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In a very short amount of time, Yazzi has already begun to make a name for himself. Born Yassin Samatar on New York’s Upper West Side, Yazzi was immediately immersed in music, as his father was always a collector of eclectic sounds and genres, and his Aunt is a major player in European and Somalian music scenes. Yazzi’s interest had him flowing and writing at the age of 11. Meanwhile, his family relocated to Salt Lake City. As he grew, Yazzi’s interest turned into passion, and his life turned into a mission of spreading his positive message through a powerful art form. Hitting the Salt Lake scene in July 2010, this lyrical mastermind doubles as an entrepreneur, setting goals for his career and gaining popularity because of his clever rhymes and infectious personality. Yazzi’s hip hop, alternative hip hop, and pop sounds make crowds vibe deep, and his connectable nature and raw talent draws listeners in. He has already established himself as a rising musical influence, booking local and national gigs at venues, festivals, and free-lance summer events. He has collaborations set up with major artists, is working on his debut album, and is preparing for a world tour which encompasses the United States, Europe, and Canada. Despite his obvious rise, Yazzi has not allowed the ever-growing popularity to get to his head. Inspired by his life, the people around him, and the struggles he has encountered, this down to earth, loveable guy has maintained one philosophy: individuality is key. “Only you know you, and my mission is to give people an example of how to be oneself while living through it all.” Yazzi’s message resonates with all people from all walks of life, and his determination and passion will surely launch him to the top of the creative game.


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