About a week ago, Taahir debuted his video “Nefertiti” from his Play Cloths hosted mixtape, The Balance. We introduced you to Taahir a few months ago as a new artist from Brooklyn to look out for. With his first single getting a lot of attention, we wanted to get to know more about the young rapper/singer. We got the chance to talk to Taahir about everything from his relationship with Play Cloths to his switch from rapping to singing. Check out what he had to say.
Where are you from?
Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
How long have you been doing music?
Forever, like since I was like 11
When did you decide to go from rapping to singing?
I always been singing in talent shows but I just decided to get serious about singing about a year ago.
Which do you enjoy more?
Singing, with sound I can do so much more with singing then rapping. Most rappers end up singing anyway, because rap gets boring. Also I can express so much more and soul makes you feel it. I just feel like that’s what music is supposed to do.
Tell us about The Balance: concept, artwork, sound, etc.
The concept is a Scientology session, and balancing emotions. I saw this movie called equilibrium, and it was all about taking the emotion from people, I feel like that’s what the music industry does and I don’t like it. The sounds are all different but they fit, some real souly some really rappy.
When can we expect it?
I really don’t know yet hopefully soon but expect another video though.
How did you hook up with Play Cloths?
I used to intern for there parent company and the creative director heard my last project so, he told me he wanted to sponsor this one.
Are you as passionate about fashion as you are music?
Yes I got some stuff coming soon, but you’ll probably never know I did it, I designed and helped created the shirt in my video. It was a prototype. People ask me for designs every day though. And I was featured in my college newspaper for sartorial excellence, I don’t know if that counts though.
What are you hoping people get from this project?
Just a platform to make more music, I want to get loyal fans who love the music, not because of hype behind me.
Since Soletron is a sneakerhead site, what’s your favorite sneaker? Are you a sneakerhead?
Actually I was heavy in the sneaker game in high school, I had like 75 pairs, but I sold alot to go to college. I still love em though. My favorite sneakers are probably flightposites, I had every single colorway in high school.
Thanks for talking to us today.
image source: Taahir