Already an icon in his native Houston, Texas thanks to his appearance on DJ Screw mix tapes and Lil’ Troy’s anthemic “Wanna Be A Baller” single, the youthful rapper known as Yungstar is poised for a national breakout with the Epic Records release of his debut album, Throwed Yung Playa. In stores February 1st , the album is an updated version (with five fresh new songs) of the disc which already has sold more than 50,000 copies on independent Straight Profit Records.
Full of funky, laid-back grooves and tales of luxury living, Throwed Yung Playa makes its mark both sonically and lyrically. The album’s first single, “KNOCKING PICTURES OFF DA WALL,” hits hard with its high-pitched keyboards and Yungstar’s vivid lyrics about living the high life. The new video for “Knocking Pictures Off Da Wall” was shot on location in Houston and features an appearance by Li’l Flex. The clip is directed by Eddie Corral, who lensed Li’l Troy’s “Wanna Be A Baller” video.
Elsewhere, Yungstar and his producers tweak a pair of classic songs, making them their own. On “Grippin Grain,” they flip Tony Tone Toni’s “It Never Rains In Southern California,” while “Keep It Real” reworks Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” from a male perspective.
Raised on the west side of Houston, Yungstar has been rapping since the age of 10. He built his rep by freestyling on tapes from DJ Screw, most notably his “June 27th ” release. When his stand-out appearance on Lil’ Troy’s “Wanna Be A Baller” made Yungstar more than a home-town favorite, the time was right for Throwed Yung Playa.
“I’m not your average young person,” Yungstar says. “I’m like a young Richie Rich, a distinguished gentleman. There might be a lot of diamonds, but I’m flawless .”