“Everywhere I go people are always surprised there’s rappers in Alaska”
Tayy Tarantino is a Anchorage, Alaska based Hip Hop recording artist.
Music has been an interest since the days of children and youth choir at church. At 10 the spark for rap was lit. While attending Robert Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska Tayy started his journey like most by recording himself on what ever free resources he had access to until he was able to get into a studio. Along the way he honed his skills through talent shows, battle rapping fellow students, and opening up for local shows.
In his senior year of high school Tayy started to record at a local studio which lead him to releasing his first project, the mixtape “Half Step From Legendary”. He released 3 music videos from the project “Brand New Day” “Radio” and “Dead Presidents Remix” this was a major accomplishment for a local artist at the time .
Some of his musical influences are J-Cole, Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye, Drake, and Lil Wayne.
Tayy has opened up for nationals acts and also a number of local festivals including:
Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, 2Chainz, August Alsina, Ludacris, Nelly, The REJ3CTZ’s, Hopsin, Twista, Inspecta Deck.
Most recently Tayy had the opportunity to open up for
Nas (summer 2018), and also Wu-Tang Clan (summer 2017) for Moose’s Tooth 20th Anniversary Show.
In 2013 Tayy decided to move to the east coast to further his music career and build a new fan base for his music.
In late 2015 Tayy came back to Anchorage to work with Rawbeatzz to produce his full length LP Homecoming under the Bad Agenda label that was released on September 13th, 2016. Tayy Tarantino won “Male Artist Of The Year” and “Best Album” for Homecoming at the 2016 Alaska Hip Hop Awards.
Tayy’s most recent project released in 2018 “To Live And Die In AK” was celebrated throughout Alaska as it was dedicated to the violence that was plaguing Anchorage in recent years.
Press & Media
KTUU Channel 2 Story
KTVA Channel 11
So I met this kid a long time ago. When I first got here. I was working at a different radio station here in Anchorage. It was for a local talent competition. We spoke. Got good vibes off one another. I met his dad. All was good. But there was something different about him.
– Inspectah Deck Opening at Bear Tooth
– Hopsin Opening at Williwaw