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Meet Yarddown Mimi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yarddown Mimi.

Yarddown, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started off rapping in high school. I used to have a handheld voice recorder I’d record on. I’d find instrumentals and record freestyles, my friends would pass it along during school. Then I started rapping on my voicemail. Every week I’d do a new verse and people would call and ask me not to answer to listen to my new rap.

After creating a buzz people started asking me for features and I was invited to a studio session and killed it. My verse was so hard the guy never dropped it because my verse was better than his after that I bought a MacBook and started learning to record and make beats on my computer to ensure that my music would be published and heard. I started performing a few years ago. I have always been an extremely shy person so it was hard for me to get on stage in front of people because I lacked the confidence. Most women in the music industry are small and petite and I’m six foot two with size on me and always felt out of place.

Now I’ve come to realize that my size and style aren’t an embarrassment. They are blessings! I have never fit in I’ve always stood out and these tools along with the ability to tell my life story’s through my music have given me strength to rise above other artist and grasp the attention of my listeners today! I’ve been grinding hard writing and performing while battling with Lupus disease. I’m proud of where I am and where I’m headed. It’s taking lots of hard work and dedication but I love it! Music is my passion. I do it for fun and I honestly love what I do!

Has it been a smooth road?
Creating music is easy for me. The most difficult part has been finding a team to work with to help me perfect my craft. As a female artist a lot of males and females in the industry sometimes hear my explicit lyrics and want to meet me or work with me with sexual intent. When I’m not with having sex or having more than a work related relationship sometimes their attitudes change and they’re not as productive. Choosing venues to perform at has also been a struggle because as an up and coming artist many promoters are booking artist for shows not based off talent but of how many people you can bring to the venue. Once I get people to come out to these performances they’ve gotta stay and listen to a bunch of unsigned hype who they aren’t interested in who sometimes lack musical talent.

A lot of times, I’ve also had a hard time getting people to come out and support because of the weekdays these performances fall on. Most people start showing love and support once you’ve made it through the struggle, not during the struggle. I’ve also been battling with lupus and going in and out of the hospital which prevents me from doing as much as I’d like to sometimes but I always get through it. The strong always survive.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a female rap artist. I write and produce music. I also make my own beats sometimes. I’m known for my relatable rap lyrics and my ability to tell stories through my music. I’m also known for the incredible energy I bring to the stage. I’m most proud of making it where I am today with little support and promotion from my closest family and friends. I have been able to be heard by so many people and shared by fans and supporters who don’t know me personally but have came across my music on YouTube, SoundCloud, or another platform who really support my music and it’s such a great honor and blessing. What sets me apart from others is that making music is effortless for me. I don’t look or carry myself like a typical female artist in the rap industry. I write my own lyrics and my music has a female confidence to it. It’s also very relatable to the experiences of others.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like best about my city is that it’s where dreams and trends are created. Los Angeles has almost always been the place to be. It’s so easy to meet people or go find whatever you’re into or that you’re looking for. What I like least about my city is the danger caused by the lack of education and understanding in some of our families and communities but I’d never change where I’m from or where I am.

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Lil Stretch, Cancer Diva

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