“Everywhere I go people are always surprised there’s rappers in Alaska”
Tayy Tarantino is a Anchorage, Alaska based Hip Hop recording artist.
Tayy’s interest in music started with the children and youth choir at church. In his early teens Tayy started to write and record himself on his phone and the family home computer.
Through out the years he participated in talent shows, battle rapping fellow students, and opening up for local hip hop 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 three 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.
Nas Performance 2018
Wu-Tang Clan Performance 2017
2 Chainz Concert at Sullivan Arena | Photo by Travis Mathes
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