Youngin, The Rewind


Youngin, a term used in Washington, D.C. as a term of endearment, is also the name of a rapper who represents Washington, D.C. Youngin was born Gary Allen Pryor, Jr. on January 3, 1985 in Southeast, Washington, D.C. as the middle-child to two sisters. After seeing his older sister rap when she was about eleven or twelve, Youngin became interested in learning how to rap. Youngin began rapping at the age of twelve. His first rhymes where his sisters with the words changed around. Youngin began to take rap seriously at the age of fourteen. Not having the funds to pay for studio time, Youngin decided to teach himself all about song formats, producing, mixing, and even graphics.

Youngin first started making beats after his friend taught him how to play MTV’s Music Generator, a game for the Playstation. From there Youngin eventually got his own Playstation and perfected his craft on Funkmaster Flex’s Digital Hitz Factory. At the age of seventeen, Youngin freestyled in front of people for the first time while at a friend’s house. After he finished everyone was telling him how good he was and how he should record himself. One day, a friend got a recording program called Acid and let Youngin use it. Youngin crafted his first two albums titled “What Up D.o.C.” and “D.a C.ity Is My Home.” Around that time Youngin was rapping under the name Young Bugz. Youngin then crafted his third album, “Tha Prince Of Rap EP”.

After competing at a couple of music events (most notably Metro Video & Film Festival’s Hot 16) and losing, Youngin (who was still Young Bugz) decided that it was time for a change. After entering the competition once again, Youngin won by rapping with more aggression and feeling. That same year Youngin got a computer and decided to record his first album under the name Youngin. The album was titled “Tha Prince of Rap.” Not pleased with the material on the album, Youngin began working on more serious material. In 2013, Youngin released the 90’s/early 2000’s era of hip-hop inspired album “Tha Rewind” for free on his website. The album got a write on the Washington City Paper blog. Also in 2013, Youngin performed during halftime of a Washington Wizards home game at the Verizon Center.

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