Rolling Stone



Tisakorean started out as a dancer and a DJ, and tells me he only started making music because he wanted a soundtrack to match his style. Tisa makes leftfield rap not unlike Lil B or iLoveMakon­nen, except he has a slightly more accessible flair. His music has attracted the accolades of everyone from Lil Uzi Vert to Earl Sweatshirt, precisely because of how singularly weird it is. Tisa grew up in Southwest and moved to Missouri City in middle school, not far from where Travis Scott lived, who’s also around the same age. Tisa’s music is perfect for TikTok, where dance videos soundtrack­ed to his off-kilter tracks abound. He’s a good example of Houston’s position in the current generation of social-media-fueled youth. While Tisa tells me he isn’t a regular TikTok user himself, it’s telling that his music so dutifully fits the platform. For all of the hand-wringing about the internet’s impact on our attention spans and taste, Tisakorean is a perfect example of how one can adapt naturally. Even when he tells me about his fondest musical memory, a collapse of generation and genre shines through. “When I seen the ‘Frontin’ video, I didn’t know about Prince, honestly,” Tisa explains of the Pharrell and N.E.R.D. hit. “So when I seen that ‘Frontin’ video, I didn’t know that song was made for Prince. I’m listening to it, and I’m in love with it.” Tisa tells me he’s working on a bunch of new music that represents his progressio­n during this past year of isolation. “I think the new stuff I got coming is so dope,” he says. “It’s just the growth of an artist. I look in the mirror and I see it myself.”

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