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Taylor J

Saint Paul, MN | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Saint Paul, MN | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Hip Hop R&B




"New Music: "The 91 Family" by Taylor J and Lex Luger"

Minnesota rapper Taylor J and trap producer extraordinaire Lex Luger have teamed up for the collaborative album, "The91Family." If trap music is easy listening for you, then you'll vibe out to these eight tracks that are the more laid-back version of trap's notoriously aggressive style. Taylor's braggadocious lyrics and singsongy voice lure you in while Luger's production is understated and melodic. Bang this as you drive to grandma's house for the holidays. - revolt.tv

"The Break Presents: Taylor J"

Name: Taylor J aka King Taylor aka Your Girl’s Secret
Age: 21
Reppin’: St. Paul, MN
I’ve Been Rapping Since: Age of 11 in 2003
My style and/or skills have been compared to: I don’t acknowledge comparisons
My standout records and/ or moments have been: Big moment for me was my project Mental Dope hosted by DJ Holiday and releasing “No Good” featuring Dose and Gucci Mane. [There were] my first two major placements and video.
I’m gonna change the game by: Providing feeling and energy that the game isn’t getting and Im’a do that by providing music nobody else is providing.
I’d like to work with: TDE, A$AP Mob, Flatbush Zombies and others.
My goal in hip-hop is: To be the greatest and save hip-hop.
I’m gonna be the next: Young dope artist to run the game.
To check out my music go to: Twitter: @TaylorJTakeover,

Read More: The Break Presents: Taylor J - XXL | http://www.xxlmag.com/rap-music/the-break/2012/10/the-break-presents-taylor-j/?trackback=tsmclip - XXL.com

"Album Stream: Taylor J & Lex Luger “The 91 Family”"

Minnesota rhyme spitter Taylor J and super-producer Lex Luger join forces for a brand new collaborative LP, entitled The 91 Family. Comprised of 8 cohesive tracks, the album’s name references the year the pair was born. - Missinfo.tv

"Taylor J and Lex Luger – “The 91 Family”"

Minnesota rapper Taylor J and super producer Lex Luger have finally released their first-of-many collaborative projects with the 8-track album, “The 91 Family.”

This body of work is a complete departure for Taylor and one of which he is very proud.

“#The91Family is probably the best work I did all year . And my first collab project with another producer or artist so I’m excited . We created a new sound, a new vibe on this project . A real vibe . Nobody’s makin music like this right now .. so prepare for change ..” Taylor exudes of his handiwork.

For his part Lex Luger, whose production credits include Jay-Z, Kanye, Waka, Rawse and Wiz to name a few, took to twitter to exclaim his excitement about the project, saying “#The91Family is by far my favorite project I’ve done. Up there with “Cabin Fever” & “Salute Me Or Shoot Me.” - Allhiphop.com

"Taylor J SXSW Experience"

Minnesota artist Taylor J gives us his 4 show SXSW Experience in just 6 minutes on the video for Jazze Pha assisted record Facts Of Life. The song from off 2012 released project Control hosted by Shaheem Reid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp92AWxlHZ0 - RnBXclusive.Com

"Taylor J SXSW Freestyle"

HipHopSince1987 was on location for the annual SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX last month and while our cameras were there, we made sure to get bars from some of the hottest artists in Hip-Hop today. Among the emcees gracious enough to spit some heat for us at the annual music extravaganza was Taylor J, a fierce spitter who is quickly becoming a staple in the Twin Cities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQuAipt8zIk - Hip Hop Since 1987

"Taylor J moves past mixtapes with his debut album, 'Who Would've Thought'"

It’s Friday after midnight, and the West Bank’s century-old Viking Bar is packed. Around 100 rap fans are gathered for the Young N Reckless hip-hop showcase, organized by Tavey Shaw-Martin, who runs the local blog Motivation to Hustle.
We’ve already seen an eclectic group of Twin Cities MCs, including promising young lyricist Juice Lord and blunt street rapper Dubb P. Up now is the headliner, St. Paul’s Taylor J, wearing a red hoodie emblazoned with his catchphrase and signature adlib, “Takeeeooovvveeerrr”—with exactly that many e’s, o’s, v’s, and r’s.

