Young Motive

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Young Motive (Bio) Many of today’s hip hop artists rap about blowing money on cars, clothes and alcohol while their fans can barely afford to buy their music. But DMV’s Young Motive (born Tarik Wright, Jr.), “the DMV’s finest honor roll rapper, motivational speaker in a pair of Jordan sneakers,” decided to “take a stand.” Seeing on television all of the hardship in the world, the teen decided that he would rather use his talents to not only entertain, but to educate, uplift and—as his name suggests—motivate his peers. With his “nerdy swagg,” he makes being smart cool. And through his music he encourages other young people to stay in school, make wise choices, set and reach goals, and “elevate our minds, elevate our status, elevate our life!” Young Motive started working toward his goals at a young age. He has been performing since he was four years old and writing music since age nine. Confident in his son’s natural talent, Young Motive’s father, a local music promoter, sent an audition video of his son to Showtime at the Apollo. Three weeks later, Motive hit the stage for his first big live performance at the “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” Talent Search at the local mall, where he captivated the crowd with his style, stellar showmanship and stage presence. Ultimately, he came in second place, winning several prizes and landing three gigs from area promoters. Learning the fundamentals of singing and acting at the SNT Talent Agency in Maryland prepared Young Motive for roles in various stage plays and helped to propel the rising star. He was featured as Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Black history production, “We Are the Choices We Make,” where during intermission he performed his first recorded song, “Die So Young.” He also had a part in “Scrooge,” where he had a leading role as Scrooge’s companion. In addition to plays, he further honed his craft competing in many talent contests, often taking the top prize. At a Motown talent showcase, he performed his favorite Motown hit, “Dancing Machine,” by the Jackson 5. He performed at the Washington, D.C. leg of the LeBron James / Nike More Than a Game Tour in 2009. He also won “Best Performance” at Baltimore Apollo, first place prize at the Millennium Talent Search in D.C. and first place in the Whaler’s Creation talent search. In December 2011, Young Motive rocked the stage on BET’s 106 & Park, performing his debut single, “Burgers & Fries” (available on itunes and other outlets). Legendary pioneer of the hip-hop movement Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC said Young Motive “is bigger than Rap,” and acknowledged him as someone who will have a major impact on this generation of music and society as a whole. In an industry that tends to push aside artists with more uplifting messages, this young rapper, singer, actor is making his mark, proving that he has a place on the world stage and that one can have success while encouraging and motivating others to be their best. “For the ills of society, I’m curing the pain…Young Motive, I’m hoping y’all remember the name!”


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