Rapper YP has a lot to offer, and it’s more than just music.  Check out his motivational #DefTalk.    

YP, aka Backwood Jones, takes a time out from the studio to join the ADD crew for one of their #DefTalk episodes, in which he talks his idols, losing his infant son, and the game today.  His story echoes the sentiments of many growing up in troubled times, but ends on a high note—the fact that he’s overcome so many obstacles to be where he is today.

“I’ve seen everything growing up; family members on dope…I’ve done buried a lot of friends, I’ve seen it all.  So the fact that I’ve been blessed with a talent that allows me to travel the country, allows me to be here, allows me to do whatever I want to do; I’m completed, man.”

He further elaborates on the idols who’ve influenced his career–namely Hov and Naswhom he admires for their lyrical storytelling ability, which is a prominent element in his own music.  The emcee also shows his lighter-hearted side, as he jokes about his first freestyles, before speaking on the sorrowful experience of losing his infant son.

He closes his inspirational message by invoking his mantra:  “Bust a move, make your money, stay out of trouble.”

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