Holding down Independence, Missouri is That Samoan Boy (you know the one), also known as Brett Salamina Tali Tuiletufuga. I’ve seen him around the ville since the early days, but only recently discovered his talent for flow and passion for music. This hard-working rapper is part of an independent island hip-hop movement that just might blow up world wide in a min. All I know is we’re lucky we got him to do our Native Spot interview before TSB got too famous to talk to us. 🙂
How did you find One Samoana?
I don’t really remember. I think Lette may have been the one to introduce me to the site.
What’s the funniest/craziest thing you ever witnessed/did in the village?
Funniest: Anytime Leni gets on da mic and freestyles, This guy can rap forever and he’s actually really good at it!
Craziest: I guess I can say, if you spend enough time in upchat, you’ll see some prettyyy weird things! I’ve seen somebody secretly leave their cam on (in the dark) while they brought a friend over, to do the forbidden dance! And I’ve also heard countless stories!
Did: I’ve done a few things, but nothing out of the ordinary. I can do a mean Masina impersonation…or so I’ve been told! Hahaha
What’s an experience you had that made you SO proud to be Samoan?
When I was 10yrs old, we (the Independence Samoan community) went to Utah’s flag day to participate in the games and activities. I remember walking around the park (after our group did our dances and songs) to look for my family but I couldn’t find anyone! It was hot and I was getting tired, so I just sat down next to a tree and eventually I fell asleep. I don’t know how long I was sleeping, but I woke up to four boys (around the same age) sitting around me, talking to each other like morning coffee! When I asked them who they were, they were just some kids trying to catch some shade but they saw me sleeping by the tree and wanted to make sure I was ok. They told me I was sleepin for like an hour! lol Come to find out, they were my cousins. At the moment, I didn’t think nothing of it, because I was a little kid. But when I look back to that time, I appreciate the love we have for one another, as a people. For them kids, my cousins, to just park under a tree, next to a sleeping stranger and watch out for me, was an awesome gesture of kindness and love. It’s the little things like that, that make me proud to be Samoan.
Tell us about your passion/hobby/work
Music is my passion and Hip-Hop is my muse. I’m a poet at heart and I’ve always had the passion and joy to express myself through words and/or music. I don’t do it on a professional tip, its just something I do for fun and for myself, before others. It’s a blessing though, because my cousin and uso are in the music game and I get to make music with them as well. As of late, my uso Leni is like my partner in rhyme. We’ve been collaborating since 2005 and this past year we’ve made a lot of music together. I’m always down to work with anybody when it comes to music. So if you’re reading this and want to work together, holla at ya boy! Check out my boy Spooks poetry/rap/freestyle/discussion website .. http://www.pacificflavah.com That’s a place for poets, writers, rappers, singers, etc. Come share your talent.
Whats a project you’re working on that you want everybody to know about?
At the moment, I’m in the middle of a career change. So the transition phase is a challenge, but a challenge worth the effort. Going back to school and trying a whole new playing field is an adventure that is full of ups and downs, but as long as I get there, I’ll be good.
Your final thoughts and shout outs:
I’d like to thank HGG for the opportunity to do this and for creating an awesome place to meet new people. 1Sa has definitely grown on me since I first joined and now it’s a place I frequent on a daily basis. Sup to all my homies on 1Sa, you know who you are! Its sites like this that can make a bad day, better. Check out my music on my 1sa page. Shout out to my uso Alo Key who just dropped his debut solo album “Music’s Key To Love”! The wait is finally over and the album is amazing! But don’t take my word for it, buy your very own copy at http://www.alokeymusic.com and experience real music! And be on the lookout for Spawnbreezie and The Breeze Camp to come out with some major music in the near future! Much love to everybody and they mama!
HGG Notes about TSB:
* Not many people can fill their entire playlist with cuts that they made. Check out TSB’s OWN music in his faleo’o
* A regular collaborator of his is another world-famous in the ville personality, Leni (Good n Plen’y)
* TSB’s gotta beautiful spiritual side.. that’s according to this post in his village blog
* From what I hear (and I hear a lotta stuff), his loyalty for his friends, his typical Hamo sense of humor and overall good-guy-ness has already won TSB a crowd of fans.