Yung Citizen | Media Reviews
Reporter Chenelle Covin caught up with Citizen, again from his single “Power People” and commented as follows:
“A new artist to the game, Yung Citizen blends his own interpretations of hip hop along with infusions of R&B/Pop to deliver smooth melodic creations. Accompanied by a poignant and uplifting message, Yung Citizen also produces his own original music. Given the opportunity to engage the music of Yung Citizen, you will find lyrical composition that reaches deep into your soul that is intended to inspire and motivate you to always remain focus on your dreams and aspirations.
When I first heard Yung Citizen’s music, I said to myself this brother is beyond his years. Yung Citizen is another artist that is a rare breed in the world of hip-hop today, by being socially conscious and tackling real-world issues. In essence, he’s definitely a rare necessity in this music game, complex with a blend of futurism.
The upcoming artist from Charlotte, NC deep-rooted passion for music led him to a college degree in Music Business. While at Catawba College, he produced music for Neako, a project that turned into the single and video, “Whippin Whippin”. Citizen proclaims resolutely, “That experience further inspired me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a well-respected, highly sought-after music producer and artist”
After hearing the single Power People, it was a no brainer adding the southern to the list of well-deserved featured artist’s from Reverbnation. Yung Citizen took the time to answer a few questions. Get a feel on who he is, and at the end press play on his current single. It’ll explain why I think you need to wake up and smell the coffee on this artist. Click this link to view the rest of the interview”.
Citizen helped produce a track for another young artist from Charlotte, Michael Remesi. Vent Magazine did an interview on Michael, and he was asked his thoughts about working with Yung Citizen and twin brothers Mike and Joey Pepe:
“The three of them are like my brothers. I love those guys to death and will always have a special bond and relationship with them. I met Joey Pepe back in 2011 when I walked into the studio he worked at with my former agent. Six months later, I returned to the studio to speak with Dave Harris (the owner) about mastering a handful of homemade demos. He suggests that I take them to Joey and his brother Mike Pepe, to further produce them; one album and two EP’s later we are still going strong. Joey and Mike produced the bulk of the EP. I have a track that Yung Citizen co-produced as well. I met Yung Citizen through Joey and Mike. Yung Citizen and myself actually work right next door to each other and didn’t know it until recently. We started chatting about music and ending up collaborating on the track, ‘Until I Get To You.’ Yung Citizen is definitely a visionary. He literally hears the entire track finished when you only have a few chords lied down. His work is brilliant and I look forward to making more music with him. Lastly, Patrick Boyd and DJ AHUF produced the title track, ‘ChromeHearts.’ I met AHUF through a friend and approached him about re-producing an unreleased track of mine; he suggested we also include Patrick. I decided to scrap the initial track and start fresh with them and together we created a track quite like no other. I loved my sessions with them because they brought a new perspective to my music and helped create something so unique and edgy.”
“….did an interview based on the single “Power People”. Reporter Lauren Thompson commented:
“Heralded by the thumping rhythmic call-to-arms of his debut radio single “Power People”, this rising star out of Charlotte, North Carolina is bringing awareness and purpose back to the rap world.”
“It is almost forgotten now, but rap music was once hailed by the Western world as a crucial, politically informed response to the gross inequities of modern life, as poor and disenfranchised minorities often experienced it. That was the eighties formulation, when Public Enemy and the like ruled the airwaves and everyone thought that a new poetry of progress had taken shape. The nineties proved otherwise, and the in-spiraling pressures of image, ambition and commercial success eventually gave way to an art form that is unabashedly self-referential and largely disconnected from the political discourse. That is what makes Yung Citizen so welcomed to the scene. His stylish musical activism exhibits the intelligence of a philosophy textbook and the passion of a church ministry”. Click on this link to review the entire interview.
With his latest album, Alive Sessions, Yung Citizen was able not only to showcase his own ability as a rapper/producer, but he brought some friends along. So it’s only right that he brought Modest Jon with him to the studio to talk about recording together and why it’s important to shine a light on the Charlotte scene. Listen to the podcast.