As one of the most talented rap artist to ever come out of the Cincinnati Ohio area .Young tree was born as Charles L Crabtree. He Jumped into the rap game and left his foot prints for others to follow. Young Tree was born in Indianapolis Indiana in 1984 and relocated to Cincinnati Ohio in 1989 at the age of 5.Young Tree grew up in one of Cincinnati's most deadliest projects Known as millvalle also known as Lava World to the Cincinnati natives. Where the drug game was heavy and the high murder rates was just a way of life. Coming up in the streets Young Tree seen and did a lot but rapping was his passion and Young Tree has stayed true to that. As a child rapping came natural to the young artist. Young Tree says ”If you can talk hot shit,You can rap hot shit” At the age of 9 Young Tree and a bunch of his childhood friends linked up to start the rap group B.O.T (Best Of Them).Only a few members had dreams of making it big one day. The rest used the group to stay out of trouble or something to do when the block was hot or slow. The group used to free style on instrumentals and record on to boom boxes. One to play the instrumental while the other record the instrumental and the vocals.”Those was the days”said Young Tree. The child rap group didn't last long,by the time Young Tree was 12 he was running the streets and making a name for himself. Growing up around drugs and proverty his whole life it was easy to get sucked into the streets. At the age of 14 the opportunity of a lifetime presented its self or so he thought. Young Tree and two of the more serious members of the group BOT was offered the chance to sign to a local record label.”a fake label” as Young Tree would refer to it. “Being young and seeing all the rappers on television would make you think shits realer than what it is” says Young Tree. Young Tree also said that If he knew then what he knows now he would have came out right but takes the entire situation as a learning experience. So the three members took the offer that was thought to change things forever. After three months of being signed to Blaze E.N.T . One of the members felt like the group wasn't going anywhere so he joined the army and left the group. “Its crazy the cards life throws at you but at the end of the day you just have to play your hand” said Young Tree. With that being said Young Tree and the last member of B.O.T was forced to live on the childhood groups name by themselves. They held down the B.O.T legacy alone but that didn't change the fact that “there was so much bullshit going down with Blaze E.N.T” said young Tree. The label had the talent over 200 artists but didn't have the funds. When the label got its money up they decided they had other plans that didn't have anything to do with music.”Am I mad Young Tree says, No because it didn't affect me like it did the other artists. Young Tree looked at it like it wasn't my money they ran off with! But I can honestly say that when the label did that a lot of artist moral fell hard cause they really had there hearts into the music and there faith into the label but at the end of the day you got to play your hand no matter what cards you was dealt”.So after one year Blaze E.N.T was no more and all of the artists was dropped except two groups FEVA and B.O.T. which was picked up by the sponsor of Blaze E.N.T . A new record label was formed called Get It Down Records. Things for young Tree seemed to be looking up FEVA recorded there album while B.O.T's album was placed on the back burner .Young Tree performed at several shows out of town but when you deal with street niggas they always gone have that street mentality says Young Tree so the owner of Get It Down Records ended up doing a bid for eight years and that was the end of rapping for me said Young Tree. Young Tree was 16 years old and turned back to the streets .By the age of 18 Young Tree was in prison on gun charges as he calls them. While incarcerated Young Tree began to write raps again to help pass the time with no plans on ever using any. Upon release at the age of 20 Young Tree yet again turned back back to the streets In fact the same day he was released was the same day he was back on his old block. Lucky for Young Tree he learned that what he was doing was going to land him right back in prison. So he decided to get a job but but soon realized that working wasn't for him .I asked Young Tree why having a job was so hard for him. He smiled and replied by saying working ain't for everybody. You work for less than nothing and your boss talk to you any kinda way. I speak my mind and when you like that your jobs ain't gone last long. So young Tree hit the streets again but this time with his music in mind. A new sound with a new look that the world has never seen. Young tree says “ In my city we don't sound like nobody else we got our own style. It ain't east-coast,west-coast,down south or anywhere else And that's what set me aside from other rappers. I bring a new swag to the table with my music. In my opinion There is no doubt in my mind that Young Tree is 1 of the most realist, thorough and talented artists to rise from the Cincinnati area and possibly the country. With his first debut mix-tape Real Talk set to hit the streets in July 2010. This unsigned artists has the streets going crazy. Young Tree says” Its just a way of life”. “Hustling is all I know spending money and getting money. You got to spend money to get money ” says Young Tree. He said that he's going to give this rapping shit one more try and if he fail then its no one fault but his own and he began to laugh. Young Tree considers himself the unsigned hope. I can agree he's the voice of the streets and his city stands behind him and he has paved the way for many discouraged artist from the city. So there you have it Young Tree Also Known as the hood Fat Albert but best known as the Midwest King.
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