|Birthday:||Apr 30, 2001|
|Age:||20 years old|
|Height:||5.9 feet (179cm)|
|Birthplace:||United States of America|
|Last Updated:||September, 2021|
Tione Jayden Merritt, famously known as Lil Tjay, is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper who immediately caught the hearts of his fans with his heartwarming journey from becoming a juvenile delinquent to a successful musician. The imprisoned singer was able to get back on track after focusing on making music and taking inspiration from various musicians. In just three years of being in the music industry, the “Resume” and “Calling My Phone” singer has garnered a net worth of $600,000 as of 2021.
How Did Lil Tjay Become Rich?
Hailing from South Bronx, New York, Merritt was born on April 30, 2001. As a teenager, his life has immensely focused on juvenile delinquent activities like robberies and fights. This carefree and aggressive lifestyle brought him into a youth detention center when he was 15 years of age. After a year in the center, he decided to focus on making music, getting inspiration from his experiences and struggles as a youth at risk.
While in jail, Lil Tjay thoroughly studied the fundamentals of rap music and devotedly dedicated his time and effort to make the most out of his time at the center. In an interview with Pitchfork, he said that he knew that he would be popular ever since he was a kid, although he did not particularly dream to be a singer or artist. He mainly took inspiration from listening to Justin Bieber’s songs and said he would be as successful as him. By the time he was freed from the center in late 2017, he was ready to make his way towards the music industry.
After getting out of the center, he dropped his first single, “Resume”, which immediately caused buzz all over SoundCloud. Thanks to the support and encouragement of his friends, his single made about 5,000 plays 48 hours after it was released which is a good start for a novice in the industry. As of 2021, it already reached more than 40 million plays on SoundCloud and nearly 30 million views on YouTube.
The success of “Resume” paved the way for Merritt to take rapping seriously, so he started making and devoting his time to rapping by 2018. He released some of his viral songs this year like “Goat”, “Brothers” and “Leaked”. These songs were a total hit that reached major labels across the US.
The successes Merritt achieved in 2018 brought him to Columbia. He signed a deal with one of the most prominent record labels in the American music industry owned by Sony Music Entertainment in 2019. By December, he was able to drop his medium-length album or EP entitled “No Comparison”. This career breakthrough also gave him a chance to collaborate with his co-stars like Polo G. The Chicago rapper featured Merritt on his “Pop Out” single released on January 13. After four months, the single made its way to the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The following week, it landed steadily on the 11th spot of the Hot 100.
During the same year, he also released another EP called “F.N.” which featured some of his famous singles like “Ruthless” and “Laneswitch”. It was shortly followed by “True 2 Myself” which was his first-ever full-length studio album. His debut album reached the Top Five of the charts and was certified gold.
In 2020, he continued his momentum and dropped another EP named “The State of Emergency” which included “Zoo York”, one of his latest viral hits. Showcasing his versatility as a musician, he released an R&B single entitled “None of Your Love” at the latter part of the year which received positive feedback from his fans.
The following year, 2021, Merritt was able to record his highest-charting song, “Calling My Phone” with 6LACK. As of this writing, the song has been his most successful song landing on the third spot on Billboard charts. He also released his second full-length studio album, “Destined 2 Win”, featuring Saweetie, Polo G, and Offset. As expected, his album finished on the fifth spot on the Top 100 albums chart.
Merritt’s journey started roughly, but his burning passion for music is expected to bring him to the dreams that he had created for himself since he was young – to be influential and to make a legacy during his lifetime.
What Is Lil Tjay Net Worth?
Lil Tjay’s net worth as of 2021 is recorded to be around $600,000 and he mainly generated his wealth through his music career as a singer, songwriter, and rapper.
It was reported that as a rapper, he earns $26,000 to $122,000. Not mentioning his YouTube channel where he also releases songs, Merritt also earns an estimated amount of $380,000 from a single song posted on the platform. In addition, he also performs at various music concerts like in Rolling Loud music festival in Miami and Los Angeles.
With a whopping amount of wealth, he is said to be one of the most influential young singers in the US, and at the age of 20, there is surely much more ahead of his career.
How Lil Tjay Spends His Money?
As young as 20 years old, it is no doubt that Merritt spends his money on things that would make him happy and luxurious at the same time. To name a few, he reportedly spends his fortune buying jewelry and cards.
From his Instagram account, it is noticeable that the young rapper is into jewelry, flaunting his lockets, watches, and rings always garlanding his neck, wrist, and fingers, respectively.
Another subject of most of his photos is his luxurious cars that are mainly Ferraris, Lambos, and Rolls Royce. Every so often, his cars look different because of various wrapping services that he indulges his cars with.
- Merritt was sent to a youth detention center at the age of 15 because of a robbery charge that was filed against him.
- Though a rapper, Merritt found inspiration from Bieber, Usher, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson in making melodic rapping style music. He is into R&B music as well and plans to release few straight-ahead R&B songs.
- Merritt is a perfectionist when it comes to the albums he released. He would rather not drop an unpolished album than releasing one just for the sake of keeping up with the trend.
- Merrit is single but had a special feeling for an “ordinary Bronx girl”. He chose not to be committed to avoid negative repercussions to the relationship and his career as well.