Born in the “low country – Geechee Island region of South Carolina”, Young Dread developed his unique slang known as Geechee. His heroes included all of the 75% of slaves that came through the Battery (the auction block in Charleston, SC) and held on to the unique Gullah culture. The Gullah people are directly descended from the slaves who labored on the rice plantations, and their language reflects significant influences from Sierra Leone and the surrounding area. This language can be heard in the lyrics of Young Dread’s music and has influenced him and his music greatly.
1inmusic: What is unique about you and your music?
Young Dread: Geechee Rap
1inMusic: What shaped your music?
YD: Getting on stage with Eek A Mouse when I was 6.
1inmusic: When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
YD: In my moms womb.
1inmusic: What type of music do you listen to?
YD: Rap, Reggae, Trap, EDM
1inmusic: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
YD: Eek a Mouse
1inmusic: How do you prepare for your performances?
YD: Take ginseng or B12
1inmusic: What ignites your (song) writing flow?
YD: Unique production
1inmusic: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
YD: Create Mobile Applications and work on SEO projects
1inmusic: Success to you is…
YD: Being able to get up everyday and do what you are passionate about
1inmusic: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
YD: I wish I was told that there are snakes. Let everyone know there are people with alternative motives
1inmusic: Any upcoming projects?
YD: Sound Track for Reality TV Series – Financially Confident
1inmusic: Thank you for answering our questions. Where do we find your music?
YD: In the streets, venues, clubs and internet.