|Birth name||Tierra Whack|
|Born||August 11, 1995|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Tierra Whack (born August 11, 1995) is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a teenager, she performed as Dizzle Dizz and reverted back to her birth name in 2017. She is best known for her debut album, Whack World, which received widespread critical acclaim and a Best Music Video nomination for the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Early life and education
Whack attended The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush for three years before finishing high school in Atlanta, Georgia. At Benjamin Rush, she was a vocal major and fine arts minor, and was one of few black students in a predominantly white graduating class. With some difficulty, she and her friends persuaded their principal to let them perform the finale number from Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit for the school talent show, and Whack performed a rap verse. Later in Whack's career, she toured with Lauryn Hill, who starred in the 1993 film.
At age fifteen, Whack appeared in a 2011 freestyle video produced by Philadelphia's underground music collective We Run the Streets. She released several tracks as Dizzle Dizz, including "Dizzy Rascvls," but struggled with depression in the months following. Her mother elected to move them both out of Philadelphia, so Whack could finish school.
By 2015, Whack had moved back to Philadelphia, where she reconnected with Kenete Simms, a sound engineer and music producer whom she had known as a teenager. Whack credits Simms as her collaborator. Sometime in 2017 (Whack hasn't divulged details to the press), she signed with Interscope Records.
In October 2017, Whack released Mumbo Jumbo, a hip-hop single and accompanying music video which featured the young rapper performing while wearing a mouth prop. Most of the lyrics to the track are purposefully unintelligible. She also toured with Flying Lotus in 2017.
2018–present: Debut album
Whack's debut album, Whack World, received a "Best New Music" accolade from Pitchfork. Critics praised the unusual format of the album — 15 tracks, each exactly 1 minute long. Whack released each short track on Instagram, each accompanied by a short film directed by Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Léger. The multimedia project received widespread critical acclaim. Robert Christgau gave the album an A-minus and reported in Vice that his wife, fellow critic Carola Dibbell, loved the video, saying "it gave me reason for living". The track "Mumbo Jumbo" received a nomination for Best Music Video for the 2019 Grammy Awards.  In October 2018, Whack travelled to Tokyo, Japan for a long-term artistic sabbatical. She has recorded as-yet-unreleased music with Meek Mill and Childish Gambino.
In 2018, she toured with 6lack on his world tour, From East Atlanta with Love.
She currently lives in Philadelphia with her mother and two siblings. She owns a cat, whom she named Starkey after a Whole Foods brand of sparkling water. She does not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. She is severely allergic to insects, a condition she satirizes in the music video for her 2018 track, "Bugs Life".
- Whack World (2018)
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