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TNL (duo)

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TNL consists of the rappers Tarek (left) and Luss (right).
Background information
OriginBattle Creek, Michigan, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active
  • 2009–present
  • Wise King Records (current) [1]

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TNL are an American hip hop duo composed of Battle Creek-based rappers, Tarek and Luss.[2] TNL was formed in 2009, thanks to the duo's mutual love for hip-hop and battle rapping.[3] Their discography consists of seven long playing (LP) albums and two compilation album's. In 2009, the duo released their first studio album "The Suicide Note".[4] followed by their official debut indie album, "The Minds of Tarek & Luss" on April 5, 2011. [5]

Tarek & Luss relocated to Los Angeles, California in 2013 to tour with their friend, and former Shady Records and Interscope recording artist, Ca$his. After spending years in California touring,[6] TNL returned back to Battle Creek, Michigan and began work on their album Dead Roses (2018).[7] The album did not chart on the US Billboard 200, yet the album was still considered a success. TNL followed up the release by headlining High Times Cannabis Cup [8] along with Busta Rhymes, Trick Trick, Lil Skies, PROF, Too $hort, Willy J Peso and Barstool Sports Presents: Hard Factor Power Hour Podcast. The headliners at High Times Cannabis Cup in Clio, Michigan[9]performed in front of a sold out, record setting, crowd that weekend.[10] [11]

Music career[edit]

TNL logo

2006-2013 Early life and family struggles[edit]

Tarek and Luss are blood brothers who are 15 months apart.[12] After an early life plagued by crime, poverty, and homelessness, TNL got their lives back on track and began to take their music more seriously. It was around this time when the brothers met Shady Records producer, Rikanatti.[13] Rikanatti found success with his production work on Eminem Presents: The Re-Up (2006), released on Shady Records.[14] As of March 16, 2007, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for selling one million copies in the United States.[15] As of January 2016, worldwide sales are at 2,051,000. [16] Rikanatti followed up by entirely producing "The Suicide Note" (2009), "The Minds of Tarek & Luss" (2011), and "Lost In Los Angeles" (2013) for TNL.[17] [18]

2009-2013 from 'Tarek & Luss' to TNL[edit]

TNL originally began releasing music under "Tarek & Luss" but started to abbreviate their stage name after their first three albums.[19]

2014-2016 Grindhouse & Planet Purp[edit]

A lesser known album by TNL without Rikanatti's production exists as Grindhouse (2014).[20] In 2016, TNL worked with Wheezy, 30 Roc, Ricky Racks, Isaac Flame, Bandplay, DeeMoney, Twon Beatz, Supa Lo Beatz, Murk Beatz, Beatman Bam, Yung Shad, Fuse Beats, South Side, & Hussein of 808 Mafia, on their album Planet Purp (2016).[21] [22]


On February 23, 2018, TNL released Dead Roses (2018) on Wise King Records. This project marked a return back to TNL's more earlier sound and featured production from longtime producer Rikanatti, as well as production from Camoflauge Monk, OG Taxx, Jimmy Dukes, SKYWLKR, Priority Beats, Manni Mania, and Basix.[23] TNL have been repeat guests on Trick Trick's radio show Trick Trick: Fly Zone Radio which airs weekly on Thursday's at 10:00 PM on Shade 45 on Sirius XM.[24] [25] [26]


Studio albums[edit]

  • The Suicide Note (2009)[4]
  • The Minds of Tarek & Luss (2011)[27]
  • Occupy All Beats (2012)[28]
  • Lost In Los Angeles (2014)[29]
  • Grindhouse (2014)[30]
  • Planet Purp (2016)[31]
  • Dead Roses (2018)[32]


  • Life of a Ryder (feat. Ca$his) (2009)[33]
  • Nowhere To Go (feat. Ca$his & Kobe (singer) (2011)[34]
  • Up In The Clouds (2013)[35]
  • Life Is A Mystery (2013)[36]
  • Walk In My Shoes (feat. Ca$his & Sara Shine) (2013)[37]
  • Never Lookin Back (feat. Al Kapone) (2013)[38]
  • Nightmares (2019)[39]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Good Vibes, Vol.1 (2015)[40]
  • Good Vibes, Vol.2 (2015)[41]

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Nightmares" 2018 FRDM City[42]


