If you’ve been following Popped Cherry throughout 2017, you’ve probably seen the name Tan The Terrible pop up on the timeline. The Arkansas native and Los Angeles resident mixes a unique blend of pop/rap that balances heavy melodies with pulsing 808’s. The 8 track album titled Never Fails is straight vibes, each song transitioning smooth throughout the whole project taking us through Tan’s journey of the past year chalked full of hustling, women, moving across the country, and the long journey to success.
Featuring production by Ian Eastrn, who happens to be Tan’s cousin, you can tell they’ve created a great vibe together. Then I found out Ian was 16 and I was blown away. He has a great understanding on how to build a song, drums are always on point and he allows enough space to let Tan’s creativity and melodies shine through. Other production credits go to the incredibly talented Yuni Wa, Uncle Nick, and Mach Soul.
- “Never Fails” – This song was the first single/visual released prior to the project and has racked up a few thousand views on Soundcloud. Produced by Ian Eastrn the insanely catchy chorus had me hooked the first time I heard it. Figuring out track placement is sometimes the hardest decision for newer artists, I love that Tan lead off the album with a song people were familiar with encouraging them to click on song 2 and dive further into the project. Run this one up.
- “Iced Out” – My favorite track and possibly the most underrated song on Never Fails lays a filtered chorus over an infections melody produced by Uncle Nick. Tan speaks on being iced out even when he stays low-key, but wishing he could share those luxuries with a bad one. Makes sense to me. This one will be on repeat for a long time.
- “Rainbow” – One of the more emotional tracks on the album, “Rainbow” was produced by fellow Arkansas native Yuni Wa. The multi-genre producer lays down some deep 808’s that really bring increase the depth of the song. Tan mentioned “Rainbow” was a direct result of some of the stuff he had been dealing with at the time. You really feel that angst and sadness in his voice. A lot of people’s expectations, especially when artists move to LA, is that the path to success is littered with giant achievements, fame, and money. Tan comes off as super self-aware and confident in his journey and where it’s going. Most of the time, that’s all you can do.
With new music dropping shortly, I hope we see the timeline full of new Tan The Terrible. Like we mentioned in our previous posts, the blend of pop/rap that Tan excels at creates an almost infinite ceiling of growth. Definitely an artist I can see being on the radio, and sometimes all it takes is for one of these songs to hit to take him to the next level. Regardless of when that will be, the kid from Arkansas is going to keep on winning because if you’re putting in that work you can never fail.
Stream Never Fails on Spotify below or click here to view on SoundCloud.