Hip hop has always been a unique tool to express an artist’s feelings while also acting as an urban version of CNN to the inner cities across America. Over the past several years, the integrity of the music has been challenged by artist and business alike to capitalize off the success of the music and lifestyle. With an oversaturated list of artists trying to break into national success, it’s hard to check one’s reason for getting into the business, whether it’s for the quick money and fame or for the love of the music.
Jay Young is not immune for the constant scrutiny. The Houston born emcee has been on his job for several years trying to solidify a position on retail racks across the nation. After enduring his hometown’s rise to fame in which many of the city’s biggest stars signed to major labels, Jay still works the independent scene with his recording home, Showtyme Entertainment. Many artists would fold and enter the workforce, realizing that accomplishing their dream was harder work than first thought. Jay Young is built differently than most.
Splitting his youth between Houston and San Antonio, Jay was forced to mature at a very young age. At only seven years old, Jay was forced to become the man of his family after his father was paralyzed in an accident. After years of struggling to provide for his family, he found writing as a way of getting away from the pain of reality. Shy at first about his new talent, Jay soon became a strong artist and found himself highly sought after. After several meetings with Showtyme Entertainment, an upstart independent record company based in Houston, Jay signed as their first solo artist. After playing changing roles with Showtyme Entertainment and then being moved to being the flagship artist, Jay has released a handful of mixtapes and is gearing up for his debut solo album.
Posed to release his DJ Chuck T assisted mixtape titled Crash Session as a launching pad for his debut album, Neva Seen It Comin’ this spring, powered by the single “Voicemail”, Jay is banking on making a huge splash in the following months. Lord knows, with all the struggles he has been through during his life and the hard work he has put in with his recording career, Jay is far overdue an opportunity to excel at something finally after his 20 something years.