To paraphrase one Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr: Mike Taylor hails from "West Philadelphia born and raised... [where he enjoyed] chillin' out, maxin', relaxing all cool, and all shooting some b-ball outside of the school."
A Pop-tinged singer-rapper, Mike Taylor is currently signed to Epic/Sony Records and was FKA: "Tu Phace." Frequent collaborators and Philly Area friends include: Black Thought/Dice Raw (The Roots), Ricky Radio, Gilbere Forte', Ritz Reynolds, The Disco Biscuits, Peedi Peedi [Crakk], and former crew - Subliminal Orphans.
If you're ever in Philly, stop by Silk City @ 5th & Spring Garden and say "What's up, Mike!?" as Taylor host a weekly dance party dubbed, "Mo Money, No Problems" ...with DJ Sammy Slice & DJ Cool Hand Luke every Thurs. night. I was able to learn a little more about "Otis (Part 2)" and its video's creation, through a short email exchange with Mike Taylor himself:
- "Otis (Part 2)" shot in the streets of The City Brotherly Love and on location @ assorted roof-tops and alleyways.
- LF DAZE essentially re-created the "Otis" sample ["Try a Little Tenderness"] by speeding up the tempo, minor alterations/extensions, and making it their own.
- A troupe of "Tribal" dancers, including
- Directed/Edited By: Mike Taylor & Steven Smith.
- From the Stars, a Ritz Reynolds-produced mixtape, is now download-able over @ iammiketaylor. Album tracks include: "PARTY," "Searching for Summer," and "Warrior (LA Riots Remix)."
- A collection of various tracks, features, and Ke$ha remixes are up on MIKE TAYLOR Soundcloud. Additional music videos are view-able @ iammiketaylor's YouTube Channel.
- Watch the Throne (Kanye & Jay-Z) is available for purchase @ iTunes... and will become EXCLUSIVELY available @ Best Buy (Deluxe Edition) between August 12-22.