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Young Nick


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"Gone EP (Dirty Politics Entertainment)"

With the souled-out "Don't Feel It" dropping ill communication on rappers "spitting that nonsense, all violence," Young Nick's Gone EP, his first, crosses over to the local's eclectic tendencies. The Dirty Politic head honcho spits (throughout) and spins his way through seven of 11 bangers, fronted by the sweeping swagger of "Back to Hip Hop" and the playground-stomping title cut. That's where the uniformity ends. Shifting from cruise to crawl, the intergalactic minimalism of "N*ggas" cuts out of L.A. to "Act Hood" for Houston, while Dresta's bullish growl that tremors "The Madd Bomber" finds itself in one corner opposite the Track Bangers' "Drop," nodding to Swizz Beats with its New York bounce. It's Nick's way of flashing his deep arsenal. On the mic he fills bars relentlessly ("Needed You"), and the ATL-soaked "Dirty Politic Boys" gets Gone on another laudable journey - CHASE HOFFBERGER

"Texas Top 10"

1) Alejandro Escovedo, Real Animal (Back Porch/Manhattan/EMI)

2) Hacienda, Loud Is the Night (Alive Natural Sound)

3) Shearwater, Rook (Matador)

4) The Black Angels, Directions to See a Ghost (Light in the Attic)

5) Diasporic, Mass Appeal

6) Grupo Fantasma, Sonidos Gold (Aire Sol)

7) White Denim, Exposion (Transmission Entertainment)

8) Clemits, Tomorrows Friend (Blue Room)

9) Young Nick, Gone (Dirty Politics Entertainment)

10) Mother Truckers, Let's All Go to Bed (Funzalo)

"Local Act You Saw the Most 2007"

Beets: Graham Reynolds/Golden Arm Trio
Caligiuri: Butch Hancock

Gabriel: Young Nick

Gray: The Black Angels

Haupt: What Made Milwaukee Famous

Hernandez: Alejandro Escovedo

Langer: Zykos

Lynch: Magic Surprise

Moser: Jo Carol Pierce

Powell: Scott H. Biram

Schroeder: Horse + Donkey

Stevens: Voxtrot

Trachtenberg: Alejandro Escovedo
- Robert Gabriel

"Beat Box"

Young Nick's essential WDRT Radio mix flirts with its label moniker, Dirty Politics, as its host rips classic rhyme schemes into conceptual origami. Adorning his striking wit and candor with further devious perspective, Young Nick recruits Mirage, Arson Optics, Kaizen, Pop, and Element7D to his critical beat down. - The Austin Chronicle

"Soundbyte - Young Nick: Gone - The EP"

Young Nick
Gone – The EP
Dirty Politics Entertainment
(Available now)

As skyscrapers rise and Austin comes into its own as an urban center, Nick Baynard aka Young Nick constructs the neighborhood lore on Gone – The EP that peppers stretched limestone with a touch of local rap reality. On “Life and Times”, Nick utilizes a doleful Aretha Franklin sample to tell his story of transfiguration.

Young Nick continues the theme of personal reform on “Niggas” by asking those surprised by his newfound status as an upstanding citizen, “You think I worked this hard to stay the same, huh?” Stopping short of an overboard dive into self-righteousness, Young Nick concedes that he appreciates that his “classy ass chick” maintains her right to “Act Hood” every now and again.

Effectively toeing the line between introspective tomes and extraverted party jams, Young Nick proves himself to be as talented a producer as he is an energetic emcee. Although a self-proclaimed military brat influenced by hip-hop sounds from Seattle to Washington D.C., his single “Gone” rides just the type of gutbucket bass line that one would expect from an artist born and bred in Texas. The song’s remix, featuring Austin locals Element7D, POP, and Mr. Blakes, whips the gallivanting feel of the original track into a frenzied sprint.

Comfortable in any lane of rap, Young Nick transcends cursory categorization. Selling his 11-song project short by calling it an EP, Young Nick reveals versatility and humility as his signature attributes.

-Robert Gabriel

- Soundcheck Magazine

"Texas Platters Beat Box"

It's more a "Trashy Thang" than the Dungeon Family stank they shoot for, but the Guud flow "Fonky" in all the right places on The Guudness, the most recent offshoot from Young Nick, Mirage, Blacc Goliath, and Trashman. Steered by Nick's bouncy swagger, Guud drop Cadillac music on "That Guud," "come together like Voltron" for Houston harker "Got that Guud," and bring da ruckus with "Guud Folk. - CHASE HOFFBERGER


Dirty Politics Volume 1
Wdrt Radio Volume 1
Gone EP
From The Chest
The Guudness
Dirty Politic Boy's
A Few Thoughts
Bend a Corner



Nick Baynard, a.k.a. “Young Nick”, is an Austin based hip-hop artist and emcee/producer who is quickly on the rise in the area music scene. Nick first started working on his craft over lunchroom battles while residing in Reston, Virginia. Growing up as a military brat, he benefited from moving around the country as he was able to study different styles of hip-hop from Virginia, D.C., Seattle, and eventually Austin. It was when Nick settled in Texas that he decided to concentrate on his own unique music interests and projects. He quickly released two mix tapes, The Campaign Trail and The Inauguration, which enjoyed acclaim at local music stores, all while unveiling his own label, Dirty Politics ENT. Aside from his own mix tapes, Nick has appeared on the From Austin to Boston mix tape, The Kingpen Compilation Album mix tape, and The Formula 512 mix tape which gained much attention in the Austin area by making the Austin Chronicle “Top Ten Best Hip-Hop Releases of 2003.” In February of 2006 he released WDRT; Radio Volume 1, the first of a three part series with the other two volumes already cut and scheduled to release by April 2007. Young Nick has also appeared on The Poetry Of the People album released by Trashman ENT., The M.I.R.A.G.E album released by Melodic Science Recordings, and The Plant The Seed album released by Word Power Productions. He has collaborated with artists such as Tee Double, Mirage, Arson Optics, Element 7D, Pop and Mr. Blakes. Nick is currently working on his debut album, the highly anticipated From The Chest, to be released on his own label Dirty Politics. This is Nick’s first all original, full length, industry cut. In the spirit of self-sufficiency, Nick has built a recording facility, The Lions Den, in his own home. This is where the cutting, pressing, recording, and distributing for his first two mix tapes were done and also the recording site for From The Chest. Young Nick not only practices dedication in the studio, but also believes in being an active participant in the live music scene. Nick is regularly performing in the Central Texas area and has performed in San Antonio, Houston, and L.A. From 2005 through 2006 Nick performed every other Monday night at the Whiskey Bar as part of True School Mondays put on by Vital Notions and Music N Mind Promotions. Young Nick has performed on stage and hosted events at Antone’s, The Flamingo Cantina, Emos, The Victory Grill, Caribbean Lights, and Club 115. He also had a booming show at the Backroom as part of the 2006 South by Southwest Festival. Always on the steady grind, Young Nick was just recently named “Most Local Viewed Hip-Hop Act of 2006 and 2007” by the Austin Chronicle. In 2008, Young Nick put out an Ep entitled Gone. The Ep gained alot of regional success and rave reviews from critics both near and far. With a variety of cuts from Gone to Life and Times, this Ep is sure to give yoou a reason to call Young Nick one of your favorites (emcee/producer). Upon the success of the Gone project, Young Nick and a few fellow emcees (Mirage, Trashman, Goliath), got together and form a unit called The Guud in 2009. Young Nick is executive producing this project and doing 100% production on all tracks. The Guud has already started a Texas tour to promote the up and coming album "The Guudness". Stops have included Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Bastrop, Kerville, Manor, Austin and San Marcos.