Tiago PZK was six years old when he discovered his love for music, crediting Daddy Yankee and his 2007 “Impacto (Remix)” featuring Fergie for truly igniting his desire to pursue it as a career.
“He’s a pillar in who Tiago is today,” he tells Billboard, while also naming Justin Bieber as a major source of inspiration.
Today, Yankee’s street music and Bieber’s pop essence reflect in Tiago PZK’s diverse sound, which he says is limitless: “I am not pigeonholed into a single genre. If I have to, I’ll do reggaetón, rock, dancehall, and R&B.”
The evidence thus far supports the Argentine newcomer’s statement. He’s placed three songs on the Billboard Global 200 charts this year: the trap-heavy “Además de Mi” with Rusherking, Khea, Duki, Maria Becerra, and LIT Killah; the catchy reggaetón jam “No Me Conocen” with Rei, Duki, and Bandido; and the LIT Killah-assisted R&B fusion cut “Entre Nosotros.”
“These songs were a big leap for my career, and gave me that boost,” he notes.
However, the 20-year-old rapper and singer-songwriter says the first song that made him viral in his native Argentina was his debut single “Andamo en la Cima,” which he released at the age of 15. “At that time, around 2016, there wasn’t a strong local scene in my country,” he explains. “So, I released this trap song and it had great feedback.”
In September, Tiago inked a worldwide publishing agreement with Sony Music Publishing U.S. Latin. He’s collaborated with many of his colleagues and compatriots, such as Emilia Mernes and Maria Becerra. And, just this week, he made his acting debut in the film Cato, directed by Peta Rivero y Hornos.
“To give thanks has been the best advice I’ve received,” he says. “When I started doing that every day before going to bed, good things began to happen in my life in general. Without having anything or having everything, you always have to be grateful. That’s key.”
Below, learn more about this month’s Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise:
Name: Tiago Uriel Lezcano, artistically known as Tiago PZK (named after his freestyle crew in Argentina)
Recommended Song: “Entre Nosotros,” featuring LIT Killah
Major Accomplishment: “‘Entre Nosotros’ is easily the most iconic song that I have until now,” he says. “It not only continues to top the charts in my country but it also opened many doors for me. Many artists and producers are interested in collaborating with me. This has yet to happen, but I would like to one day fill up a stadium.”
What’s Next: “I have the lead role in Cato, a movie about a boy who wants to make it big in music and help get his family out of the barrios,” he explains. “I also have a collaboration with Trueno coming out this month, which will be part of my debut studio album slated for 2022. I think my career is having a good moment.”