Y.K. The Pilot (aka Y.K. Cleveland) is a Cleveland, Ohio-based producer and rapper currently working with rapper Robb Relo on VSOP: Very Special Once Played. He began his career in 2003 as the front man of former rap group J-squad. His influences include new jack swing producer Teddy Riley, Organized Noize, Shawty Redd, Dr. Dre and R. Kelly. He actually didnâï¿½ï¿½t listen to hip hop growing up, instead tuning his ears to 90âï¿½ï¿½s R&B, Dance, and Southern gospel. He began to listen to rap and hip-hop after hearing âï¿½ï¿½crossroadsâï¿½ï¿½ by Bone Thugs N Harmony.