Taylor is the night’s most comfortable, fluid performer, the event’s most accomplished artist. He’s released around a dozen mixtapes and EPs, worked out of three different states, and collaborated with a range of performers that includes trap-rap lord Gucci Mane, snarly L.A. vet Nipsey Hussle, and Next singer and Minneapolis native RL. And yet, the release of Taylor’s first proper studio album, Who Would’ve Thought, is still 48 hours away. For now, he’s Coolin Till My Album Drop, to borrow the title of a new appetizer EP with remixes of tracks by hot MCs Kodak Black and Playboi Carti.

On the phone two nights later, Taylor sounds confident about the buildup to the album set to drop the next day, which is also his 26th birthday. “We got so many people in tune, compared to other projects,” he says. There may be lots of ways artists can get their music out these days, but still, nothing keeps fans listening like the release of an old-fashioned, full-length album.

“Originally, Who Would’ve Thought was gonna be a mixtape,” Taylor says. “I was just working on another mixtape. I was just working on music. I had this goal in my head of doing a certain amount of projects this year, like once every quarter. As I started working on it, hearing the music that was coming out during the recording process, it was making me feel like it was going to be a bigger moment. I just started realizing I was at a bigger point in my career.”

Taylor has been working on that career since he was fresh out of Como Park High School eight years ago. “I was always trying to get the music shit going,” he says. He moved to Las Vegas in 2009, where he says he learned a lot about life.But Taylor wanted to be at the center of the rap world, and Vegas ain’t it. Atlanta—not NYC, not Chicago, not L.A.—is now the genre’s capital city, producing more stars, influential styles, and opportunities for artists than anywhere else, so that’s where Taylor headed in 2012. Immediately, he faced challenges.

“As soon as I got there, everything went downhill terribly,” he remembers. His car overheated and broke down. Later, he was kicked out of his apartment. “We had nowhere to go, no vehicle, no money, no nothing. That was a key point, just learning how to survive.” He was “getting conditioned for bullshit,” he says, which has helped him ever since.

Things eventually started looking up, and about six months later, Taylor signed with Big Play Entertainment. “My time at that label is when I learned a lot of shit, too,” Taylor says. “That’s when I made a lot of connections, meeting other artists, promoters, producers, DJs—connecting the dots. That changed everything. I went from not knowing how I’m going to live in Atlanta to doing real good in the city.”

He returned to Minnesota in 2014 as his contract with Big Play was ending, and the following year he released a mixtape, 1991, and an EP, Central Ave, on his own label, Scenious Entertainment. But Taylor’s 2016 would be even more fruitful after he started working with Lex Luger.

Luger is the onetime teenage prodigy and architect of the bruising, influential trap sound of releases like Waka Flocka Flame’s 2010 street classic Flockaveli who went on to produce hits by Jay Z, Kanye, and Rick Ross. He had a Minneapolis show scheduled, and Kush2x, Taylor’s day-one friend and fellow St. Paul native, hit Lex on Twitter, suggesting that he get together with Taylor while he was here. They met that same night and kept in contact ever since. Taylor’s first project with Lex, last December’s The 91 Family, was an eight-song EP that racked up 4,500 downloads on DatPiff.

“When I work with Lex, I feel like I’m working with a professional,” he says. “Lex got that experience of doing things on a professional level. It makes me work harder. When you work with someone on a particular level, you gotta meet them halfway.”

The 91 Family Pt. 2 is in the works. Lex has shared his excitement about the project with his 300,000 Twitter followers, and Taylor agrees that it’s going to be stronger than the first installment. “The music’s bigger, the sound’s bigger,” he says. “We have something to build off from part one. There’s a stronger connection because this ain’t the first time we’ve worked together.”

