YNW Bucks is a professional rapper from Brooklyn, NY that resides in Durham, NC.
Why do you love music?
I love music because it is the poetry behind self expression. Music is a healer. The food that feeds my soul. All souls really. Growing up with similar household situations and demographics many of “Us” have been faced with, I needed an energy source. For me, that was and still is music. Many of us are taught to hide our expressions, esp. men. Music became my voice. The outside view to who I am. The words I wasn’t able to express in my household or the emotion I felt when I was neglected. The art of my person, “YNW Bucks.” Truly, the one thing I am good at.
What makes you different as an artist?
I feel as an artist, I stand out because I AM willing to explore various genres of music & fashion. I’m not a great singer but I have attempted R&B, created some Country & Blues hits, and Reggae; even Rock’n Roll. I’m not afraid to step outside the comfort of what Rappers can and should do in music. As far as I’m concerned, if it’s real then I can speak on it. Again, poetry. Giving the people what needs to be heard without the limitations of what is actually possible. “I am a creative talent!”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Honestly, in 5 years I hope to accomplish visibility. Continually working on my story. Exposure to the listeners who hear me. The people who support my progression. Success is a mindset. As long as I’m doing what I love, handling my responsibilities, and feeding souls through music – I’m moving in the right direction. The hustle is never-ending. To hustle and remain humble. Five years from now I hope to be seen, heard, felt. Alive.
What do you want to accomplish in life?
In life I want to accomplish real fame. Peace in doing what soothes me and my listeners. A legacy left behind to always follow your dreams. The greatest accomplishment is trying. Making that move to either fall or stand. I want everyone to know that I was fearless. Continuously working on my art; myself as an entertainer. “Mind over matters.”
What do you bring to the music world?
When it comes to the music world, I feel that I honestly bring “Real World Struggle.” Many of us bring real life situations. The struggles are the reasons behind the music. But, I bring the willingness to explore. Explore various genres; music for All. If I knew an Opera singer, I’d put her on a track. I just love music. And, I want the WORLD to hear my music, my heart, my pain. I want the listeners to see & hear ME.
What do you want to be remembered by?
I want to be remembered most for being “Fearless.” An artist without fear of rejection or disappointment. Even without fame I will continue to work and do what I love. That is music. My fans and those who know me will remember, “I’m the rapper who can rap and/or sing about anything.”
To my biggest fans – my sister, Ms. GMack, and my lil cousin, Big ReeRee. I love y’all!