About the artist
Straight out of the streets of Long Beach California, Young Blade is emerging as the next big thing on the West Coast. He was raised by a young mother and stepfather both part of violent street Gangs, his mother a member of the Rollin Twenty Crips, and father a member of the Insane Crips, Young Blade later affiliated with the Rollin Twenties.
As a child, Blade was moved around from state to state before settling down in Georgia for musical purposes. He had became interested in Hip-Hop at a very young age, and was heavily influenced to become a emcee himself. In elementary school, he became involved with other little rappers, forming a group called D-Crew. In 2005 he relocated back to California and started another rap group with his uncle, dropping the 'D' and renaming the group 'Tha Crew' that following year.
By mid 2006 the group had collected an additional six members and created a small buzz locally. After tension rose within the group, the group ultimately split up after just two mixtapes, causing Blade to become a solo artist.
"After the group split, i stopped workin' on the music entirely and just focused all my energy back into the streets," He says. "I felt like i needed more funding behind me, without the money, doing this for a livin' just felt like a dream." Blade had completely stopped recording, but it wasn't long before he got back into producing music again.
He recorded his first solo mixtape shortly afterwards, The Streetz Talk,
Young Blade has been effectively building a following, marketing his Indie founded label, and creating awareness to his brand.
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