With versatility and lyrical prowess on her side, Hip-Hop artist Exhale TAOP (born Tatyana Davis) exhibits a wide array of feelings within her music. Her two alter egos help with this – “Exhale” is the name given to her witty, high-energy, aggressive side, while “TAOP” (an acronym for The Art of Persuasion) represents a more vulnerable and poetic side of the artist.
Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and raised in Siler City, Exhale TAOP gained a love for writing from an early age through books and music. She started writing poetry in middle school and eventually started rapping. Growing up, she gained musical influence from the likes of Lauryn Hill, Wale, Left-Eye, and Andre 3000, and was encouraged to start making and performing music in mid-2019. Since then, she has performed at numerous venues all over North Carolina, making herself a familiar face in the NC music scene within a short period. She has opened for popular rap artist Asian Doll, and for SCMG's Big Mali. After receiving radio play for her single “Exhale Season,” Exhale TAOP dropped her debut EP of the same name in April 2020. Her more recent single “Slide”, from her second EP “The Feels” has also received radio play, and gained Exhale a lot of attention due to the electric slide style dance that accompanies the song.
With her continuous release of new music, Exhale shows why she is one of the most diverse and multi-layered artists emerging from the Carolinas.