When did you first decide to take rapping serious?
I first began to take rapping serious around the age of 15. I began to notice how people would respond to me when I would battle in freestyle ciphers. That's when I realized I had something good going on and that I needed to take it seriously.
Where did you get your artist name from?
This is funny. When I was young, my mom bought me a racing car for Christmas called Tantrum. When I started rapping, I though Tantrum would be a good name. When I got a little bit older, I decided to shorten my name to Tanch.
With you being from Philly, and Philly has a long list of talented rappers, some who made it, some who didn't make it, what makes you different from the rest?
I'm really not that much different. I mean we're all grinding and trying to make it to the next level. I'm just different with my approach. I'm not trying to connect myself with any cliques or affiliations. I'm doing this from the muscle. I'm willing to work with anybody that wants to make good music and I'm humble.
How would explain your style?
My style is a bit raw and edgy, but I also have a more diplomatic, conscious side as well. I mean...yes, I do rap about being hood and 'street stories'. I also rap about my children and trying to teach them a better way to succeed by rejecting that 'street mentality'.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
First and foremost, my big brother. He passed away 3 years ago, but he was always trying to reach people from a spiritual perspective. He always taught me to be true to myself, but to also be responsible for the self I present to people (including my children). I'm also influenced by Jay Z, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Jada Kiss, Styles P,Tupac, Biggie, and the list goes on....
Name your top 3 Philly rappers all time.
Me, Beanie Sigel, and Cassidy.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years musically?
I plan to have an established career. When people think of their top 10 rappers of all time, I want to be on that list. I also plan to help others achieve their goals in this music industry.
When will you release your next project?
August 2014. The title of my next project is "Can't Quit".
Are looking to get signed by a major record label?
No. I'm all independent. I'm trying to do that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis thing. I'd rather pay myself than a label.
I'm going to wrap this up, Tanch much success to you man, Shout your peoples and let everyone know where to find you on social media networks.
I would like to shout out my mom, Bout Mine Inc., Live Footage 215, my manager Savannah Bre, my children, all my supporters, and you for this interview. I really appreciate this and much success to you.
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