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Beyond the Record: Tell us a little bit about your background. Where you spent your days growing up, where you were born and a little bit about how you got started in music.
Young Cypher Billions: I go by the name Young Cypher Billions aka The Young Buddha aka Forever Young.Im an independent hip hop recording artist representing The Outsiders Crew. I was born in New York and raised in the borough of Brooklyn. I got my start in music as a child, growing up I use to watch Freestyle Fridays with Free and AJ on BET. I remember just watching and thinking like man this is easy... rhyming words together that's kindergarten stuff lol and that's how I got started writing lyrics. I had to be like 9 years old at the time so I can imagine I wasn't very good lol.
BtR: Now, would you say that you were born with a gift to create music? Have you used this gift as an outlet to get emotions out to the world?
YCB: I wouldn't say I was born with a gift because it took years and years of practice for me to get where I am now lyrically, but I will say I was very talented even from a young age. Yeah music for me is kind of a way to escape you know? Probably the best way.
BtR: And how long have you been making music?
YCB:I've been writing lyrics since I was 9 years old, but these were more like battle bars and not actually songs. I didn't start recording music till was in my teens like 16 or 17.
BtR: Take us to some of the tougher moments. In your career making music, but also in your life personally. The challenges you have had to overcome, or may be experiencing right now.
YCB: One of the toughest moments I've been through was losing my Grandma Maggie. She was very close to me and I lost her at a young age. That experience changed me a lot and changed the type of music I was creating at the time.
BtR: On the other end, tell us a little bit about your triumphs. The things you have successfully done, especially pertaining to your career in music.
YCB: As far as triumphs I was awarded the #1 spot on reverbnations hip hop charts for the city of New York, and had my single Ball reach like #5 or something on the soundclick hip hop charts. That was dope.
BtR: As someone who is clearly passionate about the message in your music, tell us about your lyrical themes. The things you enjoy writing about. The message you send to your fans. What inspires you lyrically?
YCB: My lyrical theme are mostly based off personal experiences, things that I've been through I think it's easier that way. I'm inspired by life and all things like everything anything really.
BtR: Care to give us an insight to the recording process? What is your songwriting process like?
YCB: For me the creative process starts with the beat. The instrumental creates the vibes and I go from there and try to create what ever the beat inspires from me. Some times it's ignorant sometimes it's emotional and thought provoking like I said it all depends on the vibe that's being created.
BtR: Where exactly does the name 'young cypher billions' come from?
YCB: My stage name comes from my Last name Young. Cypher is a practice in hip hop where mcees go around in a circle spitting and Billions is just what I want out of life. Not just money though I just want to be wealthy and in a position to care for my self and my loved ones.