What if you found out that your next favorite rapper could be a 16-year-old Trini girl from out of Brooklyn, NY named Young Devyn? What if you’d found that she has already been hailed as one of the most versatile artists with lyrics that can massacre any contender, male or female, in a cipher! What if you found out the lyrical prodigy can also emcee hardcore style and then sing her own hooks? Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
“Young Devyn was born humming to her own heartbeat,” shares her mother and manager, Natasha Mason. “I know people say they started singing in church, but my little Devyn started humming her own tunes before she could even talk.” At the age of 2, Devyn became very sick and almost died; but even through the ordeal, the doctors and nurses couldn’t stop talking about the little girl in ICU who hummed songs all day and night. She made an impression on the medical staff and the little songs she sang helped the doctors to understand what she was feeling since she was so young. A survivor, Devyn made it through the medical scare and by pre-k was serenading the class. In fact, by the age of 5 she was asked to sing the school song at her “Step up Ceremony,” adding her ‘Lean On Me’ style twist to the school anthem leaving everyone amazed!
Born Devyn Ashli Millicent Tyson (birthday Dec. 28, 2001), Devyn was raised in the typical Trinidadian household and exposed to all facets of music including ole time calypso songs by artist like Gene & Dina, Suga Bum Bum which her grandmother sings and gospel music as she spent many Sundays at her aunt and uncle’s church. Like most young people it was mostly hip-hop on her playlist: Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj, and Meek Mill are the artists who inspire her the most, musically and lyrically.
Over time, Devyn’s musical talents evolved and expanded from singing traditional Soca/Caribbean music to rapping. The singer turned emcee started dabbling in hip-hop in 2016 posting 15sec Instagram videos gaining a new fan base. People were excited and wanted to hear more, so she started working on her mixtape posting “Freestyle Friday” videos on her Instagram page to rave reviews attracting industry names likeJermaine Dupri, DJ Afrojack, Fred The Godson, DJ Magic, DJ Waffles, Budda Tha Future, and DJ Kurupt. Her freestyles went viral on FB, within 3 days the posts had 1 million views and by the end of the week was at 3 million. She dropped lyrical heat on one RevCarib, barely even breathing as she ripped bars through Nicki Minaj’s “ChunLi” and “Barbie Tingz.”
The social shares of her freestyles made their way to MTV TRL host, Sway, and without even an official album, single, or music video, Young Devyn, was sitting on TRL’s couch interviewing with Sway! Viacom execs floored by the young prodigy’s versatility and personality invited her into the studio to put a whole new twist on classic Nickelodeon SpongeBob songs. One of brand new “SpongeBob Mashup”medley rap remixes featuring Kenny Urban, Young Devyn & Asante Black is posted on their YouTube channel.
Music industry veteran Duwayne “DaDa” Mills of The Alliance who signed Skip Marley and who has A&R’d albums for Monica, Ca$h Out, Stephen Marley, and Prince Royce, to name a few says of Devyn, “I haven’t been this excited about a hip hop artist since the first time I heard Big Pun, Lauryn Hill, or The Notorious B.I.G. Young Devyn is not just the highest quality young artist, she’s one of the highest quality artist period!”
DefPen.com contributor Ryan Shepard adds, “At 16, Young Devyn is prepared to be among the next generation of young creatives that will soon change the direction of hip-hop.” Since coming on the music scene in 2010, Devyn has had the opportunity to showcase her talent performing on the same stage with world renown Caribbean artists: Beres Hammond, Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Beenie Man, Movado and her all-time favorite Patrice Roberts. She looks forward to becoming the biggest act in the game. Although she’s has one more year of high-school before she unfurls her plans for musical domination, don’t let the sweet face fool you, she’s ready!
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