Lil Tecca

Tyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe (born August 26, 2002), known professionally as Lil Tecca, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.[1] He gained recognition upon releasing his breakout single, "Ransom", which has amassed over 500 million plays on Spotify and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.[2][3]

Lil Tecca
Birth nameTyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe
Born (2002-08-26) August 26, 2002 (age 17)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OriginLawrence, Nassau County, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2017-present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteweloveyoutecca.com

He has also previously released songs that have garnered attention such as "Love Me", "Molly Girl", "Did It Again" and "Bossanova",[4] which have all appeared on his debut mixtape We Love You Tecca released on August 30, 2019.[5] The mixtape peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard 200.[6]

Early life

Tyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe was born on August 26, 2002, in the Queens area of New York City. He was raised in the Springfield Gardens neighborhood of Queens, but he would later relocate to the Lawrence area of Long Island. He is of Jamaican ancestry, and his parents are both Jamaican migrants. From a young age, Sharpe had aspirations of being in the NBA, but at around 12, he turned his attention towards pursuing a career in music.[7] He attended Lawrence High School.

Career

When he was 9 years old, Tecca catered to his interest in music by rapping with his friends over his mic on Xbox. They would make diss tracks directed towards each other, one of which was uploaded to SoundCloud years ago, but has since been taken down.[8] At first, he did not have intentions to start a musical career and instead had dreams of being an NBA star. However, in his middle school years, he lost interest in basketball and considered taking music more seriously.[9] Tecca said in an interview with YouTube channel Cufboys that he got his stage name from an acquaintance on Instagram who was named Tecca, and she called him "Lil Tecca" because her name was already Tecca on Instagram. The explanation was echoed during an interview with Genius, titled “What I Do”.

His first track to gain some popularity, "tectri", was made in collaboration with his friend, Lil Gummybear, and was released in early 2017. Other preliminary tracks of his include "Callin",[10] "My Time", and "Rags to Riches".

Just a year later, Tecca's career began to take off with his hit single, "Ransom", which was originally uploaded on Cole Bennett's Lyrical Lemonade YouTube channel on May 22, 2019. The song has since peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and received over 500 million plays on Spotify and over 200 million views on YouTube.[11][12]

On August 30, 2019, Tecca released his debut mixtape, titled We Love You Tecca.[13] The mixtape peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard 200.[6]

Artistry

Tecca states that he was influenced by many artists ranging from Michael Jackson and Coldplay in his childhood, to Eminem, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Waka Flocka Flame, and Chief Keef.[13]

Discography

Studio albums

Title Details
Virgo World[14]
  • To be released
  • Label: Galactic, Republic

Mixtapes

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[6]
AUS
[15]
CAN
[16]
NZ
[17]
UK
[18]
We Love You Tecca[5] 4 13 3 14 15

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[19]
US
R&B/HH

[20]
AUS
[21]
CAN
[22]
GRE
[23]
IRE
[24]
UK
[18]
"My Time"[25] 2018 We Love You Tecca
"Rags to Riches"[26] non-album single
"Count Me Out"[27] We Love You Tecca
"Love Me"[28] 97 41 72 73 66
"Ransom"
(solo or with Juice Wrld)
2019 4 2 8 2 2 3 7
"Molly Girl"[30]
"Bossanova"[31]
"Did It Again"[32] 64 24 34 63 89 84
"Glo Up"[33]
"Why U Look Mad"[34] Virgo World
"IDK"[35] 2020
"All Star"
(featuring Lil Tjay)[36]
[A]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[19]
AUS
[38]
CAN
[22]
IRE
[24]
NZ
Hot

[39]
UK
[40]
"Memories in My Head"[41]
(Icyslug featuring Lougotcash and Lil Tecca)
2019 Trap Jew
"Did It Again (Remix)"[42]
(Smxthers featuring Lil Tecca)
Non-album singles
"Somebody"[43]
(Internet Money featuring Lil Tecca and A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
96 54 93
[44]
16 75
"Diva"
(The Kid Laroi featuring Lil Tecca)[45]
2020 76 6

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[19]
CAN
[22]
NZ
Hot

[46]
"Shots" 2019 84 54 20 We Love You Tecca
"Out of Luck" 80 79 27
"Left, Right" [B] 39
"Amigo" [C] 28

Guest appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Mavericks"[49] 2019 Danny Wolf, WAV Night of the Wolf
"Calling Me" Lil Rxmi Winter Luv
"How I was Raised"[50] 2020 Trippie Redd A Love Letter To You 4 (Deluxe)

Awards and nominations

Award Year[D] Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
MTV Video Music Awards 2019 "Ransom" Song of Summer Nominated [51]
Streamy Awards 2019 Himself Breakthrough Artist Nominated [52]

Notes

  1. ^ "All Star" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 18 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[37]
  2. ^ "Left, Right" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 18 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[47]
  3. ^ "Amigo" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 13 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[48]
  4. ^ Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.

