The legendary bird in antiquity that symbolizes immortality, rebirth, and resilience; for after its consumption into a fire, it reemerges more powerful, stronger and beautiful than ever before.
As a lyrically astute emcee, classically trained pianist, producer, songwriter and composer, Tiye employs the Phoenix principle in her music by challenging the barriers placed upon women Hip-Hop artists.
Tiye (renamed after the pharoahess in the 18th Dynasty in ancient Egypt, mother of King Tut) began playing the piano by ear as a child, and then studied classical piano between ages 7 and 13. Equally in love with poetry, Tiye evolved into a clever, skilled emcee through the years.
In the late ‘90s, Tiye formed S.O.U.L. Food Symphony, a D.C.-based all-female collective with an ethereal sound that consisted of emcees, singers and musicians. SFS performed with artists such as Nas, Black Moon and the late Gil Scott-Heron.
Tiye went on to write with legendary groups Public Enemy, and work with classic Hip-Hop producers Hank and Keith Shocklee. Tiye has toured and performed with soul songstress Tina Marie and the late Rick James, and recorded with the UK group, The Runaways. While signed to Rawkus Records, Tiye recorded with various artists such as Mos Def and Last Emperor, and appeared with Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek on their Reflection Eternal album.
Tiye is also a member of The Polyrhythm Addicts, the Hip-Hop supergroup consisting of DJ Spinna, Shabaam Sahdeeq and Mr. Complex. Their album Break Glass released in 2007 received much critical acclaim for its uncompromising return to raw Hip-Hop style. Also, Tiye released a mix CD in 2006 via the internet called "Black Athena" - a self-produced CD of songs that exude ear-catching lyricism and cutting-edge subject matter.
Tiye has been featured in THE SOURCE, XXL, ALLHIPHOP.COM, BILLBOARD, JANE, URB, COMPLEX MAGAZINE, and a good number of other radio, print, and internet magazines and shows. Tiye was also featured in BET’s first comprehensive documentary on women in Hip-Hop, MY MIC SOUNDS NICE.
If you can, catch a Tiye Phoenix performance where you'll undoubtedly see and feel raw Hip-Hop at its height; whether she's spewing an inferno oherf rhymes or playing keys, she's sure to give audiences more than just a "show"- she provides an artistic experience.
Tiye recently released her album The Master’s Program in 2019, and releasing an ep “The Glow” in 2020. She is currently working with a variety of artists and producers on a myriad of upcoming projects. Ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology legacies state that there can only exist one phoenix at a time; similarly, in music, there can only be one Tiye Phoenix.
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