“Even if you aren’t familiar with L.A. production collective Internet Money, you’ve heard their beats. The group’s sounds have powered some of hip-hop’s biggest records in the past couple years, from Rich the Kid’s “Plug Walk” and Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” to Drake’s “Blue Tint.” The group is helmed by Taz Taylor, a Florida native who — true to his collective’s name — has accumulated a fortune primarily through the internet.” – The FADER
“Taz Taylor doesn’t consider himself an overnight success, but he’s definitely having a moment.” – Variety
“Taylor’s Internet Money collective has been a rousing success so far. The group boasts some 300,000 subscribers on YouTube and millions of hits online. He’s invited prominent producers into the fold, such as KC Supreme, who has worked with Megan Thee Stallion, Nick Mira, who has worked with Post Malone and Tierra Whack, and JRHITMAKER, who has worked with and 6ix9ine.” – Complex
Internet Money was born out of necessity, a hybrid company that has filled in the gaps between the rap industry, the producer community, and the online marketplace. Disillusioned with the industry, and the way he saw rap producers being taken advantage of, Taz Taylor formed the collective in 2016 as a way to share the knowledge he’d gained from years spent selling his “type beats” online and navigating the internet’s ever-growing impact on the production landscape.[wpex click for full bio]
Four years in, the Internet Money has expanded as a collective, including Grammy-nominated producers like Nick Mira and JR Hitmaker, and produced for Drake, Trippie Redd, Juice WRLD, and many more. “When you’re in Internet Money, you get the same opportunities that I do, you’re gonna be working with the same artists that I’m working with, and getting credits with them,” Taylor says. “Instead of working with a bunch of people we don’t know, we just have our own network that’s one big family.” Following their success breaking major artists like Trevor Daniel, and co-producing his multi-platinum hit “Falling,” Taylor and Internet Money partnered with Elliot Grange’s 10K Projects in 2019 to launch their own label.
Now, after all their power moves behind the scenes, the group has brought together new talent and familiar faces for their debut Internet Money album, B4 The Storm. Put together over a two-week period during quarantine at Taylor’s home in L.A., the Internet Money headquarters, the project features guest spots from big names like Gunna and Swae Lee, as well as features from artists that Internet Money built with from the beginning, like Juice WRLD and Trippie Redd. B4 The Storm celebrates what Internet Money has accomplished in such a short time and showcases the tireless work ethic of a dynamic group with their eyes set on the future.
Taz Taylor Bio
Taz Taylor has never cared about fame or clout. To hear the multi-platinum producer and Internet Money founder tell it, everything he’s done — from turning his online production hustle selling “type beats” into a $500,000 per year business to forming his own label — has been born out of necessity and guided by intuition. “I’ve been so tunnel vision during the last five years to make sure I got to this point,” he says. “It was just like, Let’s keep building.”
Though the 27-year-old has only been in the industry for a few years, his accomplishments in that time have come at a staggering pace, notching, by his estimation, over 500 placements and around 200 gold and platinum plaques between himself and the other producers on his Internet Money team. As their leader, Taylor has quickly become a new sort of rap mogul, one who’s built his steadily growing empire from a deep knowledge of the ways music moves online, and he’s done it all from the humblest of beginnings.
Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, from an early age, Taylor found in music what he wasn’t getting at home. “I come from a weird family,” he says. “They all wanted nothing to do with me. My stepdad was a drummer in a local band, and I would go to band practice with him. Whenever they would take smoke breaks, I would play on the guitar.” He started to play in local bands himself, but, as he got into his teens, music began to fall by the wayside. Taylor started hanging with the wrong crowd, “doing a bunch of dumb shit,” and dropped out of school in the 7th grade.
When he was 17, his mother was diagnosed with cancer, and Taylor turned back to music as a way to help support her. Inspired by the nascent online production scene, and producers he saw selling their beats on internet marketplaces, he began imitating the sounds of his favorite rappers with “type beats,” becoming known in the production community as much for his melodic, Southern style as he was for standing up and speaking up for his fellow internet-based producers. Over time, selling beats for between $30 and $250, he built a thriving business, eventually landing his first major placement on Desiigner and Gucci Mane’s 2017 song, “Liife.”
As his reputation grew online, Taylor connected with like-minded producers like Nick Mira, serving as a mentor for other young artists trying to navigate the production world. Taylor formed Internet Money four years ago as a way to help foster this growing collective and provide them with the knowledge they would need to excel. Since then, Internet Money is a YouTube channel, a production company, a multi-platinum production team, and, most recently, a record label venture with 10K Projects.
After producing hits for the likes of XXXTentacion, Trippie Redd, Juice WRLD, Lil Skies, Trevor Daniel, Lil Tecca and more, Internet Money is gearing up to release their own records with Taylor in the driver’s seat. Their debut album, B4 The Storm, builds on the success of their gold-selling single, “Somebody,” with A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Lil Tecca. The project features big names like Gunna and Swae Lee, as well as guest spots from artists that Internet Money built with from the beginning, like Trippie Redd and a posthumous verse from Juice WRLD. “I got tired of waiting on people and was like, “Fuck it, let’s do the album.” Taylor says. “Everything on this album is on this album for a reason.”
Taylor has had his sights set on the album, as well as continuing to build upon the ground he’s already laid, and not even a global pandemic can stop him. From his home in Los Angeles, the Internet Money headquarters, Taylor and his collective have continued to keep their heads down and grind for the future. “That’s how we move here. We don’t care what anyone else thinks; we don’t care what anyone else is doing. We’re just building everybody to be the best that they can be.”[/wpex]
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