Durham, North Carolina has a new hip-hop artist representing it from the underground, and she is absolutely ready for the big stage. Tesh, born Teshlyn Smith, was raised on music through her father, grandfather and uncles who exposed her to the wide variety of styles that have led to her current blending of R&B, hip-hop and soul in her own artistry.
Tesh has been playing for most of her life and first picked up the guitar at the youthful age of 9. Equally impressive, she began recording her own music via a computer mic in hear early teenage years at 14. Tesh also plays the trumpet and plans to learn “as many instruments as possible”. This type of ambition, dedication and passion for music is a theme in Tesh’s life and makes her a force to be reckoned with.
At this point in her career Tesh definitely has a bit of experience on her side. She’s opened for the likes of Kevin Gates, T.I. and even the legendary Doug E. Fresh and dropped her solo debut, “Tesh I Am” the mixtape on New Year’s Day of 2016.
Now Tesh is back with a six song EP titled “#Latemornings” that gives listeners a razor sharp take on some of her most apparent strengths as an artist. Its opener “I Was Out” gives us a laid back but in charge track with a catchy hook and a meandering flow that one can’t help but hum along to. Tracks such as “Vamp” and “Savage” bring arguably a more evolved artistry to this project than heard previously from Tesh and when the EP closes out with “Don’t Matter” featuring Dre Murro, you can’t help but ask when a Tesh album is going to drop.
Tesh is a rising star in the underground hip-hop scene and a listen to “#Latemornings” demonstrates exactly why.