ITSTANR- An Expedition into Hardship and Mental Health


Edit: As of this edit, “Perfect World” has now been named “7TEEN”.

Tanner Merten, a rapper from Houston, Texas, speaks about his hardships; from not being supported by his parents, to channeling his thoughts into his music as therapy.

Through the process of an interview, Tanner states that readers can look forward to his new mixtape “Perfect World” which will allow others to enter his mind and hopefully, it can aid those that may be struggling through similar situations.

Read below to learn about Tanner and his struggles.

Your music alias, “ITSTANR”, how did the name come to exist?

Originally, my music alias was just “Tanr”, as my name is Tanner. I felt that “Tanr” wasn’t enough. I felt it needed something more.

Why did you become involved in the music industry? Has it always been a dream? If not, what was your dream before?

Music has always been a dream of mine since I was 11. Music hasn’t necessarily been a huge part of my life, as I was always kind of scared to tell people that music was my dream. My friends told me to take the shot while I still could and the rest is history.



Tanner’s friends.


You stated that you have gone through hardship to be where you are today. Is this hardship shown in your music?

Yeah, most definitely. In my more recent music I have been making, I make music based on relationships I have/had currently or in the past, my current battles with anxiety and depression and just my inner demons. Most of this music will be heard on my new tape “Perfect World” that will be coming out late 2018.

Your new mixtape,”Perfect World”, what will it comprise of? Is the name a depiction of what you want your music to achieve, a theoretical “perfect world”?

“Perfect World” is actually set-up like a play. With track 1 being “The Introduction”, and tracks 2-8 being “Act I”, “Scenes 1-7”. “Act I” is based on anxiety, depression, my battles and other demons I have fought in my life. In the middle of the tape at Track 9, is “The Interlude”. Tracks 10-16 being “Act II”, “Scenes 1-7”. “Act II” is based on my relationship issues of now. This will include Drake type songs in which I speak about my ex-girlfriend.

“Perfect World” was never really an idea until I started making music about my hardships and relationships. I found writing music about those things just came to me naturally, as I wrote 5 of them in just one sitting. Therefore, “Perfect World” was kind of made accidentally.

What hardships have you endured along your music career? How have you exceeded these situations and/or scenarios?

Honestly, one of the hardest things to endure musically [or in any profession] is not having the support of your parents. That has always been the hardest for me, especially as a kid. Because with music you need all this equipment, all these programs, and as a kid, you don’t have the money to do that. I remember when I had to record on my iPhone in Voice Memos with my earbuds.

To this day my parents still don’t support what I have been doing for just about a year now. But I have the support of all of my friends and that’s all anyone really needs.



Tanner Merten, known as “ITSTANR’.


What has been your biggest goal this year? How do you intend to transcend this achievement?

My biggest goal of 2017 was to reach at least 20,000 total streams on SoundCloud. Currently, I’m at 18,250+. Not completely at the goal, but I am very satisfied with the results of just this year alone.

If you could give advice to those reading this on how to overcome hardship and persevere, what would you advise?

Sometimes, you have to be at your lowest to see your highest. Just never give up. Always, follow your gut.

To those reading this article, what content can they look forward to seeing in 2018?

Content-wise, I’ll be dropping a single from “Perfect World” on 1/1/18, and another 6/1/18, and the rest will be history. There will be a few songs in between there that are not on the tape, but the tape is my main focus and the main goal of 2018.

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“6”- A story of homelessness and ambition


Disclaimer: Reader discretion is advised. Explicit language is contained below.

Geronimo Campos, also known as his rap name alias “6” or “Yung666” speaks about his troubling years in which he was faced with homelessness, drug abuse as well as his strong determination to make something of himself for both his own self and for his girlfriend and child of one year.

Below Geronimo gives his story about how he came to be where he is today and describes thoroughly his experiences within his teenage years, battling multiple demons, inside and out.