Taylor has previously released full-length mixtapes that were of album quality, but Who Would’ve Thought is more cohesive than even the best of those projects. There are no Lex beats on the album. Instead, Kentucky duo Ric & Thadeus, L.A.’s Red Drum Beatz, and Kush2x handle most of the production. Their instrumentals tend to be chilled and vaporous in a way Lex’s beats aren’t, though they’re still hard-hitting. And Taylor is telling his story more memorably than ever. His knack for effortlessly melodic flows is evident everywhere, and some moments are particularly lyrical and introspective. “Impossible,” where he recounts meeting Andre 3000 and other experiences he had in Atlanta, is one of the album’s more personal songs, and one of the most affecting.The cover art for Who Would’ve Thought is a grainy old photo of Taylor on Christmas morning at his grandma’s house, wearing pro-wrestling fan gear and clutching a mock championship belt. “One day, my dad had posted the picture on Facebook randomly,” he says. “I had the concept in my head for the artwork—I was going to use an old picture of myself. I wanted that stage of my life to look like it didn’t add up to where I am today.”

Though his music career isn’t something anyone predicted for Taylor at that time, the work he’s put in since then has made his present-day takeover inevitable. - City Pages


Taylor J out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, has a new video “Five Times,” one of the dopest songs off his debut album, Who Would’ve Thought, which dropped two weeks ago. In the clip, Taylor J and his crew fittingly takes over a Five Guys, the burger spot referenced on the song’s melodic hook.

“This my favorite song on the project, the most powerful in my opinion,” says Taylor. “Had fun inside the restaurant they let us do what we wanted. Shoutout to Five Guys.”

Taylor J just signed to the indie label Empire and has already worked with some big names, including Gucci Mane and Nipsey Hussle. Last December, he released The 91 Family, a collaborative project with producer Lex Luger.

Listen to Who Would’ve Thought below and download the project here. - Mass Appeal


Making noise with his #Takeover campaign, St. Paul, MN emcee Taylor J is making his DopeHouse debut with a video for “Feelings” with Lex Luger.
“This ‘Feelings’ record is the energy I’m goin for on this next project,” says Taylor. “Perfect for my life right now.”
Last year, Taylor teamed with Luger on The 91 Family. Now, after dropping his debut album Who Would’ve Thought a few months back, he’s back rocking with the super producer and looking to release Vol. 2 next month.
Check out Taylor’s “Feelings” video video, press play on The 91 Family, and get ready for Round 2. - 2DopeBoyz

"Stream Taylor J’s new album, ‘Who Would’ve Thought’"

After hitting us with loosies here and there, Saint Paul, MN’s Taylor J finally delivers his latest project for us — Who Would’ve Thought.

Twelve new tracks from Taylor and you can find them all below the cut, so what you waiting on? Get to ’em. - Fake Shore Drive


When thinking about life's highs and lows, perspective is an invaluable commodity. That's something Taylor J seems all too aware of in his new video for "Blessed," a meditative cut that finds the rapper reflecting on all the reasons he's living a charmed life. Taylor dropped off the visual earlier today (May 11).
The video for the track finds a solemn Taylor J staring into the camera as copies of himself begin to occasionally pop up onscreen. There aren't other people in the visual, which is probably best for a song that's all about the rapper and his thoughts. The track itself is a solid lyrical exhibition from the St. Paul, Minn.-bred rapper. Spitting over a fast-paced instrumental, Taylor reminds you he's been through the struggle and that he ultimately turned all of his obstacles into stepping stones.
"I used to stress, I used to walk with my head down, I was in debt/I used to complain, but I never hated/I knew that my time was coming, nigga I waited," spits Taylor, who's collabed with the likes of Young Scooter and Gucci Mane in the past.
"Blessed" appears on Taylor J's Only Us album, which he dropped off back in February. If you want to hear some earnest lyrics and a tight flow, definitely give it a listen. - XXL


