“FreakyT” was the moment for TiaCorine.
As the track cemented its viral standing this past year, her September 2022 album, I Can’t Wait, showcases the breadth of her talent — proving to be a masterclass of potency unbound by genre.
The North Carolina singer-rapper’s versatile and genre-bending style is bolstered by her colorful wordplay, off-the-wall visuals and, most of all, her vibrant personality, which shines in her conversation with OGM host Hakeem Rowe.
Speaking on her creative process, Tia always looks to her 7-year-old daughter for advice, revealing that she’s a trustworthy ear for any new track she creates. Not only as the final checkpoint for her, they find ways to connect when Tia is on the road or away from home, playing Roblox with her daughter so she doesn’t feel lonely. It’s a balance that Tia seems to so effortlessly accomplish; Imagine navigating your blow-up while caring for your child. It’s not only admirable, but inspiring for the “Lotto” emcee — who compared the notoriety her 2020 track garnered her to that of “FreakyT.”
Breaking out of her shell since the pandemic, calling herself “shy” and “awkward” when promoting her music on social media, Tia seamlessly combines elements of hip-hop, pop, rock and R&B on I Can’t Wait — wrapping these sounds altogether with anime references and Tumblr-era internet aesthetics. Co-signed by the likes of SZA, Kenny Beats, A$AP Rocky, Rico Nasty and others, her inspirations include a slew of rappers, pop singers and R&B legends like Aaliyah, Ashanti, Lady Gaga, Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Erykah Badu, The Weeknd, PND, Nicki Minaj and much more.
On a blazing path toward superstardom — and preparing to go on her first-ever tour — Tia checked in with Hakeem Rowe to speak on her come-up, the success of “FreakyT,” balancing music and motherhood and her latest album ‘I Can’t Wait’ among other topics in this Our Generation Music Exclusive.
Watch her interview below!