Young Dedicated Proper
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Young Dedicated Proper

Richmond, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | SELF

Richmond, CA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2007
Solo Hip Hop




"Friday Feature - Young, Dedicated, Proper (YDP)"

One could speculate that the early 2000s era was ran by the East Coast, spearheaded by labels like Bad Boy Records (Sean "Diddy" Combs) and Terror Squad (Fat Joe). To add to the mix, the South brought forth names like Nelly and the infamous Lil Wayne. Regardless, I believe that through the decades, the West has held its ground and as far as utilizing internet platforms to gain a following in the newly christened millennial era, West Coast artists have and continue to do their part (Dumbfoundead, Bambu, etc). One artist in particular whom I had the pleasure of connecting with at MULA 2015 was California female MC- Young, Dedicated, Proper (YDP). Her youthful energy and baby-faced facial features had me thinking she was still in high school! Lol. But as I got to know more about her and her movement, YDP has the work ethic of a grown woman and has been doing her thing in Cali for a minute now.

Young, Dedicated, Proper (YDP) is an independent femcee whose roots took place in SoCal and NorCal, which she says has contributed to her "100% West Coast" style and flow. After checking some of her songs and videos, I could hear E-40 and Too Short's fast-rap comical styles mixed with smooth punchlines from Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube. "Since I was born in Los Angeles, SoCal Hip Hop influenced me a lot as a kid. I spent my summers vibing to Snoop Dogg and 2Pac. But since I grew up and attended school in Richmond (NorCal), I'd listen to Bay Area "Hyphy" rappers like E-40 and Too Short during the school year," says YDP. If you take a listen to her biggest single to date, "Fastlane," it won't be hard to decipher that she is definitely well-bred, West Coast. YDP originally started as a rap group with her older cousin Big Crim but the group disbanded due to some of the deaths of its members and a 7-year sentence served by Big Crim. Since the group was very close to YDP, she took on the name but changed the D from devastating to dedicated, making the image more positive and business-oriented. She also tries not to curse in her raps which is very remarkable considering the #NoFilter generation.

All in all, YDP has been putting in the work and connected with various professionals in the industry. Her song "Fastlane" boasts more than 52,000 plays on her Soundcloud, she has been interviewed on the radio- which included a special segment with Spotify, and was even featured in Kendrick Lamar's video for his song "Alright!" Her partner and long-time homie Turfer Girl have been riding together since 2006. Inspired by the House Party (Kid-n-Play) movie series, YDP and Turfer Girl perform on stage together as rappers and dancers and work in the studio together as production partners. Turfer Girl had some connections to get onset as dancers for Kendrick's video and they both chopped it up and networked with the other dancers and some of Kendrick's camp. "It was dope! I got to talk to him and kick it with Mistah FAb, Erk tha Jerk, Nef The Pharoah and Cousin Fik" said YDP.

YDP truly lives up to her name. While conversing one-on-one, I could see that she is simply a young woman who is dedicated to her craft and keeps it proper when it comes to her business. She is currently a student at Expressions College for the Digital Arts, where she will obtain her Bachelors' degree in Sound Engineering. She raps, draws, shoots and edits photos and videos, and a lot more. She is known by a number of local promoters for her knack in making flyers for events. She credits her young look to eating right and staying active, which is something she also takes seriously. Like many other grindin' artists, YDP will continue towards her goals of making a name for herself but also to uplift her community. Paying homage to her beloved and proudly claimed California homeland, her mix tape "Wild Wild West" drops in November! - JEHZAN EXCLUSIVE

"Young Dedicated Proper, West -Side Femcee talks with #HipHopEverything"

We have a young, multitalented femcee with us today and her name is YDP. She brings a lot to the table and has the potential to do anything she wants. Let’s get to know her.

- YDP, Welcome to Hip Hop Everything. We see you working nonstop. You got your hands in producing and artistry as well. Tell everybody where you from, what you do and break down the name for us.

Y.D.P stands for Young Dedicated & Proper I'm a female Rapper from California born in LA raised in the Bay Area. I currently go to Expressions College for the Digital Arts where I will obtain my Bachelors degree in Sound Engineering. I do a lot of different art I draw, I shoot and edit videos and I currently have my own radio station through my school. I do a lot of graphic designs for local promoters. Whatever there is to learn I'm on it.

- Ok! We see you hungry and really passionate about this. We heard your song “The Realest” on Spotify! That’s a good look. Talk about your style. If you had to quickly describe your own style, how would you go about that?

I have a mixture of the Bay Area and LA mix going on. With my family being from Richmond, CA and me being born in LA and spending all summers out there I grew up listening to my LA cousin’s music like Snoop, Ice Cube etc then during the school year listening to the Bay music. I'm a major E40 , Mac Dre and Too Short fan so my music reflects of them along with me being a Snoop Dogg, NWA and more recently a Kendrick Lamar Fan. Basically my style is 100% West Coast.

- That’s awesome. I can see and make the connections now. Your style has led you to be featured on Team Back Pack’s 2015 live Cypher, correct? Talk about that and any other accomplishments the streets need to know about!

