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93.9 WKYS is embracing local talent, and every Monday, we will prominently feature a local artist on the WKYS website.

If you would like to be featured on 93.9 WKYS New Music Monday please submit your song in an MP3 format, your photo, your bio and contact information to our DMV’s OWN page and every Monday we will feature a deserving local artist.

This week’s featured artist is Tae Barz.

Introduce yourself to the world.

Tae Barz is one the best rap artist in the DMV area. Such a bold statement but my track record holds the weight firmly. From the music to video production, appearances on BET’s 106&park, vH1 and World Star Hip-hop all by myself with no label/Sponsors backing me. I continue to prove that hard work pays off and the response from the listeners worldwide is inevitable and continues to grow!

What has been a highlight in your music endeavors so far?

Winning Wild Out Wednesday Allstar segment on BET’s 106&park 2008

Recording and releasing a single with Sammie on iTunes (Ft. on SouljaBoy’s “kiss me Through the phone” hit single)

Opening up shows for such acts as Lloyd and Pleasure P

What can people expect from your music?

A new younger, fresher sound of music. I really am diverse with the songs I create. I can go in ANY direction far as Club feel good music, female catered tracks and also just real honest and deep music with a message. That’s why my audience is so diverse because I have everything for everyone. A Tae Barz cd is like a variety of Great music with different emotions and ideas because that’s how life is in general. You just don’t feel one way every day and my music has something for the everyday people trying to make it in life.

Are you looking to sign with a major or indie label?

If the opportunity presented itself with any label, major or indie and it was the right situation I would definitely take it. I feel like you have to reach the people in your hometown before anything and I have begun to do such. If a label can manifest what I’m doing already and just broaden the fan base and get my music out more so I would definitely sign with them. The goal at the end of the day is to reach as many listeners worldwide with the music I’m making.

What are some of your musical influences?

Life itself and the grind it is trying to be somebody and find your place in the world.

Everything happening around me makes its way into my music, good and bad. I like to listen to Jay Z, Kanye, Wale and anything good just to name a few.

When laying down the track in the studio, how do you like your sessions?

Positive energy is a must. Creative spirits and fresh ideas. Maybe a few pretty girls and some good food and drinks in there on a goodnight. But most of the time it’s just me recording myself and venting and creating the records.

Wanna know more about Tae Barz? @TheRealTaeBarz

Check out his single:

Polo Vs. Hugo

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