Detroit’s hip-hop scene has a storied history and a bright future, and Nametag Alexander has one foot in each place. His career origins include records alongside hometown legends like Slum Village, while his solo efforts have earned him a rep around the country as one of the city’s brightest young voices. And 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.
He 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 body 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, “The Name Is Tag”, "For Namesake" (w/ Nameless) He eventually earned the respect of indie rap heavyweights and has featured in an on ESPN First Take, XXL, Metro Times, Detroit Free Press and more. [+]