Last Updated on March 27, 2021
Who Is Lil Tecca?
Tyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe, better known by his stage name Lil Tecca, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter who rose to mainstream fame following the release of his single ‘Ransom’ in 2019.
The single peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was included in the rapper’s debut mixtape released the same year, titled We Love You Tecca.
|Full Name:||Tyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe|
|Popular Name:||Lil Tecca|
|Birth Date:||August 26, 2002|
|Birth Place:||Queens, New York City, New York|
|Education:||Lawrence High School|
|Net Worth:||USD 3 million (as of March 1, 2021)|
|Source of Wealth:||Rapping, Singing, Songwriting, and Other Ventures|
|Height:||5′ 8″ (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||72 kg; In pounds: 158 lbs.|
Early Life and Career Information
Tyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe was born on August 26, 2002, in Queens, New York City, New York, to Jamaican immigrants. Sharpe was raised in the Springfield Gardens neighborhood in Queens, New York City. However, he later relocated to Cedarhurst in Long Island.
Growing up, Lil Tecca always harbored dreams of becoming a basketball player. But at the age of 12, he shifted his focus to rap music.
Tecca kicked off his rapping career making diss tracks about his friends. His friends would do the same, after which they would compare the tracks to see who had the best dissing lyrics.
In 2017, Lil Tecca released his first notable track known as ‘Tectr,’ a joint venture with Lil Gummybear. The following year, he released his second single titled Love Me. The song debuted at number 97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by both Music Canada (MC) and the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
However, it was Tecca’s 2019 single ‘Ransom’ that propelled him to stardom. The song peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. ‘Ransom’ also performed exceptionally well in other music charts around the world. For instance, it peaked at number 2 on the Canadian Hot 100, number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, number 8 on the Australian AR1A Charts, and number 3 on the Irish Singles Chart.
The song was eventually certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America certification (RIAA), double platinum by the ARIA, six times platinum by MC, and platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
Lil Tecca has since released several other singles, including:
• ‘Did It Again’
• ‘Why U Look Mad’
• ‘All Star’ (featuring Lil Tjay)
• ‘Out of Love'(featuring Internet Money)
• ‘Royal Rumble’
• ‘Our Time’
• ‘Dolly’ (with Lil Uzi Vert)
In addition to his own singles, Lil Tecca has featured as well as made guest appearances in numerous tracks by other artists. He featured on the tracks ‘Memories in My Head’ by Icyslug, ‘Did It Again (Remix)’ by Smxthers, ‘Somebody’ by Internet Money, and ‘Diva’ by The Kid Laroi. As a guest star, Lil Tecca appeared on the tracks ‘Mavericks,’ ‘How I Was Raised,’ ‘Dime Pa Que,’ and ‘JLO.’
On September 18, 2020, Lil Tecca released his debut and only studio album so far, Virgo World.
Lil Tecca’s Net Worth
Lil Tecca may be only 18 years old and with an industry presence spanning slightly over three years. But he’s already giving many established artists a run for their money.
As of March 1, 2021, Tecca had a net worth of $3 million. Nearly his entire wealth comes from rapping and songwriting.
‘Ransom’ remains Lil Tecca’s most commercially successful singles of all time. His debut album Virgo World, as well as his mixtape We Love You Tecca also performed exceptionally well. The album peaked at number 10 on the US Billboard 200, whereas the mixtape peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard 200.
Lessons from Lil Tecca
1. You’re never too young to start
Lil Tecca developed an interest in rapping at the age of 12. Six years later, he is ranked among the world’s finest rappers.
2. Start with what you have and keep going
Tecca started making diss tracks with his friends on his Xbox. At the time, he had no money to pay a recording studio or a big platform to showcase his rapping abilities. Nonetheless, he never gave up on his dreams.
3. Never forget your roots
Lil Tecca was born to Jamaican parents. And Jamaica, as we all know, is the birthplace of reggae. In what seems like a silent tribute to his roots, many of Tecca’s music feature reggae undertones.
Famous Quotes by Lil Tecca
“I don’t care what no one else thinks. You feel me? I don’t care what no one thinks anymore. I’m just going to do me now. You feel me? If people like it, they like it. If they don’t, they don’t. I like it.”
“I’m just me. However, the people perceive me; it’s on them. I’m just being me and putting it out there. I can’t look at what someone else does and go, ‘Oh, I do this different, I created this, this is my style.’ No, [my music] is my style, and however, the people want to look at it, they can look at it.”
“It doesn’t matter if there are fifty bitches that want me right now; I don’t want them. And if there are fifty cars that I could buy right now, I don’t want them. And if there are two hundred different guns that I could afford, I don’t want them. I’m just rapping and making the music that I like.”
“My process of making songs is really like a one-two type of thing. I can go days without making music, and then come back to the studio and get right back into the zone.”
“When I’m out, I’m just doing shows, doing what I gotta do. And the people that I meet, I don’t want to be friends with, so I’m just sticking to the people that I was friends with from the beginning.”
Lil Tecca lends new meaning to the famous adage ‘age is but a number.’ At 18 years old, Tecca has achieved far more than what many rappers would ever accomplish in their lifetimes.