Born in Sacramento, but raised in St. Louis, Missouri & Oakland, California, Tab Danger grew up in a world of struggle and chaos. Being born with Type 1 Diabetes and spending 4 years in and out of the Foster Care system after custody was taken from his Mom in St. Louis Missouri, surrounded by strangers & separated from family, Tab Danger had to grow up faster than the average child. At the tender age of 8, Tab Danger went to live with his Dad, leaving all he had come to know, while yearning for some stability in his life. The prospect of living in California was exciting even while the prospect of living with his father whom he barely knew was a scary proposition.
Having to adapt to the new environment, adapting to a new way of living, a new set of rules and expectations to live by were initially a struggle. Trying to do this while living with Type 1 Diabetes enhanced the difficulty for this young fragile mind. Tab Danger managed to find peace at expressing his feelings through poetry. His poetry was a special type of prose. His words were a reflection of darkness that filled Tab Danger’s head. Just beginning to scratch the breadth of his creative talents, a chance meeting with Bay Area Rap Ambassador E-40 at a video shoot in Vallejo, California is when Tab Danger realized he wanted to rap.
The Tupac Amaru Shakur’s “Pacs Kids” summer program expanded to Oakland one summer and this is where Tab Danger first began to turn heads. Showing a natural flair for the dramatic and a stage presence you can’t teach, he was selected to host the end of the summer showcase and to recite the Willie Lynch letter. Tab Danger would spend his nights writing raps, even as the climate of hip hop was rapidly changing in Oakland. The Hyphy movement and the culture of hip-hop music that filled the streets, was dying out as well as the hip hop music scene in the Bay Area. Taking advice of his father, he enrolled in Youth Movement Records freestyle class. Initially using a lot of curse words while freestyling he ended up becoming one of the bright stars of the class.
After winning the hip hop portion of Grammy Career Day 2011, it became apparent to all parties involved it was Tab Danger’s time to record music. His father, owner of local developmental label Squad Music Group instructed his production team to craft a demo for Tab Danger. The songs were of good quality, even drawing local hip hop artist Mistah Fab to bless the “Coke I’m Dope” remix and Dwayne Wiggins to love the song “Hey Cinderella” so much he invited Tab Danger to perform with America’s Got Talent Season 6 finalists Poplyfe on several dates, including both Yoshi’s venues. But the tracks did not fit Tab Danger’s emotions or words which spoke of his struggle.
In the process of working on new music, Tab Danger won the summer of 2011 Late Night Live Summer Series with the prize of opening up for hometown heroes Kev Choice and Goapele at the Art & Soul Festival’s main stage. Also being invited to perform at some of the Super Bowl XLVI Festivities in Indianapolis, Indiana, , hisperformanceinspired theorganizerstoinvite himtoperformat the festivitiesintheupcomingNewOrleans Super Bowl. After blazing the stage at theCaliforniaMusic Summit’s ArtistShowcase Tab Danger finished second in the Brave New Voices International MC Olympics.
Tab Danger’s music is a direct reflection of his past and present battles. It is a testament of how he perceives life and issues that make up life. “I always believed that one person can make a difference in this world, and a leader is ascended when he is able to take risks, and that’s what I’m doing right now. I hope that my words, can accomplish what I’m aiming for, which is for the world to understand what it means to be a teenager in the streets of Oakland.”
His debut mixtape “#audiocoke” has been noted by fans across the country, to be a turning point type of mixtape. It gives attention to the rise of clean, age appropriate lyrics coming from a rising hip hop star. His mixtape is full of positivity and hope, not popularity and dope. This mixtape will stand out as a diamond in the rough, the songs are infectious because of the youthful exuberance of the music, the creativity of the lyrics and the enjoyment of life found in his voice.
With an ear for music and a competitive instinct to work on his craft, Tab Danger is no longer waiting for his chance to stand in greatness. He is becoming greatness
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