Remember I mentioned how I’m consistently reaching out to people I stumble across online, with hopes to meet up because I’ve become so enthralled by what they do either professionally or as a passionate hobby? Well, Yanique was no exception. She’s originally from the Bronx but was raised in upstate New York, Rockland County, a place which I’ve regretfully never been before but the way Yanique described her serene and unruffled suburban town gave me the push and excuse I need to drive up.
I’ll admit I’m not at all too familiar with Hip-Hop but the one characteristic I’ve invariably admire about the genre in comparison to everything else on the spectrum, especially for any upcoming artist wanting to be heard is that they’re lyrics are entirely original. A quick browse on YouTube for any aspiring artist, you’re likely to hear them singing a cover song to some big name artist but with rap, it’s entirely the opposite. Writing anything meaningful takes time, let alone a song with intricate lyrics and delivery as rap, so as Yanique and I venture around New York on a chilly overcast morning, it was fascinating listening to what her writing process is like, what the countless notebooks muddled with handwriting only she understood looked liked and how her fascination with poetry became the foundation creating music. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of it all was the fact that she’s only 18. Juggling 2 jobs while attending college full time and pursuing a music career is without question a lot to handle but the way in which Yanique spoke passionately of everything she had her hand on was impressive.
You can listen to a few of Yanique’s work on Soundcloud.