PREMIERE: Yung Citizen Release New Single “Bruised Generation” + Q&A

In a time where youngsters and even adults seems to seek evil and auto destroy themselves, Yung Citizen is the voice of a generation that is having enough of this. His latest track “Bruised Generation” is more than a call, is an anthem of redemption. The distorted beats and noise throughout the song fits so well with the lyric and its theme. We recently sit down with Yung to discuss about the track and the future.


Hi Yung Citizen, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I have been great. I have been working on some new music for an April EP release. I’ve also been doing some production work for a few artists on the east and west coast. You will be hearing from them later this year. Stay tuned.

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ̈Bruised Generation ̈?

It all started with things I see in my everyday life. The media often misleads us and feeds us misinformation. This realization frustrated me and inspired me to reflect on the actual current events. I wanted to wake people up, make them aware of the real issues going on in our communities. My most effective form of expression is music. “Bruised Generation” is a form of edutainment that I hope evokes thought and ultimately change.

From a spiritual –and social- point of view, our generation can in some way could be considered among the worst in modern history, did any event in particular inspire you to write a song about human condition these days?

I don’t necessarily consider our generation to be the worst. I believe we face tremendous challenges, but I know there is hope for the future. I am going to do my part through my music. I think enlisting better role models and making better choices could be a good start towards a brighter future for us all.

There wasn’t just one event that inspired this song. It was motivated by the various senseless acts of violence towards our youth – sometimes by those who are supposed to defend and protect us. Without question, I believe in and support the Black Lives Matter movement. I also want emphasize that we are all affected by these unfortunate occurrences and it will take all of our collective efforts to fix it.

Did you focus on any topic in particular?

The real inspiration came from observing the current state of our youth. Some expect success to happen overnight. Some expect things to be handed to them, complaining about their condition instead of doing something about. The bottom line is that we need to come up with a plan and we have to put in the work.

You are also a youth leader – did your faith get to influence the song ́s lyrics in any way?

My faith is the driving force behind all that I am. I believe in what I do, I stick to what I believe in and I stay true to myself.

At first sight the purpose of the song sounds like anything you would hear on the radio by secular artists, about finding the courage and truth in themselves, be positive, etc. – did you intend to follow this trend or stray you away from all the others?

I think I have a different sound and message from a lot of Hip Hop artists today. My goal is to use my music and lyrics to promote change for our younger generation.

How was the recording and writing process?

I have a studio in my house where I do all my writing and production. Bruised Generation started with an up tempo musical track that I felt would really get people vibing to it. Then I crafted the message that I hope this generation can identify with. I work with a very talented engineer named Mike Pepe. He understands my sound, my mission and was really instrumental in helping me find my voice.

Does the new single mean we can expect any new material – how ́s that coming along?

Yes. I will be releasing a new EP sometime in April. The exact date has not been determined. The new EP has a different feel; not your typical Hip Hop sound. I will be featuring three new talented artist that I’ve been working with, N’Chanted, Nick Johnson and Celeste Moonchild.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The release will be sometime in April. The EP will be self-titled “Yung Citizen EP”​.

Any plans to hit the road?

That is definitely a goal of mine. Performing is what I live for but I wanted to be sure that I had enough material. With the release of my 3rd EP, I’m excited to get out amongst my fans and share my music.

What else is happening next in Yung Citizen ́s world?

Now that the music is complete I want to focus on a few music videos. I plan to get out to SXSW and connect with other music lovers. Who knows, there may even be potential opportunities to perform. Regardless, I’m sure the experience will be very valuable.

About RJ Frometa

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