Ty Brasel was born in Memphis, TN, where he grew up at the intersection of East Memphis
& Olive Branch, MS. This area, referred to by locals as “Memphissippi,” is where Ty first
recognized his passion for music. As a kid, Ty found his role models within hip-hop and the
music became the backdrop to his story.
“As I️ got older and started attending rap shows and learning about the history of hip-hop, I️
fell in love with the art and the culture,” Ty shares. Ty’s teenage years coincided with the
global explosion of southern rap. “I️ was surrounded by rappers, singers, & producers who
were seeing local & national success, which inspired me to take the chance of pursuing
music as a career.” Although Ty felt a calling to music, he was initially more focused on
sports and a desire to become a professional athlete. That dream slowly started to fade
after he was introduced to drugs.
Ty’s upbringing in the “Bible belt” had him well acquainted with religion and church at a
young age. However, Ty chose a path that lead him down a road of substance abuse and
crime. “I️n my early years, I️ dealt with some serious family issues that left me traumatized,
so when I️ got to high school, I️ began to numb the pain with drugs. I️ began selling & using
drugs and ventured deep into this dangerous lifestyle as a means to search for identity,” he
After an encounter with God following his senior year of high school, Ty decided to change
his ways and began a new spiritual journey. He enrolled into college at Ole Miss and started
a hip-hop group with a friend. Ty quickly found himself reacquainted with substance abuse
and illegal activity. Ty’s growth as a musician was overshadowed by his destructive
lifestyle. Ty gained significant notoriety on campus, but was arrested four times during his
“I️f I️ keep going down this path, I️’m going to ruin my life,” he remembers thinking in a jail
cell. “I️ wanna thrive, I️ wanna live life.” Ty dropped out of college after his third semester
with no money and no plan. He knew that if he wanted to succeed in music, his lifestyle
needed a drastic change. “I️ decided to go back to my childhood church roots and began to
find my true identity for the first time,” Ty states.
Ty slowly began to regain his passion for life and wanted to help others do the same
through hip-hop music. His personal brokenness and struggle didn’t change overnight, but
a renewed connection with God ignited Ty’s desire to make honest, conscious hip-hop that
contrasted the destructive themes he previously portrayed in his music.
His style, as showcased on 2017’s “Young T,” & 2018’s “Destined For Greatness” draws
inspiration from the southern style of rap he was raised with, as well as influences like
Kendrick Lamar, Curren$y, and Post Malone. His musical tastes are eclectic.
Ty’s songs are often aimed at people in the down cycles of life, and in his lyrics, the theme
of overcoming life struggles and personal demons is ever present. The notion that while
there may be storms within, peace and hope are attainable.