Pittsburgh has long been home to the rap and hip hop scenes. Rapper T.J. Ellison grew up in Pitt, soaked in the scene, and has poured his blood, sweat, and tears into his first three albums. Now Ellison is out with a hot new club single titled “Like A Winner” that is some of his best work to date, and I had the pleasure of checking it out and helping get the word out!
Label: Holla 5-9!™ Records
Just officially released on 1.19.14, “Like A Winner” is a straight up message about loving and appreciating what you have and that on-top-of-the-world feeling when all your hard work starts paying off. The verses are traditional rap and tell Ellison’s story while the chorus really drives the song and is hook laden and melodic. Musically, it’s mostly an electronic piece with sweet house bass beats overlaid with some nice drums and keys to help fill in. It has a nice groove all the way through and is easily a cool club hit or possibly a sweet anthem to a soundtrack!
Pittsburgh rapper, T.J. Ellison began rapping at the age of eight after dabbling with spoken word. He makes music that is inspirational, motivational, and emotional. His first release was in 2000 when he made a mixtape that he released to friends and family. He soon followed up with additional compilations. T.J. Ellison’s first world wide release was in 2009 when he released his single “Do You Know You Got It?” under his own independent label Holla 5-9! Records.
T.J. Ellison has released three official albums: “Underestimated” (2011), “Unorthodox” (2012), and “Be Strong, Stay Strong” (2013). The Pittsburgh rapper’s new single “Like A Winner” (featuring and produced by Aro of Kloudnine Music) was released on January 19, 2014 and has received both national and international radio play and attention. T.J. Ellison has and continues to present his talents live to local audiences in Pittsburgh and other amazing places around the United States.
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