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Tiye Phoenix | Interview

Tiye Phoenix is an emcee and classically trained musician from East Orange, NJ. She began playing piano by ear as a child and studied classical piano between from ages 7 and 13. In the late 90s, Tiye formed S.O.U.L. Food Symphony, a DC-based all female collective with an ethereal sound from emcees, singers, and musicians. SFS performed with Nas, Black Moon, and Gil Scot Heron. Tiye went on to write with Public Enemy and work with classic hip-hop producers Hank & 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 worked with Mos Def, The Last Emperor, and appeared on Reflection Eternal’s debut album, Train Of Thought. In 2006, Tiye released a self-produced mix CD on the Internet called Black Athena. That same year, Tiye’s producing skills were put to the test as she won the 2006 Meet The Producers All-Female Beat Battle Invitational, and went on to win the championship for 2006, competing as the only female alongside 8 other previous male champions. Also a member of The Polyrhythmaddicts with DJ Spinna, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and Mr. Complex, the group’s album, Break Glass, released in 2007 with critical acclaim. In 2012, Tiye released a music video for the single, “Skybound”, off the upcoming Transit To Illumination EP.

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