I am an Alaskan Rapper | INDIE ALASKA

Different rap styles can vary from the West Coast to the East Coast, to down South; and in Anchorage, Alaska, rappers like Tayy Tarantino are creating their own unique sound. Tayy Tarantino started singing in the church choir at the age of five. He now regularly opens for big acts coming through Alaska and is working on putting Alaska on the map in the world of hip-hop.

Video and Story by Valerie Kern

Additional footage and music videos provided by Vasco Vea with Bad Agenda

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Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV/Radio Broadcast Journalist where she got the opportunity to travel around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, and Australia reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, backpacking, learning piano, yoga, and trying new foods.