Dezmund “Dezzy” Yates is a Christian Hip Hop artist from Columbus, GA. Mixing the soul of Southern hip hop with splashes of alternative, his sound was impacted by a range of artists including Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi, Big K.R.I.T., Michael Jackson, Last Dinosaurs, and J. Dilla. Aside from his undeniable gifts as an emcee, Yates was also influenced from an early age by his mother as a dancer. Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers, Jabbawockeez, and Hong 10 have all played a part in his dancing development. Yates began making music in 2007. After years of working on his craft and producing three projects, he found his first major opportunity with the release of ‘Tales From the Checkered Backpack’ that was featured on the Rapzilla SoundCloud page. In 2019, the project ‘Dream Big, Little One’ was dropped across digital platforms. Yates’ accomplishments as an artist showcase the bright future that God has in store. Highlights include: 2013 BMI Urban Showcase Finalist, Top 200 Las Vegas Semi-Finalist ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 12, features on [link-omitted] - [link-omitted] - Soulcial Dreamin’ Entertainment, and in July 2019 he opened the Urban Arts Academy to teach dance and hip hop music as a continuation of his work with at risk youth at elementary schools and the Boys and Girls Club. Even with a collection of accolades to his credit, his proudest moments are found with his family - his wife, son, and daughter.
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