Detroit area rapper and C.E.O of Ydot ENT, Yung Khan continues an unrelenting march towards Hip/Hop world domination. At 6’5″ his towering presence is surpassed only by his lyrical prowess and smooth vocals.
The son of a former singer (mother) and producer (father), Y.K (Y dot K) was surrounded by music at an early age. Surprisingly, he did not start seriously recording until age 19. After suffering through several disappointing college basketball campaigns, he rediscovered his love of music and invested in his own studio to build his craft.
Yung Khan is currently performing at regional & local Detroit area venues and producing tracks for his next EP “Khan-Air” scheduled Mar 2012.
Jamsphere CEO and journalist Rick Jamm, threw his famed 20 Questions at Yung Khan and this is what came out of the hat.
1. How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?
Yung Khan: I started in 2009. I’ve always had an interest in rapping but I started taking it serious in 2009.
2. Who were the first influences on your music?
Yung Khan: My mom and dad
3. In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
Yung Khan: Probably Drake at this point. He does what he does and he does it in his own way.
4. Describe the first piece of musical equipment that you actually purchased with your own money.
Yung Khan: My first Mic it was a MXL v57. It was like 100 bucks. I recorded my first three mixtapes with it. I will always have a special place in my heart for that mic.
5. Do you think music today is enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrics and why?
Yung Khan: I think Hip Hop is getting back to enjoying both. For a while it seemed like beats overpowered lyrics for the last couple years but lately it seems like the lyrical side of rap is reemerging.
6. Which famous song or musical composition do you wish you had created and why?
Yung Khan: I wish I created the whole Dark and Beautiful Twisted Fantasy project by Kanye West. The composition on that album was epic in my opinion.
7. Do you like doing collaborations, if so, with who would you like to collaborate?
Yung Khan: I like doing collabs. It’s a good way to connect with other artist and reach new fans. Right now no one in particular, I’m open to anyone.
8. Which of your original compositions is your favourite, and why?
Yung Khan: I don’t really have a favorite. It depends on the Mixtape. I have favorite songs off all of the mixtapes I’ve released.
9. Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making your music the way it is?
Yung Khan: My creativity and me keeping my mind extremely open.
10. Which emotion more than any other gets your creative juices flowing. Joy or sadness?
Yung Khan: Probably anger or sadness.
11. What aspect of the music making process excites you most?
Yung Khan: Finding the beats, recording and watching everything come together.
12. What aspect of the music making process discourages you most?
Yung Khan: The costs of promotion honestly.
13. How involved are you in the recording , producing and mastering process of your music and do you outsource any part of this process?
Yung Khan: The only thing I don’t do is master my music. Everything else I do myself ima DIY type; if I can do it I will do it.
14. The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed (and one you didn’t, but should have)?
Yung Khan: Going to a professional studio, I learned a lot. There was one beat that my manager recommended but I didn’t get it. Later I heard the track on the radio.
15. At this time in your career, as an independent artist, which is the one factor you desire most (increased music distribution, better quality production, more media exposure etc…)?
Yung Khan: More media exposure. Getting your name out there is crucial to success. It’s the most important part of being successful. You can have the best distribution and mixes on your songs but if people don’t know you there is no point.
16. Which is your favourite distribution platform ( Tunecore, Audiolife, CD Baby, Your own Website, etc…) and why?
Yung Khan: My own website www.yungkhan.com I like it because it gives people exclusive access to me and my content.
17. How do you handle criticism? Who has been your worst critic if any?
Yung Khan: I like criticism. If you’re not criticized then in my eyes your praise isn’t valid. I’m probably my biggest critic. I’m always looking for ways to get better as an artist.
18. Is going platinum important you? Where would you like to see your career within 5 years?
Yung Khan: Going platinum is important but it’s not my main goal. Going platinum is really hard in today’s market. In five years I think I should be successful enough to accomplish it though.
19. If you had to choose only one media method between Radio, TV, The Press or the Internet, to diffuse your music promos. Which would it be and why?
Yung Khan: The internet mainly because you can reach millions of people and it has more influence than TV, press and the radio at this point.
20. If you were not a musician, what would you be doing today?
Yung Khan: I don’t know probably playing basketball overseas.