Tyke T combined honest lyrics, bold production, and insight garnered from his graduate education to climb the charts without the help of a major-label. The indie artist -- who graduated with an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University -- studied the charts and organized his fan base, storming the Top 50 of four Billboard charts with his sophomore EP, 2017's The Prelude. Born Tyrone Stroble in Smyrna, Tennessee, Tyke's main influences were '90s R&B and New Jack Swing by the likes of Jodeci, Bobby Brown, and Bell Biv Devoe, as well as rap from Master P, Kanye West, Drake, 8Ball & MJG, UGK, and Outkast.
His early work appeared on various television shows and he was a Top ten finalist on VH1's Make a Band Famous. Making a name for himself in the underground Memphis hip-hop circuit, he expanded his local base by becoming the first rapper to appear on a local televised showcase for up-and-coming artists and also by winning a local Memphis radio station "Next Big Thing" contest. In addition, he opened for both B.o.B and Boosie Badazz.Stay Connected to Tyke T, Subscribe Today!