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A Conversation With Pontiac’s @YAKTOWNBOYZ248

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YTB Kaine is one of Michigan’s hidden gems. With recent releases like “Vent” and “Some Money,” he shows a kind of versatility that normally isn’t seen until record labels and A&Rs get involved. He’s got something special to pay attention to and he’s on the rise.

4ShoMag talked to him about some of his music and where he’s at right now to paint a picture of where he wants to go.

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.

What’s the YTB in YTB Kaine stand for? 

YTB stands for Young Thugs Bussin it was Yaktownboyz which represented our city Pontiac aka Yactown, but it got changed for certain reasons. 


How did you get into rap?

I got into rap at the age 13 after listening to Eminem, T.I., DMX, Ruff Ryders & Nas. I loved the art. I started writing poetry and it turned into rhymes. I took rap serious after I lost my brother in 2013.


How important is authenticity to your message? 

Authenticity is important to me because I can’t tell you about somebody else’s life. I want to give my fans and supporters My Story. I want them to feel my pain understand where my aggression comes from when I rap. 


How has being from Detroit shaped your approach to rap? Who are some of your favorite rappers, past and present? 

I’m from Pontiac. Being 20mins from Detroit making a name for myself most people were scared to travel to those open mics, competitions, and performances. I went every night I had a show with my head held high ready. It was times I went on last bit after I performed I got love and things changed. 


How would you describe the Detroit music scene? 

The Detroit music scene popping right now. Their eyes are definitely on Detroit right now. Michigan has been had the wave they are just now making them pay attention. 


When recording a song like “Vent,” how do you decide what works and what’s too personal to include in the track?

When I wrote “Vent” I showed a side of me I was scared to show or express. I didn’t hold anything back like I usually would. I vented to my fans as I would to a shrink. I just figured they’d understand me more without judging me. 


Who are you looking forward to working with and why? 

I’m looking to work with Styles P. That’s my right-hand man favorite rapper. He got 20 years in prison. That’ll definitely make his bid easier. It’s a lot of artists that’s upcoming that’s hot. I just wanna work with other hungry upcoming artists like myself. 


What do you have planned for the rest of 2019?

I dropped a mixtape on June 22 entitled “Vent” and mid-July I’m dropping again “Still A Menace II Society.” My third mixtape, I don’t have a name for yet but that’s done. That’ll come sometime this October. I plan on putting the game in a choke hold. Bring back that old rap the G’s want to hear. 

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From the Karaoke Machine To Center Stage, DC Rapper Nell Burna Is Heating Up The Rap Game With His New Single ‘Quarter Mill’

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Having opened up for well known artists such as 2Chainz and Trina, Nell Burna has been promoting good vibes through music since he stepped in the studio for the first time at twelve years old. 

The DC native’s music infuses the DC ‘go go’ style with the natural rap flow that he describes as being versatile, ranging from a trap music flow similar to artists like 2Chainz to a softer flow similar to that of Certified Loverboy, Drake. A multifaceted artist, Nell Burna writes his own music, and has tried his hands in the areas of producing and engineering. His catalog includes projects he has written specifically for the ladies such as his twerk song, ‘Lil Freak’ https://open.spotify.com/album/58JqNlVuG46LIGZAvwUEbN?si=bUtpUGZYThC9fBBDjlwAuw&dl_branch=1

Currently an independent artist, Nell Burna released his first EP entitled ‘Unleashed’ in 2015. Today, he is working on releasing singles that inspire others to believe in themselves. 

As he continues to work toward achieving his full goals, Nell Burna is focused on the hustle right now, making new music and promoting it on social media and streaming platforms. He recently collaborated with his DC neighbor, Xanman from Maryland, on a single called, ‘On the Lowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82LtyqRJDd8 and hopes to link up with ASAP Ferg in the near future for a collaboration. 

Even while experiencing the highs and lows of the music industry, Nell Burner says he “could never run away from music.” He would advise rising artists to “just believe in yourself even if others don’t.”

Be on the lookout from new music and visuals from the DC artist. Nell Burna’s music is available on all streaming platforms. 

Follow him on IG @nellburna1

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Jeda Voice Explains His Lane As “Alternative R&B”

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Southern California native Jeda Voice is bringing edgy to R&B! The up-and-coming artist fell in love with music at a very young age and although he recorded his first record at the age of 14, his passion for it started way before that. “I wrote my first poem in elementary school,” he says. “After that, my grandma had a big stereo tape player, and as kids, we would play around. I pressed play by mistake, and Jodeci came on. That’s when I fell in love with the art of music.”

With over 1 million streams on Soundcloud, fans are loving Jeda’s distinct and edgy R&B style – or as he calls it “alternative R&B.” Nevertheless, the singer always knew that music was his calling. “Music has this deep soul tie with me. I believe it chose me and we all have choices and my choice is to use my gift the best way possible.” Even when others doubted him, Jeda did not give up. “In the beginning I was told that I couldn’t do it, I was told I wasn’t good enough, people literally laughed at me in the studio,” he says. Having been through the setbacks and negativity, the singer claims he makes music for “the lovers, the underdogs, the rejected ones, the ones that people envy and the ones that people hurt.”

As he continues to work on his craft, Jeda is also looking to dabble into the business world. For now, the rising R&B singer is focused on releasing new music in 2022, and he is currently working on his short film/music video for his single “Purple Rain Pt 2”. Check out “PW8 II” available on all streaming platforms, and follow Jeda on Instagram @jedavoice.

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Dre-Ski Teams Up With JayUncut In New Song/Visual “Get Back” Out Now

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Dre-Ski is an upcoming artist from Virginia Beach, VA who is destined to make it in the music industry. His upbringing consumed of listening to Jay-Z, DMX, Dip Set, Nas, and Biggie during the late 90’s early 2000’s. Along with being an artist, Dre-Ski is currently in the military which is one of the things that he is most proud of. As an artist who creates Rap and Hip-Hop music, you could describe his sound as a mixture of Fabolous and J Cole. Both artists have had a very high influence on Dre-Ski’s sound.

When asked why is music a passion of his, Dre-Ski responded “My passion for music has always been undeniable. Growing up, my parents listened to all genres of music, primarily R&B, 90’s and 2000’s Hip-Hop developed my passion for music greatly.”

The goals Dre-Ski hopes to achieve are to get a distribution record deal. Another major goal of his is to continue to build his fan-base and reach a different audience world-wide. With the hopes of making an influential impact, Dre-Ski really wants to engage with his audience and leave a long lasting impression. He is currently working on his next EP titled “4 Real Ones Only Pt. 2”. Keeping the momentum going, his newest single “Get Back” produced by JayUncut is out now along with the visual so be sure stay tapped in!

Instagram: @TheReal_DreSki

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