Independent artist Tmcxj is making his presence known and he’s making it clear that he’s someone who is here to stay. The upcoming R&B artist just dropped a brand new EP, titled VYBZ, and it’s the perfect introduction to his unique, harmonious sound.
Based in Long Beach, California, the artist dropped his debut single “All Night” in June 2020, and since then has been gearing up for the release of his debut EP. VYBZ is a versatile project that showcases Tmcxj’s talents as an artist and creates a space for him within the R&B/trap realm. In the words of Tmcxj, t’s an album that you can “smoke to” and “turn up” to.
Keep reading to learn more about the inspiration behind the project below.
What city are you from and where are you based now?
Compton, CA but I am currently based in Long Beach.
When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in music?
When I was 18 I started writing poetry. I always wanted to do music but took time to develop myself as a dynamic artist. It wasn’t until 2019 that I took it very seriously and started working on my first project!
Coming from a family of female writers I grew up with a lot of R&B and soul in my household. When I was little I remember finding out about 50 Cent, Ludacris and The Game and being in awe. Since then, I’ve grown up with all kinds of music — finding a love for all genres.
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?
Stoner-Rap/R&B. Giving you Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y and Bryson Tiller type of vibes.
What ultimately inspired you to dedicate yourself to a music career?
In December 2016 my friend Corey Turner (who passed away), heard a verse I did and
instilled in me that I had a gift. Starting off as a poet I felt awkward, but he made me confident I could take my art to the next level, unfortunately he passed away in June 2019 and I’ve been working overtime to always shoot for the stars. You only got one life – it’s do or die.
What’s one reason you are passionate about music and what inspires you?
I’ve always been a big hip hop/R&B head growing up. I’m really big on how music makes you feel — the positive vibes, amazing views and people I’ve met on my journey. My stories from Compton/East side Long Beach are just the few things that inspire me.
Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?
I love video games, bomb weed and amazing views to watch/relax at. I stay creative by surrounding myself with creatives or watching interviews of my favorite artists.
Who are some of your main musical influences?
Isaiah Rashad, Ye Ali, Kendrick Lamar, Jcole, DCMBR & Jahkoy.
What are some of your music career goals for the future?
When the time is right I want to switch my sound and try new things, work with more producers in LA & get my music on tv shows and movies.
Tell us about your latest EP VYBZ. What is it about and how would you describe the overall vibe?
My debut EP titled VYBZ (pronounced vibes) is a stoner/R&B selection of sounds to relax, smoke and turn up to. It gives you a different taste of sound from a typical LA based artist.
What has the response been like to that project?
The response had been amazing! To see everyone around the world listening and telling me their favorite songs gives me the positive reassurance to keep pushing.
What are some projects you’ve done in the past that you are most proud of and why?
I am also a self-published author of my poetry book titled New Aura exclusively on amazon! I’m most proud of that book because it was my first one that showcased my poetry from 2016-2019
What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?
Me and my team have already started the process of VYBZ II. I have singles dropping for the rest of the year we about to heat up!
What message do you hope fans take away from your music?
I hope people hear the passion and patience I dedicate to my music, and I know I’ll inspire the next brain to change the world one day with the music I’m making.
Where can we follow you on social media?
Be sure to stream Tmcxj‘s new project VYBZ below.