Virginia’s newest hip-hop legend is not new to living in the cold streets. Since a very young age, rapper TLP has learned that there’s no love in the streets and has a story to share about his life here in the states after having to leave as a refugee from Sierra Leone West Africa as a child. He’s been living with his family here in Virginia and has discovered his passion for hip-hop as a teen after he started writing at 14 years old. All he’s ever wanted was to be able to get it for his family by any means necessary, whether they like it or not.
His style of rapping consists of him sending a message in a way that sounds like a speech. You have to pay attention to listen to what he’s trying to tell you. New to the game but not new to living in a place where you must always keep your eyes open. In a recent interview, TLP Star shares how life was before moving to the states, how he’s created a new lifestyle for himself, and what. motivates him the most. He’s now putting that energy into creating tracks that are real enough to let others know that everybody is going to feel the pain, but we all have trials and it’s not the end of the world.
HHW: Hi TLP Star! Tell us where are you from?
TLP: I was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa, though my family is from Liberia, which borders Sierra Leone. They fled Liberia in an attempt to escape the civil war outbreak which devastated the country, but unfortunately a civil war broke out in Sierra Leone as well, so my family was back and forth between the two. I spent much of my younger years in refugee camps until 2007, when my family moved to the states and settled down in Roanoke, Va. I was around 5 at this time so it was easy for me to transition since I basically grew up here.
HHW: What does the name, TLP Star stand for?
TLP: TLP stands for “Trust Loyalty Pain” these are 3 most important things to me and my family. Every move we make is based on these 3, every decision as well. Being the man with the plan I call myself the brightest which brought my name Star. Other factors include that Roanoke, my hometown is called Star city due to its giant star and my country Liberia is also known as a lone star. So Star was a way to pay respects to both of them.
HHW: What brought you and your family here to the states?
TLP: Struggles back home in Africa is why I am here. The poverty, hunger, and lack of opportunity and mostly due to the blessings of the lord.
HHW: What made you start writing music?
TLP: Music gives me a voice, it’s a way to express my feelings and also release stress. It’s my way to vent and tell my side. I pour my heart out in all my songs so the listener can understand me.
HHW: What has been motivating you the most right now to stay focused?
TLP: “Around march of 2021 I had got locked up in phile for some gun charges, the prosecutor was trying to press 5 felonies against me so sitting in my cell I thought I was sure to be doing at least 5 or more. This period of time showed me how I was unfocused and wasting my life. I ended up bailing out, the case is still continuing now but my God has blessed me and I have only 3 charges to fight. When I came home I promised myself I’m only focused on my progress.”
Follow TLP Star on Instagram @tlp_star3 and make sure to stream his music on all streaming platforms.