Brandon Young is an actor and emcee from Philadelphia now living in Los Angeles. He is a classically trained actor with a degree in Theatre Arts from Howard University. He has worked in theatre, television and film and is most known for his role as “Fletcher” on HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire. Other roles include featured guest stars in episodic dramas on NBC, FOX and ABC. As a rapper he goes by YOUNG B EMCEE and brings a traditional East Coast Hip-Hop style to his sound. His music comes with a uplifting message and doesn’t leave out the lyrical dexterity most emcees today do without.
He has been making music since a teenager, forming different groups and bands with likeminded musicians. His debut solo project theEP (2011) is done in boom bap fashion, produced entirely by M31RK. It features the collaboration “Done fi Dem” with emcee/spoken word poet Messiah. His follow up release What Jennifer Taught Me (2013) took on a different tone. It presents an unlikely love story with music by several producers on a 15-minute supertrack. A short film for this EP features three songs off the project and was shot in NYC by Tim Gregory. His latest project Born Blessed is a 7-track mini album featuring the single “Speech is free.” produced by HaZ SOLO. A video for the single debuted recently featuring the work of several Los Angeles based muralists and street artists. Also featured the project is his castmate Andre Royo aka “Bubbles” from HBO’s The Wire on the song “Baltimore”; an ode to the beloved city which played host to the hit TV show and has undergone racial upheaval in recent years. Born Blessed was released via his site www.YOUNGEMCEE.com and has gotten spotlighted on Complex’s pop culture blog and California radio station KPFK.
B Young is currently at work on a new EP/short film project entitiled Weekend on a Wednesday. His upcoming acting projects include the Hip-Hop inspired feature film RPM (www.rpmthemovie.com). A short prequel to the feature entitled Keep Pushing directed by Tim Gregory includes Harry Lennix and Pharoahe Monche in its cast and hit the Internet earlier this year on the sites Okayplayer and HipHopDx.