Artist Name: Young Murph The Kidd (YMTK)
Origin: East Oakland, CA
Introducing Young Murph The Kidd aka YMTK of Oakland, CA. YMTK is a creative individual that has gotten to work with his fellow Bay Area peers like IAMSU, Clyde Carson, and many more. His artistic approach to music is amusing and unique whether it’s performing, making music, or music video; Young Murph is showcasing his talent. His most recent project, s o n g b i r d, caught my attention from start to finish it’s a great listen. We got a chance to catch up with him; check out what he had to say below.
A&R Report: Thank you for your time YMTK, How’s it going?
YMTK: All good my dude thanks. Everything is going smooth.
A&R Report: What’s the meaning behind YMTK? It stands for something right?
YMTK: YMTK stands for Young Murph the kidd. My dad’s name was Murphy & growing up I was “lil Murphy” until about the 8th grade when I out grew him & got too tall to be “lil” anybody. I was also always the youngest in my group of friends so “Young Murph” just kinda came naturally. I’ve played basketball my whole life & I’m a really big Jason Kidd fan, him being from Oakland & all I started calling myself “the kidd” kinda like Billy the kid but I would always say “with two d’s like Jason”. I actually went to the same high school as Jason, had some of the same coaches & became friends with his younger sister & even got to meet & kick it with him a few times too.
A&R Report: So you are from The Bay Area, East Oakland to be exact, how much does the area influence you? You guys are poppin’ right now with the lead of E-40, you the HBK Gang, TSMNI, Ezale, G-Eazy and the list goes on.
YMTK: Man bro it’s such a blessing seeing cats coming from where I’m from flourishing. I’m a fan of all those artists & hella more. I’m hella biased obviously but I honestly think that the Bay Area is one of the most special places on earth & that it not only breeds incredible talent but just people in general… The fact that it’s so rich with culture it’s kinda hard not to be game ready when u hit the rest of the world. I’m proud to be able to rep Oakland on a positive tip.
A&R Report: Do you feel a bit pressured coming from a city that is known for producing great hip-hop/rap and R&B artists?
YMTK: I wouldn’t say I feel pressured coming from Oakland & being an artist, but I can say I feel a little bit of pressure making music that is a little outside the “current sound” of what is thought to be Bay Area music. Sometimes that load can get a little heavy on the mental trying to bridge gaps & break barriers at the same time. But for the most part this shit is fun man I can’t even fake complain, I make what I wanna hear.
A&R Report: What do you believe makes the Bay Area a great music city? I’ve been told you guys are the originators of independent grind.
YMTK: Yeah I think there’s a really good balance of the hustler mentality & exceptionally raw talent. I stated before the Bay is like no other place. It’s a melting pot where you can grow up in a neighborhood amongst people with hella ethnic backgrounds but the way they all kinda mesh & compliment each other creates a really dope dynamic. There’s just hella history in the Bay from the Gold Rush to Black Panthers & Hippies. I think all that shit plays a part.
A&R Report: You are talented to the point where I can’t put you in any categories. What do you call your signature sound? What is the Bay Area sound?
YMTK: Well thanks dawg. I’m actually glad you say that because I don’t want to be put in any category. I guess the best way to describe my sound is just “feel good”. Some say it has an island vibe as of late For the most part I just try to put good vibes in my music & have fun making it, make some shit I would actually like to listen to when I wake up in the morning & then whatever comes out, comes out. The Bay sound is definitely eclectic but one that that stays pretty consistent is blap… S#!t is gotta blap.
A&R Report: How does it feel working with artists like IAMSU, Clyde Carson, The Pack, and The Cataracs? Are you working on anything with Kehlani or G-Eazy by any chance?
YMTK: Man all those cats are hella raw. Su is one of my favorite Bay Area artists period & Clyde has been my favorite since high school so when I first got the opportunity to work with that cat it was really crazy. He even used to let me come crash at his crib when Trev Case was living there. Trev & me would be working on shit in the studio/pool house & he’d just come in so smooth, gas some shit hella fast & be like “right on, man this shit is fresh” & bounce. David (Campa) of the Cataracs is one of the most creative people I know, I hella fuck with that guy. I just did a hook for G but that was like through his label & shit I’m not sure what’s gonna happen with it. He’s hella dope though & a good dude, we always catch each other in the turn up. Kehlani is somebody I see myself doing something crazy with, she’s like that Brandy of our generation, such a star & I can’t wait to finally get in with her one time for Oakland when the time is right.
A&R Report: So you write, sing and rap; you make music period, but what title do you prefer being labeled? Songwriter? Artist?
YMTK: I am for sure a songwriter by trade but in my eyes I’m an artist. I’m just creative in general. Music is just one of the ways that I choose to express that creativity. Actually I didn’t choose anything, it chose me.
A&R Report: One song that stood out to me on your recent EP, s o n g b i r d, was Ricky Bobby. I love how you mixed in the skit from the movie Talladega Nights, please explain the process behind that song. I feel like you did what Jay and Ye did on N****s in Paris. Were you trying to do that with this record?
YMTK: Ima start by saying I’m THE biggest Kanye fan & my mom can tell you that Hov is one of my role models so when I did the skit it was a nod to them but when I made that song I wasn’t even thinking like that. I was really just clowning with the homie EnimaL like “ay bruh Ima make a song about Ricky Bobby & it’s gonna be dope tho” It came out kinda dope, Ricky Bobby is one of my favorite movie characters & I’m glad I was able to make that work. I’m a big ass movie buff & a Will Ferrell fan so I chose to highlight that with s o n g b i r d cause it felt right.
A&R Report: What are your plans for the future? What can we expect from you?
YMTK: Well I’m going to be releasing a visual for “Exotic” ft. my young homie Buddy in the near future. We shot most of it out in Brazil & it’s about to be a movie. I’m working on a lot of new music, got some dope features coming up on the homie Su’s Kilt 3 as well as my brother Choice’s By Choice Not Force EP. Excited about both of those projects. You may be another project from me sometime soon but for now I’m just dropping music here & there & still promoting the EP.
A&R Report: What’s your current status as a musician; are you signed in a publishing deal or record deal?
YMTK: I am currently unsigned & unmanaged. No pub deal & totally independent… It’s a lot of work sometimes. But, I’m up for it until it just becomes unbearable & I have the right team together.
A&R Report: What can we expect from you in the future?
YMTK: Great music
A&R Report: Any last words or advice for our readers/fans?
YMTK: My only advice to anyone is to trust you, pray, and don’t ever give up… And support ymtk ; )