Tish Hyman could probably make a reality show with the potential content she deletes from her phone for extra memory. She’s chasing dreams and making memories. It doesn’t hurt that she’s rubbing shoulders with so many celebs it would make a gossip journalists head spin. While some of you are prepping to fill stockings and empty bank accounts for the holidays. This talented business woman is focused on one thing. Since home is where the heart is, she’s working through the holidays and kicking it with Ty Dolla $ign in Dubai. RESPECT. checked in with Tish, mid-grind, as she discusses music, art and growth in the modern age. Tish admits “I just wanted to give people my story. I wanted people to know who I was and get a sense of me as a person when they listened to the album.” Genius is often buried under such subtlety.
RESPECT.: Did that play a factor in making Dedicated To: 7 tracks versus, idk, 18 – 20 tracks?
Absolutely, My main thing was to make sure the story was told. I was already out in LA for five years, I’d already been here. I’d already been rejuvenated and rehabilitated my life. I didn’t want to jump to the ‘Oh I’m working with this person and doing this project with so & so.’ Tish speaks of starting off at the root. “Being a young kid in the Bronx and going through hell, basically.”
A big issue with out people right now is forgetting what it took for us to get to this point. You know and how many sacrifices went into a m***** f***** being able to vote, a m***** f***** being able to go to school. I think that’s all forgotten right now. It’s kind of hard for me to accept that but, it is [forgotten]. So I felt like I should at least contribute, in my way of keeping n***** grass rooted to what brought us to this point. At least, from my perspective, I feel like when anyone listens to me they can’t listen to me without thinking about where we’ve come from.”
Before moving to L.A. Tish had begun to stack cards in her favor. Knowing she would not yet survive off of creative talent alone, Tish worked as a mortgage banker. During these years her understanding of the dollar deepened. This set the stage for how she would come to perceive her creative career.
“I think when I got here I was chasing my dream and I was still kind of living like I was in the “BX.”
Speaking on lit versus productivity ratio. Tish highlights a night that spoke volumes to her, though she did not recall it. Many an artist could laugh such a moment off via some “n**** we made it” mentality, not Tish. She put a serious effort into shedding weight & being tour ready.
“I was hangin out with T.I. one night in the studio… and I f****** forgot.” She woke up the next morning thinking “What I do last night?” Later in the day she was hanging out with T.I., again. Tish realized a dream come true had been totally forgotten. She knew it was time for more changes.
“When I got here and actually realized that this is a business and this is my future that I’m working on, I had to change and rehabilitate myself. I wanted to make an album that represented that rehabilitation, 100%.”
RESPECT.: What other endeavors are you into or interested in?
“In my early career, right now, I want to put out music. I want to do some more acting. I was in Spike Lee‘s Chiraq film. I’m looking to do more acting.” Studios, be ready. Tish is all about growth. She has her mind on TV/film production, from the gate. If Tish Hyman’s track record is any indication of things to come we may have another Shonda Rhimes on our hands.
“I definately want to get into philanthropy.”
Just as her roots are woven through Dedicated To:, Tish’s path ties her tighter to her community. She remembers community outreach events from her childhood, in the Bronx. She knows the value of a opportunity as well as kindness. As she locks in on her goals she continues to look for ways to give back.
RESPECT.: What do you think needs to happen for writers, producers, engineers and the like to get their fair share of the pie?
“I believe, ‘A’, would be to be paid more.” “All of this happened really fast.” Tish speaks on the quickly changing mechanisms of the music game. Steaming, apps and digital merchandising have turned big checks into value meal pies. They get smaller every year. “I think this will shift and people will get paid better for streaming at some point. But in order for this to take place, I think, collectively writers, producers and engineers need to make themselves valuable again.”
“At one point in time I was writing 300 songs a year and doing sessions with every producer, every writer that I could find.” “I feel like that made me less valuable at the time.”
“I have to put myself in a position of leverage to say ‘Well if its not a single, I’m not doing it.” “My comfortability in being able to say ‘No’ in the industry came from me finding financial stability outside of the industry.”
Speaking from a NY, hustler spirit Tish sheds light on what it takes to make it stay fiscally nimble in an ever changing game.
“That’s really the key. Having financial stability so that you’re not desperate to make moves.” “Be very smart and look at everything going on, and try to find a way to make money in it.” “See that the world is changing and the way money works is changing.” “You just have to be an all around thinker.”
Now that she’s introduced her story, she’s prepping to flood the streets. In an effort to stay in touch with her Hip-Hop centered fans, Tish is dropping a mixtape ‘Street Money Vol. 1.’ At 33, Tish admits to learning a bit of her adaptive skills from the younger generation. True to her nature she’s applying this experience to her creative path. She crafts ways to remain current.
“The generations are changing. They don’t care. They don’t remember Biggie.” (Search:Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, The Black Frank White, Big Poppa, Frankie Baby, B.I.) “They don’t remember shit.”
RESPECT.: Whats the difference in your creative process between ‘Freestyle Tish’ & Dedicated To:, Tish Hyman?
“With Dedicated To: it wasn’t really a freestyle situation. I had these stories. I wanted to tell them. It was very strategic and very though out.” Speaking on ‘Street Money Vol. 1,’ Tish says “I’m freestyling these songs, coming back to the table, crafting them a little bit more and dropping them out. It’s gonna be a lot more stuff people can just vibe out to and dance to.”
“It’s gonna be very vibey.” “I’m really excited.”
“I’m very fortunate to be collaborating with some artists that I think are amazing.”
RESPECT.: So who is on your hitlist for future collaborations?
“I definitely want to do a song with [J.] Cole, Kendrick [Lamar]. Me and Vic [Mensa] got some stuff already.” “I want to work with OG Maco. I really like him as a person and what he’s talking about and what he stand for. I really appreciate it.” Tish lists Chloe x Halle “I think they are really brilliant.” “I’d like to work with Solange. I think she has an ill perspective.” “Obviously the obvious people, Beyonce, Rihanna.”
“I would love to work with D.R.A.M.” “He’s just an amazing. Like I said, he’s an example of what it means to have a great talent, be very seasoned but know how to bring it to where the kids want to hear it.” She learned about the 80/20 ratio while on a recent college tour. “They just want to have fun. That’s what they want to do 80% of the time. Then you’ll have 20% of the time where they want to sit down and think about their lives, right now.” “I like that D.R.A.M. has been able to see that and gravitate towards that. His sound is just so dope & soulful as f***. It’s like Al Green meets the temptations or some s***.”
Tish is looking to drop ‘Street Money Vol. 1’ before the end of the year. There are hours of studio sessions, full of beats to review and tracks to lay, ahead of her. She’ll be grinding through the holidays in Dubai on set. Tish is proving her dedication too. She may be more dedicated than you. Tish states “Home is where the heart is.” We see what she’d dedicated to. This season grab her album, ‘Dedicated To:’ then look out for that Street Money Vol. 1. Check her Dedicated To:, dedication.
|1||All That I Can Do||Dedicated To:||My Family.||View in iTunes|
|2||Subway Art||Dedicated To:||All the Struggling People.||View in iTunes|
|3||Dreams (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Fabolous)||Dedicated To:||My Exes.||View in iTunes|
|4||4 Letter Word||Dedicated To:||One Ex.||View in iTunes|
|5||Absolutely||Dedicated To:||The Hustlers.||View in iTunes|
|6||Home for Christmas||Dedicated To:||My Block.||View in iTunes|
|7||Lesbehonest||Dedicated To:||Me: Tish Hyman||View in iTunes|
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