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TAM TAM A.K.A HOT TAMALA IS NO NEW COMER TO THE HIP HOP WORLD. EMERGING STRAIGHT OUT OF ALABAMA, A STATE UNHEARD OF BY THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND PURE TALENT ALWAYS WENT UNDISCOVERED. TAM TAM ALWAYS HAD A PASSION FOR WRITING SHORT STORIES AND POETRY AND WAS ACADEMICALLY INCLINED. SHE TOOK AN INTEREST IN MUSIC AFTER VIEWING A VIDEO ON KRISS KROSS. SHE FELL IN LOVE WITH THE RAP DUO AND WANTED TO MEET THEM JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER YOUNG GIRL IN AMERICA. HER INSPIRATION CAME FROM ARTISTS LIKE TLC, DA BRAT, SALT-N-PEPPA, MC LYTE AND QUEEN LATIFAH. SHE HAD AN UNDENYING HUNGER FOR THE ART. NOT REALLY KNOWING WHERE TO START,TAM TAM ALONG WITH HER COUSIN FORMED A GROUP CALLED NICE-N-NASTEE. THE FIRST LABEL SHE WAS AFFILIATED WITH WAS OWNED BY HER OLDER BROTHER MALCOLM “ZANZIBAR” GOPHER. HE INTRODUCED HER TO THE WORLD OF EIGHTBALL & MJG AND ALSO TOLD HER THAT JAY-Z WOULD BECOME ONE OF THE GREATEST RAPPERS WHEN REASONABLE DOUBT FIRST DROPPED.

WITH THE COMBINATION OF DRIVE AND HUSTLE TAM TAM QUICKLY MADE A NAME FOR HERSELF IN THE STREETS. SHE NEXT BECAME A PART OF THE GROUP MELLO DRAMA FOUNDED BY C-DOVE . WHILE UNDER MANAGEMENT WITH SLACK ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, MELLO DRAMA BEGAN TRAVELING AND OPENING UP SHOWS FOR MASTER P, MYSTIKAL AND TWISTER. SHE LATER MET SHAWN WALKER WHO STARTED THE LABEL BIG IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT AND HE FINANCED HER FIRST ALBUM CALLED “IMAGENIT” AND IT BECAME A LOCAL SUCCESS. TAM TAM STARTED CREATING MORE MUSIC AND REALLY SHARPENED HER SKILLS. A SECOND PROJECT WAS RELEASED IN 2002 CALLED “HOT TAMALA”. THE SINGLE FROM THAT ALBUM WAS CALLED “WELCOME HOT TAMALA” AND IT WAS THE FIRST LOCAL HIT IN HUNTSVILLE, AL ON WEUP (103.1). THIS OPENED THE DOORS FOR MANY LOCAL ARTISTS. THE STATION FINALLY EMBRACED LOCAL MUSIC! THIS ALBUM WAS ALSO A REGIONAL SUCCESS.

IN 2004 A SECOND SINGLE WAS RELEASED CALLED “C U PEEPIN” FEAT. DIRTY FROM UNIVERSAL RECORDS. THIS SINGLE GAINED MORE RADIO PLAY AND CHARTED BILLBOARD MONITOR AIRPLAY. SOON THERE AFTER TAM LINKED UP WITH BIG CAT RECORDS AND HAD WHAT SEEMED TO BE A PROMISING SITUATION IN THE WORKS. THE LABEL STARTED TO DISMANTLE AFTER THE SUCCESS OF GUCCI MANE.

TAM TAM PERFORMED MANY SHOWS BETWEEN 2004-2006 OFF THE MAJOR BUZZ. HER FAVORITE SHOW WAS OPENING UP FOR LUDACRIS. TAM TAM ALSO BEGAN TAKING LAW CLASSES AT SANFORD BROWN BETWEEN 2006-2007 WHILE WORKING ON MORE MUSIC. SHE HAS WORKED WITH A HOST OF PRODUCERS. ERIK GRIGGS OF THE MULTI-PLATINUM AND GRAMMY NOMINATED UNDERDOGS/J RECORDS PRODUCED SEVERAL TRACKS ON HER UP AND COMING RELEASE. HE IS MOST KNOWN FOR “NO AIR” BY PLATINUM RECORDING ARTISTS JORDIN SPARKS AND CHRIS BROWN. HER NEW SINGLE “FOREVER YOU AND I” FEAT. LYFE JENNING’S BROTHER, JAY RUSH, IS ALREADY MAKING MAJOR NOISE. CLEVELAND’S VERY OWN, YUNG PLATINUM, PRODUCED THIS HIT. PRODUCER LST IS ALSO DELIVERING SEVERAL HITS TO HER HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RELEASE.

IN 2008 TAM TAM WAS NOMINATED FOR A BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD FROM THE SEA’S AND WON AN UNDERGROUND GRAMMY FOR ARTIST MAKING THE MOST MAJOR MOVES. SHE RECENTLY RELEASED A MIXTAPE CALLED “THINK IT’S GAME” HOSTED BY DJ MIST AND DJ MONTAY OF BIG OOMP CAMP AND THE SOUTHERN STYLE DJ’S. SHE IS RESPECTED AS ONE OF THE DOPEST ARTISTS TO GRACE THE MIC.
 
 
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