Good morning OTDHipHop fam! I’m so stoked that so many artists have been hitting me up to be featured on our platform. Today we have a special guest all the way from Chicago, hip hop artist/rapper Young Pat Mane! We chopped it up a few days ago via a video chat interview, and we discussed his background, experience, and upcoming projects as an artist. See more below:
OTDHipHop: When did you start rapping and taking it seriously as a career?
Young Pat Mane: I’ve always loved music and a big fan of classic artists like Rakim, Nas, and more. I’ve been rapping for a minute now but started taking it seriously about 3 years ago.
OTDHipHop: How did you get started in putting yourself out there as an artist in Chicago?
Young Pat Mane: Well basically while I was in college at Robert Morris University Illinois, I linked up with different creative collectives out here that do spoken word, rapping, and singing. I’m a member of Solace Minds, which is an extension of Solace Souls. It’s a cool network of talented artists and like-minded people who want to grow their art and brand.
OTDHipHop: How do you feel about Chance the Rapper’s representation of and involvement in Chicago?
Young Pat Mane: Shouts out to Chance and everything he does for the city of Chicago! Honestly we highly respect him in the community. He gives back so much and he doesn’t really have to. But I’m glad he supports the youth especially.
OTDHipHop: What is Chicago’s underground hip hop scene like?
Young Pat Mane: Honestly going back to Chance and his movement, there’s a lot of support for independent artists. Shows can get crazy over here, lol. Also, like I said, there are lots of networks of creatives that work together. I perform a lot locally, and there’s lots of opportunity.
Aloha OTDHipHop, it's April 2018 already?! Lol. Let's get back to this music then...
As per usual, thank you to all of the artists and supporters out there. This week, we got a special feature all the way from the Bay Area - my homie Young, Dedicated, & Proper (YDP)!
Her brand new EP "I Am Human" is out now, but this project isn't just another mixtape..
Erika Porter, aka as Young, Dedicated, & Proper (YDP) is an artist, rapper, and storyteller who suffered a horrific loss last year. The “I Am Human” EP releases today, on the one-year anniversary of the murder of YDP’s sister, Rashanda Porter, who was fatally shot by her ex-boyfriend while driving her sons to school.
The “I AM Human” EP released 2 days ago on the one year anniversary of
Rashanda Porter’s passing. In light of the tragic memory, YDP showcases a family affair throughout her album. “This project was important because I used beats created by me and our cousins, and also incorporated my son and my sister’s sons on the tracks, which gives the project a real piece of her,” said YDP.
YDP seeks to make a positive outcome from her own grieving process, which is expressed on “I Am Human.” She also seeks to raise awareness about the tragic realities of domestic violence, for the victims and their families.
Happy Aloha Friday OTDHipHop fam! I have the pleasure to introduce y’all to my friend and fellow emcee/artist - Cedric Clinton! A couple weeks ago Cedric asked me to be on his Freestyle Friiiday livestream. Long story short, it was dope checking out his business’ warehouse and sharing each other’s stories in music and business. He is a former surf champion and owner of local screen printing company, Squeeze Play Hawaii. This young man is truly a gem!
See more from our interview below:
OTDHipHop: How’d you get your name?
Cedric: There's a deeper reason for using Clinton which relates to my crew/brand/movement Chi Funk. Chi Funk was inspired by G Funk (which relates to how I was introduced to hip hop) & G Funk evolved from P Funk (Parliament Funkadelic) who's leader is George Clinton.
Chi Funk = Cedric Clinton / P Funk = George Clinton. It just aligned.
OTDHipHop: How’d you get into making music, specifically Hip Hop/Rap?
Cedric: I was introduced to Hip Hop by the song "Forgot About Dre" by Dr. Dre & Eminem. Funny story, my best friend at the time James Ubias & I decided to enter the school talent show with that song. A few years ago I wrote a song about that story called "Westside Story" which is featured on my 1st 3-track EP Westside Stories. After school one day, I went to James' apartment with a blank cassette tape in an effort to catch the song on the radio & record it onto the cassette tape, so that we could practice with it for our school audition. We even called the radio station to request it from the DJ. The song finally came on, we recorded it, then downloaded & printed the lyrics. I remember us both debating over who got to be Eminem because we both wanted to be him super bad. I ended up losing that battle in a Jan Ken Po (Rock-Paper-Scissors) match. So, we memorized the lyrics & the audition day finally came. We got up in front of our class & performed. Mind you, this was in the 5th grade & the lyrics spoke about smoking weed, drinking alcohol, burning down houses & all kinds of profanity LOL. Surprisingly, we didn't end up making the cut for the talent show, however that didn't stop us. James & I ended up going to different middle & high schools, so we kind of lost touch, however we reconnected years later to discover we were both still rapping!
OTDHipHop: Where are you from? What is your background like?
Cedric: I'm born & raised on O'ahu, HI. My ethnic background is French, Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese. Growing up in Hawaii, I experienced so many different cultures which definitely has influenced my music. Not only do I incorporate local slang (pidgin), I also pull inspiration from the east coast, west coast, down south, & some influence from outside the USA. I can also speak French fluently, so I plan to incorporate some French into my raps in the future.
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