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Lil Tjay

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Lil Tjay
Lil Tjay in 2019
Lil Tjay in 2019
Background information
Birth nameTione Jayden Merritt
Born (2001-04-30) April 30, 2001 (age 23)
New York City, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2016–present

Tione Jayden Merritt (born April 30, 2001), known professionally as Lil Tjay,[1] is an American rapper and singer from New York City. He became known in 2018 with his song "Resume". He was later signed to Columbia Records that year. His stage name comes from from the first letter of his first name and first three letters of his middle name.

His first album, True 2 Myself, was released in 2019. True 2 Myself debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200. His second studio album, Destined 2 Win, was released in 2021. His is best known for his single "Calling My Phone".

On June 22, 2022, Merritt was shot multiple times during an attempted robbery in Edgewater, New Jersey. He had emergency surgery.[2] His friend, Antoine Boyd, was also shot.[3]


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Studio albums

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Extended plays

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  • No Comparison (2018)
  • F.N (2019)
  • State of Emergency (2020)


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  1. Callas, Brad (October 11, 2019). "Everything You Need to Know About Lil Tjay". Complex. Archived from the original on October 22, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  2. "[EXCLUSIVE] LIL TJAY SHOT AND UNDERGOING EMERGENCY SURGERY". TMZ. June 22, 2022. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
  3. "Rapper Critically Wounded, Second Victim Stable In Edgewater Shooting". Cliffside Park-Edgewater Daily Voice. June 22, 2022. Retrieved June 22, 2022.