StayUp.News editor-in-chief Roberto E. Alejandro was recently joined by Baltimore Hip-hop artist Taj Icon, whose Melanin Martyr mixtape is available now on In our interview, Taj discusses his music as well as his influences, the important role college can play for emcees looking to sharpen their skills, and the need for greater education investment in Baltimore.

Press play above to hear our full conversation, and don’t forget to follow Taj on Soundcloud, Instagram, and Twitter.

This interview was originally published by, Aug 1, 2016.