Cover Artist: Spotify’s Northern Bars
JUNO Award Nominee for Rap Recording of the Year, 2017
“Toronto’s Tasha The Amazon is a Rising Star” – Pigeons & Planes
“Tasha is powerful, and sounds even more so over these absurdly big, grimy, hectic, infectious beats” – Respect Mag
“She’s showing you that she’s the future of rap.” – NYLON
A bomb in a china shop.
Toronto’s Tasha the Amazon is an artist, producer, and bad gyal. Notorious for rude stage antics and warehouse parties shut down by police raids, her unconventional lyrics deal as much with partying and hood mischief as they do with anarchy and civil disobedience.
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Toronto’s Tasha The Amazon intends to leave marks with her music. Growing up in the local hip-hop and punk rock underground scene, Tasha meshes those worlds with a style that’s personal and in-your-face. Of Jamaican and German heritage, the nearby Kitchener native is a classically-trained pianist whose rapping, singing, and production also hints at dancehall roots. After a mixtape rise, her 2017 Juno-nominated debut, Die Every Day, and her award-winning videos, Tasha The Amazon is embarking on her most courageous effort to date, Black Moon.
“The evolution between Die Every Day and Black Moon was quite a growth process for me,” Tasha admits. “Die Every Day was diving into some dark spots in my life, living in the music culture, and telling the story from the inside.” Tasha says she had a vision for the LP, which contains popular songs, including “Watch It Burn” and “Picasso Leaning.” “I’ve always been the kind of artist that feels that there wasn’t really any space for me in hip-hop; I’m kind of a unique person in rap. This was the search for that, trying to see myself reflected in the scene.”
Despite the successes of multiple nominations and awards, songs featured in Insecure and Broad City, and millions of views and streams, Tasha says that she often felt alienated from her hip-hop peers. “The highest point of the wave was when I felt the lowest,” she reveals, noting that she felt jaded and exhausted. To complicate matters, Tasha saw her friend and manager walk away. All this just a few months after Tasha and production partner, Danny Thrax, ended a romantic relationship. Amidst the disappointment, one of Toronto’s truly unique voices began to question her value as an artist.
Tasha took some time to regroup, and rediscover her unique voice and vision. As she cut ties from industry pressures and self-doubt, she doubled down on her greatest strength: individuality. Tasha’s creative partnership with Danny became stronger than ever as friends, as they released new music, toured eight countries, and played showcases for Kitsuné, The Fader, Vice, and Adidas. By late 2017, she had won an MMVA for Best Rap Video for “Picasso Leaning,” and opened 2018 featured on a billboard in downtown Toronto, with a headline performance at the International Hip Hop Showcase at SXSW. The more she ignored the pressures of fitting into conventional hip-hop narratives, the more the artist realized that she was evolving towards a new chapter. “On one hand, Black Moon is the eclipse-point of a moon, which is the ending of one phase and the beginning of another. But it also means the dark side of the moon.”
Including guest production from Arthur McArthur (Drake, Rick Ross, Big Boi), Tasha notes that Black Moon is “shedding f*cks” from her past cares. The introspective artist takes the listener through this pivot on “Can’t Remember.” The melodic song revisits the confusion between albums. “That Ain’t You” scoffs at the cookie-cutter boxes artists are forced into. Tasha The Amazon is wild, free, and her proudest self. Black Moon is accompanied by a range of short and long-form videos and artwork, touching on themes of Afrofuturism, darkness, and the cosmos. “I aim to create universes around the songs,” Tasha says. Also a painter and collage artist, Tasha finds ways for her songs to exist beyond audio. Her shows have become legendary experiences for her audience. “I’m a person with extremely high energy. I often struggle with what to do with all of it. For me, getting on stage, I can just let the lid off and go.” Having nearly quit, Tasha The Amazon fought back. Black Moon is a guiding light for others. Tasha declares, “I’m ready to let the full dimensionality of the person I am shine.”
Produced by herself and partner Danthrax (together, they form the production duo Bass & Bakery), Tasha’s new music experiments unapologetically with the future of hip hop. Meet the new school.
Tasha the Amazon Releases Highly-Anticipated Full Length Album BLACK MOON
😈 Toronto “Firestarter” Tasha The Amazon Shows Her Demonic Side in the “Helluva Ride” Video
🚲 Tasha The Amazon Finds a Hidden Toronto Paradise in “Not The Same” Video
Tasha The Amazon Reflects on Her Rise in the Twinkling “Not The Same” Single
Toronto’s Tasha The Amazon Returns To Her Warehouse Roots in “That Ain’t You” Video, Premiered by NYLON
Tasha The Amazon Calls Out Vultures in the Brilliantly Bassy “That Ain’t You”
Tasha The Amazon Returns to the Fray with the Pulsing and Melodic “Can’t Remember” Premiered by HHDX
Toronto Firebrand Tasha The Amazon Builds Unstoppable Momentum in “Ways”
Toronto Trailblazer Tasha The Amazon Fiercely Flexes Under Flashing Lights in “Die Every Day,” Premiered by MILK
Fresh Off Attending the Juno Awards, Toronto Trailblazer Tasha The Amazon Says a Little “Prayer”
Juno Award Nominee Tasha The Amazon Wants to Watch the World Burn in Her New Video
Tasha The Amazon Is Toronto’s Hardest Rapper