Early Life: Born Justin Nerling in Vernon BC Canada, TassNata grew up under the care of his father who was an avid music collector and audio engineer turned carpenter to better support the family. As a child, Tass would spend time digging through his father’s records and listening to albums while his Dad explained meanings of lyrics and concepts of each song. “ My Dad used to take an hour sometimes just to play one song since he’d pause it so many times to explain what it meant, I was like 6 haha” – (Interview with The Come Up Show Radio). From that collection some of the biggest influences came from artists such as Bob Marley, The doors, Nina Simone, & bluesmen like BB King, and John Lee Hooker.
Performance: Later on in elementary school (Grade 1), Tass did his first performance at a talent show, singing “Under The Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. A few years later he was introduced to hiphop by a friend’s older brother via mixtape which had songs by Jay Z, Big L, & Wu-Tang. By grade 11 TassNata began writing songs and spending time learning how to record from friends Sketch1, as well as SonReal & Renaissance who were pursuing a music career under the group name of BurntRoots. Since beginning to perform live in 2005, Tass has since been on tour with, or opened for artists such as The Game, Daz n Kurupt, Raekwon, Mobb Deep, Bone Thugs, as well as a headlining cross Canada tour with friends Rochester aka Juice, and DMC world champion – DJ Dopey.
Past Releases: The first project which garnered attention internationally for Tass was titled “Between Planets” which was released in 2011 and featured singles with elZHi of Slum Village, Black Milk, DL Incognito, and SonReal. Since then, Tass has released two mixtape projects, and multiple videos for free online.
Upcoming Releases: TassNata is currently preparing for the release of his sophomore album titled “Before Mourning”. Before Mourning is set to release late November 2014 and features singles with friends such as Danny Brown(Fools Gold), Andreena Mill, SonReal, Rich Kidd, & JD Era. The album is produced by Canada’s finest in Rich Kidd (Drake, Kendrick Lamar), Pops (Drake, Bun B, The Game) & Superville (Boi 1da selected Team Toronto SXSW battle member).
Before Mourning is set to be TassNata’s most commercially successful work to date and will certainly show as evidence that the emcee has found his sound, and will become one of the leading new school rappers in North America for 2015.
- King Mizery – Cold Feat. K$mylez & CY (Official video)
- Lost My Mind – 6irdz Feat. Turk (Directed by Birdi) | Royal Music Gang (Official video)