The Break Presents: Yung Pinch
Coming straight out of Huntington Beach, Calif., Yung Pinch's music definitely sounds like it. Combining tender melodies and atmospheric production, the self-proclaimed beach boy conjures images of chillness as he becomes one of the most-talked about young artists that California has to offer.
After starting off his rap career in his senior year of high school, Pinch—a rapper-singer who grew up listening to the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer before jumping into hip-hop, has seen his stock rise considerably. He'd started out freestyling, but by the time he dropped off his first project, he'd developed the melodic sound he has today. He didn't spend too much time on the struggle route, either.
In 2016, Pinch hit the ground running when he unloaded 4EverHeartBroke, a breakout EP that flaunted the vibes that would help propel him to stardom. "Rock With Us," which is a single from the project, has been streamed 4.4 million times.
Maintaining his momentum, Pinch has continued supplying fans with exactly the melodic stylings they've come to love, unloading projects like #714EVER (2016), 4EverHeartBroke2 (2017), and, most recently, #4EverHeartBroke3. In addition to unleashing new projects and a steady stream of new tracks in his #4EverFriday series, Pinch has also made time to hit the road.
This past winter, Pinch traveled everywhere from Texas to Iowa for his All 4 the Love Tour. When he was done with that, he traveled with G-Eazy for the European leg of the rapper's The Beautiful and Damned Tour.
Having toured and collabed with G-Eazy and jumped on songs with everyone from YG ("Big Checks") to Mozzy ("Feels So Right), to SOB x RBE's DaBoii ("The Edge") and more, Pinch is clearly up to some big things.
Get to know Yung Pinch in the latest installment of The Break.
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
I grew up listening to: "I was born in 1997, so I had to catch up on a lot of the old-school rap as a kid. But I grew up in the car—my family [would be] listening to some different stuff, like, you know, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink-182, Weezer, different stuff like that. I feel like that also influenced me to have another aspect in my music as well. I definitely started bumping everything on the radio like everyone else did as a kid. Then everything changed. Everything always changes. I've always just been a big fan of music."
People compare my style to: "I mean, a lot, but I wouldn't pay attention to that too much. I feel like I generated my own sound and my own wave, so if anyone wants to compare anyone to anyone, that's cool—they can do that. But I'm me."
Most people don’t know: "Most people don't know that I grew up with my grandma and that both my parents are drug addicts and in and out of jail and on the streets. So that's definitely something no one would expect, for sure. "
My standout moment to date: "Standout moment was this headlining tour, man. Selling out all these shows, selling out my hometown at Observatory. That was crazy. Dream come true. Being there with my family and my friends at the same place I started."
My goal in hip-hop is: "My goal in music is to definitely change people's lives, change my life and, you know, [change] my family's life and just make the world a better place. With good music."
I'm going to be the next: "Legend."
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