For break-out hip-hop star Tyla Yaweh, touring with Post Malone and Swae Lee has been a “dream come true.”
It’s not because he’s playing arenas with two of the biggest rappers. It’s all about the fans.
“People are waiting outside of the bus,” Yaweh said. “It’s everything I expected.
“We did a bunch of arena tours in Europe and Australia, but America is something different. It’s magical. This is where we’re from.”
The 24-year-old singer-songwriter is from Los Angeles, but he was raised in Orlando. He combines R&B and hip-hop with a self-proclaimed “rock star” attitude.
Earlier this year he released his debut album “Heart Full of Rage,” which earned more than 86 million global streams. The key to his success is staying focused, he said.
“I just try to stay sane and not get distracted by the lifestyle,” Yaweh said. “I work hard and health is wealth. Structure is key. I keep all these things in my head.
“I love making music. Whenever I get the chance to be in the studio, when everybody is still sleeping I’m still up working. Sometimes I like it when I’m not in the studio every day. I can build up the memories and stories and write it all out when I’m in the booth. I was born to do this. It’s a gift.”
Music wasn’t originally his goal, though. He aspired to be a magician like Criss Angel.
“I wanted to be a skateboarder, too,” Yaweh said. “I still skate to this day. If music doesn’t work all the way, I can go to the X Games and call it a day.
“I loved skating and dancing. My sister was in a girl band and I used to go to all her practices and studio sessions. That was something that probably gave me the talent. I studied it. I figured out I could sing as a kid.”
He said his sister inspired him, but now the tables have turned. She’s out of the business yet lives vicariously through him.
“I love my family,” he said.
Yaweh is looking forward to returning to the Valley with Post Malone on Friday, Nov. 8.
“I’ve played two shows in Phoenix—when I was on tour with Yung Pinch and for Pot of Gold,” he said. “It was cool. I look at my Twitter and people there are so ready for me to get out there. Scottsdale is lit, too.”
He calls his shows the “Tyla Yaweh Experience.” He wants a shared experience between him and his fans.
“My show has a lot of raging,” he said. “I might go out and touch the crowd. I like getting off the stage and running into the bleachers and performing. It’s a good show that has genuine energy.”