Young Smokesta
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Young Smokesta


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Young Smokesta is one of the featured artists on the '2004 MIC' cd. He is also on the 'Me and My Folks, Vol 2' mix cd by DJ Mist and Big T (5-Dub).
YS's debut CD, Thoughts Of A Thug Angel, can be found online at CD Baby, and Tower Records. He can also be heard on Augustas Foxie 103.


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Travis Johnson a.k.a. Young Smokesta was born December 26, 1985 in Americus, GA. At age 9, he moved to Augusta with his family which is where he discovered his love for hip hop.

The name ‘Young Smokesta’ comes from a friend that once said the style and lyrics of YS have the ability to make you choke like when you’ve inhaled too much smoke. Cuntri Boi and Mr. Unpredictable are alter egos that Travis uses in his lyrics.

Smokesta doesn’t have the lyrical style of the typical rapper today...he has his own individual thing going that consists of southern hip-hop with a blend of crunkness and a sprinkle of R&B.

A majority of our young youth today are coming up in single parent environments where as Smoke was fortunate enough to have the strong fatherly influence at home. Travis speaks of his life in his music, but puts forth an effort to make his lyrics positive and fun. A high school graduate and active in his church, he is currently enrolling in a local college while at the same time pursuing his dream to make music. YS says his influences musically are Michael Jackson, Master P, Kanye West, Lil’ Jon, Nelly, Jagged Edge, and ‘Puffy’ Combs. He is also following in the steps of Puffy Combs and many others in the industry in designing his own fashion line called ‘Smokesta Wear’ that he wears when he performs.

He was a featured artist on the 2004 Music Industry Conference (The MIC) compilation and he has performed in various local shows to include the Mayfest, an annual event sponsored by Augusta GA radio station, Foxie 103. His goal is to get signed with a label in the near future. In the meantime, he continues to enjoy working in the studio making his music and performing at various different shows and clubs.