***Nominated for "BEST HIP HOP ALBUM"***
At the 2008 San Diego Music Awards!!!!
-Shock G (Digital Underground)
"This could be a great boxing-gym album — plenty of lyrics of struggle and hustles"
-Ollie (San Diego Reader)
"...the hip-hop scene just got a lot mo' betta"
-Kinsee Morlan (San Diego CityBeat)
"...i'm really digging it! - a great contribution to the Digital Underground oeuvre"
-Garrett Caples (San Francisco Bay Guardian)
"...each track on here is full of soul"
-DJ Tre (SanDiegoHipHopScene.com)
"...the perfect corner loitering tune" ("Let It Go")
-Brandon Daviet (Blogcritics.org)
"...remix w/Digital Underground is a smoker" ("Blue Skyy")
-Scott Thomas (CEO - Jake Records)
"...he's raising the bar for established & up and coming emcees/producers alike"
YOUNG MASS (a.k.a. Fifth Element, Young Fifth) Bio:
The rejuvenation of hip hop has begun and the future has arrived with San Diego’s energizing producer/rap artist Young Mass. Born Derrick Stanton, Mass moved with his family from Chicago to the San Diego area over a decade ago. Since then, this 21-year old has worked diligently to establish his production, writing and rapping skills – elevating his game to a level on par with today’s hottest stars.
In 2003, the front man of Digital Underground, Shock G, recognized Mass’ talent and potential at San Diego’s annual “Gutfest” barbeque. Shock G heard Mass’ demo tape during the event and invited Mass to join the group on-stage later that night for a three song set. For the next four years, Young Mass was introduced at Digital Underground’s shows as their newest member.
Shock G showcased Mass’ talent by immediately adding him to Cherry Flava'd E-Mail, on Shock’s solo album, Fear of a Mixed Planet. Since that time, Mass has continued to showcase his skills by producing eleven tracks for Money B and Cleetis Mack’s Sex and the Studio DVD/CD series. The hit single, Drank-A-Lot, was a fan favorite on BET’s late night adult-oriented video show Uncut. In 2007, Money B released a mixtape titled Mandatory, Volume One. Young Mass is featured on two tracks and produced an additional four – including the Bay area hit single Solid. In addition, Mass met and collaborated with Dr. Dre for Dr. Dre’s anticipated Detox album release.
Since then, Young Mass has been working on tracks for his self-titled debut album. When Shock G heard the first single, Blue Skyy, the reaction was unequivocal: it’s “relentlessly a banga”. The second single, Let That Knock, is a true example of Mass’ production skills and will, no doubt, be a club favorite. The album will also feature collaborations with Bay area favorites – Yukmouth (of the Luniz), Mimi, Tha Mekanix and more.
Young Mass has been quietly earning respect from artists and fans throughout southern California. As a protégé of Digital Underground, Young Mass has enhanced his skills and developed the stage experience necessary to amplify a live crowd. As a solo artist, Young Mass has the talent to elevate hip-hop to another level.
YOUNG MASS Timeline:
-At the age of 16, Young Mass met Digital Underground founders Shock G and Money B at “Gutfest”, an annual barbecue in San Diego’s Mission Bay Park hosted by the local Digital Underground fan club, Da Noses (which refers to Shock’s plastic-nosed alter-ego, Humpty Hump). During the next four years, Young Mass was introduced at Digital Underground performances as the group’s newest member. Young Mass performed along-side respected artists; such as George Clinton, Tone-Loc, Raphael Saadiq, Mopreme Shakur, Dru Down, AMG, and The Luniz (Yukmouth & Numskull).
-Young Mass (a.k.a. Fifth Element) is featured on two tracks from Shock G’s critically acclaimed solo album Fear of a Mixed Planet: “Cherry Flava’d Email” and “Holdmedown Up”.
-Young Mass produced eleven tracks on Money B and Cleetis Mack’s Sex and the Studio, Episode 2 DVD/CD set. The Young Mass produced single “Drank-A-Lot” was a fan favorite on BET’s late night adult-oriented video show Uncut.
