Tim Shepard, (Born February 8th 1994) Better Known by his Stage name Ygnunk, Is An American Hip Hop Recording Artist, Entrepreneur From Palm Beach, FL. He Currently has his own Record Label Y.G.A (YungGuyAffiliation)
- Safe House - Ygnunk
What is your background? tell us where you grew up and some information about your upbringing/experiences as a youth:
I am Black American Decent, I grew Up in Palm Beach County,FL I was raised by my mom as a single Parent. Just me and my big sis Teri. It was always just us Three. My Dad was in and out of Prison since I was like 2 yrs old. We was ah tight nite li family if you wanna say. I ain have the best life growing up but I ain have the worst. We wasn’t rich but we wasn’t Dead poor. Like mom’s did what ever she had to do to make sure we kept food on the table and roof over our head. We struggled just like any other ordinary family Would. It just is what it is. I won’t bother getting to detailed cause a mf gone think how they think bout my situation regardless .
At what moment did you know that music was part of your life and what feelings did you have towards making an active impact with your music?
It’s Hard to really say when music became apart of my life. Since I could remember it’s just something I always Enjoyed, From the early Years of my Childhood. I didn’t Start taking My Music Career serious until late last year 2015. I Released my First song, Got nothing but positive feedback. So I was like damn I could really do this. After that wasn’t no turning back might sound cliché, but I was like shit I’m built for it Its my Turn now. It’s almost like I kept seeing visions or images playing back in my head of me on Stage and fans Singing my lyrics back like Gshit. I’m also an energy person so I go with my gust instinct n my mind body n soul told me this was my purpose. So from there I really took off n never looked back. You truly gotta listen to that other voice in your head when it’s telling and showing you your path and what you need to do . I’ll never give this shit up til the day I’m being carry out on ah stretcher or zipped in ah body bag n that’s just that.
What artists inspired/influences you and if you could collaborate with any artist (alive or passed) who would it be and why?
For me Its all about the music. I am music and I Share deep love for the art. That being said All Artist them Selves Inspire me, because I feel we share ah a kindred spirit in some way or another Ya feel me. My influences Range from artist of all genres. Like Adele, Kevin Gates, Usher, Yo Gotti, and most of Rkelly. Just to name a few. If I had a chance to collaborate with any artist in the game today, It would be Blac Youngsta. He’s Currently at the Top of my must watch list. The energy dude carry get you hype just listen to a track. He got a fuck everybody attitude right now and I do too. So to me shit we could make few bangers it’s fuck everybody for real lol.
What do you think about the current state of hip hop/mainstream music?
I’m 22 years old so I think it’s safe to say I experienced the better half of how hip hop n the art of it has change over the past decades. Today’s music is definitely diverse from what it was when I was coming up. I feel most artist coming up in the game don’t share a real passion for it. Lyrics are weak but they carry the right energy or persona if you would on the track. So it’s becoming more acceptable to just jump on track say some garbage shit and as long as Niggas can jig to it You get a pass. Then You have the greats still doing they thing at the top. So You know music it’s self is always evolving so we’ll just see what’s new and who’s trending in today’s world. It’s all about who and what the fans wanna hear.
Currently, what projects do you have in the works that you are most excited about?
Right now I just drop the “Safehouse” Mixtape got a few tracks on there that at the time just felt right. it’s diverse so I’m anxious to see how the ppl and fans will Take to it. Far as in the works I been working on my Freshman album Titled “Anxiety” for the Past year witch is set to Release sometime early next yr.
What are your short term career goals within the next 6-10 months?
Within The next Year You could expect to see a plethora of videos from me n the YGA camp. I know my fans are always asking about videos so I would love to give them more of what they want. A big goal of mine speaking short term tho is really that Radio hit I need that number one baby, Won’t stop till I get it.
What are your long term career goals within the next 2-5 years?
Long Term, I would like The Ygnunk brand to Remain a household name. I Hope to be Fortuned enough to experience nationwide success and Tours overseas. Along with establishing multiple business ventures. I would like to have won a few Grammys, Have multiple multiplatinum Albums. Tons of number one Billboard100 Tracks, Grace the cover of Forbes and dabble in the Acting world. You can never dream to big. I aim to reach the moon, Ain no stopping this Yungguy only large scale success and a couple commas To match it. Ya dig!
If you had one song out of the catalog you have created to show a person what song would it be and why?
I would have to say Anxiety, Only because I wrote the Track when I was in a an unbalanced mind frame. so you get to feel that raw passionate aggressive side of me that I don’t feel I really embraced to much in most of my Released Projects.
To the person who had never heard of you what is it about your music and story that you would tell them to entice them to be a supporter?
For Starters let me just say that every individual as an artist is unique and inspiring to someone in one way or another. I only make music that’s True and dear to me. I could care less how anyone else perceive me to be. My lyrics come from the heart whether it’s ah “Damn How a you thug me like that” Track or a turnt club banger. You gone always feel me from within Cause I don’t just make music I create pictorial visions of the Track in your mind. I honestly do this for the love of music if I died today burry me with my headphones so I can rest with beats lol. You will never hear me state nor speak on facts or events I’ve never personally dealt with or experienced.
If your music could be described in five words what would those five words be?
Mellow, eccentric, Original, Passionate and Innovative.
What do you bring to the game that is unique and different?
I bring Ygnunk n my YGA Team. I just do me everything else is self explanatory. I feel my music speaks volumes for its self. All I know is how to be me. I bring Organic and real emotions that you can feel through my songs. I always pride myself on staying grounding and remaining true to who I am. Not only for me but for my fans.
To the aspiring artist who is considering a career as a musician what lessons or advice would you give them to inspire them or to uplift them in the journey?
Again Might sound li bit cliché. But to never give tf up my nigga . You only get one life to live make yours something worth living for. Even when you the only nigga believing in you keep on hustling my nigga. Sometimes you be the only person you need to keep You going n staying on the right track, Cause it’s so easy to lose yourself trying to make it in the game. Don’t keep up with the Jones. Keep up with ya self . Remain Humble and learn how to Receive Advise. Only a wise man knows he don’t know everything.
What are your social media profiles and where can people purchase/download your music?
You Can download My “SafeHouse” Mixtape Exclusively on https://m.datpiff.com/tape/797685
You can also Purchase the SafeHouse Single on http://www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/ygnunk22
What are your final words you would like to say to people that you have left out?
Thank You for all that support and fuck you if you don’t. It’s Ah YGA thing and this is me just being me. Love you all – Yungguy .