How did you come up with the name 6? What does it represent and/or signify?

Well, to be honest, the first name I went by when I started making music was “G-Mo”. If you really know me and you been f****** with me since I began, you know me by “G-Mo”.

After that, I went by “G-Mota”, “Lil reaper”, “Geronimo666”, “Yung 666”. I was definitely going through some identity crisis and then ultimately the moniker that fits me best, “6”.

A lot of people have asked me “why “6”?”.
I think honestly I chose it because it’s been a number that has always been relevant in my life in more ways than I can list. People think I just picked a number and rolled with it.

All of my close music friends have been calling me 6 back when I first started making music as “Yung 666” so it’s just always felt right. Fits my personality I think.

As far as what it represents; hopefully blessings.

6’s song “furi” produced by “PACKMAN” currently sits at 124k plays as of writing this article.

Being homeless for a period, how did you get to that point and how did it affect you immediately and in the long run? How did you get through that period of your life?

Ok well, how I got to be homeless was completely my own fault and not because of neglect or anything other than me being a stupid kid.

After I graduated high school in Montana my parents were going to move to Florida. I had the option to stay and try college out for a bit down there or go live with them back in West Palm Beach.

So obviously I said “f*** Montana” and flew down to South Florida with my folks [parents] lol.
When I got there I linked up back with my people from back in high school when I was attending Palm Beach Central majoring in journalism and s*** was tight man.

I felt like I was right back at home I was with my boys again, and eventually, it wasn’t too long till I got back into doing the same s*** I was doing.

My moms convinced me to go to college so I enrolled at Palm Beach State College and it was the best thing I could’ve done. I got linked up with some people I met at the College who introduced me to my homie who I won’t name but I’ll address as PK.

PK was known around campus as the candyman. He had molly, acid, Xanax, beans, I’m talking the hard stuff you cannot find anymore. When we met he started dealing heroin.





Anyway, we clicked right away and I was serving on Campus for him while he was dealing with the new s***. S*** was getting hot because PK was paranoid about getting caught up.

He was on probation for some gun charges and he was living on his own with his girl at the time. So money was all we were thinking about constantly. I had the luxury of going back to a home whenever I wanted at the time, PK had to serve staying up all day and night on the porch because he had to.

If you are from South Florida you know what that’s like. If you personally haven’t done it you know someone who has. Trapping [selling drugs] is just another way to live and make it by in this world.

PK ended up violating his probation on some stupid s*** and after that, s*** just died. I was hating college and the fact that I wasn’t making really any money anymore. So I woke up one day and told my folks I’m dropping out.

I said, “I’m sorry, I really am but this s*** is just not for me”.

I used all the money I had saved up and bought myself a plane ticket to Montana and left like 2 days after. I haven’t seen my dad since.

When I got back to Montana my boys* down there were stoked. I was back living with my old roommate from high school, and one of my best buds; Strozzi and my other good friend, Connor. We all decided we were gonna form a band, like a reggae-ska -punk band.

But we were getting wasted every f****** night partying like crazy. The music was there sometimes and when it was, it was good. But we all just wanted different things so, in the end, it didn’t work out. It sucked because that was honestly the reason I went back to Montana.

I had so much faith in us.

The biggest let down was my best friend, Rollo. He was the other lead singer/rapper along with myself in the band. And at the time he started using [meth].

He got addicted to meth and he wasn’t the same. I’ll always have love for my lil bro though; stay up Rollo.

After all that I was just back to selling weed in Montana again and it wasn’t paying the rent.

One of producer Thrillboy’s, a personal friend of myself and Geronimo, produced beat in which “6” raps over.
My cousin in California hit me up randomly one day and told me her dad needed a worker for his truck driving business and that it pay me like $800-$1000 a week.

So there I was again with another big decision to make; stay here, party all day with your friends and smoke dope or use every last penny I have, buy a ticket to California and work my a** off?

I left that very next day.

