With catchy chameleonic flows, a predilection for otherworldly melodies, and skill that belies his age, 15-year-old rapper and creator tana roots his vision in versatility. The Columbus, GA native presents an ambitious perspective on hip-hop, separating himself from the pack by disregarding convention and pushing past every boundary. As a kid, tana instantly gravitated towards music, listening to everyone from Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz to Soulja Boy and Pitbull. By 12 years old, he taught himself how to record, working out of a tiny bedroom closet in complete D.I.Y. fashion.
Initially performing under the name BabySantana, he slowly but surely gained traction with a series of uploads on Soundcloud. In 2020, Lil Tecca jumped on the remix to his song “Prada,” which debuted at #1 on SoundCloud’s New & Hot chart and Pitchfork called a “must-hear.” He parlayed this momentum into an explosion with “Antisocial” [feat. Slump6s], gathering 76.1 million Spotify streams and 5.6 million YouTube views. Its sequel, “Antisocial 2” [feat. Slump6s, Yung Fazo, Xhulooo, SSGKOBE], posted up 23 million Spotify streams, as “14” [with KA$HDAMI] reeled in another 24 million Spotify streams. On his rise, XXL said, “more and more artists are grasping hip-hop earlier than ever, and creating it in their own way. BabySantana surely fits the bill.”
After amassing hundreds of millions of streams and earning acclaim, tana emerges as an inimitable force on his 2022 debut mixtape, GAULTIER [Galactic Records/Republic Records], with more to come.