Event Category: Music
Lil Tjay was born Tione Dalyan Merritt and raised in the South Bronx area of New York City with his mother and siblings. He was inspired by Usher and Michael Jackson, which his mother would play as he was growing up. Tjay paid close attention to his SoundCloud plays and Instagram impressions, only putting out new material when the stats on his previous tracks flatlined. Record labels started calling. Eventually, he hired a lawyer and joined up with Columbia Records, current home to artists including Beyoncé, Tyler, the Creator, and Barbra Streisand.