Tione Jayden Merritt, born on April 30, 2001, known professionally as Lil Tjay, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. His stage name is derived from the first letter of his first name and first three letters of his middle name.
In 2018, Lil Tjay signed to Columbia Records. Lil Tjay's debut studio album, True 2 Myself, was released on October 11, 2019. The following year, he released a mixtape State of Emergency that features only drill artists from New York City. True 2 Myself debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, marking the album his first charted release. His second studio album, Destined 2 Win, was released on April 2, 2021, and includes the single "Calling My Phone", a collaboration with American singer 6lack, his highest-charting song yet.