By: Jasmyn Brunson
High Point-raised independent artist and 2015 North Carolina A&T alumni YB.KD is taking the music industry by storm. He has debuted two mixtapes and is working on his debut album in the months to come.
YB.KD has always had a passion for music since he was young; he said he got into music because he wanted a better life for himself. Lyrically, he has always been making music and he strives to always tell a story through all of his raps. In 2006, he started working on his music career and also released his first debut mixtape titled “Everybody Hates Chris.”
He is a very hard worker and strives to make his name big and go down in history for his music as an artist. In every rhyme, he tells his story and brings something new and unique to the table in all of his songs.
YB.KD is also an active volunteer in the community. He has partnered with a nonprofit organization called Voices of the Struggle, which is an empowerment program targeting African American males in gang prevention to deflect entry and discontinue involvement. He has mentored some of the young men and also wrote a song for the organization titled “Hopeless Child.” He said this song is for children that feel like they have lost hope and pushing them to strive and to do better for themselves and to never give up regardless of what is going on.
The one thing that makes him stand out from all other artist is that he “is not a genre artist,” which he said means he is well-rounded and has the gift to be able to articulate and tell a story through his music in many different platforms. YB.KD has performed at multiple stages in the area. Upon graduation from A&T, he switched to a political platform and performed at A&T during the United States presidential election. He has also performed at different colleges across the Triad.
His advice to a young artist that wants to get into the music industry is, “be yourself, wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and ask yourself who you really are? Don’t ever confuse yourself with who you really are.”
As far as his future goals, YB.KD plans on doing a “pop-up plugin” party scheduled for April 26. This is an event for local artist to come and showcase their talent all together in one place. He is also planning to do a listening party for his newly released song “Lane Change” later on this month. All of his music is streamed on Apple Music and Spotify, and his music videos are also available to stream on YouTube.
Follow YB.KD on Instagram(@yb.kd)to keep up to date with events to come and also booking information and features you can contact him at Yb.firstname.lastname@example.org.