CLINTON – Local rapper Tanner Skiff is making the rounds to radio stations and record stores to promote his debut album under under the name Random Tanner. But the biggest exposure for his brand came at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City this weekend.
With 13:33 left in the fourth quarter and Iowa up 19-7 over Purdue, a sold-out Kinnick stadium was introduced to this week’s Transamerica Community Champion, Tanner Skiff, as his song “Clockin’ In” played over the speakers.
The financial firm Transamerica honors someone each week who has impacted his community in a positive way, according to the Hawkeye announcer. This week’s Community Champion was Tanner Skiff.
“Tanner has become a spokesperson for the anti-suicide movement in Clinton, Iowa,” the announcer told a crowd of more than 69,000. “He uses his music to reach out to kids in the community.”
“It was pretty surreal,” Skiff said Monday morning. “I was nervous before it came on.”
Skiff called the moment untraditional, “not what I’m used to.”
Skiff was nominated for the award by Hawkeye fan Mark Endersby of Clinton, he said. Skiff received two tickets and a parking pass to Saturday’s game, which he and his fiancé, Elizabeth Sanquist, attended.
“It’s super duper cool, and I’m extremely grateful,” Skiff said last week when he talked about the honor during an album release party.
In addition to speaking with young people about suicide prevention, Skiff is a community adviser for Clinton Leo Club and has judged Clinton’s Got Talent for the Gateway Area Community Center.
The rapper greeted fans and signed CDs at The Undergound on Sixth Avenue South in Clinton on Friday.
“We had a bunch of kids in here [earlier],” said Skiff about halfway through the two-hour event that included an interview with Chris Streets of MaC 94.7.
Jamie Triller and DJ Smokey from the Random Tanner crew, The Firesquad, joined him at The Underground to launch “Fast Forward.”
“I’ve tried to plan something every day,” said Skiff. He’s made the rounds to local radio stations, signed albums at Rock Island Brewing Co. and performed “Back When We Were Kids” with Alex Fischbach of Morrison, Illinois on Living Local at news channel WHBF in Rock Island.
“Fast Forward” is available from most online music outlets.