J Young MDK has taken his creativity to the next level with his 50 songs in 50 weeks campaign, which has garnered him over 200,000 streams. The music maker released three albums in 2020 and starred in the Netflix film “The App That Stole Christmas,” which included Ray J and Jackie Long. MDK is also gearing up to release his latest album. He discussed his personal brand, upcoming projects and more.
What is your full given name?
Jermaine Carter, notably known as @jyoungmdk
Where were you born, and where do you live now?
I was born in Fresno, California. I live in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
How would you define your personal brand and your sound?
It’s next level, fly, fresh, energetic, and smooth. My personal brand is a brand of hope. It’s a brand of taking things to the next level. A brand of work ethics. A brand of hard work. My sound is unpredictable, but dope at the same time. … You never know what you’re going to get because of the diversity. But whatever you do get, you know it’s going to be fly, authentic and good. It’s going to be at the highest level lyrically.
In general, what led you to music?
I grew up listening to old-school music my mother played. For example, I would listen to Sade, O’Jays, and other kinds of fly stuff. … My big cousin turned me on to Tupac, Biggie, Big L, Nas, and all of that good stuff as a little kid. I grew to love all kinds of music. I enjoyed music from Garth Brooks and others that I would hear on the radio … I always liked artists such as 50 Cent, Fabolous, Jay-Z, and Andre 3000 of course. Rick Ross and Ludacris were some of my favorites growing up. I’m just a really big fan of music. It’s not just one person who got me into it, it’s been a multitude of things that inspired me.
Let’s talk about your latest project. What was the inspiration behind it?
I am promoting my three albums: Aqua (R&B), Black (Rap), and White (Alternative). 50 songs in 50 weeks campaigns … was inspired to give [people] entertainment during these dark times and to also keep me in the light and stay focused. I am also working on Now or Never. This original breakout album was executive produced by my mentor Jamie Foxx and I am also working alongside Foxx and others on a BSB project.
What is next for you?
More music, more movies, more entertainment, more fashion, more work, and more continuing to push the envelope and myself. More than anything I’m going to take everything to the next level. Every year, everything has been based on being better than the last year. Every month is being based on the last month and working towards the goal. The goal is to be the best, to be the biggest me, and to keep it going.