TAPZ GALLANTINO’s unique brand of punk-R&B is just as genre-blending as his roots. Born in post-colonial Zimbabwe, he and his family relocated to New Zealand at the age of 10. As he reached young adulthood, he sought out the U.S. for global expansion and industry disruption. Initially establishing his roots in New York and now based in Los Angeles, Tapz is on a mission to share his story through melody and aesthetic alike. After claiming a #2 spot on Spotify’s Viral Charts, it’s no surprise Tapz’ synth like voice caught the attention of GOOD Management and the likes of Kanye and Rick Rubin – Tapz’ road to ascension was promising. The seemingly yellow brick road to mainstream recognition quickly eroded in late 2020 – when he was forced to temporarily relocate back to New Zealand amidst the pandemic, he faced nothing short of a nationwide SOCIAL CRUCIFIXION fueled by the power of the internet.
The harrowing experience paved the way as the main driver and sole inspiration for the narra-tive of his upcoming debut album, "ALL FOR WHAT." Exploring themes of betrayal, modern character assassination, isolation, and depression by way of racially charged accusations - ultimately leading to vindication and justice.
"METAL ON MY TEETH"
NEW SINGLE RELEASE
"METAL ON MY TEETH" is the first single off TAPZ GALLANTINO’s debut album, “ALL FOR WHAT” arriving this summer. The Zimbabwe native fuses his punk rock and R&B background to form his unique brand of PUNK R&B. Written, produced, and performed by TAPZ GALLANTINO, he brings his trademark grit and spitfire lyricism to “METAL ON MY TEETH” – a thundering foot stomper of a sonic experience with an adrenaline-boosting chorus that chants “They don’t make them like us no more...”
The track documents his quest for peace in a world that has offered him little to none. Referencing his collective experiences as a black nomad, exploring the combination of political tension and black culture, he sings “I put metal on my teeth, it’s the only time I feel inner peace, smiling. Because the piece that they’re serving in these streets is the type to leave no peace.” TAPZ further explains, “I spent my youth predominantly in an internal culture clash, moving from Zimbabwe when I was ten to the first world created that internal complex. Rock n Roll and Hip hop culture served as an escape, the TV screen playing Jimi Hendrix and Lil Wayne was my mirror. Silver Metal Grills are poetic for me. To me they serve as the right of passage to the first metal you choose to bite, especially in a world of limited choice where we’re forced to bite or even worse – swallow the bullet.”