UP AND COMER: Yung-C

2 Dec

Yung-C is an up and coming artist from Ohio. His song “She The Truth” took Ohio airwaves by storm and even got attention from So So Def ceo Jermain Dupri. Learn more about the newest rapper on the Ohio scene!

What’s your real name?

My name is Chris Lee, but I go by Yung-C.

How did you get your rap name?

My older brother used to always call me Yung-C growing up, so when I decided to start making music I stuck with it.

How old are you and where are you from?

I’m 19 years old. I’m from Toledo, OH.

When did you start making music?

I started making music 2 years ago. Everybody I hang with was always involved with music. My brother, J-High, actually had his own studio, so one time when he fell asleep I decided to make a song. When my brother heard it, he thought it was hot and that’s how my career started.

Who are some of you favorite artists to work with?

I get a lot of feature offers but I’ve been putting them on hold to work on my solo project. But my favorite artists to work with is Tracy, a singer from Ohio. We record at the same studio and since we’re both music-minded, I thought that we should do something together. We made on a song called “Can I have It,” which has a sound like Chris Brown’s and Tyga’s mixtape.  B. Wills is another artist that really gave me advice. I did one of my first collaborations with him. I also like working with an artist named Rocky, who is also from Ohio.

If you could work with anyone, who would it be?

Can I pick 2 people? If I could work with one singer it would be Chris Brown most definitely, and if I could work with any rapper it would be Drake or Soulja Boy.

It’s interesting that you picked Soulja Boy since he’s not known for rap skills, what do you like about him?

I feel like you can’t hate on Soulja Boy because he’s mastered the skill of online promotion. There are a lot of artists out there, but they don’t know how to market themselves. Soulja Boy is definitely market saavy, and that’s what I’m trying to do.

What are some projects you’re working on?

Right now I’m working on “Who is Yung-C”  and that’s a promo CD. Soon I’m gonna put out 2 music videos and a promo video. The promo video will include behind the scenes footage so my fans can get a look at my life beyond Facebook and Twitter posts. They’ll see me in the studio and everything.

When did things start to take off?  

When I made the song “She the Truth” everything kinda blew up. My name started being recognized in Ohio, and I even got an offer from JD (Jermaine Dupri) from So So Def. I’m working on a remix for the song with Rasheeda.

What’s your next move?

My next move is to build a bigger fan base. Labels today are looking for artists that already have a large fan base. They’re not trying to sign an artist, put money into them and find out their not hot. So I want to build up my college fan base. I’m looking to do some college tours in the future.

You have more than 8,000 followers on Twitter that seems like a pretty big base.

Yea but I’m trying to get more. I told myself that I wouldn’t start Ustream until I got at least 10,000 followers. The music scene has changed. No one is selling albums outta the trunk of their car anymore. It’s all about whether ya song is on iTunes or Amazon.com. For your music to sell you have to have a fan base, and that’s what I’m working on.

Worst case scenario, say music doesn’t work out, what’s plan B?

Plan B is that I will go back to school. I was in school, and I decided to take a year off to really focus on my music. But if I don’t see a direct path then I’ll go back to school.

 

 

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