Tae Miles
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Tae Miles

Cleveland, OH | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Cleveland, OH
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Hip Hop R&B


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"My Creative Process"

Tae Miles shows how to get it done without the fanciest tools in the world. Dope video shot by the homie Jon Holman - iLTHY


Over time, Tae Miles has definitely grown to be one of my favorite local artists. I think he’s one to keep your eyes on. Here is his track “WVWLANDLORDPCB” over a distorted “OG Bobby Johnson” instrumental. I couldn’t imagine an artist making the original track sound anything like this. Props on this one!
Via ImFromCleveland - Lifestyle Cleveland

"Kipp Stone, Billard, & Tae Miles – Chiraq Remix (Video)"

Young Cleveland talents Kipp Stone, Billard, and Tae Miles recently shot a video for their remix to Nicki Minaj‘s track “Chiraq.” Super dope! - LeakJones

"Miles Ahead: Local Rapper Takes a Conceptual Approach on his Forthcoming Album"

Halfway to a show in Washington D.C., Cleveland hip-hop artist Tae Miles was set to play for the largest crowd he'd seen yet when his car broke down. The alternator was blown and the battery drained, and his girlfriend who accompanied him on the trip was freaking out, in part because she was the one loaning him the $450 that would get them to the show which was only paying $100. Yet he says this was one of the best trips in his life.

Miles had never traveled that extensively before and getting in front of that crowd gave him the validation he needed to continue. Before this show at Howard University, he'd just stare in awe at the 21,000 views next to his most popular song "iLoveJesusBarrets" and wonder who exactly was listening to his music.

Miles' ambitions stretch far beyond the tens of thousands of views already accumulated. In a year, he's released a full-length, 18-track rock-opera album Throedie, a three-song short story EP titled One2Many and a handful of other remixes. He's now prepping to release a 10-track concept album in early 2015. Called The Adventure of the Wahoo Village Warrior, it will be accompanied by a short video series documenting the whole process.

He's a busy guy and one of the city's most aspiring rappers.

It'd be one thing if all these songs were about new developments in his life or about partying in the club, but Miles chooses to craft a character and a story for each project he releases. The most ambitious so far has been the tale of Throedie, a complex character whose life unfolds into a cautionary tale like something out of Greek mythology. Police beat Throedie's father while his mother was pregnant with Throedie. She prayed to give her child a "stress-free, positive life" but the only angel that would answer her call was really a devil that granted her wish.

Throedie grew up without any responsibility until the ripe age of 18 when the angel's spell was lifted. Suddenly faced with the weight of the world, Throedie goes insane, killing people and committing various crimes but not understanding why others face the consequences of their actions. He's an anarchist that can't grasp the rules of society and is baffled by the people he meets along the way who follow or at least understand these rules. Eventually he meets his demise by his own hand, jumping off a building following a police chase.

Understandably, some of the nuance of the story might have gone over people's heads.

"Nobody understood the story, but I don't care and I didn't care only because I plan on creating a film around the story in two years or something," Miles says. "That will better explain everything and make the music better, that way the music will never ever die."

Until then, Miles is sticking with the idea of crafting a character around his music but aims to make the themes and plot more understandable. He's started that with the R&B-infused One2Many EP, which offers a look at the thoughts and people we revisit when intoxicated; the music features a sound reminiscent of Kid Cudi. Miles' 2015 project, The Adventure of the Wahoo Village Warrior, aims to further that progress, this time centering on a lost Cleveland kid.

"[He's] not really liking or understanding his surroundings but ends up appreciating it and taking the good with the bad," Miles explains. "This character is Cleveland, every aspect of Cleveland, not just the hood or the suburbs."

It's shaping up to be Miles' most personal album yet as he's able to put more of himself into the character than ever before. The facade of the character allows Miles to be open in ways he can't be in his music otherwise, he said. The concept album has become a major tool for him to craft innovative and complex storytelling, and he says he wants to go even farther with it.

Despite the thought and process that goes into all his work, Miles says he's constantly worried his work isn't original enough.

"I'm starting to think it's impossible to create a new sound ... everything is recycled," he says.

It's a reality most have come to accept, but the fact that he may never create a new sound seems to truly occupy him. He says his biggest influence is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and no matter what he does, he finds that influence in his music and can't seem to escape it. He says he'd like to experiment more with his music in the future, but after he failed to convey the full message of Throedie to his fans, he's looking to gain that Cleveland base and branch out from there.

Miles is an experimentalist when it comes to photography and film as well. When he was young, he started playing around with a Nikon Coolpix and would shoot himself performing funny sketches or rambling on in his bedroom as the camera's strap hung from the door and stuttered along for a quick panning shot. It's always been for personal use. Even when he was starting out he'd always just show friends his clips from the camera screen, never posting to YouTube or social media. Now, he's beginning to branch out and show his personality on a very active Instagram account and working with other videographers to make his vision come to life. Once he began posting his music to YouTube, things really took off as thousands started taking notice and he was soon being named among the best in Cleveland.

