The Takeover Pt. 1: SBE Big Taz

The Takeover Pt. 1: SBE Big Taz 

“I’ve been into music my whole life, ever since I can remember I’ve been around music. That’s some of the only good memories I have of my child hood, always being at my grandmothers house grillin out with the family, listening to my grandpas band, or my dads band. It runs in the family.”

Making his first appearance as part of the SBE x IAHHM.com Takeover is SBE Big Taza producer from Evansville, Indiana. Dedicating his music career after his pops, Big Taz and J Smooth are looking to put the 812 on the map in 2018. Growing up, Taz developed his natural passion for music by being around his father’s and grandfather’s bands. “Their bands played like rock or country music, so that’s what I grew up listening to until I got introduced to screaming music & I was obsessed with that shit.” Being able to see his family perform live at events started to create an interest for young Taz to pursue music as a career. Although he’d be influenced by the alternative type of music, he’d be introduced and fall in love with rap in 6th grade due to the fact that he could relate to artists. Life in Evansville for the young Taz was pretty solid. “I grew up on the west side both in the city & out in the sticks. Being in the city you could go do everything like people normally do, & then out in the country we would go shootin, race dirt bikes, four wheelers, basically do anything we wanted.”  The “SBE” (Street Bullies Entertainment) started shortly after he met best friend and collaborator J Smooth. The two met through another friend Kyler when they all we’re working in a factory called Virginia T’s. One day he overheard Smooth freestyling “I was just like “holy shit dog, you really have the potential to make it” I never even thought about making beats before this moment.” Capitalizing on the moment, Taz and Smooth soon developed a friendship resulting in Smooth moving in with Taz. J Smooth would soon begin recording and made a track with “Duke Da Beast”.. at that moment is when Taz decided he needed to be a part of this, bought a computer and began making beats. 

“Jacob is the reason I recorded any beats to be honest. Well I did it for fun too. Cause that’s the shit that I love. Music. But once I heard his talent I decided to get serious about it & try to make something from it.”

Like most artists pursuing the musical path the road isn’t always easy. Taz didn’t always pursue music as life began to take somewhat of a toll forcing him to think about a career in the union.  SBE Big Taz wants to be able to say he’s made it out of Evansville officially while taking care of his family giving them what they deserve and then himself.  Taz and Smooth have plans on getting a clothing distribution deal in the works down the road to go along with their music. Connect with SBE Big Taz and peep our full Q&A below. Stay tuned for PT. 2 of The SBE x IAHHM Takeover featuring the interview with J. Smooth tonight! 


I see myself going far with this. I pray for this at least, definitely wanna just be up there making the money, I don’t even need the fame. Yeah it would be cool, but shit I would be perfect with making money off just doing something I love. & my big plan when I start making the big bucks is to get my family what they deserve. Get everyone taken care of. Then take care of myself.

 

 

 

Where are you from ? 

I was born & raised in Evansville, Indiana. I grew up on the west side both in the city & out in the sticks. Being in the city you could go do everything like people normally do, & then out in the country we would go shootin, race dirt bikes, four wheelers, basically do anything we wanted.

-How did the crew get started?

SBE (Street Bullies Entertainment) got started a little bit down the road after me & J Smooth met. We worked together at a little shitty factory called Virginia T’s through an old friend Kyler. ive ALWAYS had a passion for music, it’s been in my family for generations on generations & so I heard him freestyle one day & I was just like “holy shit dog, you really have the potential to make it” I never even thought about making beats before this moment. So Jacob eventually moves in with me & my mom & I start connecting him with some of my friends that do music as well & started recording in closets & what not. After he released his song with Duke da beast that’s when I realized I wanted a part of this. So I went out & got a computer & started making beats. Eventually we started dropping songs & decided we needed a name for this. We came up with a few other lame ass names before this one. But then our buddy GC came up with SBE. Flows super good to. Shoutout GC man!!!

 

-When and how did you get into music?

