LaTroy Dante Gordon also known as T.A.Y.E was born in Gary, Indiana. When T.A.Y.E was 2 years old his family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the age of 9 years old, he started to write short stories. During his high school years, he wanted to impress girls, so he started writing poetry. After graduating high school, he started to write rhymes. Once T.A.Y.E got to college, he started a rap group with two close friends. The rap group was called “The Pyramid.” During his time with “The Pyramid,” they released two albums, Win At All Cost and They Want to See Me Fail. To get their name out, the group gave out free copies of their CD at Baker College in Muskegon, Michigan.
Being in this group taught T.A.Y.E how to work as a team with other people. Unfortunately, the group severed ties a year after because they all wanted to do different things. After breaking up with the group, T.A.Y.E spent some time away from the music scene. In 2007, he moved back to Minnesota and decided to start his music career as a solo artist. While T.A.Y.E was in “The Pyramid,” he went by D-Tae. After finding out, D-Taye was taken by another artist; he decided to go by T.A.Y.E. The meaning of T.A.Y.E is more than just apart of his middle name. T.A.Y.E means (Truly Ambitious Young Entrepreneur).
In 2008 he met Contrast Muzic. He discovered they both had a great love for music. They decided to record a mixtape together titled Bred for Greatness. This mixtape was received well which encouraged T.A.Y.E to record more material as a solo artist. To date He has released 3 mixtapes Lonely at the Bottom, Feel Good Muzic, and Retrospect. In the summer of 2010, T.A.Y.E started to perform onstage at different venues around the Twins Cities. Some of the venues he performed at included First Avenue, the Loring Theater and Cause Soundbar. In September 2011, T.A.Y.E decided to start his own label called “BFG Entertainment.” In October 2011, T.A.Y.E put together a show at the 400 Bar in Minneapolis titled “Down South 2 up North.” This featured artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota and Houston, Texas. The show was a success. Currently, T.A.Y.E is working on his solo debut album called Long Overdue. The album is scheduled for a fall release. He not only wants to make good music, but he wants to make the BFG Entertainment label a household name.
Jared "Contrast Muzic" Keller was born November 22, 1989 at Mercy hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Originally he started listening to hip hop in the fifth grade when he first heard Adrenaline Rush. At the age of 10 he began writing his own raps to express himself. Since than he has released three mixtapes entitled Better Late Than Never, Just Me, and From The Top along with a mixtape with fellow recording artist T.A.Y.E. entitled Bred For Greatness.
A native from Gary, IN, jermz has been surrounded by music since birth. "my whole family is involved in music some way". One of my uncles plays the bass guitar, another uncle plays the saxophone, my brother and cousin play the drums. While a host of my other family are sing and rap, "being around all this growing up gave me a the desire to find my path in music", and he did. Jermz has been rappin for over a decade and it shows in his content and craft! "I wanna bring hiphop back to it's original essence the lyricist!"
Crome Barz is a Minneapolis based rapper/artist, who strives for success in the music industry. He began at the early age of nine writing to express himself , and to vent until he felt he was understood by at least a notebook. Still today he writes to express himself, while at the same time mentioning his surrounding and the daily struggles he sees going on in his hometown. Crome has only dropped one mixtape (Youngest 'n Charge) which was released the summer of 2007, but was not promoted to its full capability.
The core and founder of the "Lifted Roots" is Daniel Huonder. Since the break up of his former band "Just Add Water", Dan aka Spin had been searching for dedicated musicians.. It took a year of waiting until Spin realized that he needed to get this movement going himself. In the midst of a house party around January of 2011, Spin was approached by a producer who genuinely took interest in the acoustic set that he had played. This producer Tavarus aka "T", recorded Spin for 3 months until the lease was up on the studio.
A man born in Minneapolis, MN! Hip hop is my passion, I make real music and I'm always down to rip a stage in half! I'm about hard work and dedication to my music, as well as having fun and enjoying the positive things in life. My plan is to bring people to a common knowledge of what my view on the world is, as well as to motivate people to be the best they can be. Stay real to yourself, and everything else you want in life will happen.