Nametag Alexander “Paper” [audio]

Detroit’s hip-hop scene has a storied history and a bright future, and Nametag has one foot in each place. His career origins include records alongside hometown legends like Slum Village and Black Milk while his solo efforts have earned him a rep around the country as one of the city’s brightest up and coming voices. After calling various areas of Detroit home, he’s the perfect storyteller to narrate the city’s ins and outs.

Tag grew up in Detroit ’s east, west, and north sides, constantly moving around with his mother to avoid repercussions of his father’s drug addiction. He dealt with the struggles and nomadic lifestyle by burying himself into his notebook, penning lyrics about his experiences and drawing inspiration from legends like Rakim. He quickly became the latest member of a family chockfull of R&B and gospel vocalists, rhyming with his friends and relatives.

Nametag got involved in Detroit ’s hip-hop history early, and in a big way: his first placement was on Slum Village ’s compilation Dirty District Vol. 1. From there, he continued to carry his weight on other appearances on Motor City classics such as Dirty District Vol. 2, and Black Milk’s “Broken Wax,” “Popular Demand” and “The Set Up” with Fat Ray. But while contributing to others’ projects, Tag continued to build his own footing with a collection of critically-acclaimed mixtapes, EPs and full length albums, such as The Name Is Tag and For Namesake. During this time he has earned the respect of indie rap heavyweights and publications such as XXL, 2DopeBoyz, Detroit Free Press and more.

Now, Nametag presents his new maxi single titled “Paper” produced by Virginia native, JR Swiftz and mixed by Detroit radio legend, DJ DDT. “Paper” is a single that, in a clever way, aims at understanding the value of money as it pertains to not only the present, but our futures as well.

iTunes: Paper – EP – Nametag Alexander & JR Swiftz


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