Troubled Youth
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Troubled Youth

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Hip Hop




"Troubled Youth–Young But Schoolin’ You Fools"

The Trio Troubled Youth
@Zakk_lo @Piff_God @SpaidDaDon

Humble but confident about their abilities. Local but their music has a national appeal. Those two qualities in themselves will take them farther than most. That’s not even mentioning the representation they have backing them. Dre Wills is the owner of Immaculate 2020 which is a record label based in Atlanta, Georgia. Be on the lookout for the article about Wills himself sometime next week. You’d think Troubled Youth just started spittin’, but it’s the opposite actually.

“We’ve been rapping since our freshman year of high school, but we formed the group in 2009 after making the song “Naptown Music” over some random beat we found on the net. In 5 years, I plan to be making a steady income off of making music, whether underground or mainstream who knows,” said Zakk Lo.

Zakk Lo and Don Piff
Troubled Youth has a huge advantage over a lot of local talent because they are not even 21 yet, but straight killin’ it. Zakk Lo said,“We are trying to make a name for ourselves by not just making songs for Indianapolis but trying to make songs that will have national or global appeal.” As part of Team Spittage, they are coming up with a distinct sound. Their complex but simple bars will have you stunned. “We aren’t trying to get stuck in the box of ‘wack’ Indianapolis rappers, we are trying to stand out as something different,” said Zakk Lo.

Between the three of them, Dre Wills, and Ajene tha.God who you’ll hear on some tracks, these guys are blowin’ up. The beats they inherit along with their way of blessing the beat, the talent can’t be denied. These old souls won’t be local too long, though. Watch and see. Humble Don Piff said, “As long as one person likes what I put out and actually appreciates it for what it is, then I’m satisfied. In five years I hope to be alive, because tomorrow isn’t promised, but I wanna make a way with my music.

They capture the life of this generation of young people so well in the bars of every song. You can’t help but bob your head to the beat with them. “Sometimes we’ll be in the studio and Dre sends a beat and we come up with a concept and bless the beat,” Zakk Lo said. “Other times we might be just chillin listening to other music and an idea will spark and we’ll jot it down.”

According to Zakk Lo, “We decided to pursue this dream after hearing classic albums like Illmatic, It was Written, Ready to Die, Reasonable Doubt, the Infamous, etc. We wanted to make our own classics. Dre Wills provided us with a blueprint of how to record and write and we just ran with it.” - KAY PROSSER


TROUBLED YOUTH -No Child Left Behind (2009,EP)
TROUBLED YOUTH -Age of Consent (2010, EP)
DON PIFF -Above the Clouds (2012, LP)



Brought together by their love for hip-hop the smooth and witty rap trio, Troubled Youth was formed out of Indianapolis, In in 2008. Highschool classmates, Zakk lo (Zachary Turner), Don-Piff (Dontez Kiser), and Spaid (Patrick Bluitt), spent their secondary education years polishing their talents and releasing their first street album in 2009, “No Child Left Behind” under the up and coming label, “Immaculate 2020”, ran by Drewills. Fueled by the response of this album the group got serious and released their second street album in 2010, “Age of Consent”. After building a modest following by selling their albums on the streets the group began a movement, GURU, in 2011.  In 2012, Troubled Youth then released Don-Piff’s solo album, Above the Clouds.

                While not being phased by the popular but ubiquitous radio friendly hip-hop, Troubled Youth blends old school with the new and creates their own style of entertaining music. They are driven by creativity, originality and quality they are bringing a breath of fresh air to hip-hop. 

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