Five Minutes With: Calgary Hip Hop Artist Tea Fannie

The artist formerly known as S.H.E. is Tea Fannie, a hallowed Calgarian hip-hop humanitarian. You may have seen her recent opening for Princess Nokia at Sled Island in 2022 or Super Duty Tough Work in Winnipeg, but this humble and hardworking artist has graced some of the premiere musical experiences in the city and is a mainstay of the hip-hop and R&B scene in the city, recently performing backed by a magnanimous six-piece ensemble at Calgary Folk Fest. Her biggest song is “Okay” but it’s hardly just that; it’s an observational and honest chill rap rife with introspection. The song is being featured in a documentary aired on Telus Optik TV. Her earnest sense of community references spaces, experiences and personalities that drive Alberta’s underspoken hip-hop underground. She’s a community builder, an outspoken political critic, and so much more. Her beats draw from trap, 2000s R&B and pop, and various Afro-Caribbean influences. So, here’s the tea, you’ll be a fan in no time.

Tea Fannie


Tea Fannie


Hip Hop



# of Albums:

2 solo albums; 2 collaborative albums (1 with Miss Benzo, 1 with Z-Wave); 3 EPs (2 as my alter ego: HerSheTea)

Latest Album:

Latest full solo album I released was December 2020

Latest Single:

Latest single is Stay In The Light ft. Catfish The Wizard & Rubix

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Christina Aguilera

Favourite musician now:

Nicki Minaj

Guilty pleasure song:

Deli – Ice Spice

Live show ritual:

I like to find a quiet space 5 minutes before I perform, but that’s not always the case haha.

Favourite local musician:


EP or LP?

I like both, don’t make me choose. 🙁

Early bird or night owl?

Depends on my stress levels haha

Road or studio?

Aaaaah do I really have to choose??? Road

Any shows or albums coming up?

I have an album in the works. Looking to release 2nd quarter 2024

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | TikTok


Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Simply Irie of course

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

I love 17th Ave for all the characters and live scene, and I love Kensington for all the local shops

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Elliston Park. I have personal memories there, and I think it’s cool it was a dump and now it’s this beautiful stinky place. Nothing is perfect.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

The Prairie Emporium. It’s one of those spaces, if you know, you know. The owners are amazing and can cater drinks to events, the decor gives vintage slay, and they can have a whole outdoor setup too!

What is your favourite music store in your city?

I actually haven’t been to any music stores in the city besides performances at Sloth Records for Sled Island. So….I choose Sloth Records. I grab my records at thrift shops hehe. cheat code.