I got there and immediately went to work and work was good. I met my GF during this time who I’m still with today after 3 years. We have a beautiful baby girl together.



Geronimo with his girlfriend Serena and their daughter of one year, Annaliya.

Everything was going good, it looked like I was heading the right direction in what I thought I wanted in life. Then all of a sudden after about 9 months of hard work life decided to f*** me HARD.

My boss lost his contracts due to some b***-s*** and my lucky a** lost a job. So there I was jobless living with my cousin. It got to the point where I knew I needed a change again. I just got all my stuff and left.


I went to the first place I thought to go; my girls place. Luckily her mom f***** with me so she was cool with me crashing there for a couple days but I knew I had to make some serious moves.

I hit up some people I knew from way back in the day when I was a kid living in California like when I was around 14 type s***. Turns out they still doing what normal homies* do best so I told my homie* to let me hold some; I need some quick dough [money].

I scraped up the money I had saved and bought my boys whip off him for $1000. It was a little 1994 Honda Accord. A little scraper but that s*** was everything to me. That was my home for the next 6 months.

I was mobbing in that. I was rocking to Chico, Fresno, Stockton. I was moving work wherever I could. I did whatever I could to be able to get out of that rut.

Being in this position made me hungry. It made me ambitious. It’s definitely a period of my life that I’ll never forget.
Its a huge part of who I am today.


What type music are you involved in? What do you do? How long have you been involved in the music industry for?

The type of music I make and I’m involved with is really just anything I personally f*** with.
My taste in music ranges. I like a lot of classic oldies. I grew up on that s*** and then, of course, my era type s*** like the early 2000s.

I was brought up on a lot of New York rap as a kid so that influenced me a lot with growing up and getting into music. I’d say my music style is very based. Very “6”. Just free and wild and unorganized but it works.

I have fun when I record and that’s really what I’m aiming for.

I guess when I first started getting involved in this music scene, the SoundCloud scene or whatever, I was really f****** with like SGP, Raider Klan, Old Robb Bank$, Chxpo, Xavier Wulf.

So I have been on SoundCloud since like the end of high school for me like 2012-2013.



Geronimo smoking a blunt [marijuana in cigar paper].

That type of music was hard and raw, full of energy and that attracted me right away. I always knew I wanted to be a part of the underground but I wasn’t going to try to copy another artists sound.

I’m a huge Lil B fan; he is easily one of my favourite rappers and people often wonder why and look at me funny when I say this but Lil B’s music taught me pretty much to be myself, as cliche as that sounds, but I did that and I feel like that’s why my music stands out.

Lil B got his own swag and that’s because he is just being himself and that’s something I have always seen and was like “yeah I can relate to this homie*”.

I always wrote music as a kid and freestyled with my friends and s*** but I didn’t actually start recording til I was in like 8th grade. We uploaded that s*** on MySpace; it was fun times though. It actually didn’t do too bad, people in our city were f****** with it.

I didn’t start recording and taking s*** seriously til like 2 years ago when I first started uploading on SoundCloud.

Its been a crazy journey and I made a lot of good friends on the way that I wouldn’t give up for the world. I love SoundCloud and the relationships I made through my music.

Why do you rap? What is your ultimate goal and/or ambition?

I rap because honestly like I said, I been rapping since I was little; since like 10 and that’s as far as I remember. I was always writing down poems and lyrics.

Mostly about girls but as I grew up and started actually going through s*** I used music and writing as an outlet for that. I guess my real goal with this s*** is to make music that people can relate to and can feel me on that level.

Like all the stress and struggles, I go through I’m sure there someone out there going through something similar if not even harder than what I am going through. So I hope my music can make s*** a little bit easier.

I listen to music to relax and escape, kind of like how I smoke weed. It’s medicine to me, it literally calms my stress and makes me happy so if I can help my friends and fans feel a little better, then I’m happy.

