by Matt Bauer
From time-outs to weekend groundings, our younger and unwise selves have always had to endure some form of punishment. But how many of us have used our time as constructively as Buffalo’s own Terrance “Tee Nyce” Warren?
“When I was a kid my mom put me on punishment and when she put me on punishment I had my radio and my favorite musicians were LL Cool J and Michael Jackson, “ says the Willert Park born and bred rapper/actor . Those experiences ultimately led to acting roles in “All Eyez On Me” and the recent BET miniseries “The Bobby Brown Story. ”
“There was no coming out of the bedroom or watching TV but I was able to listen to my radio. So what I’d do with LL Cool J was I started writing my own rhymes and with Michael Jackson I always used to dance like Michael Jackson.” Confinement with “The King of Pop” and “Mr. Smith” paid off when Warren started rocking the mic in the park. “Everybody was cheering to keep going and that’s how I got my taste of rapping and people really loved it,” recalled the Bennett High graduate.
“Ever since then, I’ve always wanted to be on every talent show.” Raw talent and persistence have been key components to Warren’s journey which includes appearances on “The Jenny Jones Show,“ “106 & Park,“ “The Mo’Nique Show,” “The Queen Latifah Show” and Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life Tour.” “My uncle was a bodyguard for New Edition so usually when any concert came to Buffalo, I would get up at six or seven o’clock in the morning and I would walk to the arena and would just sit downtown at the Aud and I used to meet people to show them what I got,” explains the father of four of the determination that has marked his career.
For the past 16 years, “Tee-Nyce” has toured with Bobby Brown performing the raps on Brown’s songs in concert while also appearing in a key role as a security guard at Whitney Houston’s funeral in “The Bobby Brown Story” clearing up a controversy about Brown’s appearance at her wake. “People get the misconception that Bobby was thrown out of the church when he wasn’t,” says Warren about the film’s sequence.
In addition to rapping and acting, the now Atlanta-based Warren is giving back to Buffalo as a motivational speaker for audiences of all ages, urging them never to give up on their dreams as well as targeting bullying in high schools which he’ll be undertaking for next Black History Month. “I used to believe that if I could get a hundred bullies I could change a thousand lives. It’s a one hour and fifteen minute assembly program.
One thing I‘ve learned is that it‘s better to give than receive.” “Tee-Nyce” will be appearing at the WUFO Health & Wellness Fair at Lexus Club at Key Bank Center on October 19, where he’ll be performing his empowering song “I Love Myself” where he’ll also have a booth with merchandise and more information.
For info on Warren’s motivational speaking contact: email@example.com