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Rhyme and Reason: Yung Citizen, Byron Juane, NXTMIKE; The Skinny

When: Fri., June 1 2018
Featuring: Yung Citizen, Byron Juane, NXTMIKE Hosted by Canaan Grier Followed by The Skinny with Pucci Mane A new artist on the music scene, Christopher “Yung Citizen” Williams blends his own interpretations of Hip Hop, R&B/Pop to create original music that will reach deep into your inner spirit and move you to a sublime consciousness to believe in oneself and always pursue your dreams. Founder of his own media company, Citizenship Music Group, Yung Citizen’s ultimate goal is to create timeless music that inspires and motivates the world to follow their dreams. Some of his musical influences have been Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Ryan Leslie and Pharrell Williams. While still in high school he remembers listening to N.E.R.D. and being so inspired by both Pharrell and Chad Hugo having to courage to create music that was somewhat outside the mainstream and DIFFERENT. Citizen finds himself wanting to travel in those same footsteps and blaze a trail unique sound. In early 2015, Citizen released his first single “Power People” which speaks to encouraging and empowering people of every persuasion and ethnicity to take back control of their life’s journey and achieve their dreams and destiny. With this track Citizen stayed true to addressing real world issues that face our communities and challenge all of us to take ownership to work toward positive solutions. The recording business is full of artists who don’t have deep music knowledge. So 19-year-old, North Carolina native Byron Juane raises the bar with his schooling on jazz, classical, hip hop and R&B, plus his ability to play drums, guitar, trumpet and keys. The artist who began playing music at 4, shines on his Reflection Music Group debut, Life in the Evening, that travels from orchestral arrangements to moody soul, bluesy guitars to an explosive closer featuring RMG head Derek Minor that serve as the perfect score to the set’s message of transformation. On the intro track, “Death in the Afternoon,” Byron Juane testifies to abandoning his old mentality, and on “Split,” he admits to the struggle to stay on the right path. He celebrates making it through on the title track and final song, dedicating it to the underdogs. “I just want people to know that whatever they experience and if they are going through something that I have a song that they can replay,” he says. Byron Juane emerged in 2016 under the moniker K¥NG, releasing a series of well-received singles and the EP Aura. But he decided to drop the pseudonym and instead use his birth name. “K¥NG was just more about putting out music,” he explains. “Byron Juane has a more important purpose, and a more focused vision.” Born a 90s kid, Mike is an artist out of Charlotte, NC. His alias NXTMIKE (pronounced ‘NEXT MIKE’) represents the concept that the old version of him is dead & gone. His main goal is to remove himself from all that he does & solely focus the attention on God. His release Road 2 Forever is his 1st public project featuring two contrasted singles, Sayonara (feat. S.B) & Demons , that set the tone for what he discusses across all his tracks. Make sure to check out his most recent release titled Lord Knows which showcases a different sound & approach.

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