Now You Know - 2010 

Taylor J Takeover Vol 1 (Hosted By DJ Woogie) - 2011 

Mental Dope (Hosted By DJ Holiday) - 2012

Control (Hosted By Shaheem Reid) - 2012 

Clubs Drugs & Hotels - 2013

Peer Pressure - 2014

Morning High - 2014

King Taylor - 2014

1991 The Mixtape - 2015

Central Ave EP - 2015

 Before The Wake Up - 2016

 The 91 Family (Collab mixtape with Lex Luger) - 2016

#TakeoverTape - 2017

Coolin Till My Album Drop EP - 2017

Who Would've Thought (Debut Album) - 2017

Coolin Till My 2nd Album Drop EP - 2017 

Only Us (2nd Album) - 2018



The fast-rising career of 25-year-old St. Paul rapper and singer Taylor J is proof of the good things that can happen when an artist carefully balances quality and quantity. Taylor’s steady flow of projects, standout collaborations with artists ranging from Gucci Mane to Nipsey Hussle to Next singer RL, and the other moves he’s executed have made him a highly respected artist in his native Midwest and beyond. Over the years, Taylor has also earned praise from prestigious publications including XXL , HotNewHipHop , Fake Shore Drive , and many more. A lifelong lover of music, Taylor had musical aspirations from an early age. He first started writing raps when he was only 11, and he loved to sing along to songs from the early 2000s; he laughs while remembering his funny habit of spontaneously belting out Lil’ Mo’s “Superwoman.” Later on, during his teens, Taylor took to battle rapping and formed a short-lived group called Midwest Mafia while attending his St. Paul high school. After graduation, Taylor was finally able to pursue music on a more consistent basis. His work soon began to pay off. Taylor started to consistently unleash full-length mixtapes and EPs at the top of this decade. By the time of 2012’s star-studded Control mixtape, hosted by legendary hip-hop journalist Shaheem Reid, Taylor was collaborating with and holding his own alongside big names like the aforementioned Gucci and Nipsey, as well as Cyhi the Prynce and Fat Trel; the project also featured production from Jazze Pha, Honorable C.N.O.T.E, and the late Speaker Knockerz. While that level of acceptance from elite names might tempt some young artists to ease off the gas and enjoy their buzz, Taylor kept working, releasing more projects in the following years: Clubs, Drugs, and Hotels ; Peer Pressure ; King Taylor ; and 1991 just to name a few. In 2016, it was revealed that Taylor had hit it off with Lex Luger, the influential super-producer who changed rap forever with his early work with Waka Flocka Flame and, later on, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and many others. It wasn’t like Taylor had to beg Lex to work with him -- not at all. Rather, the pair’s creative relationship was purely organic; Taylor and Lex had mutual admiration for each other’s artistry. That translated to the success of their first project, T he 91 Family , which has since totaled 5,000 downloads on DatPiff and tens of thousands of plays across other platforms. A second installment of T he 91 Family is also planned for the future. Finally, in June 2017, Taylor released his debut album and best project to date, the consistently strong W ho Would’ve Thought . In addition to instant bangers like “Five Times,” Taylor focused on lyricism and telling his story in detail on songs like “Impossible” and “WWT.” Who Would’ve Thought woke up a lot of listeners who had previously slept on Taylor. “I’m more than happy with everything about that album,” he says. “I just know that that’s a great body of work.” Taylor followed up Who Would’ve Thought with the Coolin Till My 2nd Album Drop EP in November 2017 as an appetizer ahead of his sophomore album, Only Us . In fact, by then, Taylor had already planned out his entire 2018 -- which is unsurprising considering that he’s an artist who consistently maintains his focus and vision for himself. While he’s explored different sounds throughout his career, Taylor summarizes his music as “a collective of reactions to my reality. All my experiences, everything that’s my reality, that’s what all my music comes from -- even the sound, not just the words. I just gotta catch the vibe first. It’s real feeling. It’s all of my emotion wrapped in one ball. With that being said, it could go anywhere.”