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Meet YB Terrion in Lancaster

Today we’d like to introduce you to YB Terrion.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started creating music at a young age. My earliest memories of music was being 7 years old writing lyrics on my mom’s printer paper. Not only was I writing lyrics, but I was also producing my own music. My uncle randomly came down and dropped off a program, then called Fruity Loops, and left without giving any instructions on how to use it. For some reason, I was attracted to entertaining. My mom always told me that that’s what I loved to do. Every Christmas, I would rally my cousins together to put on plays and talent shows. I participated in talent shows in elementary, performed at church talent shows, and even put on private shows in my room! I have notebooks FULL of lyrics with the cheesiest rhymes and metaphors. It’s fun to look back at those notebooks just to see how far I’ve come. And yes, I still have all the notebooks.

Has it been a smooth road?
Whether it’s a metaphorical or literal, no road is smooth. I had to encounter A LOT to get to this point. Everything from being homeless, jobless, separated from my wife and children, going to jail, being lied on and lied to, not having people believe in me, people telling me to quit while I still can, and more. I even had to deal with different people in my life passing away. It was bad and it hurt. My own mother was suggesting that I try something different because she felt that music would lead to a dead end. To her, doing music wasn’t a real job and I had to battle with her for years. I’ve partnered with different people only for them to take advantage of me, steal from me, thumb me down, and even use my material without ever telling me.

Please tell us more about your music, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Currently, I work with a team of amazing artists at Renaissance Movement. I also have my own record label and company called JCReppin’. I’m a rapper, producer, engineer, songwriter, DJ, and whatever else my team needs me to be. I’m mostly known for rapping. Even though I do all of these other things, rapping and performing are the two things that I’m most proficient at. The thing that I’m most proud of with myself, which is also what sets me apart from others, is the ability to maneuver in any crowd or atmosphere. One day, I performed the same set of songs at a high school pep rally and at a church. From what I’ve seen, it’s something a lot of artists can’t do.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The thing that I like the most and the least about my city is actually the same thing. It’s that there is a very little opportunity. In order to make it in the Antelope Valley, you have to create something of your own or know somebody to get you in the door. Outside of that, it’s pretty difficult. The reason why I like that is because it pushes me to make something out of nothing. My thought is, if you can make it out here, you can make it anywhere. This city unconsciously makes you have to hustle.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @thisisyb

Image Credit:
Danny Thomas

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