West side Chicago native Raynard Carlton aka “Yung Stakks” is a Hip Hop Artist, Song writer, Lyricist & more. The former SBE (Star Boy Era) member is the youngest of five siblings and grew up in a neighborhood mixed with life’s ups and downs. Just at birth, Stakks father was murdered and he grew up in a single parent home, facing the realities of the streets & its definition. Stakks mother taught him the values of what being a true hustler was all about, and even at an early age, Stakks was blessed with the gift of HUSTLE.
In High School, Stakks was active in sports, playing basketball, and trying hard to stray away from the street life, but as Stakks puts it, it was still a struggle: “I hooped in school & SG/SF. I did that just to stay at school longer so I wouldnt get caught up in the streets, but that ain’t go too well because you still had people that came to school just to be on bullshit so I couldn’t fully focus, but I did graduate because all my teachers rocked with me & understood where I was coming from as a young man.”
Yung Stakks is not your typical hip-hop artist from Chicago, he doesn’t follow trends, his sound reflects real situations and actual events. His music touches subjects from cultivation, politics, the state of music, romance, fashion, the struggles of life and even death. His music is both laid back and full of energy, but his live show is all energy.
Hard times, gang activity, violence & life overall are some of the topics that can be related to Stakks music. His musical influences include: Gucci Mane, Future, Meek Mill, Jeezy, & Yo Gotti. “I just respect their grind & how they apply their life to the music and make the fans feel it.
Yung Stakks is currently recording a mass catalogue of material via Chine Music Family. He has also performed all over Chicago & from LA, to Atlanta, to NY & recently a staggering 6 shows via #SXSW in Austin, Texas. Stakks has been releasing a lot of material on the underground scene including his collaborating record with fellow West Side Chicago Native & Bricksquad Monopoly Affiliate, “Bo Deal” titled “Problems”. Stakks is constantly releasing new music, including anticipated single “Stakk Money”, and a new mixtape, “In My Own Lane” dropping late Spring 2015.
Stakks style can be described as hard, with substance, real, sharp, dark, gritty, against the grain but fly & flashy at the same time. His voice is hypnotic and changes tones from song to song. He is on the verge of making his mark & earning his respect in the game. In due time Yung Stakks’ plan is to bring back certain elements that include: party anthems. flashy raps, but also real hip-hop with topics people can relate to. Talented Yung Stakks, writes all of his own music, and records very often with an amazing work ethic, all with which will take him to greater heights.
BioGiven Name: Raynard Carlton
AKA: Yung Stakks
Label: Chine Music