Friday, December 15, 2017 - Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NY - Young MG Louis VIV, aka KingSaySay, Bedford-Stuyvesant born artist, rapper and emcee released his first official single record titled, "Dirty Whine" on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Music and Spotify. This Dancehall inspired Hip Hop track features local artist Anna Awe on the hook and S.C.R.D.'s Ravin Dave on composition and production.
The topic of this record, one considered highly sensitive, misogynistic and sexist by some listeners, is actually a dichotic reflection of the current environment. One the artist is living himself. Perhaps a case of greater good versus lesser evil, or rather just plain ego. Regardless, the sonic composition, lyrics and subject matter seem to divide audiences stuck on the fence of robbing peter in order to pay paul.
Young MG, one of Brooklyn's many eighties baby's on the cusp of the 90's was born into Hip Hop music's golden years, which explains his study, articulation and knowledge of the genre. And his story, not unlike some of those who preceded him may sound familiar. At the young age of twelve, Young MG and his brother were forced out on the streets. The last decade and a half have been a struggle with far and few opportunities to follow his dreams, share a story or stay out of trouble.
In early February, 2017, Young MG secured a live performance spot in an upscale fundraiser, for The Nylon Project, who intention is to help bring awareness to homelessness. A press article on the event and cause written by, Hilary George-Parkin, of racked.com caught up with Young MG following his performance and shared this:
“Young MG’s struggles aren’t quite behind him yet; I talk to him at the end of the night, after the last performer has packed up and the DJ is entreating the dwindling crowd to dance to a steady stream of Chris Brown and Bruno Mars. He wears a yellow hoodie and sweatpants and a backwards Yankees fitted. “I pulled up to show some love for the homeless people, because I too went through the homelessness and I'm still facing it,” he says.
I have felonies, I'm a project kid, I've lived a hard life,” he explains, about three inches from my ear so I can hear over the music. “It's not my fault, it's the cards that I was dealt. But if you don't have a job, then it's hard to take care of yourself, to provide, to live your dreams. Everything costs money, and nobody's going to give it to you. You have to pay to get your way up, and then people will help you up.”
At some point, I realize it’s the first story of homelessness I’ve heard all night. A minute later, though, he’s moved on. “Look me up on Facebook,” he says, and when I do, I see a few dozen photos and videos from the night — selfies, videos, shot after shot of Milian, and the requisite red carpet photos, though this time, without a cardboard sign in sight.
Since then, Young MG has been hard at work in the studio writing, rehearsing and performing a combination of new material, freestyles and remixes. In 2016, Young MG linked with S.C.R.D., the production crew out of Gramercy Park, in Manhattan, currently signed under Trip Digital, Inc. The unlikely combination took months to build trust and loyalty, and then eventually net out in original beats, compositions and songs that stemmed from the combination of different worlds, and walks of life.
Bed-Stuy, has been made known most notably in music, specifically Hip Hop, over the past quarter century by Biggie (The Notorious BIG), along with the likes of Jay-Z (Marcy Projects), Fabolous (Brevoort Houses) Mos Def (Lafayette Gardens) Maino (Nostrand and Gates), Smif-n-Wessun (Brownsville Houses), Lil Kim (Lafayette Ave), and many others. More recently, Bed-Stuy is one of Brooklyn's fastest, "up-and-coming" neighborhoods, falling victim to the gentrifying sweep of ridding the old, and paving the way for the new.