TalJay Puryear-Born: (Talon Puryear-Hicks) Is a new Hip-Hop artist that gives the world a new multi-culture perspective, being born in Neptune, New Jersey from his mother (Neptune native) June Puryear and father Keith Hicks (Asbury Park Native) respectively. Due to relationship instability between parents, he grew up in the Southern New Jersey area, having attended schools in Sicklerville NJ, Pleasantville, NJ, Mayslanding, NJ and Egg Harbor Twp. NJ.During Highschool TalJay played Basketball, Football, and was a standout long distance runner. He also was great in extracurricular activities such as The African American Society, and his High School Musicals. He played the roles of "The Lion" In the Motown produced classic "The Wiz" and "King Charlemagne" in the famous Broadway attraction "Pippen" TalJay also help arrange and DJ music for a highschool Hip-Hop show called "Stephen Phifers Cypher Corner. There he would gather student rappers/artist showcase there talent for HighSchool media. TalJays mother influenced him heavily on reading and writing. A lot of Children in his young summer were roaming the outdoors,playing sports, and fighting like most youngsters do. Although he participated in those activities as well, his mother introduced him to the creations of Raould Dahl and R.L Stine. She taught him that it was important to have great penmenship, because that defines who you are as a person. She is presently a teacher in Pleasantville, NJ, for over 25 years respectively. She taught him to be a quick thinker when it came to memorizing times tables and taught him that reading helps you to be sufficient in dialect. His mother brought every hip hop cd from the era of the 90's like Boys to Men, Bell Biv De bo, Blackstreet, TLC, Tupac Shakur, SWV, A Tribe Called Quest,Big Daddy Kane, De Las Soul, Heavy D, Kriss Kross, Queen Latifah, all the way to early eras of Lauryn Hill, The Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z, Nas, Missy Elliot and the Golden ages of the BadBoy Era. TalJays father was a baby boomer of Asbury Park NJ. During the time spent with his father( being a clarinet/alto-sax player in highschool and college respectively) he learned the various compositions of the Motown era, from The Temptations,Earth Wind and Fire, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder to heavy jazz and the Blues. TalJay attended Delaware State University from 2002-2007 where he was a long distance track athlete, and co-hosted a Hip-Hop radio show. There is where he found his knowledge and passion that connected hip back to his musical roots. Delaware State provided access for him to connect and draw inspiration from the many underground artists and entertainment. There everyone sang, rap, or danced. At a historically black college everyone is just about raised on the same entertainment such as The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince, Or the late T.G.I.F show starter Family Matters. Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network were also favorites. Given the name pronounced (Tal-Jay) from two of his aunts who grew up in the old school Hip-Hop era, was stuck as a child at five years of age. He is influenced from compositions of John Williams, the mind of Walt Disney, the heart of Michael Jackson, and the struggles that any American person endures. He caters to the Old School style of Hip-Hop, with a current standing twist. He represents single mothers, proud parents, track runners,economists, struggling students, blue collar-workers, tax-payers,dorks and Hustlers. He wants to be perceived as street smart and book smart. A new brand from a multi-county perspective of New Jersey, will make you feel soulful and touched.