If people can take anything away from my music and me as an artist, no matter what I’m rapping about, I’m trying to make you laugh and maybe get you a little booted [hyped] up in the process.

The ultimate goal would be to make my passion, which is creating music & art, my full-time job. I’m 22, I have got my own crib, I work 2 jobs and I have a one-year-old daughter so I’m very determined to make this happen.



Geronimo and daughter, Annaliya, bonding.



If you had to choose 3 artists and/or producers to work with in the future who would they be and why?

Wow, only 3? Man, there are so many great young producers coming out the woodwork.

However, for producers my list would go;

1. LordFubu: His sound is just so unique, mellow, and a lil jazzy and I feel like my voice would complement his production well.
2. Pharrell: I’ve always been a huge fan of his since I was young. From his production to his vocals, to his swag. I always wanted to work with him and learn.
3. Ethereal: This is literally something I’ve wanted since like 2014? This man is a f****** genius. I don’t care what anyone says; his production is amazing and unparalleled. I actually know that he & I would make amazing tracks together.

He has his own unique style and I love it. In a way, I feel like it’s my style too.



“YUNG666” hanging out with friends.


The artists I’d like to work with are…to be honest there is not many.

Of course, I would love to work with a lot of artists who I would consider to be legends, but I really do only have a top 3.

  1. Lil B: This would just be a dream come true. Everyone knows how much I love and respect the Basedgod so this was an easy first choice. He’s influential, seems like a really nice guy, and he’s the rawest rapper alive.
    2. Chxpo: He is an underground king, he is the BVNDGXD. I remember I dropped this song like a year ago called “Can’t trust a soul” and he just randomly liked it one day on SoundCloud and I was like “bet lol if Chxpo f*** with it, it must be an ok song”. Ever since I have been f****** with him, I’ve talked to him about getting a song in one of these days so you never know. Maybe soon?
    3. Lil Tracy: I f*** with Tracy. He doesn’t have a bad song in my opinion and you can tell that man* just has a natural talent so it would be cool to get to work with him and see what we can create. I think he’s one of the most clever lyricists I’ve heard recently.

You state that you had a rough upbringing, what happened? How did that influence your life, decisions and music?

My parents were great. I grew up most of my life here where I stay at now, Marysville, California. So it wasn’t like I had f***-ups or bums for parents.

We weren’t rich at all, far from it but my parents were just both hardworking people. They still are to this day. They always worked, both of them my whole life, to make sure I had everything I needed.

They were working class; hard working class and I owe everything to them. I was a hardheaded kid and unfortunately I had to learn a lot of things the hard way.

Marysville, California is a little city full of decent people I guess but as a kid growing up here you have to deal with a lot of b***-s***. A lot of gang s*** and stupid s***. A lot of kids who want to be into that type of s***, trying to be hard all the time.

Trying to bang [participating or being affiliated with gang activity] for respect, meanwhile, you know their whole history. A lot of people were/ are being fake to fit in.

I was never an aggressive kid really but I did get into quite a few fights. I’d say too much considering the type of person I am.

So in my experience, it was rough. I grew up differently than a lot of my friends. I made decisions that weren’t necessarily reflective of the person I am today, but because I had to at the time.

When I moved to Florida my whole life changed. I moved to West Palm Beach Florida and all my friends down there embraced me and put me on s*** immediately. I met a lot of strong connections within this s*** that I still have today.

When I was in Florida I wasn’t taking music seriously I was just f****** around, doing drugs and getting stupidly high 24/7. That’s all I wanted to do. But around the time I was dropping acid heavily, like almost every day type s***, something clicked in my head. I could really do this s***.

South Florida was already on the rise and I wanted to be part of that wave of amazing rappers that era gave us.

All my friends always told me you know I can rap and whatever and I should f*** around and hop in the studio. At the time one of my best friends Jorge Quitian was shooting and editing music videos for Wifisfuneral, then known as Izzy kill$.

