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Aug 24, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Saturday
Raised on a healthy diet including Marvin, Gaye, Chuck Brown, Curtis Mayfield, A Tribe Called Quest, Andre3000, Lenny Kravitz, and Bad Brains, BYP credits his mom for his musical palate. “She played so many different sounds for me as a kid,” he recalls.
Songbyrd and Live Nation - DC Present
Beau Young Prince
Saturday August 24, 2019
D: 7:00 // S: 8:00 PM
In 2016, Beau Young Prince leveled up with his intoxicating cut “Half & Half Tea” off his critically acclaimed project Until Then. The single alone grabbed over a million streams, as the project was produced my longtime friend and NYC producer Yalamusiq and showed the world just how much indescribable potential Beau Young Prince truly had.
For years, the Washington, D.C. native has put on for his city, reaching local legend status in an impressively short amount of time. Now, as the newest Def Jam signee delivers his long awaited follow-up EP and newest single “Kill Moe,” BYP is ready to show the world why D.C. will be the next cross-cultural hub for hip-hop.
Growing up in D.C., BYP describes his pedigree as a “Southside kid with a North Side education.” Bred in the Southeast leg of the city, Beau had a zip code in the more urbanized section of D.C., though attended one of the highest ranked private schools in the Northern part of the city. “I was given a really unique experience,” he speaks of that duality. “I have the ability to combine both worlds where most people can’t.”
“Everyone from Average White Band to Elton John; that’s why the sounds that I make are so diverse.” He later became enmeshed in D.C.’s legendary Go-Go scene, ingesting sounds from Rare Essence, Trouble Funk, and Backyard Band.
In school, Beau played the upright bass—first Classical, and then Jazz. This proved to be an asset later on in his recording process. “Classical music in a sense helped me arrange the music that I make now because Classical is based on arrangements of sounds’ presentation, but Jazz is the interpretation of music,” he explains. “So I combine a methodology of both. That’s why I’m creating a sound that’s a bit forward thinking and newer for now, because I’m taking the principles of both and applying them to hip-hop to expand the genre. I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, but take the wheel further than when I found it.”
Beau found himself as a teen hitting the local circuit via talent shows, open mics, and rap battles. At the behest of classmates, he even burned some