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Name: YP or Your Problem
Reppin’: Chicago's Eastside
My style and/or skills have been compared to: My style is comparable to an older era of Hip-Hop. I'm really into storytelling but in a witty way. Growing up I admired lyricists. I'm from the Midwest so I was able to hear some of everything. I listened to a lot of Hip-Hop so my style comes from everything I liked growing up.
I started rapping: About 5 years ago. I never wrote a rhyme before that and I don't know what made me do it other than when I did start, people really rocked with what I was saying so I kept at it. My big homie Bump J kind of scooped me immediately and helped me grow as an artist. He showed me how hard work can pay off, just gotta actually put in the work. Crazy work ethic.
My standout moments/records have been: I had the opportunity to be cosigned by Raekwon and Q-tip. Nas also told me I was dope. There's been too many moments to name almost. The best would probably be Universal Republic signing me as an artist. One of the goals as an artist is to get a major recording contract and to actually have it happen is surreal. My whole thing is to not dwell in the moment though, because just as quick as it comes, it can leave.
I’m gonna change the game by: Not sounding like anything else that's out. When people decide to give my music a listen, I don't wanna give them the impression that it's no different from what they just heard. I want to paint a picture with my words but the picture is my story. No one can tell you my story better than I can.
I’d like to work with: My dream track would be a feature with Jay Z produced by Kanye West or Just Blaze. Of course coming from Chicago it's a no brainer to wanna work with Ye or Lupe so that's a given. I just have the ultimate respect for what Jay is able to do with the wordplay. I feel like that particular song would teach me a lot as a young artist.
My goal in hip-hop is: To be legendary while being able to provide for my kids. I don't ever want my music to fall on deaf ears.
I’m going to be the next: Icon. Icon status is what I feel is the top of the mountain. You are more than your name then. When people say your name, it's all types of stuff they associate with it. When that happens, the career will forever make money. Athletes aren't the only ones who can get endorsement checks.
To check out more of my music you can go to: YP27.com or follow me on Twitter @YP27