Young Hootie Delivers Young Compton
Posted on September 24, 2005 by Jamie Slaughter
When Larceny Entertainment starchild Young Hootie rips a mic apart on a mixtape or guest appearance, the street listens. Not just because his lyrics, delivery and flow are more on point than many seasoned veterans of the game, but because real recognizes real, and when Young Hootie spits bars, they come from the heart.
Born in Compton to a mother that eventually fell victim to the crack epidemic, Young Hootie easily identified with rappers such as Tupac that he felt spoke to his situation. Young Hootie had been involved with the street life from an early age, and at age 14, his older brother, who had up until then been the man of the house, was locked up, forcing Young Hootie into early adulthood. Instead of letting this get him down, however, Young Hootie turned to music and academics. Before long, he was taking his SAT books to study at a friend?s basement studio in between rhyming sessions. Both of these efforts ended up providing him with more success than he had originally planned for ? the impromptu recording sessions made him an overnight celebrity in his neighborhood, and his studies landed him a ticket to Morehouse, the most prestigious historically Black College in the nation.
Since laying down his first 16 bars three years ago, Young Hootie has been steadily ripping up the game, and the industry is quickly starting to take notice. After a positive review from DJ Warrior, he linked up with Larceny Entertainment, home to T.K. and Mark ?Breezy? Brown, A&R Executive for such rap powerhouse labels as Priority Records, Capitol Records & Def Jam Records. From then, Hootie appeared on several underground mixtapes, and soon caught the attention of mainstream hip-hop media, landing a positive review in The Source?s Unsigned Hype and Best of the Best Mixtapes. His first solo mixtape, YOUNG COMPTON, moved thousands of units within the space of a few months, and copies are still circulating. However, this early success was only the beginning.
Soon, mixtape mastermind DJ Whoo-Kid contacted Young Hootie about appearing on the upcoming all-West-Coast mixtape, ?New West Order?. And aside from favorable placement on Whoo-Kid?s own G-Unit Radio (Sirius), Young Hootie has also graced the on-air studios of radio celebrities Julio G (KDAY) and Felli Fel (Power 106), which in part has earned him constant love from online fanzine mainstays such as Ballerstatus.net, Westsiderap.com, DubCnn.com and WestCoastRydaz.com.
Recently, Young Hootie has also appeared on tracks with industry heavyweights such as Planet Asia, Strong Arm Steady standout Mitchy Slick, Aftermath signee Bishop Lamont, Big Wy of The Relativez (on the BMG release Money Respect Money), and major label prospect El Dorado Red. Hip-hop fans don?t have to be satisfied with just listening to this young blood, though, as Young Hootie has been cast in a starring role in a short film by Daddy Bill, New York Film Academy?s Director of the Year. He?s also appeareing in QD3?s crucial BEEF series Vol. 3, and his new video, ?On Bloods?, is appearing in the next episode of the popular East Coast DVD Series, Smack.
Never one to forget his roots, however, Young Hootie is also featured prominently in the West Coast peace anthem, ?We?re All in the Same Gang Pt. 2?.
While Young Hootie?s career might also be young as of yet, fans won?t have to wait until it gets much older for them to get what they?ve been waiting for ? a new mixtape, ?Prince of the Bity?, and ?Destroy and Rebuild? his debut album. On the concept behind the title, Young Hootie says:
?The name of my official album is Destroy and Rebuild, and it?s describing the New West Coast ? that?s the concept behind it, just trying to destroy and rebuild our side. Not to disrespect anybody or the legends in the game?I respect them to the utmost, but it?s a new west coast with a new look and sound, and we coming.
And for anybody that has been paying attention to Young Hootie knows, with the release of those two upcoming projects, he will gain his due recognition in the game, and it?s just a matter of time before the whole world knows his name.
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