He started hitting all the major performance spots in the city, gaining one fan at a time. But now, he's had to retreat and work on the album.

"Every show I see someone new ... I don't really care who's performing at this show," he says. "I don't care if they're big or not big at all — we gonna show out at this show because we got something good here. But I would perform so much it wouldn't be raw anymore for some people, I did that from the beginning but I love performing, and to see that we're gaining one more fan every show that's enough. ... But at the same time it's oversaturated with the same songs."

So Miles will stay dormant for the next few months until the record is ready to be released, and when that happens sometime this year he's hoping to make a big splash in Cleveland. - Cleveland Scene


Here is the first of many interviews to come from the #ClevelandsNextUp 2015 artists. Tae Miles talks about how Bone Thugs was a huge influence on him creating music, his unique sound which he defines as “Cleveland, ” what other local artists he listens to, and more!

Tae Miles turned heads with his project released in November 2013, which was titled Throedie, and a favorite local project of mine. Since then he has released some new tracks, an EP, and some visuals. Check out his music on his Soundcloud by clicking below! Tomorrow we release Tae’s freestyle! - ImFromCleveland.com

"Tae Miles "TheConnection" Video"

Cleveland’s Tae Miles‘ gives us something a little different with a new visual for his self produced track “The Connection.” For more check out his recent project “Throedie.” Video directed by High Art. - Elevator Magazine

"Ones to Watch Playlist: Cleveland Edition"

Check out the full playlist of Cleveland's best below, and be sure to follow Complex on SoundCloud for plenty more dope music that you need in your life. - Complex

"Tae Miles: The Adventures of the Wahoo Village Warrior"

Cleveland rapper Tae Miles digs deep into his African roots and resurfaces with The Adventures of the Wahoo Village Warrior. Miles authors an exclusive sound with the use of tribal beats and village instruments in his second full-length project. Fierce and brave, TAWVW engrosses listeners with captivating sounds and fresh lyricism.

Wild chants, exotic percussion and smooth synthesizers compliment Miles’ poetic diction in two-part track “INTERLOOD”. Beginning as an effervescent, lively jam that segues into a soft, deep voiced ballad, “INTERLOOD” serves as a testimony to Tae Miles’ ability to diversify his musical tone. In “HuntingSeason”, Miles takes on an African alter ego, rapping “running through the forest city with a couple warriors” and describing a scene of war painted warriors wielding tomahawks, bows and arrows with an accent that would be more typical of a Ghanian rapper as opposed to a kid from Midwest America. The African influence that consumes TAWVW makes the album incomparable. “Rain Dance” features vocals from Cameroon-born Cleveland singer Lorine Chia. An African Amy Winehouse, Chia soulfully sings about learning to find the good in less than ideal conditions. Wild and daunting, “Mike Lowrey” enthrals listeners with cool lyrics dancing over a jungle beat of chanting sirens and snaking synth. A frenzied African Djembe drum solo kicks off the symphonic “Forfeit”, a psuedo-love song in which Miles “forfeits” the love game upon realizing love rarely comes to those that are searching for it. Even with its lyrically awkward moments, it still houses one of the most precious lines of the album: “Now how did God create something so beautiful? I’m sorry Miss, I just expected you to know”. But alas, not all the tracks with awkward phrases have a key redeeming line. “Snakes&Trolls” particularly is much too busy for my liking, crammed with spastic noises and unappealing use of autotune.

TAWVW gets real with “SAID+DONE”, a song addressing the recent Black Lives Matter movement brewing in the Black communities as Miles expresses his disdain for the numerous incidents of police brutality towards black males. The song leaves listeners with a powerful take home message: the only way to keep Black America from fighting for justice is to kill the entire Black population. It takes a more disheartening turn with a recording of a newscaster reporting video footage of the fatal shooting of 12 year old Cleveland resident Tamir Rice. Miles takes it even further by rapping the names of children that could have faced the same disturbing fate as Rice. This grim track is followed by the sugary sweet “LaLaLand” featuring Alex Kent. Miles’ sing-songy lines and Kent’s warm vocals provide a feeling lighter than many of the songs on TAWVW‘s tracklist that detail Miles’ harsh realities.

The African djembe, talking drum, and congas are just a few of the village instruments that make a prominent appearance on TAWVW. Tae Miles somehow manages to capture an African sound more authentic than some of the continent’s popular rappers. In this sampling-savvy era, it’s difficult to come across genuine originality and The Adventures of the Wahoo Village Warriors is a worthy challenger of the status quo. Though strange at times, Tae Miles’ adventures are far from boring. - Surviving the Golden Age


Still working on that hot first release.