I’ve been into music my whole life, ever since I can remember I’ve been around music. That’s some of the only good memories I have of my child hood, always being at my grandmothers house grillin out with the family, listening to my grandpas band, or my dads band. It runs in the family. Their bands played like rock or country music, so that’s what I grew up listening to until I got introduced to screaming music & I was obsessed with that shit haha. I always showed out to the local spots where everyone would perform & mosh at. That was the thing for me & my brother to do. Then I was introduced to rap, I never even really started liking rap until about 6th grade. Then I really started getting into it. But I’ve been influenced by music my whole life. Rap is the direction I chose. It’s my favorite type of music now just because I could relate to what a lot of the artists.

-How did you choose your rap name ?

I chose SBE BIG TAZ because of my pops. It was just ZEKO cause that’s what I friends always called me in school. But my dads nick name is taz, as in the Tasmanian devil, he was always really crazy in his life. But we won’t get into that right now. I have always been pretty damn crazy myself, so I wanted to keep it alive & make a name for taz, for my pops.

How will you change the industry?

-I believe any new artist is impacting the music industry by bringing on their own unique style. Some artists may sound the same. But I believe every artist has their own special style. I just wanna be able to say I made it out of Evansville officially but this will always be my city. Shoutout Jigg reppin the 812 by the way!

Who is in your mainstream top 5?

My mainstream top 5 would have to be G Herbo, NBA Youngboy, migos, wiz Khalifa, & young thug.

-What motivated or inspired you to record your last project?

Jacob is the reason I recorded any beats to be honest. Well I did it for fun too. Cause that’s the shit that I love. Music. But once I heard his talent I decided to get serious about it & try to make something from it.

-Has there been any time in your journey where you felt like pursuing something else instead of music?

Yes, before I decided to make this a career I worked in the union & planned on making that my career, and to be honest I’ve been through some very rough patches in my life & just really wanted to give up & just go back to the union & live a normal life. But I now dedicate my life to music, it’s my absolute biggest dreams to make it.

Whose side were you on.. Biggie Or Pac?

I cant really decide on biggie or pac, they both had a HUGE impact in music & they are both icons, & both made good ass music, if you like someone’s music, would you not like their music anymore just cause they beefin?

If you had one song of yours to perform on national tv which would it be?

Well Jacob would be doing all the preforming lol, but with just the small selection of songs we have released right now probably check, just because at all the shows he performed that at everyone absolutely turned up to it, & his flow is incredible in that song.

If you were offered a perfect distribution/sponsorship from every major company in america which company would suit you and your brand the most?

I would definitely love to do my own show/movie or a clothes distributor to get a clothing line going big

-What is your favorite movie? Favorite actor?

I have tons of favorite movies, but my most recent favorite movie is The Kingsman, that shits wicked!! I also have tons of favorite actors for different genres of movies. I’d have to agree with smooth on this & say will Ferrell if I had to pick.

-Tell me some of your biggest and/or most enjoyable moments so far?

My most enjoyable moment in music is just performing man, seeing people turn up to what we’ve made. Feels good.

-What equipment and software do you use to record/produce? 

I use mostly studio one & fruity loops for producing.

-Name 3 things that make you unique as an artist?

I can get people hyped up, most of the time I make beats around the flow people wanna go off with their lyrics. I’ll have smooth spit me the flow he wanna spit then make the best around it.

-Where do you see yourself going with this? What are your big plans?

I see myself going far with this. I pray for this at least, definitely wanna just be up there making the money, I don’t even need the fame. Yeah it would be cool, but shit I would be perfect with making money off just doing something I love. & my big plan when I start making the big bucks is to get my family what they deserve. Get everyone taken care of. Then take care of myself.

-Any projects in the works?

I currently do not have any beats in the works, my computer crashed a couple months back & just now am looking into getting a new one.

-What are your rates for features?

My rates for making beats aren’t too bad, 30$ per beat unless you buy them more than 1, I cut deals.

-Whats the best way to get in contact with you if we need work done?

The best way to get ahold of me is by phone 812 604 4003, or twitter ()

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