Tabius Tate | Musician | Reality Television Star
On his transition from an All-American Basketball player to a musician:
Growing up, I had to make a choice between playing basketball full-time and doing music. As a kid, my pops taught me how to play basketball, but I always enjoyed music. Individuals like Kriss Kross, Outkast, and artists on So So Def drew me toward music and I found myself doing talent shows and entertaining others.
I ended up going to college and playing basketball. Amid me playing, I told myself that I was going to finish college and use basketball to fund my musical aspirations. When I finished college, I signed with Florida State, but my coach got fired so I signed with Southern Polytechnic State University in Atlanta. With me being signed to a school in Atlanta, I had the best of both words between school and music. If basketball didn't work out, I could transition straight to music. I had options which made my transition seamless.
On the growth between his first mixtape, I Am Tabius Tate and his new EP, Karma of a Heartbreaker:
I Am Tabius Tate was raw. It was a lot of pain and it also was from a youthful perspective. It was a little more structured as well because I didn't have a PR team. I was truly trying to figure it out during this time. I cherish those moments because I didn't have as much responsibility as I do now. A lot of the records on IATT was written while I was working at Lowes and Home Depot which is why it sounds so raw. Now, I go in the studio with emotions and say what's on my mind.
With Karma of a Heartbreaker, love is the main ingredient. If you listen to my old music, I'm always uplifting people and this project is no different. I have some rap records on there, but the base of it is love. The project is also going to talk about a lot of women that I overlooked at the time and friendships that turned into learning lessons. Love is going to conquer the world.
On what he looks for in potential collaborators:
I go off the energy of people. Energy is big for me. If I walk into a studio and the energy is down, I'll remove myself from the room. I'm easy to work with and I can pick that same vibe up from other people as well. All you have to do is listen to people speak and that'll tell you everything you need to know. Great energy gives great results.
On his experiences on Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta:
I want to give a shout-out to Mona Scott for the opportunity to be on the show. For me, I appreciate this experience for what it is. I would encourage anyone to go on the show if the opportunity presented itself. The world got the wrong perception of me because of cheating allegations with Tokyo Vanity but that wasn't the case. I've learned to be comfortable with perception because I've seen what love is through my own parents. But, if you're an artist, it's a huge platform to stand on. People go from looking at you on television to following you on social media in hopes of learning more about you. Millions of people watch LHH, so you must capitalize on it, if given the opportunity.
On his professional plans for the remainder of 2018:
I'm negotiating another situation with LHH right now. I'm focusing on releasing my new project, Karma of a Heartbreaker and I'm coming out with a clothing-line. Also, I plan on starting my non-profit back up, which is the Bring Love Back Foundation.