Tayy Tarantino is an American hip hop recording artist, and songwriter born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.
Tayy started his music career by way of singing in the children and youth choir at his local church.
Tayy started rapping at the age of 10. While attending Robert Service High School Tayy formed a rap group and performed in various talent show competitions. Some of his musical influences are J-Cole, Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye, Drake, Lil Wayne, and Timberland.
While 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” which was dedicated to his recently deceased grandfather Isaac C. Cummings Jr.. He released 3 music video from the project “Brand New Day” “Radio” and “Dead Presidents Remix” which was a major accomplishment for a local artist at the time . The buzz that was created from the project lead to opportunities to open for national acts such as August Alsina, Ludacris, Nelly, The REJ3CTZ’s, Hopsin, Twista, and local rock festival Summer Meltdown.
Most recently Tayy had the opportunity to open up for Wu-Tang Clan for Moose’s Tooth 20th Anniversary Show to a sold out crowd of over 3000 people.
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 2015 Tayy was invited to perform at numerous music showcases at SXSW. 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.
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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
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