UAP Alumni Spotlight on Tyrell Lowery

Tyrell Lowery at the First Annual "UAP Alumni Homecoming Event" in December 2013.

Tyrell Lowery at the First Annual "UAP Alumni Homecoming Event" in December 2013.

As a part of our on-going work to develop more UAP Alumni Programming and Supports, this week we sat down with Alum, Tyrell Lowery, who began participating in the Life Stories Program back in 2005.  Through UAP’s programming, Tyrell was able to deepen his love for theatre, music, and the performing arts.  He says of his future, “I would always want acting to be a part of my life because it’s fun, I love it, and I’m good at it.”  Tyrell graduated from both Urban Arts Partnership and Urban Assembly’s High School of Music and Art in Brooklyn in 2009.  Since then he has been making and playing music with the hip-hop band, Word Spit & the Illest, who was featured on America’s Got Talent (AGT) in 2012.  To quote AGT judge, Howie Mandell, the innovative hip-hop group’s sound is like “Jay-Z fused with Pink Floyd” or as Tyrell puts it, “backpack/pop culture/arena rap.”

However you describe their music, there’s no doubt that Word Spit & the Illest are doing great things.  Their music was recently featured in a Rocawear advertisement, and they performed at RocNation headquarters for Jay Z and his entourage.  The group also partnered with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and performed at SOB’s in NYC to raise funds for projects promoting HIV awareness among youth.  The band also performed at the Bamboozle Music Festival in 2011 and for BET’s Music Matters.   Word Spit & the Illest’s latest EP will drop this coming Summer, so be on the look out for this amazing Alum’s talented musical stylings!  Can’t wait that long?  Check out Word Spit, The Illest on America’s Got Talent by clicking the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWPabhmneIw

In his own musical ventures apart from Word Spit & the Illest, Tyrell has also performed at South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas as well as the Afro-Punk Festival in Brooklyn.  When he’s not busy performing, you can find Tyrell giving free music lessons throughout NYC and looking to give back to his community of young artists at UAP.