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Tré Yung The Brooklyn lyricist and beat master talks about Dark 'N' Sharp and giving back Words by Allison Kugel Brooklyn rapper Tré Yung began making music while attending Kingsborough Community College as a promising track star, but was soon booted from the track team for smoking weed, a vice he remains unapologetic about. Rather than sulk, Yung saw the dismissal as a call- to-action to dive into writing, recording, and touring. He linked up with producer, Llama, who'd previously worked with Grammy-nominated artists Ryan Leslie and Fetty Wap, and released his debut album, Parkside Prospect in 2017. The album produced the cult hit, "Now A Days" and led to a worldwide tour. Yung's latest album, Dark 'N' Sharp, released in June 2019, features 16 tracks that speak to Yung's eclectic musical inspirations, which go beyond hip-hop culture. Yung's bold language and inflection, and his fearless use of beats pull from genres that transcend rap. "I make feel-good music, and I'm not stuck in any one particular sound. I've gained inspiration from artists like Drake, Jay-Z, Future and Biggie; but I've also drawn inspiration from artists like Andre 3000, Good Charlotte, All-American Rejects, and Lincoln Park. That diversity comes through my music." The album's standout singles are "Coastin'", "Waistline", "Sire" and 'Spotlight." The Flatbush rapper puts an iconic New York stamp on his music. "I feel like each borough has their own style, but it's all still cut from that same New York cloth," he says. "New York is a melting pot and there are people from so many walks of life who claim New York and put out music, but the lyrics in my songs give away that I'm a New York artist." Yung is paying more than lip service to Flatbush, Brooklyn. For every thousand streams of Yung's album, Dark 'N' Sharp, he is donating $5 to CHiPS, a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization close to his heart, that is helping to provide food and shelter to homeless single mothers and their children.

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