Jolowitz and I talk to Tiger Speak members Carter Lee (Bass), Jake Baldwin (Trumpet), Matt Phenix (Drums), and Ryan Easter (MC/Trumpet) as they speak on the origin of Tiger Speak, the logistics of composing a song, problems in contemporary hip hop, their influences, and MORE. The interview was conducted before their headlining performance at WMUA 91.1’s Hip Hop In Renaissance show which took place at UMass Amherst on November 29.
Tiger Speak is an extremely talented and quite refreshing up-and-coming hip hop group composed of a conglomerate of eight members whose backgrounds in music range from jazz to hip hop. As one might expect, their hip hop sound is greatly jazz influenced, with most tracks becoming a fuse of the two genres. The members come from all over the United States and even Canada but met and created their debut album in Boston, MA. This is the kind of hip hop that should be popular – it is real and original. During their live shows, from song to song, piece to piece, you will find yourself teleporting back and forth from a happening modern hip hop venue to a 1920’s Jazz Club.
Check out the rest of their music here