Genius Profile
  2. ^ "The Ones: Lil Tecca's "Ransom"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  3. ^ "Behind The Rise Of Lil Tecca". Genius. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  4. ^ Billboard Hot 100 Charts
  5. ^ "Lil Tecca Is a 14-Year-Old Rapper Making Hits on the Weekends". Complex. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  6. ^ Lil Tecca Interview with "Power 105.1"
  7. ^ "Lil Tecca Talks Balancing Music/School, Who's Repping The Youth In Hip-Hop". Power 105.1 FM. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  8. ^ "Lil Tecca Talks Balancing Music/School, Who's Repping The Youth In Hip-Hop". Power 105.1 FM. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  9. ^ Lil Tecca – Callin (Original Song)
  10. ^ "Lil Tecca Talks the Success of 'Ransom,' Chief Keef and Why He Chose Rap Over Basketball". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  11. ^ "Lil Tecca Scores First Billboard Hot 100 Entry With 'Ran$om'". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  12. ^ The Lil Tecca "No Jumper" Interview
  13. ^ The Lil Tecca "No Jumper" Interview
  14. ^ "Top 100 Songs: August 10, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  15. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. August 19, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  16. ^ Peaks on the Canadian Hot 100:
  17. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  18. ^ "Lil Tecca - My Time" – via Spotify.
  19. ^ "Lil Tecca - Rags to Riches" – via Spotify.
  20. ^ "Lil Tecca - Count Me Out" – via Spotify.
  21. ^ "Lil Tecca - Love Me" – via Spotify.
  22. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/chart-beat/8527749/billie-eilish-bad-guy-number-one-hot-100
  23. ^ "Lil Tecca - Molly Girl" – via Spotify.
  24. ^ "Lil Tecca - Bossanova" – via Spotify.
  25. ^ "Lil Tecca - Did It Again" – via Spotify.
  26. ^ "Chart Search: Lil Tecca, Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  27. ^ "Memories in My Head - Single by Icyslug on Apple Music". Apple Music.
  28. ^ "Night of the Wolf - Album by Danny Wolf on Apple Music". Apple Music.