BEAU YOUNG PRINCE
Songbyrd and LiveNation Present
Downstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM
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Songbyrd and LiveNation Present
Saturday August 24, 2019
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.”
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. “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 CD’s and sold them locally, making a few thousand dollars in the process. “That was my first test run, like, ‘Oh? I can sell CD’s hand to hand and make money?” he says with a laugh, though he truly cut his teeth with live performances. A graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, BYP kept the music going, hitting the Soundcloud wave early on.
His first big gig was a sold out show opening for Wale in Charleston, SC and the buzz didn’t stop there. In 2017 he connected with French producer YMNO for the Young Futura project, expanding upon the dimensions of his sound, along with collaborations including Troy Boi, Hounded, Jailo, and Aruam. The release of his Sunset Blvd EP further sealed the deal that BYP was destined for greatness. His constant content proved to be fortuitous, as it caught the ears of a Def Jam A&R who flew to D.C. on BYP’s birthday to watch him at work.
“He saw me write on the spot and record,” says Beau. “We caught a real vibe.” The result was a record deal and Beau Young Prince’s new single “Kill Moe,” an infectious cut that reflects D.C. just as much as its maker. “Kill and Moe are two of our main phrases in D.C.,” he expresses of the song’s meaning. “In D.C., ‘kill’ could be good or bad. And you don’t really know who ‘Moe’ is; you just grow up kind of saying that. It goes back to my parents’ generation of DC vernacular. It’s my representation of what we do in D.C., but told through a phrase.”