  1. All Music - TNL Discography
  2. https://www.tarekandluss.com/ TNL | The Official Website of Michigan Hip-Hop Duo Tarek & Luss
  3. TNL - About | Facebook
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hay, Jonathan (2009-02-10). "Dubcnn Exclusive Rikanatti Presents A Suicide Note From Tarek And Luss". DubCNN. Archived from the original on 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  5. Hannah, Mitchell (2011-04-05). "Rap Release Dates: Jim Jones, Brotha Lynch Hung, Blueprint, Daz Dillinger". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  6. So Raspy (2015-02-03). "SORASPY: TAREK & LUSS SHARE THEIR TOP 5 DEAD OR ALIVE". SoRaspy. Archived from the original on 2015-02-03. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  7. Baum, D (2018-02-26). "EP: TNL – Dead Roses". itsbizkit.com. Archived from the original on 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  8. "Marijuana, music and food at Clio Cannabis Cup". WEYI-TV. 2011-04-05. Archived from the original on 2019-06-08. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  9. High Times Cannabis Cup Michigan 2019, Auto City Speedway June 8-9
  10. Gabriel, Larry (June 10, 2019). "This year's Cannabis Cup was a whiff of things to come for Michigan's new marijuana industry". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  11. Past Events - Cannabis Cup
  12. "About". TNL. 2019-10-30. Archived from the original on 2019-10-30. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  13. "TAREK & LUSS INTERVIEW". illuminati2g. 2009-04-01. Archived from the original on 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  14. "Rikanatti Lyrics, Songs, and Albums". Genius. 2019-11-05. Archived from the original on 2019-11-05. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  15. "RIAA Gold and Platinum - Eminem Presents: The Re-Up". Riaa.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  16. "Worldwide Album Sales Of All Current And Former Shady Records Artists". Southpawer.com. 7 January 2016. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. Coop Dvil (2014-09-13). "Tarek & Luss – Lost In Los Angeles". Siccness.net. Archived from the original on 2014-09-13. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  18. Juon, Steve (2013-09-17). "PR: Tarek & Luss - "Lost In Los Angeles" (@tarekluss)". rapreviews.com. Archived from the original on 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  19. TNL albums and discography | last.fm
  20. "TNL – Grindhouse". Uproxx.com. 2014-11-15. Archived from the original on 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  21. "Stream TNL's New Album 'Planet Purp'". UnsignedHeat.com. 2016-08-24. Archived from the original on 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  22. Dame Dizzle (2016-08-29). "TNL (TAREK & LUSS) – PLANET PURP (EP)". djiceberg.com. Archived from the original on 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  23. "Dead Roses - TNL". AllMusic. 2018-02-23. Archived from the original on 2018-02-23. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  24. Weekly Schedule - Shade 45
  25. OnDEMAND | The FLY ZONE RADIO SHOW | The Fly Zone Radio Show
  26. TNL (@tarekluss) Twitter |
  27. Listen Free To Tarek & Luss - The Minds Of Tarek & Luss Radio on iHeartRadio | iHeartRadio Radio
  28. Occupy All Beats (Explicit) by Tarek & Luss on Amazon Music
  29. Tnl - TIDAL | TIDAL
  30. TNL - Music on Google Play | Google Play
  31. TNL (Tarek & Luss) | Free Listening on SoundCloud | SoundCloud
  32. TNL on Apple Music | Apple Music
  33. "Tarek & Luss f. Ca$his - Life of a Rider". HipHopDX. 2009-03-30. Archived from the original on 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  34. Lilah, Rose (2011-04-06). "Tarek & Luss - Nowhere To Go Feat. Ca$his & Kobe (Prod. By Rikanatti)". hotnewhiphop.com. Archived from the original on 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  35. "Audio: Tarek & Luss – Up In The Clouds". Boi1da.net. 2013-06-21. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  36. "Life Is a Mystery (Testo) - Tarek & Luss - MTV Testi e canzoni". MTV Italia. 2013-06-21. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  37. Big Rud (2013-09-04). "Tarek x Luss ft. Ca$his x Sara Shine – Walk In My Shoes (Prod. By Rikanatti)". rudeboyy.com. Archived from the original on 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  38. "Crunkatlanta Magazine & Black Media Presents - TNL - Never Lookin' Back (feat. Al Kapone) (Prod. Cin-A-Matik The Problem)". crunkatlanta.com. 2014-10-30. Archived from the original on 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  39. TNL - Nightmares Video | RapStarVidz | RapStarVidz
  40. Spotify - TNL | Spotify
  41. Music | TNL | Bandcamp
  42. "TNL". YouTube. Retrieved November 21, 2019.

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