Taliyah “Lee Mazin” Smith is a multi-faceted music artist from the city of Philadelphia. Currently busy building her rising public profile, Mazin writes, raps, sings and produces music. She’s released multiple singles and has already toured nationally with prominent acts, including Meek Mill‘s “Dreams Come True” tour, college spring fling tours, a tour with the legendary MC Lyte and her own self-funded tour, “The Blow Tour” plus other events and festivals.

Now officially an independent artist and ready to make her television debut with Oxygen’s Sisterhood Of Hip Hop, Mazin is set to release a new project followed by a variety of visuals and surprises for her fans throughout Summer ’16.

What inspired you to begin your profession and when did you start?

I always had a passion for writing; short stories, poems, etc and I was always in love with music. I never actually imagined myself being involved in the music industry but I was always good with words, playing around, etc. I was free styling with my girls about five years ago and they persuaded me to start music, now here I am!

What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far and why?

Performing at the biggest concert in my city, “Powerhouse,” in front on 20,000 people. Just to be home and even if it’s for the moment, to have your city cheer you on is a great feeling.

How has your life changed since you began your journey and what are you expecting next?

I’ve definitely become a better person, as well as a great artist. I’ve learned a lot, grown up faster and grown more mature. You see and experience so much in this game! I have a lot planned from this point, excited to release my first album soon, starring on a reality show like Sisterhood Of Hip Hop this summer, a clothing line launching, videos, music, everything.

What characteristics do you believe are important to be successful and why?

You have to be self driven and very motivated. Dedication is key and tough skin is necessary. You also have to be willing to learn and be as creative as possible.

What advice can you offer to those pursuing a career in the industry?

Utilize all your resources, especially the Internet! Push yourself until you feel you can’t be pushed anymore.

What message are you trying to send the world through your art?

No categories, no lanes. I’m legendary—and don’t compare me to just females, because sex doesn’t matter. I can out rap a lot of dudes! Talent is talent, and us females can win without hating on the next chick or being overshadowed by men.