YOUNG JIMMY is a Recording Artist Raised in The Bronx, East Chester Gardens located in the poorest, Congressional District 16, and notoriously known for the largest gang takedown in New York City history. YOUNG JIMMY picked up the guitar at age 6. Both parents of Black American descent (with American Slave ancestry) migrated from North and South Carolinas to New York City. A high school dropout, he attended the Art & Design High School and attended Greenwich House Music School. Studied Classical, Jazz, and Rock music and performed monthly recitals under a scholarship.
Growing up in The Bronx, rock music was not the norm by no means the birthplace of Hip Hop. YOUNG JIMMY was the juxtaposition to an environment dominated by Hip Hop, gangs, guns, violence, and Building fires. Raised by a single mother in public housing with three siblings, his stepfather was Hip Hop Legend, and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Grand Master Mele Mel helped nurture his musical ambitions. Introduced Young Jimmy to the music industry and accompanied Mele Mel on a few sold-out shows playing guitar. Young Jimmy describes his style of music as HOOD ROCK, Rock Music from the Hood (a Rock-Rap alternative Rock subgenre).
YOUNG JIMMY has shared the stage and opened for: Kendrick Lamar, Freddie Gibbs, Big Krit, Saul Williams, Talib Kweli & Michelle Williams, Grand Master Mele Mel, Smoke Dza, Res, Ces Cru, Tanya Morgan, Lil Debbie, The Antidote, Ms. Boogie, Caviliar, Doodlebug of Digable Planets, Sankofa, Tamar Kali, Game Rebellion, and many others.
The Afro-Punk documentary by filmmaker James Spooner best describes the 'Black Rocker' experience. Black people created rock music in the early 1950s. For the last 50 years, the genre has been dominated and appropriated by white people mainly, white men. Here are excerpts from Jack Hamilton's book 'Just Around Midnight', which speaks to the plight of the 'Black Rocker.'
YOUNG JIMMY's Debut Studio Album 'ROCKETT 88' is OUT NOW! on all streaming platforms (Vinyl & Cassette Coming Soon). His Anticipated 'Rockett 88 (Deluxe)' Album will be Released on 5/12/23 HOOD ROCK RECORDS (RIAA). Listeners can dive into his 'raw' unfiltered "HOOD ROCK" fusion sound. His perspective will force listeners to confront the stark reality of these unprecedented times in American History and Music.
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