1) Tell is a bit about yourself;
where you're from, when did you start rapping and how'd you become
part of Darkroom Familia?
Yo wass up man dis is YOUNG D born
and raised in Northern Cali in STOCKTON 209 a place I call my CITY
OF SIN. I starting rappin wen I was about 15. I always liked rap
music, but really got into puttin' rhymes and words together around
16. That's when I started to hear the name and music of DARKROOM
FAMILA. Once I started listening to them and saw that they were
local and from the 209 and 510, I was like "Shit, they're so close
to me there's no reason why I can't be heard, right?" So from dat
point I started doing shit for reals, started recording shit with
some homies then after a while I decided to buy a 4-track and
starting recording for myself. I've always been a Darkroom fan just
like any one else and so when I saw that they were doing an
autograph signing in Manteca, 'bout 10 mins away, I knew that was my
1 chance to be heard, dat was my opportunity. Everything went all
good. From there it led to a feature to another feature to a solo
track and the rest is history.
2) Describe your style/sound.
I don't now how I would describe my
style. I can't say I label myself a certain way because to me i
just hear the beat and I take it from there... To me it's just life.
3) What influenced/inspired you to
Like I said I always liked rap music but DARKROOM FAMILA was always
my motivation and inspiration to rap and be heard. They lived like
me and I lived like them.
4) Darkroom Familia has released an
unbelievable amount of albums over the years and have been making
music for so long. What inspires Darkroom Familia to keep making
Well I can't speak for the group but I'm sure they would agree wit
me dat it has to be the fans. The fans have always showed DRF love
locally and nationally and worldwide.
5) What is your all-time favorite
Thats a tough one. There are so many albums, it's hard to choose
between them. I love them all. I must admit even though I'm in
Darkroom, I'm still a big fan, believe it or not.
6) What is your opinion of
The game to me is still the same.
People saying what they want, to be heard, people getting their
voice out... But the styles are always changing. But as far as
business-wise and sales it seems everybody's burning and downloading
illegally and that hurts the independent artists like us.
7) What artists, aside from Darkroom
Familia, do you listen to?
Honestly if it ain't us I'm not bumpin' it... I'll just listen to
whatever's on the radio.
8) How do you feel about fans outside
of the U.S. listening to Darkroom?
I think it's great. It's a great
feeling to be heard and loved around the world. What artist wouldn't
want to be heard worldwide?
9) What are your thoughts on major
labels still not recognizing independent rap from the Bay/Northern
It doesn't really bother me dat much
cuz to them (I feel) it's just about big money... I mean, the money
is great, but for me it's about being heard and telling people my
10) How do you feel about the Bay
Area/Central Valley/Northern Cali rap scene?
We've came a long way from just a small handful to artists coming
out of damn near every city. Before it was hard to hear from a
local artist. Now they're every where.
11) Any upcoming projects?
Well right now I'm working on my second solo project witch is called
"NORTHERN CALI LIFESTYLE." The official release date is 7-22-2010.
And K.I.D. is also working on a solo project for future release.