Brooklyn based hip-hop artist, Tony Banks, is cementing himself on the LGBT music scene with his new single ‘Run’, which is taken from his upcoming EP, Yes Homo.
Although hip-hop music has often been regarded as ‘straight’ in terms of sexuality, Tony seems to have found himself a niche within the genre and is paving his own way in the industry.
When it comes to the music, Tony is all about smooth rhythms, infectious beats and intelligent vocals that help him stand out from the crowd.
Tony’s passion for music began at a young age when he performed in his local church choir. He continued that passion into his teen years when, at 15 years old, he started writing lyrics and producing his own beats. Thereafter, he immersed himself in the recording studio, where he honed his skills and continued his journey towards finding himself and his voice as an artist. Tony’s childhood was unfortunately a difficult time for him, due to his abusive step-father, but music quickly became a form of mental relief for the budding musician.
With musical influences such as Michael Jackson, Missy Elliott and Andre 3000, Tony has developed a unique style of his own that cleverly borrows elements from these iconic artists, embellishing upon them all the while. In the past, Tony has also opened for Cakes Da Killa, Mykki Blanco and he has also worked with JwLB of Yo! Majesty. Described as ‘Move ya feet, feel good’ music with a touch of the reality we live in, songs like ‘Run’ encapsulate exactly what Tony Banks is all about; pushing boundaries and making killer beats.
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