Show & Prove
Yung Berg

sp1.jpgHaving Kanye West point you out in a crowd as your song knocks over the speakers at a trendy club would seem like your “Mama, I made it” moment. But for Chicago native Yung Berg, being recognized by ’Ye was just another “been there, done that” blip on his radar.

When Berg was 14, his former manager introduced him to DMX on the L.A. set of the “What These Bitches Want” video. After spittin’ some Twista-like rhymes, the teen dropped out of school and signed to X’s Bloodline Records two months later. By 2001, Berg moved to New Jersey to record material for the label. Six months later, however, his parents shipped him away to boarding school in Montana.

“I couldn’t listen to radio. I couldn’t watch TV,” says Berg. “I didn’t know 9/11 happened. I didn’t know Jay-Z and Nas were beefing. I was just stripped of everything. That’s how I lost my deal.”

In 2002, Berg left the facility and relocated to Hollywood to work with Eve, who he had met through X. From there, he bounced around from camp to camp, working as Shawnna’s hype man for a short time (she grew up with his older brother) and later recording with Erick Sermon in New York.

Despite all his connections, none of the situations panned out, so Berg moved back to L.A. and launched his Yung Boss crew with producers JFK and Rob Holiday. Together they orchestrated Berg’s debut, Look What You Made Me, including the horn-laden hit “Sexy Lady.” With a boatload of features on his LP—from Fabolous to Collie Buddz to Jim Jones—Berg, who has since slowed his rhymes down to a Nas-like pace, is now in complete control.

“We setting a new standard for what’s accepted for new rap cats,” says the 21-year-old. “If you don’t write your own music and you’re not involved in your production, then you’re not really an artist. I call these cats ‘Barbie dolls.’ You can put clothes on them and dress them up, but they not the real thing.”

——- Check out the rest of our Show & Prove picks in XXL’s August 2007 issue (#94)
  • JAVY STRAIGHT EASTCOAST

    omg lmfao this dude is ass he was Shawnna’s hype man damn yo he got no props at all and he is just another name to add to the list of all youngs and lil’s that will not be remembered in 5 years unlike the greats that actually are remembered today

  • JAVY STRAIGHT EASTCOAST

    omg lmfao this dude is ass he was Shawnna’s hype man damn yo he got no props at all and he is just another name to add to the list of all youngs and lil’s that will not be remembered in 5 years unlike the greats that actually are remembered today

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Yo I thought this kid was a clown, but he might be alright, Good Luck little nigga go get that money!!!!

  • http://XXlMag Yung 415

    Real

  • Licia a.k.aMz.WindyCity

    Yung Berg’s a good look and he’s from da chi so I’m luvin dis man all day !! And to those that were talking is bout him being Shawnna’s hype man …. so what He was plugged !

  • http://xxl don’t worrie about it

    i like his eyes

  • BIZZLE

    YEAH BERG…YOU’RE THE REAL THING?? NO. YOU’RE STRAIGHT ASS AND SO IS YOU’RE GARBAGE RECORD LABEL YOUR LYRICS AND YOU’RE ENTIRE ALBUM IS TRAAASH.ITS DUDES LIKE THIS THATS KILLING HIP HOP..HE IS PART OF HIP HOP’S SLOW DEATH

  • T-Jizzy

    What kind of nigga loses his deal cuz he gets shipped to boarding school. Man grow up and tell your parents fuck off especially when you’re signed with DMX man dyin couldn’t have made me pull out of that deal. So I just cant take this nigga seriously.

  • T-JIZZY

    What kind of nigga loses his deal cuz he got shipped off to boarding school? Man he shoulda grown the fuck up and told his parents to kiss his ass. Man dying wouldn’t have kept me from that deal.

