At the tender age of 8 Young Shadow fell in love with poetry. This later translated into his love of music. He always had an interest in rap but it was never in the forefront of his endeavors. It wasn’t until his brother went to prison that Young Shadow became inspired to really pursue rap. He wanted an outlet for his brother and a way to help support his family. Another thing that his brother had a hand in was his stage name Young Shadow. This name was his brothers originally but he has taken it and made it his own. Young Shadow’s brother of course isn’t overjoyed by it but is still supportive.
Young Shadow is a completely individual artist although he has collaborated with other artists. He is currently working on a joint mix tape with Avery Futuristic titled Loyalty Allegiance. He is also working on his own mix tape titled Dark Hustle Volume 2. He says he has made enough songs to put out Volume 3 as well but he is thinking of holding off on that for a little while. He draws his musical influence from artists such as Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Lil Wayne, Trick Daddy, Nas, Lloyd Banks, Lil Boosie, Young Jeezy and Lupe Fiasco. Young Shadow is also inspired by some R&B artists including, Tyrese, Michael Jackson and Earth, Wind, and Fire. I would have to say that another inspiration that you evidently hear through his music is his pain and struggle. When I heard Dreams and Nightmares I immediately could feel the pain through his lyrics. The way Young Shadow describes himself and his music is, “I’m a party dude but I like to spit the truth.” Young Shadow has another passion, which happens to be performing. He has performed at several open mics. Even though he may always be spotlight ready he is not a battle rapper.
In the near future Young Shadow strives to be the one of the best artists out of Broward County, Florida. In the next few years he sees himself still making music whether it may be rapping, engineering, or producing. When it comes to engineering Young Shadow has only slightly dabbled in it and it is not something that entirely sparks his interest. He has never produced but it is a skill he wants to acquire. In the future he may even try out ghost writing. Overall when it comes to music he wants to know every aspect of it so that if an opportunity arises he is able to take it. In the end when it comes to his future he just wants to take care of his family and live life the right way.