Young Saint, hailing from the midwest, has an unique story to tell. He’s been rapping for a while now, battling with acceptance struggles in a hip hop due to it being a predominantly African American genre and culture. However, that only fueled his fire to keep on pushing and making a name for himself. Later, he got to open up for Kid Ink and did many shows and contest in which his brand was becoming recognizable.
While he is in the process of promoting his latest project, and continuing to create new music for his fans, Yung Saint says he still has a couple of more plans to had to his list. I got a chance to interview Yung Saint to talk about his upbringing, challenges being an indie hip hop artist, music and more. Peep the interview after the jump!
Tell us about yourself and your music.
Yung Saint: My name is Yung Saint, I started rapping 15 years ago started off battling and just writing down bars. Never had beats or actual songs, just notebooks of bars. Then I realized I wanted more and started finding instrumentals of already famous artists and remixing them. But I would say for the last 10 years I’ve really grown into an artist writing and recording original music. Being a white rapper, I’ve always dealt with the acceptance struggle, but it’s never brought me down. If anything it makes me go harder and prove I belong here. Most people hear me say I’m a hip hop artist and they give me a funny look then they hear me and their whole judgement changes I love seeing that and having that feeling.
How would you describe your sound?
Yung Saint: I’m energetic for sure! I like to bring the most energy I can on every track. Being from the midwest, I often bring that fast paced delivery being that I grew up on Twista and Bone Thugs, but I also have a down south sound to my music as well.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
Yung Saint: My last project I released was called “#EVERYTHING” it was a “Best Of” mix of all my most popular songs in the last 3 years. The biggest single I had was “Have Mercy” that was placed on many blogs and internet radio stations. I also competed in a local “Get Your Buzz Up” contest with that song that was judged by DJ Pain 1 and Mike Trampe as well as a few other industry guys. I placed 2nd, but it was only a 2-point difference. You could ask the crowd and they would tell you I won! (laughs)
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
Yung Saint: Right now, I’m in the process of recording my new mixtape named “Revival” set to release Sept. 23rd 2016. I named it Revival due to being gone from the game the past year taking a break. I’m back to a new me and with this mixtape; I’m really going to show what I am capable of as an artist. I have new merchandise dropping with the mixtape as well such as men and women’s tee shirts, hoodies and stickers. Will be attending SXSW this coming 2017 and hopefully going to have a small midwest tour that Im working on for the start of 2017.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
Yung Saint: I’ve done a lot of shows and have opened for many major artists, but I would say my best show yet was when I opened up for Kid Ink. The place had so much energy and the crowd was rockin’ with me so hard I never wanted to leave the stage! (laughs)… but after that show I received the most amount of love ever and it really showed me this is what Im meant to do.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
Yung Saint: Aw man. There’s so many artists that I look up too. Obviously I’d love to work with Eminem and Dre just for the simple fact they are geniuses! But with my flow and style and sound, I really want to work with Ace Hood. I connect really well to his music and think we could make something GREAT! I also can’t forget about Fabolous! I feel like he is the most underrated in the game, but he’s definitely in my Top 5 Dead Or Alive!
Name something random that people do not know about you.
Yung Saint: I’ve never told anybody, but I honestly get nervous before every time. I hit the stage. I always say I’m not but I am (laughs). But as soon as the music starts it goes away. It almost feels like I black out and just go into another dimension. (laughs).
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
Yung Saint: It’s rough! There’s so much that you have to keep up with the fast moving pace! But I learned that you can never stop pushing! Make as any contacts as possible be humble and be grateful! Don’t ever take any criticism in a negative way. Listen to everything and build from it!
What can we expect from you in the future?
Yung Saint: Expect to see my face on every hip hop site everywhere (laughs). No but for real, my goal is to drop this project and push push push! Invest into my music and get heard in every corner of the world.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Yung Saint: Just if you have a chance listen to my music and I really mean listen! Cuz you will hear the hunger in my voice and understand I want this more than anything! Keep up to date at www.yungsaint.com!! LETS GO!!!!
Website – www.yungsaint.com
Twitter – @yungsaint608
Instagram – @yungsaintofficial
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