60 Seconds: What are some of the roles you play?
Yung Taz: I am Memphis' own "BET 106 and Park Wild Out Wednesday All-Star Southern Hip-Hop Champion". I have established a strong name for myself as an underground artist. Placed 4th out of over 30 artists from all over the nation in BET's Blaze the Stage Showcase held in New York, NY in 2010. Nominated for the 2011 Sea Awards "Slept on Artist of the Year Award"
60 Seconds: How did you learn your talent?
Yung Taz: I started out writing poetry and short stories at the age of seven. I have always loved writing, creative writing, music and poetry, and fine arts in all aspects. My grandfather is James Chambers, two time Stellar Award winner and "Dean of Gospel Music " AM radio announcer and I have always been his shadow watching his every move learning all sides of the music industry. I have been around music all of my life. As a child, I grew up around music due to the fact my mother was the manager of our family owned record store, Chambers' Total Gospel Center, so after school and in the summers I would work there. I first realized my talent in middle school when I began taking creative writing and my teacher, Mrs. Wilson at Westwood High School, told me I had true talent and should definitely pursue a career in it. I took those words to heart.
60 Seconds: What is the best part about being a musician & performer?
Yung Taz: The freedom of artistic expression. The fact that music has no boundaries, rules, or limits to the amount of creativity or passion that can be expressed.
60 Seconds: What do you have coming up?
Yung Taz: Working on my second mixtape Listen or Die vol.2" "No More Mr Nice Guy" along with touring with the Heal the Hood Foundation's Wake Up Tour, an anti-bullying campaign at several local Memphis city schools, promoting non-violence and drug awareness through music, plays, and motivational speaking.
60 Seconds: What are your major aspirations?
Yung Taz: I aspire to be more than just an artist. To change the world through music, foundations, charities, etc. I aspire to promote happiness and change as well as provide knowledge through my music.
How is your music art connected to being in Memphis ?
Yung Taz: I am Memphis. I feel that my music expresses the story of Memphis, the good along with the bad, the beautiful as well as the ugly. Memphis has a story and I feel I am more of a story teller than a rapper; I simply tell stories to a beat or rhythm.
60 Seconds: Anything else?
Yung Taz: If I can use music to change the world in a positive way I would feel as if I have truly served my purpose in life. I feel I have been blessed with this talent and skill to become a blessing to others.
Yung Taz's Memphis Favs
Beale Street, Opinions Restaurant And Lounge, Sky Grille
Place to eat
My Mom's kitchen, Neelys BBQ, Southern Hands Family Dining, Opinions Restaurant And Lounge, Sky Grille, and Gus'
Place to be enlightened
Church, gym, and down by the river
Other local artists
Chris J, Hood Giants, Teamridi, Miscellaneous, Don Trip, Elle Unique
The French Riviera Spa, my Mother's house