Fresh from a 2014 world tour alongside super producer/DJ Naughty Boy comes fresh faced YUNGEN.
Hailing from South London at 23 years old this musician is wise beyond his years and ready to smash into the music industry. If you haven’t already heard of him get ready for the arrival of Yungen.
As a musician Yungen is not only innovative and forward thinking but his independence and drive set him aside from his peers in UK rap.
Having been championed by many, including self made Jamal Edwards of SB.TV, as one of the most exciting prospects to arise from the underground Yungen’s lyrical flamboyance coupled with his honesty and intelligence have gained him a solid, active and loyal fan base.
Yungen has been making waves on the underground circuit since early 2011 when he dropped his first ‘F64’ with SB.TV. This video combined with his ‘Warm Up Session’ received over a million views on YouTube. Since then, Yungen has gone on to release 3 projects. I Aint Even Started in 2011, Topic of Discussion in 2013 & Project Black & Red in 2014.
The most recent of which, Project Black & Red is considered his best work to date. Gaining huge support, including heavy support from BBC 1Xtra, the mixtape has features from UK’s heavyweights such as Wretch 32, Krept & Konan and Stormzy.
Peaking at Number 1 in the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap charts & Number 11 in the overall iTunes album chart, the success of Project Black & Red led to a sold out headline show at Islington O2 Academy.
Yungen started rapping on his estate at a time where older counterparts were arguable defined by their lyrical ability.
Initially, for Yungen, rapping was a way to gain respect among his peers as well as a much-needed hobby to allow him to rise above the constraints of council estate life, but soon his talents were recognized not only by his peers on the estate but also within the music industry.
Yungen’s consistent benchmark of lyricism, alongside as his ever growing fanbase caught the attention of fellow UK rapstars Krept & Konan who recruited him to their collective ‘Play Dirty and by 2012 this once shy lyricist had accelerated from a young boy trying to convey his life in words to an internet sensation.
With his newfound confidence Yungen continued to build on his internet success and went on to collaborate with established artists such as Tinchy Stryder, Chip, Angel, G Frsh and Sneakbo. All of which firmly established him as part of the new wave of UK rappers steadily infecting popular British music.
Yungen started 2015 with a huge blast, a statement of intent for the rest of the year. He produced two remixes of his street anthem ‘Aint On Nuttin’ from Project Black & Red, again enlisting the who’s who of UK rap. The remixs gained huge support throughout the scene, with altogether combined views of over 5million on YouTube, A-List on BBC 1Xtra’s playlist & was turning over clubs up and down the country.
Yungen is now back into the studio As well as touring up and down the country Yungen is now back into the studio and plans are firmly in motion for an new project release Q1 of 2016.