Born Felecia Tunstall, rapper T BARZ is a new artist hailing from Mobile, Alabama. After falling in love with hip-hop and r&b at an early age, she learned to rap by taking spoken word pieces she’d written and putting them over beats. A gifted writer, dancer and actor, T BARZ broke onto the music scene with her debut single “Flexin” which topped he Rap/Hip-hop charts at #1 for 3 consecutive weeks on Apple Music and Amazon Music.
LoveThisTrack got a chance to talk to the hip-hop queen in-the-making. T BARZ’s humble and easygoing personality stands in contrast to her fierce mic presence and formidable lyrical ability. Pairing an intense work ethic with music that packs a powerful (and personal) message seems to be the recipe for success for the Alabama spitter.
She followed up her debut single with the release of “Dunno Why”, a compelling track that doubles in its meaning of a father/daughter or romantic relationship. The song climbed to the top of the Rap/Hip-Hop charts for Apple Music and Amazon Music and stayed at the #1 spot for 2 consecutive weeks. She recently released a single titled “Two Way”, which takes her storytelling prowess to new heights and is leading the way to her debut EP “Genesis”.
The project is set to be released soon as she keeps listeners engaged with a steady string of freestyles that she puts out every week. Here are some highlights of our interview below!
On the Meaning Behind “Genesis”: The inspiration came from just the meaning of Genesis, meaning the beginning. I wanted to put out a piece that summed up what this project was to me, the start of many projects.
On Female Rap: I think it’s on the up and up. I feel like that cattiness will always be there, especially if certain female artists feed into that. So many underground female artists are trying to break through, and you have some that are lyrical and some that are kind of conforming to the sound of now. But I feel like there’s a void in female hip-hop, as far as lyricism and storytelling.
On Artists She Wants To Collaborate With: I would love to collab with Eve, that’s probably one of my top favorite female emcees of all time. Nowadays, from this generation would be Bryson Tiller, Jhene Aiko, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Childish Gambino. Those are some I would like, I think it’d be a dope joint if we did.
On Her Next Steps: Sky’s the limit. I want to get into a little bit of everything. I want to get into fashion, definitely acting. That’s something I’ve wanted to do for years and years. Once this project drops, we’re going to start touring and I’m going to work on my next project and try to saturate hip-hop in every area that I can.
Check out T Barz’s freestyle series “Barz on Thursdays” on YouTube and look out for her project “Genesis” dropping soon!
“BARZ ON THURSDAYS” (Freestyle Series Links):
“HIP-HOP” (Freestyle #1) – https://youtu.be/SaGkWkCqQPE<
“FICTION” (Freestyle #2) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XVVgPFTXIc
“FRIENDS” (Freestyle #4/J COLE cover) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXCPr_WxJl8<
“JORDAN 88” (Freestyle #5) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DosaBwJmJzM
Check the full interview below!