“TNT Tez has been unloading banger after banger for months now.” – Elevator
“After the erupting force of his famous single, “The Truth”, TNT Tez has been a blazing path of being one of the state’s outstanding artists.” – Modern Life Mag
“TNT Tez is another southern kid with a whole ton of potential.” – Fashionably-Early
Birmingham, Alabama’s TNT Tez is blowing up in real time, just like his name suggests. The 17-year-old named Cortez whose moniker stands for “The New Trend” turned to Rap in late 2017 when he was kicked off of his high school basketball team. He and some friends made “The Truth,” a video that garnered roughly one million YouTube views and shook up the city’s Rap scene. A diss aimed at YBN Nahmir over some past street interactions is part of a bypassed beef that TNT says is now dead. Brimming with energy and laughter, Tez’s mischief is part of his charm. Once the athlete could no longer hoop, he was either detained for behavioral in-school-suspension or missing the first bell entirely to write raps on his brother’s couch. However, one of eight siblings from the city’s Pratt section has long had performing in his sights.
“When I was 12 I went to a JAY-Z concert; I knew all of his music,” he recalls of his favorite rapper’s Magna Carta Holy Grail Tour. “When I went, I was in the nosebleed seats, all the way up at the top; you couldn’t even see the stage.” When Hova called the upper-levels to join him on the floor, TNT did not miss a beat. When security tried to turn the adolescent away, Jay spotted the young fan and invited him to the hometown stage. “I got to talk to the audience, ‘what’s up Birmingham!’ I knew ever since then that I wanted to be in front of a crowd.”
Since “The Truth” controversy, TNT followed with the refreshing “Coca Cola.” That song and visual shook up crowds in a new way: a grabbing melody. It was also featured on the Season 3 premiere of Issa Rae’s Insecure. “Honestly, I was in the car. A Coca-Cola commercial came on. I was on the way to the studio. I don’t know what made me, but I just started saying my chorus. It stuck. Then I hurried up and wrote it in my notes,” he recalls of the summer ‘18 hit that still barks its threats. “Music is fun as hell! I think I just know how to make catchy shit for people’s ear.” Connecting with a show praised for its music taste-making, TNT says he was honored and told music supervisors that they need not ask the next time they heard something they liked.
With just a handful of songs out, TNT Tez recently signed with Alamo Records. He is ramping up. “Juul” marks the first of five straight-to-video singles that the rapper is releasing on consecutive Mondays in mid-2018. “Nobody sounds like me,” he notes. “I represent the Birmingham sound in the industry.” He believes he is a product of an area long passed over. That is why 03 Greedo, Asian Doll, Wifisfuneral, and Ski Mask The Slump God are part of a growing list of acts that are quick to collaborate with TNT. Many of those songs will come soon.
Eager to do more shows after a handful of high-energy experiences, TNT has his city in focus. This fall he will release the Life In A Bombshell mixtape. A play on his Dynamite-inspired name, TNT wants the world to see that he has made it from a place where options are slim. “It ain’t nothing down here but jail or death. Something had to get me out of here,” he says candidly of a music career. The teenager’s lyrical themes highlight the perils of life in Alabama’s biggest and centrally-located metropolis. “There’s a lot of violence. N****s don’t make it out of the city.” With a smile on his face and songs that inevitably carry far behind the region, TNT aims to detonate and explode those very walls for himself and others.
Rainbow-Haired Bama Native TNT Tez Gets “Lit” Like Bic in an ELEVATOR-Premiered Video
TNT Tez & 03 Greedo Connect for the Slinky Slapper “Ducced Off,” Premiered By HotNewHipHop
TNT Tez & wifisfuneral Burn Dro and Pay Tribute to T.I. in a Complex-Premiered New Single
Explosive Newcomer TNT Tez 💣 Drops a Technicolor Visual for “Drift,” Premiered by WSHH
Alabama Upstart TNT Tez 💣 Shares a Psychedelic Video for a Trap Nursery Rhyme, Premiered by WSHH
Alabama’s TNT Tez 💣Breaks Out the 🔫Supersoaker in the WSHH-Premiered “Wok”