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Artist Profile: H-Town Rapper Yung Pooda

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H-Town rapper Yung Pooda has been making tons of noise on the scene with his Cool and Dre produced track, viral smash single “Repeat Dat—” the video is at 2M+ views on Youtube and in the millions with DSP streams since its May release. In September, Pooda released a powerful, stand-alone single “Lies Told,” which addresses our current social climate in his own way and shows his undeniable versatility as an artist tapping into several lyrical sentiments. Please find the original press release for “Lies Told” here. The stripped-down, powerful visual he released with the track is nearing 1 million views on Youtube. Pooda was also recently featured on BET Fresh Face Friday as he held the #1 spot for “Lies Told.”

In 2019,  Yung Pooda found himself at a crossroads between the streets and the studio. After performing alongside legends such as  Boosie Badazz,  Slim Thug, and  Z-Ro, recording with platinum icon  Paul Wall, and igniting a buzz of his own throughout the country, the Houston rapper made an important pledge to himself. His pledge changed the course of everything to follow in its wake. “In the middle of recording and getting in all kinds trouble, I promised God I would get out of the streets and just do music,” he admits. “I stuck to my word.” 

Long before this vow, hip-hop called to him as a kid in Orange, TX.  Pooda’s mother bumped Naughty by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” throughout the one-bedroom and one-bathroom house built by his grandfather that he and his mom shared with his grandma. As he puts it,  “I used to go nuts to that song!” He used to listen to classics from OutKast, JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Master P, Ludacris, DJ Screw, and more. When  Pooda visited dad, pops actually built a home studio at his spot to cook up beats and DJ. Growing up, he practiced his skills on the mic and sharpened the wordplay, developing a signature style. He sent shockwaves through the city after a successful showcase, earning endorsements from the likes of  DJ Hi-C of Houston’s 97.9 The BOX who said,  “He’s always been a lyricist.” Inciting local excitement, he performed multiple tour dates with Boosie Badazz and teamed up with Paul Wall for the single “ Beat Up The Block.” Relocating to Prairie View, he moved into a two-story house with his cousin and two friends where they  “were trapping and getting money, but shit got too hectic.” At this point, he reset everything. “There were fights, threats, and all types of shit,” he recalls. “I ended up saying that prayer.” 

His music made its way to  It’s A 10 Records, a boutique label distributed Empire, who immediately signed him in 2019. Now, he properly introduces his signature sound on the 2020 EP,  Vivid Pictures. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning duo  Cool & Dre [JAY-Z, Beyoncé, Nas]. releasing the acclaimed first single “ Repeat Dat” during Summer 2020. Pooda is set to debut more new music from the EP in the coming months. 

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