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Meet Yung Pooda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yung Pooda.

Hip-hop called Yung Pooda as a kid in Orange, TX. Pooda’s mother bumped Naughty by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” throughout the one-bedroom and one-bathroom house built by his grandfather that he and his mom shared with his grandma. As he puts it, “I used to go nuts to that song!” He used to listen to classics from OutKast, JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Master P, Ludacris, DJ Screw, and more. Growing up, Yung Pooda practiced his skills on the mic and sharpened the wordplay, developing a signature style. He sent shockwaves through the city after a successful showcase, earning endorsements from the likes of DJ Hi-C of Houston’s 97.9 The BOX who said, “He’s always been a lyricist.” Inciting local excitement, he performed multiple tour dates with Boosie Badazz and teamed up with Paul Wall for the single “Beat Up the Block.”

Yung Pooda then relocated to Houston, where he moved into a two-story house with his cousin and two friends where they “were trapping and getting money, but things got too hectic.” At this point, he reset everything.

His music then made its way to It’s A 10 Records, a boutique label distributed by EMPIRE, who immediately signed him in 2019. Now, he properly introduces his signature sound on the 2020 EP, Vivid Pictures. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning duo Cool & Dre the first single “Repeat Dat” flexes his laidback flow and airtight rhymes over a slick beat and melodic swell. “Repeat Dat” has made much success as it is now in Mediabase’s Top 50 Urban and Rhythmic charts, hit 1 Million views on YouTube, became the face of BET’s Fresh Friday’s campaign earlier this year, and is a Tik Tok viral hit.

Has it been a smooth road?
Yung Pooda has faced numerous challenges, although he says his biggest challenge is controlling his emotions. Recently, Pooda has gotten more into meditating and spirituality to help him control his emotions.

We’d love to hear more about your music.
Yung Pooda is a recording artist that specializes in rap and hip-hop music. Yung Pooda is known for his versatile sound and talented wordplay which sets him apart from his peers. He has been championed by various hip-hop legends such as Fat Joe, Paul Wall, and Boosie Badazz, which he is most proud of.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Yung Pooda sees the music industry in Houston growing tremendously within the next five to ten years. He feels like it’s evolving into the next big city in hip-hop.

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