BIOGRAPHY OF Young Mike AKA Tyrus Shamar Odom Holly Tyrus Shamar Odom Holly was born on February 14, 1992 in New Jersey where he still resides. Tyrus Odom also known as âï¿½ï¿½Young Mike picked up the microphone at the age of 3. He grabbed the microphone from the DJ at his grandfatherâï¿½ï¿½s retirement party, and has not put down since. When he was 9 years old, Young Mike began entering rap contests at the Boys and Girls Club and won his first at the age of 10. His big break came in December of 2003, Young Mike big break came when he auditioned and was then chosen to participate in the Righteous Rapping contest at Passaic County Community College where he won 2nd place. He continued to keep busy by performing at birthday parties, talent shows and local cookouts. In January 2004, he was asked to return to Passaic County Community College to perform at the finals. He won 1st place. At this moment Young Mike knew that he had a chance to pursue his dream of being a rapper. He continued to pursue his dream in 2004 by taking the stage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem by surprise with an outstanding performance at Amateur hour. Young Mike went on in 2004 to rock the house at the Grand Opening of the Tabu Lounge in Newark, New Jersey where he sang his special song title âï¿½ï¿½Iâï¿½ï¿½m Just A Rapperâï¿½ï¿½ for then Mayor Sharpe James. He also performed in New York with Fat Man Scoop, and then with Brother Sims in Paterson, New Jerseyfor the Aids Awareness and Prevention of Gang Violence. After consulting with a local recording studio, Young Mike realized that he has to write his lyrics from his heart and life experiences. Previously he was writing lyrics containing themes with violence, because of influences of other rappers. No he writes lyrics based on his feelings and the hopes that this will lead to becoming a famous rapper and a role model for his community. âï¿½ï¿½Broken Promisesâï¿½ï¿½ is a heartfelt testament of his determination to becoming a success. When Young Mike becomes famous, he looks forward to contributing to charity, specifically health care relief for those who cannot afford medical treatment. As a asthmatic himself, he is eager to help finding a cure for this illness. Young Mike is inspired by Nas, Lupe, and himself.