Published on October 18th, 2019 | by Guest Editor0
Oakland’s Su’Lan Release Their West Coast-Tinged Project ‘Tia & Tamera’
Oakland’s most-promising rap duo Su’Lan (comprised of Saunsu and Emahlani) have released their latest West Coast-championing project, Tia & Tamera, featuring their breakout hit “Play Child” and follow up single “Talk To Me,” which spawned a 2-in-1 video premiere here.
The 10-track effort, which follows their March 2019-released 7-track debut project No Disrespect, finds Su’Lan schooling folks about bossing up, getting to the bag, and how they’re grabbing all the guys — all while calling out and checking their haters and competition, notably on their breakout single “Play Child.” What’s undeniably present is the girls’ chemistry and effortless synergized flow and quip wordplay.
While speaking on the influence Tia & Tamera Mowry, and their show Sister Sister had on their project — including a track entitled “Go Home Rodger” — Su’Lan shares, “Tia and Tamera is based off of a sisterhood and friendship that is very much needed in the times that we currently live. As women, we have to learn to represent and stand on our own. Tia & Tamera Mowry are twin sisters, and in our case we are best friends with the same bond and chemistry. “Go Home Rodger” was of course influenced by the saying from the show, but also with a twist. We see things differently, and we live in a different time. We apply the same fun and attitude, but with the nuances of today. So instead of these hands and feet, you can catch this .40, and Rodger airing sh*t out too, that’s why he gotta go home.”
Prior to their musical debut, Saunsu and Emahlani found each other while modeling. The two became best friends, bonding over their love for music, penning lyrics and freestyling. Later, the two women would bond over motherhood and even go viral on social media for confidently wearing their afterbirth stretch marks. Emahlani tells KultureHub, “I think it’s important for women, especially young women, to see that you don’t have to be embarrassed or ashamed of being a woman.”