  • http://myspace.com/aguynamedpeter DOCTORxBOMBAY

    I Just Gotta Hear Some Better Songs Other Than That “Sexy Lady” Shit

  • doemdirty

    i gotta admit i hated this nigga young berg when he first came out. now i hate this little mufucka even more. this nigga is garbage. his rhymes are wack and is the remix of that sexy lady bullshit. go back to boarding school, they probably believe that you’re a real gangster.

  • http://www.myspace.com/banga514 Young Bang

    YALL MA’FUCKERS ARE SOME FUCKIN HATERS… LET THE NIGGA DO HIM AND GET PAID… NO WONDER NIGGAS ARE BROKE THESE DAYS. ALL THE OTHER NIGGAS BE HOLDIN US BACK!! FUCKIN HATIN ASS MA’FUCKER CANT STAND YALL. SHIT HOW MANY OF YOU WHERE SIGNED PERIOD KNOCKIN ON BERG JUST CUZ HE WAS SHANNAS HYPE MAN… WOW! DO SOMTHING CONTRUCTIVE WITH YOUR TIME INSTEAD OF HATIN ON NIGGAS THAT ARE TRYIN TO DO BTTER.

  • LiL MoKo

    YO!! WHO IS THE LAST REAL NIGGA U SEEN THAT CAME OUT OF A BOARDING SCHOOL????I AINT NO HATA BUT THESE LITTLE 12 YEAR OLD BITCH MADE HO ASS “RAPPERS” DONT HAVE THE RIGHT TO RAP ABOUT SHIT REAL NIGGAS DO EVEY DAY!!!! JUS CUZ THEY GOT A CHAIN AND SOME TATS THEY THINK THEY HARD!!! LET EM COME SET TRIPPIN THROUGH HERE AND WE’LL SEE WHO’S REALLY HARD!! AND TEEL EM MOKO SAID DAT!!!

  • DONT’E

    BERG IS A GIMMICK. A NAS TYPE FLOW? YOUR LYRICS ARE VERBALLY INEPT. YOU DONT TALK ABOUT YOURSELF. MY ALBUM IS GOING TO BE DOPE(FUCK THAT CRACK SHIT)I TALK ABOUT MY STRUGGLE, MY BROKE ASS GETTIN DOLLARS, MY BROKE ASS HOOD, MY VOCAB IS RIDICULOUS. I AM THE NEXT AZ/NAS/JAY-Z/BIG L. MY SINGLE IS PURE AND SICK. THIS NIGGA IS GONNA HAVE YA’LL LIL’ YOUNG NIGGAS SHOOK. I’M 21 AND THIS IS HIP-HOP. SEE ME SOON. +GOD+BLESS+

  • Chiboogie06

    Yall niggas need stop all that blog talk. Chi town niggas be real niggas. Even this nigga. I personally beefed with his crew and shawnna, and real talk nigga put that rap shit aside and brought that artillary out. Now how many of you fake blogging as niggas can say that! stop hating on niggas. Lets all get this money!

    Chi town Run Shit!
    Come see if we don’t!

  • A-TOWN

    Shhhhhh on that “Shawnna hype-man” creditial…not a good look playa!

  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Why not sign Vanilla Ice back-up dancers too?

  • Mr.Defrosted
  • yung hollywood

    yo yung berg go hard fuck yall haters

  • Cali”co”
  • http://www.myspace.com/paulscientific Paul Scientific

    i’m not the biggest fan of his music, but he from my city, so i been following him for a few years now. dude is a good look for a city that has less rappers than you can count on one hand really eating off rap (and we the third biggest city). i’m fucking with him regardless, just cause he from my city. i hope every rapper from the chi go platinum, or at least be able to leave the block alone cause they getting rap money. its some crazy things happening in this town currently. its almost like a sleeping giant of sorts.

    oh yeah, don’t forget to download a free copy of my mixtape in my blog on my myspace page. check it out…peace.

    http://www.myspace.com/paulscientific

    • http://myspace.com/gracestarr Grace Starr

      I fux wit the nigga.Matter fact I gotta show with him tonight lol