Our dancehall artist this Black Friday, proves that you can be a Jamaican female from the uptown, have a college degree and still be a record selling dancehall artist. Tifa, the dancehall Princess, is one gyal who knows a thing or two about overcoming diversity. She keeps it real in her approach to life and music.

Tifa as a toddler. So cute. Photo courtesy of @itsthetifa

Tifa as a toddler. So cute. Photo courtesy of @itsthetifa

Latifa “Tifa” Brown, born in Kingston Jamaica was a healthy baby girl as far as the eye could see. From birth to toddler Tifa was growing, as we all do at that time, but something was a bit different about Tifa. No, not her cute smile, but her legs, they were positioning into a 45 degree angle. She was diagnosed with blouts disease which is an abnormality of bone growth in the shin causing her legs to bow. When her mother was 6 months pregnant with Tifa, she was stung by a scorpion, causing her to have lock jaw, making her unable to eat for the remainder of the pregnancy. Despite three surgeries, wheelchairs and a lot of challenges, Tifa overcame numerous obstacles and embodies struggle and truth because she too is a fighter.

Brains, strength, talent and beauty describe this young gyal doing her thing repping her country of Jamaica. She is described as one of the hardest working females in the industry, who has steadily released hits such as “Spell It Out” and “Tick It Like A Clock;” along with mixtapes year after year since her debut in 2008. Her affinity for music started at a young age, at her grandmothers restaurant and bar in downtown Kingston, where she spent most of her childhood. Her mother’s second marriage, to the music producer Garfield “Sampalue” Philips of Diamond Rush Promotions, had solidly enfused music into the young artists’s life. One of the more famous artists that Garfield helped put on the map was Lady Saw, The Queen of  Dancehall, who is possibly the first female dancehall artist to debut in the 1990s. Tifa was shown the industry first hand and was guided by her stepfathers insight. She was met with opportunities, but her success only came with preparation.  Tifas desire to become a singjay overwhelmed her; her perseverance and talent made it hard for her to go unnoticed. She began to perform at any carnival, any stage show and any school concert available.

Tifa all grown up. You go girl. Photo courtesy of @itsthetifa

Tifa all grown up. You go girl. Photo courtesy of @itsthetifa

Her face and sound sprang up all across Jamaica. She became a brand ambassador for many different companys; Digicel being the most popular. With her face on billboards and her music streaming the airways, Tifa soon became somewhat of a role model.  A relatable person who has over come diversity and has continued to stay on top. She’s won many awards, one for Best Female DJ and one for Hot and Hype Female of the Year at the Youth View Awards. She is known as a fashion icon and is basically on the upswing. We don’t think anything can stop her.

Her newest mixtape “Stay Away” is an explosion of sound and massive vibes with beats from the island to recognizable hip hop samples, giving her much range to let all of her feelings out. Mixed by Zj Chrome, Tifa lets us hear it. Have your listen here on KingstontoLA.

Here’s a cool animated video for her first single, “Ratings” and stay tuned in for her next album to be released soon.

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