One of Tay Keith’s biggest hits happened towards the end of his time in college. However, he didn’t let the success deter him from his goal.
In an interview with Earn Your Leisure, the producer recalled when Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018.
“I was like, ‘Alright, this is my last semester. Let me get through it,'” Tay Keith told the Earn Your Leisure hosts. “But I’m glad that I stuck through it because at the end of it — literally my last week of college — the song went number one.”
Looking back on that time, he has no regrets about deciding to secure his degree. Tay Keith credits finishing out strong to ultimately advancing himself and his career.
“If anything it showed me God wanted me to stick with it and keep going,” he said. “‘Cause I feel like it got me so much further just being able to be like, ‘I got a degree and I got a number one record.’ I don’t think nobody else did that in history.”
During the interview, Tay Keith also shared another one of his historic feats. As previously reported by AfroTech, he detailed his experience of opening the first Black-owned Hip-Hop studio in Nashville, TN, instead of his hometown of Memphis.
“Nashville is known as ‘Music City.’ Why’s it known as ‘Music City’? Because it’s the home capital for country music and pop,” Tay Keith said. “The thing is you have all of these big pop records and big country artists blowing up out of Nashville, Tennessee. Why can’t it be a first Black-owned Hip-Hop studio in the middle of the two? So I was like, it’s a big fish, small pond.”
He added, “As far as Hip-Hop, that’s my niche. I’m a Black Hip-Hop studio owner in Nashville, Tennessee.”