Music is a universal language. Time and time again, it has brought together people from different backgrounds and cultures effortlessly. This is precisely what up-and-coming hip hop artist Tia GunZ hopes to continue achieving through her music.
Tia GunZ was raised in an environment rich in music and the arts. She recalls that the release of Michael Jackson’s album Off the Wall was her earliest memory of liking music. Her mother, Rutia Sr., was among the most influential music people in her life. The artist has always believed that music chose her from the very beginning of her being. She shares that the spirit of music took over her soul as early as when she was in her mother’s womb. “While my beautiful mother was dancing at the disco with me inside her belly … It was a prophecy!”
Her mother was her own DJ growing up; Tia GunZ would listen to her mom playing the latest tunes on “live shows” through cassette tapes. While they lived with her Aunt Leona when she was young, her mother would make sure Tia GunZ and her brother were up to date with the latest music on MTV and even BET when it was available.
One day in 1988, the artist was watching music videos when she saw a man on a throne there holding a golden staff. Tia GunZ described the man as “a very handsome dark chocolate man,” who she would later know as Big Daddy Kane—a Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor. At that moment, she knew where she belonged. Her mind was set on becoming a professional musician. Additionally, in the same segment, the artist came upon another person on a throne—this time, it was a woman. “She was spitting rhymes like I had never heard a female emcee [an alternative title for a rapper] do it,” Tia GunZ shares. The artist was Grammy-nominated American rapper, DJ, entrepreneur, and actress MC Lyte. According to emerging talent Tia, from that moment on, destiny was put in place.
Despite being a hip-hop artist, the singer-songwriter does not limit herself to a single genre and is, in fact, a talent of many, including R&B, blues, jazz, soul, rock, reggae, pop, and gospel. She describes her sound as not only deep but also genuine. Tia GunZ’s music aims to inspire and make listeners move to its beats. Elaborating on her aspirations as a musician, she shares that one of her hopes is “to represent a generation that many feel have been forgotten.” Through music, the talent wishes to bring pride back to some of the strongest people on the planet and encourage those who are struggling. “Music will change this world for the better,” she believes, and she plans to do her best in making this reality. Through her art, Tia GunZ is on a mission to spread joy and love to audiences worldwide.
Born to a Native American family, the artist was deeply affected by issues surrounding their minority community. Despite this, however, she pushes on and incorporates her experiences and soul into her work. Additionally, being in the hip-hop industry has had its roadblocks. Being female in an arena dominated by men was not easy. There were times when Tia GunZ felt like people did not take her seriously.
“Females must work five times harder, come lyrically three times harder, have babies, snap back, and still they do not get what is due them,” she says. However, amidst all the challenges, the musician is thankful for a lot of things. One is her capability to do what she loves—being blessed to create a successful women-based and female-owned independent record label called Mosthigh Entertainment. According to Tia GunZ’s website, this platform’s goal is “to inspire positive change through the arts.”