He would tell me to just go for it and he got me on the music video. It was sounding good, he was going to link me with some people who could offer me studio time. I could tell he really wanted to help me cause he had seen that I was going crazy.

I was doing way too much s***. I was popping/sniffing Molly like every day, showing up to that homies* house f***** up. Like I said, that’s all I wanted to do.



“10 PM Nov. 08. 2017”


I was going to my classes tripping off CID [Acid] and sometimes candy-flipping like a dumbass. I was just real reckless but I felt like the drugs helped me creatively and even socially.

I never pulled the trigger then when I had the chance back in 2013. I never recorded anything, made any real connections besides meeting people occasionally through weed or drugs.

After years of more bad decisions; finally last year in 2016 I got fully sober. I occasionally will have a drink or “f*** it I get drunk when I want to” but definitely not every day, not even close. I smoke weed every day but s*** if I didn’t I would be a f****** a****** so I’m doing us all a favour.

But in all seriousness, my music is just mostly bits and pieces of my life, stories of s*** I have been through.

With myself growing up how I did, it forced me to grow up a little faster than most kids around me but I cherish my youth. I was a goofy kid always and that reflects in my music and I love it.

Your upcoming joint tape with producer Thrillboy is coming out soon. How did both of you meet?

Yes, Thrill6 is currently in the works and we’re both excited to share what I believe will be our best collaboration yet.

We met through Twitter; I’d say maybe a little over a year ago now? My memory is s***. I just came across him and what caught my eye was, of course, the name Thrillboy and the fact that he had a Catsippycut AVI, the OG [original] ones.

At the time so did I so I was like, “ok I will give this guy a follow”. I heard a beat of his and I think I DM’d him saying “wassup” and asking for beats lol.

I wasn’t s*** at the time, I think I had maybe 200-300 followers on SoundCloud and 100 on Twitter lol but he f***** with me and sent me a whole a** load of beats and that’s how the “Sold my Soul for Some Clout” tape with Goyard happened.



“6” [Geronimo Campos] and producer “Thrillboy” [Damien King].

I immediately f***** with Thrillboy from the first like 30 seconds of hearing his s***, it was so upbeat and unique. I never heard anything like it at the time.

Now you hear people making Thrillboy type beats all the time even if they don’t know it. He made his own sound. I chose Thrillboy to be my producer because the man is fire; he’s a legend, and one of my best friends. I really am blessed to have met him and Vick Lejet.

It happened so organically, and when we linked up in LA it was like a reunion, not an introduction. I chose Thrill because I believe in him because he believes in me. I know if we keep going there’s no limit to what we will accomplish.

What will listeners be able to look forward to in this upcoming tape?

Expect a lot of heavy hitting bass. We’re going to be bringing that raw based feel on this one but with a little twist.

Very based of course and also there will be no features on this tape. Still not sure how many tracks will end up on this tape but believe that only the best songs are making it on there.

We really want this s*** to slap so we are going to be working all Winter on this s***.
It’s “6 SZN”.

If you were able to give any tips or words to individuals reading this who may be trying to achieve their goals, what would you say? In regards to music, what tips would you provide to those ambitious in the industry?

I’m not the type to preach and I definitely don’t have all the answers, but to all creatives out there who really have got a passion and love for what you do, don’t stop doing it.

Don’t stop. Never stop.

Even if you feel like it’s not getting you anywhere and you are wasting your time, you can’t give up on yourself. It might not make you money right now or right away, but if you want something bad enough you will do whatever it takes.

So do that s***. I know how it feels to be like “man why the f*** am I doing this for?” But all I have to do is look around and I have a million reasons to keep going so for me quitting is not an option.

I’m under as f*** so I mean if you really want to get in the industry shit I would assume the best advice I can give is “put yourself out there”.

Not just on the internet, put yourself out there in real life. Go out, meet people, make connections, ask for advice, try to learn as much as you can about this business and you cannot fail.

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