TAG™ is a driven and charismatic artist with a unique approach to his blend of hip-hop. He continues to set the bar with his forward-thinking sound.
Name at birth: Gerald Sandor Yusuf
Date of birth: October 3, 1985
Birthplace: Queens, NY
Music is a big constant in the routines of many people of all walks of life and backgrounds.
We all can relate to the feeling of being connected to a melody or a groove, as well as being inspired and entertained.
The one thing that truly makes the difference is the stories that music brings forth. Some are shallow and superficial, while others are deep, meaningful and honest, as they stem for a truly personal place. This is definitely the case for TAG; a driven, passionate and charismatic artist with a unique approach to his blend of hip-hop.
With such a mindset, Tag set out to take control of all aspect of his production process, from songwriting to mixing and finalizing his releases. The 360° degrees involvement of the artist definitely makes for a more direct and hands-on approach through the full spectrum, and the extra involvement really comes through.
Among other experiences, Tag was mentored by producer / engineer Eddie Mashal (Eagles) and had the chance to intern at South Beach Studios in Miami, FL to gain industry knowledge.
One of the most striking aspects of Tag’s production attitude is the way that he is able to bring forth sounds and influences from the golden age of hip-hop, while maintaining a modern punch and focus. Old school music is often appreciated for its organic qualities and warmth – those little imperfections that make it all sound more “human” and definitely more credible and real. On the other hand, contemporary production tool can definitely contribute to adding more focus and punch to a track. What Tag is striving to achieve with his own tracks is to achieve a well-balanced compromise between the two schools of though that truly echo some of the most influential and forward thinking hip-hop artists on the scene today; including Kanye West, Jay-Z or 50 Cent, - game changers with very charismatic personalities and killer-sounding records.
- “Never stop practicing and learning. Always experiment with different techniques and whatever works, then go for it. Listen to different kinds of music to pick up ideas and stay open-mind”
Tag was born in NYC and he sports Caribbean Guyanese and Indian roots. Currently based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the budding rap artist is more dedicated than ever to continue setting the bar higher with his forward-thinking blend of sound.
Ultimately, his music is all about connecting with the listeners through high-energy release, uplifting melodies, a thought-provoking lyrical flow.
- “It’s about going with the flow, not forcing lyrics out of you – You have to truly feel what you are saying in order to make a good song”
Flagship tracks such as “Through The Eyes of a Poet” serve as a great insight into Tag’s unique personality and vision, as he set out to use his music as a vehicle to express himself as a true hip-hop storyteller. Tag’s lyrical work can easily be described as multi-dimensional, in the sense that it feels so individualistic, yet so highly relatable at the same time.
Find out more about Tag and let the music tell you the rest of this story.
Bronx, New York, the birthplace of Hip Hop, is where TAG spent the first decade of his life and developed his passion for Hip Hop. His parents were Guyanese immigrants who taught him how to survive in the world around him, while still maintaining his heritage. At the age of 11, TAG and family relocated to Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he was exposed to a diverse culture that enhanced his appreciation for music and performing arts. TAG first started out writing poetry, but that wasn’t enough. He wanted to be heard, so he began free-styling and battling with other talented individuals at his high school. It was there where he developed the skill to put together clever rhymes and thought provoking lyrics. TAG shined with his unique lyrics about current events and his life experiences. This helped him grow into the dynamic rap artist he is today. Like majority of his peers, TAG held a full time job, and went to school at night, and managed to fit studio time into his hectic schedule. Then, also like many of his peers became one of the growing statistics hit by unemployment. He saw this as an opportunity to immerse himself completely into his music to follow his dream. He knew it was going to be difficult to put off school and work temporarily, but he was determined to prove to himself, and his fans that he was focused on his success. With music icons like Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, LL Cool J, Eminem, Nas, Kanye West and Jay-Z to influence him, TAG develop rhymes into a unique sound. He released his debut compilation, “The Antagonist” in March 2009, displaying his song writing abilities with clever use of witty wordplay. He then later released is 2nd studio album “Tag The World” in April 2012, which bridged his thought provoking lyrics with a mainstream sound.
TAG’s received much attention from this album; performing well over 100 shows throughout Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach, and being featured in a couple of industry magazines. Being recognized and respected in the South is just the beginning. Being open minded to new concepts and ideas, and the changing world around him, makes TAG’s creativity and talent limitless in the studio, allowing him to continuously challenge himself to be better and to reach listeners of others genres. TAG is inspirational and enjoys working with others he can learn from as well as help; his ingenious qualities allow him to create his own successful path. He continues to learn more about himself through his music and his experiences, and is allowing these life lessons to fuel him while recording his music.
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