AUGUST 3, 2020

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Tynnelle x "Órale Vato", and More

Written by: Tasha Dowbachuk

Distrokid has officially gained one of Newark's most diverse, ruminative upcoming artist, who resides in a genre that is truly all his own. Tynnelle, a 22-year-old rapper from Newark, New Jersey, is set to redefine the industry with his culturally-infused track, "Órale Vato" featuring Idayja, along with his upcoming debut album, titled "Complicated", which features a total of 10 tracks.

By speaking directly to his audience through social media, Tynnelle announced the news on June 30th, 2020 and celebrated the success of "Órale Vato" as it has reached almost 10k streams on Spotify. Currently, the track stands with over 11k streams on the music platform. In our interview, he tackles the creative process of the track, how the genre of hip-hop, comedy, media outlets and his experiences has shaped and influenced the poetic persona of his art.

Q1: How did Órale Vato come to life?

Tynnelle: “Two of my producers have decided to collaborate and make a beat tape. They sent me the beat and I sat there and said, ‘Wow, This is dope. I’ve been wanting to do this since Cardi B’s 'I Like It’'. I started writing and thought [to myself] I should speak some Spanish on this. I started talking to people, and my friends who are Hispanic that did rap who didn’t speak Spanish, so we are in the same predicament [being Hispanic and can’t speak Spanish]. I started teaching myself and I really fuck with J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and some of my favorite comedians like George Lopez and Gabriel Iglesias and I wanted to pay homage to my mixed heritage.”

Q2: Why did you choose a female feature for this single and is there a possibility that you might work with more female artists in the future?

Tynnelle: “I knew Idayja personally for years and I was like, ‘Let me call my homegirl, Idayja’ and I sent her the beat and we started putting it together like, this shit is going to be a smash. I want to work with more female artists, whether they’re singers or rappers. It’s one thing to work with friends but someone you didn’t expect to work with, is crazy. There’s so many female artists I want to work with in the future, like Alicia Keys, Ari Lennox, Cardi B, Kiana Ledé, Megan Thee Stallion.”

(Tynnelle photographed in promotional performance for GCMT.)


Q3: How do you feel about the journey you have created so far in your career?

Tynnelle: “It is very intensive, annoying and complicated. It’s definitely been a whole lot of fun but the extra shit that went into what's going on, I’m glad I have been getting a lot of wins and everything has been paying off. My first time performing in front of a hundred or more people was in The Good Company Mini Tour with DJ Drewski, DJ Wallah and DJ Tarzan. When Drewski asked the crowd halfway through the video who’s the next big artist, they were shouting my name, and at that moment, [I thought] I was not wasting my time.”

Q4: What does hip-hop mean to you as an artist and fan?

Tynnelle: “Life. Life is just like hip-hop, it’s always ever-changing. There’s always going to be the basic things like birth, growth, death, aging but not everyone's the same. Someone’s going to go through the new and unexpected phases. Hip-hop had the original, profound poetic sound like the one-step-two-steps, the different types of boom-bap, gangster rap, then the lovely dovey rap of the early 2000s, the mumble-rap era and now this hybrid era that's a mixture of so much; everything under the umbrella term of hip-hop is all basically spawns of this unique genre, just like people you meet in life.”


He describes his music as a melodic manifestation of a Yin-Yang complex, where there is light within the dark spaces in his themes and there is a hint of darkness within the lighter notions in his records.

His discography presents itself as an internal view through the timeline of his life in the compounds of his concept albums. His lyricism introduces his audience to the physical and psychological state of his being from the beginning of his career to his current state of creative continuum.

“There is so much that goes into it, because I speak from the heart. I want my music to comfort people,” he said.

Last year, he experienced higher heights in his journey as an artist, receiving 41.2k streams on Spotify. Tynnelle also created a fan-stamped classic with his 2019 EP, "Everything Gotta Go", leading its infectious sound to land in the hands of New York's most-popular R&B Hip-Hop station, Power 105.1.

His debut album, "Complicated", drops on August 8th, 2020 which will speak upon different aspects of his life. The following involves his reflection on parenting from the two parallels of his childhood to becoming a parent himself, discovering subconscious toxic traits, seeking out love, indulges in sex and addiction, traumatic experiences from living in the south, robbing, and so much more.

Currently, he is in the process of starting up the Complicated College Tour, where him and his team will travel to fifty universities within a span of ten weeks. Within the tour, different genres and artists will be presented during the shows.