Tommy Cash (rapper)

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Tomas Tammemets, known by his stage name of Tommy Cash (styled as TOMM¥ €A$H)[1] is an Estonian rapper and conceptual artist.

Early life and youth[edit]

Born in 1991, Tomas Tammemets is of Estonian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Kazakh descent;[2] he self-identifies (per EPL) as first and foremost an Estonian, then East European in his soul, and as a Scandinavian in a CV.[3] He grew up in a one-room flat[4] not far from a soup kitchen[5] in the Kopli subdistrict of Estonia's capital Tallinn. Kopli has a predominantly Russian-language population, and is known to be inhabited by comparatively less well-off people. In a 2013 interview, Tommy thought the subdistrict a ghetto, yet finds Kopli a superb place to live in.[6] In a 2017 interview, he called the neighbourhood less harshly 'the Detroit side of town': "It was all tiny, rotting wooden houses and there was always a bad smell on the street. I swear I could spot a junkie from a kilometre and tell you exactly what drug he was on."[1] Tomas did 'rather well' in school until the age of 15, when he began using cannabis, which 'ejected' him out of the school system.[4] In his youth, or 'in the olden times', as per Tommy, he painted plenty of graffiti,[1] often ran from the police, and sometimes got fined.[7] He did not graduate secondary school; of that, he said that he had done the exams, but still has a few things left to do. In place of school, Tommy began painting and took up dancing.[4]

Career[edit]

In the Baltic dance scene, he is a known freestyle dancer with a very distinct style, using elements of popping, krumping and break-dancing.[1]

In 2018, Cash released a clothing line that subversively imitates western styles with eastern elements and in-jokes.[8]

Tommy's most recent singles have been released through the London record label PC Music, also home to Danny L Harle, felicita and Hannah Diamond.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Euroz Dollaz Yeniz (2014)
  1. Leave Me Alone
  2. Tokyo Drift
  3. Euroz Dollaz Yeniz
  4. Diablo
  5. Prorapsuperstar
  6. Boy Butterfly
  7. Baba Yaga
  8. Suga Suga
  9. Moloko
  • ¥€$ (2018)

Singles[edit]

Title Year Source Notes
Oldkool 2013
Guez Whoz Bak 2013
Alien Tears 2014
Euroz Dollaz Yeniz 2014
Leave Me Alone 2015
ProRapSuperstar 2015
Winaloto 2016 [9] Award for Music Video of the Year at the 2017 Estonian Music Awards
Escalade 2016
Orange Soda 2016
Surf 2017 [10] Award for Music Video of the Year at the 2018 Estonian Music Awards[11]
Rawr 2017 Later re-hashed with a Joji feature on Cash's Soundcloud
Cry 2017 IC3PEAK x Tommy Cash
Pussy Money Weed 2018 [12][13] Produced by A.G. Cook[8]
Little Molly 2018 [14] Tommy Cash & Anna-Lisa Himma
X-Ray 2018

Collaborations[edit]

Music Videos[edit]

  • 2013 — «Guez Whoz Bak»
  • 2014 — «Alien Tears» (remote clip)
  • 2014 — «Euroz Dollaz Yeniz»
  • 2015 — «Flipperi» (Adi L Hasla feat. Aito Mäkki, Tommy Cash)
  • 2015 — «ProRapSuperstar»
  • 2015 — «Leave Me Alone»
  • 2015 — «Give Me Your Money» (Little Big feat. Tommy Cash)
  • 2016 — «Apel» (Pimp Flaco x Tommy Cash x Kinder Malo)
  • 2016 — «Winaloto»
  • 2016 — «Winaloto» (Live) | A Colors Show
  • 2017 — «Surf»
  • 2018 — «Pussy Money Weed»
  • 2018 — «Little Molly»
  • 2018 — «X-Ray»

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Zadeh, Joe (2017-06-19). "'Is this for real?' Meet Tommy Cash, the surreal, post-Soviet rap sensation". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  2. ^ Nestor, Madis (2013-06-06). "Uus Eesti Biit: Tommy Cash" [New Estonian Beat: Tommy Cash] (in Estonian). Müürileht. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  3. ^ Ubaleht, Marianne (2016). "Ida-Euroopa suursaadik | Tommy Cash" [The East European Ambassador | Tommy Cash | The Estonia's Influential 2016]. Eesti mõjukad 2016 (in Estonian). Eesti Päevaleht (via issuu). p. 38. Retrieved 2017-12-16. Hingelt idaeurooplane, CV järgi skandinaavlane, ennekõike eestlane.
  4. ^ a b c Selg, Mikko Leo; Kubpart, Kaisa (2016-03-02). "Intervjuu: Kes on TOMM¥ €A$H ja milline on tema maailm?" [Interview: Who is TOMM¥ €A$H and what is his world like?]. Noorte Hääl (in Estonian). Delfi. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  5. ^ Tõnu (2017-12-15). "Tommy Cash" (in Estonian). Allstarz.ee. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
  6. ^ "Tommy Cash, tõusev staar räpimaastikul: Kopli on geto" [Tommy Cash, a rising star on the rap landscape: Kopli is a ghetto]. Elu24 (in Estonian). Postimees. 2013-10-09.
  7. ^ "Räppar Tommy Cash harjub mõttega, et naised lava ees ta saapaid lakuvad" [Rapper Tommy Cash is getting used to the thought, that women in front of the stage lick his boots]. Publik (in Estonian). Delfi. 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2017-12-16. Vanasti sai hoolega graffiteid tehtud. Tol ajal oli politseinike eest põgenemisi korralikult,” jutustab Tommy, ja nendib, et sai kätte nii oma adrenaliinilaksu kui ka mõned trahvid.
  8. ^ a b Wei, Whitney (2018-01-25). "Meet "Kanye East," the Estonian Rapper Who Spoofs American Pop Culture". Vogue. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  9. ^ Cash, Tommy (2016-07-19). "Winaloto". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  10. ^ Cash, Tommy (2017-03-16). "Surf". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  11. ^ "Elu24 OTSE: Eesti Muusikaauhinnad 2018 gala lava pealt ja kaadri tagant! | Lisanduvad Muusikaauhindade võitjad!" [Elu24 LIVE: The 2018 Estonian Music Awards from the stage and behind the camera! | Winners being added!] (in Estonian). 2018-01-25. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  12. ^ Cash, Tommy (2018-01-23). "Pussy Money Weed". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  13. ^ "Video | Eksklusiiv! Tommy Cash tegi seda jälle: Šokiräppari tuliuues musavideos tantsitakse ratastoolides ning tagumikku hööritab jalutu sekspomm" [VIDEO | Exclusive! Tommy Cash did it again: In the shock rapper's brand new video, people dance in wheelchairs, and a legless sex bomb shakes her butt]. Publik (in Estonian). Estonia: Delfi. 2018-01-23. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  14. ^ Cash, Tommy (2018-05-30). "Little Molly". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  15. ^ "'Funeral Rave (Deluxe)' by Little Big". iTunes. December 2, 2016.
  16. ^ €A$H, TOMM¥ (2017-11-14). "Tommy Cash X IC3PEAK - Cry". TOMM¥ €A$H via SoundCloud. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  17. ^ Charli XCX; €A$H, TOMM¥ (2017-12-15). "Charli XCX - Delicious (feat. Tommy Cash) [Official Audio]". officialcharlixcx. YouTube. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  18. ^ "'Pop 2' by Charli XCX". iTunes. December 15, 2017.
  19. ^ VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT (feat. Tommy Cash), retrieved 2018-08-24

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