Born in Atlanta, Georgia just over a decade and a half ago, Yung Wun spent his adolescent years training for battle in the Eastlake Meadows housing projects, otherwise known as “Little Vietnam.” His family later recollected to the Mc Daniel Glenn housing projects where they still reside today. Early on, Yung Wun’s blessed poetic gifts were overshadowed by the effects of a ruthless environment, making his misguided youth easy prey for the “ghetto and its wicked ways.” Yung Wun became immersed in its confusion, agitating his childhood innocence. By the age of six, he had surrendered to the war on the streets.
Yung Wun had numerous encounters with police as he took part in random lawlessness, which landed him in the throws of the juvenile justice system. It was during the height of this pandemonium that Yung Wun found relief from this madness through lyrical expression. He began rhyming as a form of escape. He even won several oratorical contests and writing awards.
Yung Wun’s grandmother, Vera, was his angel amidst the hell on earth. She would continually plead with her grandson to get off the streets and concentrate on his God given talents of speaking and writing. In the single most pivotal moment of his young life, Yung Wun’s grandmother died in his arms.
Overwhelmed by her death, he was left to contemplate his future path. Remembering what his grandmother told him, he began to defy the evil forces of the streets and focus on the good his grandmother always saw in him. Yung Wun devoted his life to his art form.
Inspired by the kings of rap music, Tupac, Biggie and DMX, he began showcasing his talents all over metro Atlanta, grabbing the attention of several music executives. Yung Wun appeared on several underground down south projects while he endured the underhandedness of the music industry. Many of the people that claimed they would help him achieve his dream, only lured him in to exploit the ambitious teen; stealing his songs, then casting him aside. Despite this disappointment, Yung Wun pressed on with a vengeance, vowing that there would be “consequences and repercussions” if anyone tried to stop him.
His career took an upward turn in 1998 when he signed with producers from Dark Society Recordings, an Atlanta based production company. The team completed an album project and presented it to platinum selling super producer, Swizz Beatz. Swizz immediately recognized the extraordinary talent of this young MC and offered Dark Society Recordings a production deal on his label Full Surface / J Records.
Yung Wun has been featured on several platinum selling rap albums. He was featured on the “Down Bottom” remix with Drag-On off of the multi platinum selling Ruff Ryder Compilation Volume!. He rhymed alongside Snoop Dog, Jadakiss and Scarface on “World War III” from Ruff Ryder’s second compilation. He was also featured on Jadakiss’ first solo album and will appear on Swizz Beatz’s upcoming compilation on Dreamworks.
Yung Wun’s blend of down south energy, ferocious delivery style, and poetic genius, combine to make him one of the most awesome lyricists to enter the rap game in recent years. He stimulates his audience with high-powered anthems, rousing chants, animated performances, and a provocative thugology that chronicles ghetto episodes of life and love, power and politics.
Even during his meekest, thirstiest moments, the storytelling prince always knew he was “the next living legend.” And after his long, tiresome journey, he embraces this honor, preparing himself to sit alongside the other lyrical kings knowing that he will soon inherit the earth.