A West Side Story
T. Villa wasn't always a rapper. He has always been smart, and gifted though. In the 'hood, on the westside of Detroit where he's from, those things are both bitter and sweet. From a family of naturally savvy folk, T comes from a long line of them with heart and hustle in their veins. He's predisposed to go-get-it-ness, only in the non-traditional, Detroit-hustles-harder kind of way.
Young Villa had something else too, something special. He knew how to rhyme, he could put words together and nobody had to show him how. It came naturally, as naturally as hustling did. But sometimes real life takes a front seat to our passions and when you're the man of the house you've got a choice to make: write these rhymes or put food on the table.
So somewhere between the hustle and the sound booth, T. Villa emerged. The road was bumpy and filled with its ups and downs. On more than one occasion there were run-ins with the law.
By 2012 Villa decided that music would be his life. He'd be the impresario in his own future and it looked bright. So bright in fact that he wrote feverishly and performed tiny concerts over beats randomly on peoples' voicemail. The streets still called though. That last run-in had him facing too many years in prison. But with prayer, good lawyers, those years turned to months, just 6 of them.
It was all in divine order. It was that solitude in an Ohio jail cell that allowed T. Villa the time to truly become T. Villa, to be still, to pick apart his innate skill and perfect it. He was able to turn his life experience into musical content that wasn't forced or contrived. It made writing easier because he didn't have to make any of it up. He could tell his story through a platform that was built for it. Hip-hop could surely stand the weight of the heaviness that was being young and black in Detroit City.
And so it began. A life dedicated to his first passion began to unfold. Villa decided that street life did not have a place in the rest of his life. He chose what he loved and vowed to make it work. He'd use his inherent business acumen, the tenants of hustling and sheer determination to live better and fuel the pursuit of his dreams. The more he rhymed and freestyled, the more people began to gravitate toward his music. According to them, he had “it”.
Since then there have been 4 mixtapes --Detroit Made hosted by DJ BJ, Pay Per View hosted by DJ BJ, Say No Apologies hosted by Big Dawg Blast and DJ Infamous, G.M.A.O. (Grinding My Ass Off), 1 album – Paycation and his current project B.I.G. (Bitch I'm Good) featuring the hit single “Big”.
T.Villa went from producing a 10-track mixtape in his homeboy's living room studio to having a notable rapport with industry and well known DJ's willing to grant him radio play. The Helluva produced single “Big” has been streamed over 3 million times on music hosting sites and is an instant hit. When Detroit deejay's Big Dawg Blast and DJ BJ heard it, they reached out to Villa immediately and began playing it during their radio programs.
Villa has remixed (with permission from Def Jam) Kanye West's “Lift Yourself”, is perpetually in the studio recording and has a full roster of performances lined up including BET Weekend, Detroit Summer Jamz and a host of radio sponsored appearances.
B.I.G. (Bitch I'm Good), T. Villa's current project features 9 tracks, including the hit single “BIG” and a new single release “Is Life” is available for download and streaming on Soundcloud, Itunes, Amazon, Tidal, Google Play and Spotify. T. Villa videos can be viewed on VEVO and Youtube. Check for T. Villa on Instagram and twitter @tvillaofficial.