"Washington,DC" Rapper "Young Sir"
#ClipstarTVCypher Week 2:
Airport Tone, Young Sir, Iceberg Lo Young Sir
"Go Ham" (Freestyle)
"Day In The Life Of Young Sir" (A-Day Weekend)
"Da Recognition" Mix Tape (Promo)
Lyrically known as “Young Sir”, "Taj Jamal Diggs" was born June 1990, in Baltimore, Maryland but his family eventually relocated to the Washington, D.C. area. "Young Sir" graduated from high school in 2008 and is presently a college student with a focus in journalism. Since childhood, "Young Sir" has been commended on his ability to write. From an early age he has had a desire to express himself and that his voice be heard.
Raised in a Muslim environment where respectfulness and good manners were strongly encouraged, he was certain to address adults as “Sir” or “Ma’am.” When elders asked a question of him, his answer always began with “Yes/No, Sir” or “Yes/No, Ma’am.” Because this was a rare practice amongst his peers, it earned him the nickname, rap name (and now alter ego) “Young Sir.”
The music gene did not bypass "Young Sir" who was introduced to most, if not all, musical genres by his grandmother, who is a music teacher/choir director/pianist/harpist and former N.C. A&T drumline drummer. Consequently, "Young Sir" developed a keen ear for music. He was about 6 years old when he practically taught himself piano. His self taught playlist consists of approximately 2 songs (that he traditionally reserves to play at all holiday dinners). But it was hip hop that captured his consciousness.
Entering DuVal High School in 2004, "Young Sir" became and remained throughout his high school tenure, a member of the marching band where he played the drums. “We thought how perfect his choice of instrument,” says "Young Sir’s" grandmother, “since it was noted early on that he marches to the beat of his own drum.” It was his experience of playing at games, city concerts and parades while in the band that he acquired the “bug” to perform for large audiences.
"Young Sir’s" mother co-founded, in 2005, a unique and innovative music production club at DuVal High School that taught students the fundamentals of the music industry including performing. A group of very talented lyricists emerged out the club and were infamously dubbed “Da Beat Club” of which "Young Sir" was an acclaimed artist. It was through “Da Beat Club” that "Young Sir" received local recognition and exposure (through radio, cds, and tours).
In 2007, "Tru Identity", a newly formed Go-Go band comprised of 9 young and gifted musicians tapped "Young Sir" to infuse a hip hop flavor to their Go-Go sound. "Tru Identity" played in several venues throughout the D.C. Metropolitan area. The group disbanded, however, in the summer of 2008 as several members graduated from high school and moved on to different life pursuits.
With a growing fan base and reputation, in 2008, "Young Sir" made a decision to begin his solo quest as a hip hop artist. "Young Sir" is noted for his apt freestyle ability, creative lyricism and edgy flair. He has finished working on his first mixtape "Da Recognition" and has penned several singles that have been popularized on his MySpace page (www.myspace.com/youngsir18) which boasts over 470,000 views.