Coleman-McGee began writing hip-hop music at age 11, taking inspiration from '90s-era artists such as Queen Latifah and MC Lyte.
By age 18, she was recording and performing as a secular rapper under her childhood nickname, Tiptap, as well as the stage name Don Queen. Everything changed when she was involved in a car accident, and suffered a severe brain and spinal-cord injury.
"I was in a coma for three days," she says. "What a wakeup call. After I came out of that, I stopped really writing songs altogether, especially with the message that was behind it. I didn't want to leave that legacy and didn't want to put that type of energy out into the world. It just wasn't my mark."
After the accident, she began focusing on her education, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from Tougaloo College in 2005, and a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012. She also married her husband, Terence McGee, and the couple now has three children.
About five years ago, though, Coleman-McGee says she began sensing that God had more in mind for her.
"I was like, 'Lord, this just cannot be it. What else do you want me to do? I'm a wife, I'm a mother, I'm a college graduate, and I have a graduate degree,'" she says. "'Is there something more that you want me to do?' And God called me into ministry. He said, 'You can still use your music to glorify me, to glorify the kingdom and win lost souls.'"
At first, Coleman-McGee says she was not sure if she could write in the way she needed to, but she had faith that if it was God's plan, then the words were already there.
"I went and purchased a notebook and a new pen, and I sat it on the head of my bed. Just
prophetically, I could see the words written there," she says. "I kept having this vision of the notebook being filled. Two months later, I said, 'OK. It's now or never. I have to start writing.' And I did. That notebook was filled in a day."
Since then, she has performed for audiences around the country, and in August 2017, she became the first female rapper to perform on the Impact Network's gospel TV showcase, "Bobby Jones Presents." She also released her debut EP, "I Ain't Preaching to the Choir," in October 2017.
In recent years, her entertainment career has gone into even more avenues, as she has also become a model, an actress with appearances on FOX's "Empire" and OWN's "Queen Sugar," and a children's author with her new book, "Hippos Downtown." She plans to release more books in the series in the near future.
Despite more people learning about her ministry as Miz Tiffany, she says that not everyone is accepting of gospel hip-hop music. At her first church performance, one of the older women on the front row stood up and began praying—an act that Coleman-McGee says she wasn't sure the woman meant in a nice way.
"I thought she was praying me out," she says with a laugh. "But the harder I saw her praying, the harder I rapped, the harder I went, because I said, 'I know God called me to do this. This is not evil or anything, and if you just stop listening to the beat and listen to the words, then you'll know it's his spirit.'"
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