Success is largely a matter of hanging in there when most others find themselves folding up like a cheap lawn chair. Tin Tenn is a Memphis-based artist who is ready to share his remarkable story of perseverance in the form of music. His music passion and style comes not only from his past experiences, but also the soul and vibe that only comes from Memphis music. The 24 year-old lived a rough life for the entirety of his formative years, leading him to find music as his only lifeline when he hit rock bottom. His infectious style of hook-laden hip-hop is the perfect channel for his woes. His new single, “Lucid Dreams” shows off all the best aspects of his style and gives off a perfect introduction to the journey of Tin Tenn.
The story begins at 13 years old. Tin Tenn was just a kid in Memphis, Tennessee with wide eyes and simple thoughts. One day, his doctor prescribed him pain medication, totally unaware of the damage that script would cause. After that, his curiosity led him to take any drug he could get his hands on. This vicious cycle brought him homelessness and incarceration as a teenager. He would leave his parents guessing about him for days at a time, and was on a path set for self-destruction.
In the midst of his addiction, at the age of 15, Tin Tenn fell in love with music. It was then, that he wrote his first song and discovered hip-hop was his true calling. But there was a problem. The only way he was going to make music his life was if he could eradicate his demons and leave behind the drug culture that raised him. Finally, after a decade of struggling with drug addiction, imprisonment and family duress, Tin Tenn chose to get help. Lucky for him, his family, and his adoring fans, Tin Tenn has been clean since August 8th, 2016.
His new single, “Lucid Dreams” off the Midnight Madness EP has already accumulated over thirty-seven thousand streams on SoundCloud, and the official music video is the perfect next step to put this song at the forefront of the genre. The song touches upon Tin Tenn’s story of addiction and the desire to break free into the world of music, but from the perspective of a female protagonist. Perfectly depicted in the video, the main character is found alone in a cheap motel room with scattered pills on the dresser behind her. The overarching theme of the song is that although she seems too broken and profoundly fragile to pick up the pieces, all she truly wants is to be loved. With love, her reality can turn around and her soul can flourish. Tin Tenn speaks to us from the bottom of his healing soul and from his own life experiences in a way that makes him impossible not to root for.