Editor Rating: HEATSEEKERS
Why we like Yung Citizen:
Yung Citizen has a positive and inspirational message behind his words. His music in able to be motivational without sounding preachy, mainly because he is such a talent behind the mic. Verses and hooks both come off effortlessly from the rapper, and his hazy synthesized production compliments them perfectly.
Who is Yung Citizen… Christopher Michael Williams, aka Yung Citizen (born February 23, 1988) is a young up and coming music producer, composer, singer and entrepreneur. Founder of the media company Citizenship Music Group, Citizen has provided music for a number of artists primarily in the Hip-Hop and R&B genres of music. The youngest of three, Yung Citizen was raised in a regular middle-class African-American family in Charlotte, NC. At an early age, Citizen was influenced musically by many R&B artists but the strongest was from the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson
. His collections of Jackson’s concert videos are many. His parents also remember the countless number of mornings he would catch a quick glimpse of his favorite movie, “The Five Heart Beats” before heading off to school. After graduating from First Assembly High School in Concord High School, he headed to college to play football at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. It became very apparent football was taking its toll on his music interest, so after two years, he decided to leave the football field and focus on his music. While at Catawba, Citizen established an R&B vernaculars program and performance group known as Ur’bnSol. Citizen managed, rehearsed and directed their performances during his junior
and senior years. He also took piano lessons to assist with his chord arrangements and compositions, and although not confessing to be a singer, took voice lessons to better demonstrate to other artists his interpretation of the songs. Music is his passion. During the summer of his junior year, Citizen wanted to improve his skill in music production so he found and secured a summer internship at JAMBOX Entertainment and Recording Studio in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The experience was invaluable and will remain with Citizen forever. Lee Evans, Cathy Palmisano and team took Yung Citizen under their wings and provided training on music production and the finer aspects of music and business marketing. While there Citizen also created a music track that was eventually released by an aspiring artist known as B3B3 (pronounced Bay-Bay) titled “Take Me Away”. During his junior and senior years, Citizen devoted countless hours per week creating and developing music in his dorm room and inside the campus recording studio. Students began to notice the music and raved about his talent. To further validate acceptance of the music, Citizen would perform on campus and at local establishments in Salisbury, North Carolina. Always being the consummate entrepreneur, he sent music to the well-known rapper Neako
who used it for his song titled “Whippin, Whippin” which was featured on a recent mix-tape and subsequent video. His senior project consisted of a live performance of original music by Citizen and he was accompanied by another aspiring artist known as J-Real. The music performed is on the mix-tape titled Raybans and Regrets.
Listen to the track that landed them on Heatseekers- "Dreams"
Also check out a mixtape from Yung Citizen, "BROS."