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Meet Johsua Banks of Yank$ in Torrance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Johsua Banks.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I always had an interest in music from a young age but I certainly never saw myself actually being in it as an artist. I started making music officially in college but earlier in my life, I would always make beats and write little raps here and there because I was fascinated by it. My mom lived in California and my dad lived in New York so I always had the best of both worlds and would intertwine that with all the music I ever did. Now almost four years later I’m neck deep in the music living in New York with a team of great people behind me all trying to push to be our best, it’s pretty trippy.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Anyone who is trying to be an artist would be answering this question completely falsely if they’d said they have had no challenges. I’ve certainly have had my fair share of disagreements, let downs, setbacks, etc. I think the worst part about being an artist is that your success is widely predicated on others, even though it’s always gonna fall back on you. When it comes to all the aspects of being a successful artist you’re always going to be limited up to a point, you just gotta hope the people who wanna work truly believe and are always ready to put their best foot forward for you and themselves.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a Rap artist trying to live the dream. I’m most proud of how many people have worked with me and have grown in business and in character including myself. I think the most thing that sets me apart is I’m unapologetically my authentic self. I don’t try to be something I’m not, I stay in my lane and I embrace new things with an open mind. I’m also bi-coastal so my mindset is just different than most.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is everyone around me being happy and having their own personal success. My dream is that ‘YANK$’ this rap figure becomes so successful that everyone around me is afforded the opportunity to venture out and do their own work independently and can use me as a bridge for their next venture. Success is no regrets. Success is love. Success is happiness, and I think that’s something most are searching for.

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Image Credit:
Stephen Campbell (@workofsteph), Etiam Adissem (@_etiam)

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