Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tiara Thomas...Lauryn Hill's successor?

So, who the "H-E-double hockey sticks" is Tiara Thomas? Tiara Thomas, or TeeTee as Wale affectionately calls her, is the songstress behind the acoustics of his track "The Cloud" on his last mixtape which I covertly mentioned in my first post. She is affiliated with Wale and his umbrella group, The Board Administration, whose tag line is "No Days Off". Her twitter account reveals that she is a college musician who hails from Indianapolis, IN but that is about all the information that the internet has to least publicly. But sometimes mystery is a good thing. Last night she released a track featuring Wale (no surprise) titled "All Around the World" where she strums the acoustics, sings, and drops a rap flow. And neither of them is just a gimmick, she actually knows how to deliver all three; and she does so with a uniqueness that is clearly the result of diligent honing on her part.  

 Tiara Thomas ft. Wale - All Around the World

Her music creates this chill atmosphere-- the type you yearn for on those days where you just don't feel like giving a [sexual favor]. I'm not overly impressed with the lyrics on this track but her rap flow definitely has attitude. But what I like most about TeeTee is her versatility. She definitely has talent and I love her voice. On her YouTube channel she does unique covers (and some original freestyles) of everything from Kings of Leon to Christina Perri to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Her interpretation of songs she covers is never disappointing. Just check out what she does with "Jar of Hearts" and "Notorious Thugs"...

Her versatility definitely reminds me of Lauryn Hill but that's about where it ends. She has an individual voice; I don't ever get the impression that she's trying to mimic someone else and her rap flow is distinct from Lauryn's as well. However, it's been a while since I've seen a brand new female artist come out handling her own instrumentals, spitting a bar and singing a hook...and doing all of it well. Clearly, last night's release that had Wale blasting Twitter and Facebook in the hours leading up to the 6PM drop time tells me that they're cooking up something. 

I hope she continues to step out on the scene and Wale gives her the room to shine and inspire that "No Days Off" attitude. Everyone have been waiting for the next Lauryn Hill but this Tiara Thomas. Don't worry though, you won't be disappointed.

I'll continue to keep an eye on this one.

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