Don't be thrown off by the little frame and fair skin. Jerk-hot Jamaican Tami Chynn has a voice much closer to Patra's than Paris'. "People hear me on my records and they go to my website and half the messages are, â€˜Oh my God, I can't believe you look how you look,'â€ says the 22-year-old Chinese, black, white and Cherokee blend.
Her brain game far surpasses the aforementioned blonde's as well. Filled with what she calls a vast volume of useless facts (e.g., did you know that a goat could eat a tennis shoe and still shit normally?), Tami would make a great Trivial Pursuit partner. With a bubbly debut of dancehall, R&B and pop entitled Out of Manyâ€¦One, (Universal Records) slated for the summer, Tami already has reggae heavyweights Sean Paul, Beenie Man and Busy Signal lining up to collaborate.
Either she's that talented or her culinary skillsâ€”she proclaims to be Jordanesque 'round an ovenâ€”bring all the boys to the yard.
Racism isn't exactly an option for you based on your ethnic blend.
Here's the thing: On my mother's side, her mother is British. She's white, I think. My grandfather, he's Jamaican. He's black and something. A lot of people get it twisted, but Jamaica is very multicultural. People think Jamaican is a race, but it's a nationality. Being Jamaican doesn't mean I'm black or Afro-Caribbean or anything.
Your voice also sends mixed signals. Are people surprised when they hear yardie twang from a girl who could have played Kelly on Beverly Hills 90210?
Definitely. But once they get over the initial shock, we're back on track. I think it works in my favor. It's good to have a little shock factor in anything. But the next album, when they're over it, I'll have to find something else.
Continue reading this feature in the July/August 2006 issue of KING (#32).