Hartford musician Tenaya Taylor is taking the state’s hip-hop stage


Tenaya Taylor is a hip hop artist from Hartford.

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Hartford’s Tenaya Taylor has a lot to say and isn’t afraid to say it. Whether it’s through the bars and rhymes of her recently released EP, My Songs, rapping on stages across the state, or through her active work in the Hartford community and beyond, Taylor has become a full-blown presence on the hip-hop scene become of Connecticut .

Musically, Taylor, who is non-binary and uses she/them pronouns, has a progressive tinge to her sound that features unorthodox performances and beats combined with an electric live show performed on a well-received set at the Hartford was Taste Fest last June and as part of the Capital’s Pratt Street Music Series in August. Taylor’s banter and storytelling between songs, as well as the frequent references to her hometown and Connecticut in her lyrics, add a sympathetic touch that many performers lack.

Taylor also puts her money into the area of ​​community activism. You are executive director of the Hartford-based nonprofit Accountability Group and have advocated for causes such as access to health care in underserved communities, climate change and its local impacts, and the Black Lives Matter movement. “I’m about connecting arts and social justice to build a better future through an inclusive lens, cultivating communal spaces that foster growth, prosperity and prosperity for the next generation,” says Taylor.

Connecticut has a richer hip-hop history than most would suspect, and in more ways than one, Taylor, who’s heading back into the studio to record more tracks this fall, is poised to add her name to a long list of influential Connecticut rappers to write .

ONLINE: tenayaofhartford.us, soundcloud.com/hartfordetc/sets/my-songs

Watch Tenaya Taylor perform at West End Porchfest, Hartford’s free local music festival, on September 18th


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