IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
YOUNG DEE: I was born in Okinawa, Japan, but have lived in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area for most of my life.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
YOUNG DEE: I started out making beats on a keyboard, and found that I had a talent for it. Many of my friends, wanted to put their lyrics on my beats, so I built a studio in the closet of my apartment. I started recording, mixing and mastering their tracks. After a while I decided to try my hand at writing and performing my own tracks. I have been a lyricist now for about 8 years, and have made a name for myself in the Arlington area of DFW.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
YOUNG DEE: I have a passion for music; anytime I hear a beat, my mind starts to race with my next hook or verse. I want people to understand that rap/hip hop, doesn’t always have to fit the stereotype.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
YOUNG DEE: My tracks are about everything; things I have been through, things I have witnessed, the struggle, child support, working women. You name it, I probably have a track for it!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
YOUNG DEE: My musical influences are Kurtis Blow, Run DMC, Ron C, Will Smith, LL Cool J, Spice1, Top Authority, MC Eiht, Ice T, MC Breed, Scarface, Michael McDonald, Aerosmith, Journey, Sade, Michael Jackson, Hall and Oates, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Kenny G. I could go on and on. Every artist I have ever listened to has influenced the way I think about music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
YOUNG DEE: I have the suggestive nature of the 60’s, the storytelling of the 70/80s, and the street sound of today, all without the use of explicit lyrics. I am 42 years old, so I have a lifetime of experiences to put into my music. They only call me Young Dee because I don’t look like I am 42!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
YOUNG DEE: What makes me stand out the most is that I don’t use explicit lyrics in my music. I am a father, so it is important that anything I do sets an example for my children. I know that I am not the only parent out there that thinks like that. So with that in mind, I made my motto “No explicit lyrics, so your kids can hear it”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges that you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
YOUNG DEE: The hardest thing I have had to overcome with my music is the fact that I don’t use explicit lyrics. People are stuck on the stereotype that rap/ hip hop, has to be full of explicit lyrics; so it has been difficult to get some people to listen. It took some time, but I think I have started to make an impression on people. They hear me listening to this music when I am in the car, and they ask who it is. When I tell them that it is me, they are surprised. People are even more so surprised that there are no explicit lyrics. I have given CDs to people from all walks of life that appreciate the way I do my music. It may not be the mainstream way, but I won’t conform.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
YOUNG DEE: I am currently working on a few tracks for my 17th album ‘It is what it is.”I also just finished a single about Autism, which is a cause that is important to me, as my son has Autism. I will also be performing this summer with Neil McIntyre of Mr. Kneel Hip Hop for Families. Venue and performance date TBD.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
YOUNG DEE: My career goals are to be signed by a major record label, and let the world know that rap doesn’t have to be explicit. I would also like to one day have my own label, and keep it pushing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
YOUNG DEE: I have several way for my fans to listen to my music and reach me
Android App: http://www.reverbnation.com/outhouseprd/android
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