References

  1. ^ "The Ones: Lil Tecca's "Ransom"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  2. ^ "Behind The Rise Of Lil Tecca". Genius. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  3. ^ Billboard Hot 100 Charts
  4. ^ "Lil Tecca Was a 16-Year-Old Rapper Making Hits on the Weekends". Complex. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  5. ^ a b "Lil Tecca Announces Debut Project With Fire Cover Art". HotNewHipHop. August 28, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Caulfield, Keith (September 8, 2019). "Tool's 'Fear Inoculum' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Week For a Rock Album in Over 1 Year". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Lil Tecca Interview with "Power 105.1"
  8. ^ "Lil Tecca Talks Balancing Music/School, Who's Repping The Youth In Hip-Hop". Power 105.1. March 31, 2019. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Lil Tecca Talks Balancing Music/School, Who's Repping The Youth In Hip-Hop". Power 105.1 FM. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  10. ^ Lil Tecca – Callin (Original Song)
  11. ^ "Lil Tecca Talks the Success of 'Ransom,' Chief Keef and Why He Chose Rap Over Basketball". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  12. ^ "Lil Tecca Scores First Billboard Hot 100 Entry With 'Ran$om'". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  13. ^ a b The Lil Tecca "No Jumper" Interview
  14. ^ "Tecca inform that his debut studio album will be called Virgo World".
  15. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  16. ^ "Post Malone Has This Week's No. 1 Album". FYIMusicNews. September 16, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Lil Tecca | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  19. ^ a b c "Lil Tecca Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  20. ^ "Chart Search: Lil Tecca, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  21. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. August 26, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  22. ^ a b c Peaks on the Canadian Hot 100:
  23. ^ "Official IFPI Charts Digital Singles Chart (International) Week 36 2019". IFPI Greece. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  24. ^ a b "Discography Lil Tecca". Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  25. ^ "Lil Tecca - My Time" – via Spotify.
  26. ^ "Lil Tecca - Rags to Riches" – via Spotify.
  27. ^ "Lil Tecca - Count Me Out" – via Spotify.
  28. ^ "Lil Tecca - Love Me" – via Spotify.
  29. ^ "BRIT Certified - bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Lil Tecca"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  30. ^ "Lil Tecca - Molly Girl" – via Spotify.
  31. ^ "Lil Tecca - Bossanova" – via Spotify.
  32. ^ "Lil Tecca - Did It Again" – via Spotify.
  33. ^ "Glo Up - Single by Lil Tecca on Apple Music". Apple Music.
  34. ^ "Why U Look Mad - Single by Lil Tecca on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  35. ^ "IDK - Single by Lil Tecca on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  36. ^ "All Star (feat. Lil Tjay) – Single by Lil Tecca on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  37. ^ "Lil Tecca Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  38. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #563". auspOp. February 8, 2020. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  39. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 21, 2019. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  40. ^ "Internet Money/Tecca/Boogie | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  41. ^ "Memories in My Head - Single by Icyslug on Apple Music". Apple Music.
  42. ^ "Did it Again Remix - Single by Smxthers on Apple Music". Archived from the original on 2019-10-07.
  43. ^ "Somebody - Single by Internet Money on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  44. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  45. ^ "Diva (feat. Lil Tecca) - Single by The Kid LAROI". Apple Music. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  46. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  47. ^ "Lil Tecca Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  48. ^ "Lil Tecca Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  49. ^ "Night of the Wolf - Album by Danny Wolf on Apple Music". Apple Music.
  50. ^ "A Love Letter To You 4 (Deluxe)". Spotify. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  51. ^ "Here Are All the Winners From the 2019 MTV VMAs". Billboard. August 26, 2019. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  52. ^ "Winners Announced for the 9th Annual Streamy Awards". The Streamy Awards. December 14, 2019. Retrieved December 14, 2019.