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Hampton, Virginia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Hampton, Virginia, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Hip Hop Alternative





PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton's own "TAZ," nicknamed for her infectious energy level, is on a mission to entertain, educate and empower young people to face mental illness head on. Click here to learn more about her music, movitvational speaking and upcoming collaborations. - Fox 43 News Wavy TV 10

"Taz And The Power Of Being ‘Mentally Ill’"

She will be known as THE girl from Hampton — a hip hop lyricist that helped put “the 7-5” on the map.

For now, we call her Taz.

A native of Hampton, VA, Taz is currently making rounds promoting her latest EP titled, Mentally Ill.

After the suffering the loss of three friends to suicide, she funneled her pain into her work. Mentally Ill was born, a double entendre illuminating both her electrifying personality and her struggles with mental health.

More than a skilled MC, this rapper and mental health advocate uses her artistry to teach acceptance, ultimately removing the stigma around mental illness and emotional distress.

Chelsea Lemore recently sat down with Taz to talk about her latest project, her inspirations and more! See the full interview below - iPower Richmond 92.1

"Hip Hop Artist TAZ Uses Music to Discuss Mental Health Struggles"

Taz is a recording artist and entrepreneur from Hampton, Virginia. Through her former web-series The Tazmania Show she’s interviewed many celebrities, and worked for respected companies such as BET, Viacom, and Vibe Magazine. Today, she is CEO of C.A.S. Agency, a full service consulting and entertainment company specializing in media coverage and event production.

Within the last couple of years Taz has become a hardcore advocate for mental health awareness. After her own battles with depression, anxiety, and losing friends to suicide, she decided to use her platform to bring awareness to it. In January, Taz will be dropping her highly anticipated 5th EP, Mentally iLL. The title serves as a double entendre to represent Taz’s genius as well as her openness about mental illness and suicide.


First I must ask, how did you not become star struck talking to such big names like John Legend or Neyo while hosting the Tazmania Show?

I’m not gonna lie, there was always a moment when I had a little bit of butterflies. Growing up, I was obsessed with 106 and Park and Rap City: The Basement. I remember when I got the call for John Legend, Neyo, and Eric Benet. I couldn’t believe it was really for my show!


How do you feel about doing music as well as conducting interviews?


There’s not a lot of women that do interviews and look like me. That’s how I feel when I look at journalists or podcasters, but the landscape is changing. Naturally I am artist so that was the hard part, trying to contain being a rapper but knowing that interviewing is what I wanted to do. That’s why I kind of stepped away from doing interviews to finally focus on music. I thought you had to pick one, but honestly that seems to be changing as well.

Whenever you write music or look for artists, do you search for more conscious lyricists or is it more of a wide scope?

It’s a little bit of everything, I am a natural born lyricist so that’s what I prefer. Still, I love the new sound the younger generation is creating as well. I think music has a purpose based off of your mood, I can’t just limit it to a certain type.


The album drops in January right?


Yes, January 28th on J. Cole’s birthday. He’s the reason I started rapping so it’s my birthday gift to him!

That’s quite the compliment. Why is this EP so important to you?

All of my music has always had a purpose, but this project allows me to go speak in high schools and colleges. I partnered with NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Illness. My music has never done this. This album is powerful and brings people to tears. It’s not all dark though. There are also fun turn up songs. Some kids may not be receptive to my speeches, but they’ll be receptive to these bars! I’m talking about some real heavy stuff, but it’s very easy to digest.


Will there be a clean version of your album available for younger listeners?


I do have a clean version of Mentally ILL. I’ve never made clean music, but they’re booking me to come and speak at so many schools, and I don’t want anyone’s teachers or parents upset about the language. When I go into these schools, I ask students to raise their hand if they ever feel strange or hopeless. There have been times where a whole cafeteria of kids hold their hands up. We can’t stop every person from attempting suicide, but we can start the conversation and make it look cool instead of embarrassing.


Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself making a living off of my music and my mental health speeches. I want to get into production, engineering, and song writing for other artists. I see myself launching the first leg of my version of No Limit Records, Roc-A-Fella, or Bad Boy. I want to provide job opportunities for other people and creators. Hopefully this album will be the thing that opens up the doors for the other things we’re talking about.

I appreciate you letting me pick your brain and ask you some questions. I definitely tip my hat to everything that you’re doing right now because it’s so positive. Is there anything else you want to say to our audience?

First and foremost, thank you God. That’s the biggest, the number one, the All Mighty because without God this wouldn’t have happened. Also, I just want to give a shout out to the people involved on the Mentally ILL album that helped bring this to life. Mentally ILL was not just the brainchild of me and I just want to give a shout out to Chris Chiles who produced, mixed, and mastered the album. Farro Jarro, he also produced on the album. BJ the Photographer and Beacasso based out of L.A. who shot the cover art. I only have one feature on the project my homegirl, Ventage from California. Shoutout to Kirby Carroll, my publicist. Shoutout to Lady, my fiancé, and NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness for partnering with me on this album. Finally, I want to announce that we’re going to be launching the ILL Tour very soon so be on the lookout for that.


How can people book you or look for your music, merchandise, or events?


If anybody wants to book me, they can contact me at @TazmaniaShow on Instagram or on our website thecasagency.com. That’s where we have artists, tech events, and networking events. If you want to download all of my albums or get merch, everything that we talked about today is on my website thecasagency.com. - Plastiq Mag


Artist: Taz

Title: “D.U.I.”

Hometown: Hampton, Virginia

Hot Take: Taz puts a positive spin on “D.U.I.” by making it “Dope Under Influence.” The track was inspired by a dope party Taz attended where everyone was under her influence. Don’t drink and drive but you can drive and press play below. - Karen Civil

"TAZ talks "Mentally iLL" EP, PAIN-tings. SITW Fest, & more with iHeart Radio 103 JAmz"

TAZ interviews with her hometown radio station 103 Jamz.

DL Mentally iLL on all streaming platforms now https://ffm.to/qcqkcmeiqj
Book TAZ now and order your merch via thecasagency.com - iHeart Radio 103 Jamz

"New Music: Taz “Cop That”"

After releasing her single “D.U.I” last summer, Taz returns with her latest leak “Cop That.” Produced by Venom Beatz, the mono-tone cut finds the Virginia native sticking to the script, delivering raw yet relatable bars. - Miss Info TV

"Taz – Art Official (Mixtape)"

With no further ado, I give you DMV native Taz‘s Art Official Mixtape. Listen, Share & Repeat by streaming the project after the jump! - Hip Hop Since 1987


Mentally iLL EP
Hampton EP 
Seven Five EP
Writer's Block Single
D.U.I. Single 
All Summer Single 



Taz is a twenty-something entrepreneur known for her rockstar
personality and go-getter mentality. However, a few years ago she lost
friends to suicide and fell into a dark place. After being absorbed in
thoughts of death, while battling anxiety and depression, she was
forced to turn to art and therapy. This process resulted in a passion for
mental health and an EP titled, Mentally Ill. Today she's a full-time
entrepreneur as owner of the C.A.S. agency. Taz also instructs countless
speaking engagements advocating for suicide prevention, and mental
health awareness alongside the National Association of Mental Health
(NAMI). Her passion and zest for life is apparent through Taz's music
projects, available on all streaming platforms. 

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