Getting To Know... Yung Pre

Following on from a run of highly-praised efforts throughout last year, which have since earned him hundreds of thousands of streams, Kentucky-based rapper Yung Pre returns once again to deliver his pulsing new single 'Underdog'.

Bringing back more of that bold and bouncing sound he is known for, 'Underdog' makes for a brilliantly fun and enticing listen. With his smooth and driven flow riding across a hypnotic production from start to finish, he is certainly standing as one of the more exciting names on the scene right now.

So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has inspired him most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

The first instrument I fell in love with would have to be the drums. Growing up in a church atmosphere demanded musical structure.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

I've always had a niche for all genres of music but hip-hop and grimey rap were the vibes that stuck with me the most in my early years.

What was the first album you remember owning?

The first album I ever owned was Rule 3:36 by Ja Rule. I was shocked that my pops even let me get it – he was more into the jazz, big Earth, Wind & Fire fan.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

I can't say I've wished I wrote another song someone else did. Music that I am attracted to is because it fits that artist's life. The only lyrics I want to write are mine.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

The ritual includes a stogie and a cup of dark liquor. I tend to like people around me even if I'm not communicating with them. This allows me to draw from past and current situations.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

I currently listen to artists such as J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Baby Keem, Kalan FR, Ray Vaughn, Vince Staples, Blxst, Jack Harlow, EST Gee. I give every artist a chance to make an impression.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

J. Cole.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

Relieving stress and the thought that my music may inspire someone else, rather its music or hustle.

And what is the most frustrating part?

The business side. Marketing being the main. It's to gauge success in an environment where everyone is looking to use your steadfastness for gain. Wish there was an easier way to know honest antics.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Stay original. I've always heard from my peers and others that my sound is unique to me. That's something I never want to have to forfeit.


Yung Pre's new single 'Underdog' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.