Yes, This year I was a finalist in Team Backpacks Mission Underground LA. I sent in my audition video and was picked to be a finalist for the live auditions which was dope, not winning a top spot wasn’t an issue because the connections gained was more rewarding. Plus they still call or email you to do cyphers in your own city so you never really lost.

This Year I've had the opportunity to be in Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” Video. I also was blessed with the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people at San Francisco Pride that was Big for me. I've also had the opportunity to interview Bay Area legend Mac Mall on my radio station so this year has been pretty good for me.

- Say it ain’t so. I give you props on that. That tells me you really about your grind, out there, getting it in with the peoples. What got you started on this Hip Hop journey? Who’s your major influencer? Let us know what motivated you to take this route and what’s the motivation to keep pushing today?

My Big Cousin "Big Crim" who I'm actually named after is really my influencer. Him and his friends were the original "Y.D.P" which stood for Young Devastating & Proper. They were based in LA and I watched them for years. After my Cousin was locked down for 7 years and the rest of the guys passed away. I took on the name and changed the acronym. The main reason I stay motivated is to have a voice I want people to hear what I have to say, hear my story and feel what I feel on the daily.

- I respect that. Tell me, what is YDP doing different then the rest in the attempt to stay ahead in the game? How does YDP have one up on the competition? Talk to us.

Staying ahead of the game isn't a focus because it's ever changing the only way to be successful is to be YDP. There is only one and nobody can duplicate it. The only option is to be real to yourself no matter the opinions of others.

- Love it. Well said. You want to tell us a little bit about the methodology? How does YDP come up with it’s music? What’s the creative process? Is it writing solo? Party ambience? Off the top? Talk to us.

My music is written off the feel of the beat. I get a story in my head then I take off. One thing about my music is I try not to curse in my verses but nobody’s perfect.

- When can the fans expect new music? Any new future features we should know about? What’s to expect from YDP in the near future?

I'm releasing my EP "Welcome To The Wild Wild West" on Novemeber 26th 2015. The EP has 5 Songs with features from Big Crim, PSO, Mac Free, Amir Dismore with a few songs Produced by TG9. I am currently working with StayTooned ent and Bro Jackson on my music videos so they will drop with the EP which will be on ITunes, Google Play, spotify and more.

- YDP, we appreciate cha’. We digging the story and looking forward to the release of "Welcome To The Wild Wild West". - Hip Hop Everything


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Young Dedicated Proper, aka “YDP” is a emcee, dancer, performance artist, and videographer from California. Although her music genres range from Hip Hop/Rap, R&B, Pop, and EDM, she has an affinity for West Coast and Bay Area “hyphy” sounds. She is the sole owner of her company, No Label Entertainment, through which she is able to market her music, create and sell merchandise, as well as provide videography services for herself and other artists. 

YDP spent most of her adolescence in Richmond, on the eastern side of the Bay Area, but spent summers in the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles. Consequently, YDP was exposed to Gangsta Rap (2Pac, N.W.A., Snoop Dogg) and Hyphy music (Too Short, E-40, Keak da Sneak) from a young age and her love for Hip Hop music and culture grew just as she did. YDP began writing raps at age 13, as she was greatly affected by the incarceration of her older brother. She credits him as the original YDP. Dealing with many issues that black youth face such as poverty, gang violence, and domestic turmoil, music was YDP’s way of expressing her frustrations and emotions. 

YDP’s debut EP “Wild Wild West” is a tribute to the California lifestyle, featuring elements of Gangsta Rap, Hyphy, and Pop. The EP’s single, “New Cocktails” is a crowd favorite at live performances and boasts more than 16,000 plays on her Soundcloud. “My Music is made for everybody. If you want to party, I have that. If you’re missing family or celebrating family and friends, I relay that in my music,” said YDP. YDP’s music is available on most music platforms including Spotify, Soundcloud, Datpiff, and Bandcamp. She was one of the opening acts during The Beat Cellar Tour (Summer 2016), with shows in California, Las Vegas, and Arizona. During Summer 2015, she was a semi-finalist in the Team Backpack Mission Underground online auditions and participated in the Live Cypher Draft in Los Angeles. She has been interviewed on Spotify, “A Vibe Called Quest” (90.5 FM KSJS), Da MaddHouze, and WBKE Sin City Vegas Radio. She has also been featured on the “On-The-Daily” Hip Hop blog, hosted by Hawaii-based Rapper & Blogger Jehzan Exclusive.

Just like her name states, YDP remains dedicated to her craft. She is always trying to learn more whether she is writing lyrics, editing videos, or networking, all while running her own business. She seeks to have her story told through her music, with hopes to reach a mainstream audience. Regardless, she remains humble and open to opportunity. Her recent singles “Work” (featuring Joe Kool) and “Smokers Session” (Prod. by Blunted Beatz) are also available. Lastly, YDP is a student of Expressions College for the Digital Arts and was an extra in Kendrick Lamar’s music video for “Alright” (2015). 

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