Artist Spotlight: Tee-Double

Rapper, producer and artist advocate, Terrany “Tee-Double” Johnson was born and raised in Austin, Texas. At an early age, he was inspired by Prince and his father’s vast record collection to start creating his own music. He mailed off his first demo to Warner Brothers Records when he was only 9 years old.

In order to record his demos he would take one of his father’s blues cassette tapes, go to the local department store, grab a keyboard and a boom box and record his session over his dad’s tunes. At the age of 14, he joined a program called Tribes that provided young creatives the resources to work on their craft. With the help of the program, Tee-Double was able to start making records professionally. His catalog includes Texas Resident, Black Mics Matter, and Los Scriptures just to name a few.

The MC is not just an artist he is also a successful businessman. He co-founded Kinetic Marketing in 1999, a one-stop promotion vehicle for artists/labels. In 2005, he changed the company name to Kinetic Global and he expanded the brand, creating a multi-media company catering to the global entertainment industry.

In 2009, he won an Austin Music Award for Best in Hip Hop. A year later, the City of Austin proclaimed September 30th, 2010 Tee-Double Day. He was also inducted into the Texas Music Museum and was the first Austin hip-hop artist to be on the Board of Governors for the Texas Chapter of Grammys. The artist advocate went on to create, Urban Artist Alliance, a place for artists to display their music, build a brand that maintains longevity and generates long-term revenue. The Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler appointed Tee-Double to sit on the Equity Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts and Music Committee in August of 2017.

Over the course of his career, Tee-Double has released over thirty albums and he continues to play an integral role in helping shape the Austin hip-hop scene. His undeniable talent and determination to pave the way for upcoming artists all while giving back to his community make Terrany “Tee-Double” Johnson the true definition of a hometown hero.

– Miles Bloxson, KUTX Host

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