-Young Mass (a.k.a. Young Fifth) is featured on two tracks from Yukmouth and The Regime’s All Out War Vol. 2 mix-tape. Mass also provided the voice of “Tha Lame” in the compilation’s beef skits against Yukmouth’s rival artist, The Game.
-Young Mass produced Yukmouth’s song “On the Run” for the 25 to Life video game soundtrack.
-Young Mass is featured on two tracks and produced an additional four tracks on Money B’s mix-tape, Mandatory Volume 1, including the Bay area hit single “Solid”.
-Young Mass performes on, and produces the lead single ("Blue Skyy") on Digital Undergrounds final studio album "...cuz a d.u. party don't stop!" released nationaly via Jake Records.
-Young Mass releases his self-titled debut album at www.cdbaby.com!!!
-Mass continues to hone his productions skills, and make a name for himself as a producer. He produced the song “Get That Dough” on B-Real’s 2009 debut solo album "Smoke N Mirrors".
-Young Mass Presents: THE BEST OF DAYGO CITY
YOUNG MASS Single Information:
"Blue Skyy (Remix)"
w/Digital Underground & Kenya Gruv
When Shock G heard the smooth/upbeat first single, Blue Skyy, the reaction was unequivocal: it's "relentlessly a banga". He subsequently joined Mass on the track with fellow group member Money B. In addition, licks from the guitar of Bay Area R&B/Blues legend Eric "Kenya Gruv" Baker (New Edition/Joss Stone) makes the track a force to be dealt with. "Blue Skyy" made its debut on DJ Vanya's West Coast Workout program on San Diego's Blazin 98.9, and continued to recieve heavy rotation!
"Let That Knockk"
A true example of Mass' production skills, no doubt, will be a club favorite.
"On The Grind" w/Mimi
Mimi AKA: Babydoll Refresh, ("Put It On Me" - Dr. Dre & DJ Quik) delivers the triumphant hook on this track about the hustle of getting paid!
"Let It Go" w/Yukmouth
This track bangs away on "The Dago Shine Show" at www.jellyradio.com! Mass recorded the track with Yuk while working on projects at Digital Undergrounds room at an LA studio farm that also housed Yukmouth’s Regime, while they recorded the All Out War Vol. 2 mixtape. Mass contributed to two tracks on the Regime Mixtape, and produced Yuk’s song “On The Run” for the 25 To Life video game soundtrack while at the studio. New Jersey’s DJ Sazquatch composed a hilarious but rare radio edit! (Check it out at Mass' San Diego Reader page!!!)
"Old Flames" w/Dove, Platina, Hotsteez
MASS' MOST DOWNLOADED TRACK ON iTUNES!!! This song was recorded in Reno, Nevada with members of their local Hip-Hop scene; Element: Dove, Hotsteez, and Ms. Platina on the hook.
YOUNG MASS CD Review:
Young Mass Remembers......
It’s hard to find a rap album that doesn’t fall into the predictable traps of the genre. Popular radio hip-hop albums drip with boasts of diamonds and champagne or the dope-smoking gangster ideals of outpacing police; Young Mass melds many recent innovations from the rap game, including tightly packed keyboarding and programming, but leaves the fur coat and yacht clichés alone.
In what could be characterized as traditional lyrics, Young Mass remembers that rap began as poems about mean streets, and he favors lines about shooting dice, cheap booze, and maybe cheaper women without being overly misogynistic. This could be a great boxing-gym album — plenty of lyrics of struggle and hustles.
Driving home the idea that this is a West Coast album are the lines of decidedly 1970s funk-ish guitar and piano, intentional or unintentional hat-tips to Tupac, and featured guest vocalists such as Oakland Bay industry heavyweights Yukmouth and Shock G. Shock G you’d probably know better as “Humpty Hump,” and it’s comforting to hear his smooth voice in all its glory and whimsy.
From: The San Diego Reader
By Ollie, Published Wednesday, May 21, 2008