The rapper known as Yoshi (usually stylized Y0$#!) has released his latest hip-hop single, “It’s a Go.” The track has been released independent of support from the corporate music infrastructure. Booming with bass, animated with classic video game references and showcasing the vocal talents of one of Atlanta’s most original underground artists today, “It’s a Go” by Yoshi is one of the most creative hip-hop singles to emerge from summer 2015.
Highlighting what is perhaps the most diverse musical background of any rapper in recent memory, Yoshi cites as main artistic influences Stevie Wonder, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Daft Punk, Justice, Africa Bambaataa, Kenny G, Sade, Mozart, and classic musicals such as Gigi and The Sound of Music.
This individualism is at the heart of Yoshi’s character both onstage and off. It’s palpably audible in “It’s a Go” and other tracks available online for listening from Yoshi, and he’s quick to speak openly about not fearing to be different.
Asked to comment on the theme of his new “It’s a Go” single, Yoshi writes, “Be you and never let anyone change that fact.”
Yoshi, who is originally from Cincinnati, got his start in hip hop as a beatboxer. As his older brother and friends cut their teeth making rhymes, Yoshi provided organic beats. This off-the-cuff element to his music has also stayed with him. Does he write his own lyrics? Yes, he does. He remarks, however, that most of his songs are freestyles written in the moment of performance.
The artist has been noted for his ability to mimic “almost any sound.” One commenter on his official SoundCloud page even asks where he got his Nintendo-based sample from for “It’s a Go.”
Yoshi has at times been likened to Big KRIT, Young Jeezy, Linkin Park, Blink 182, David Banner and Pastor Troy.
He has performed as far away as the SXSW festival, and as close at hand around Atlanta as Buckhead’s Hole in the Wall, Edgewood’s Esoral, midtown’s Enclave, downtown Atlanta’s Winston Cigars, and in the East Atlanta Village’s iLounge and Union venues.
“It’s a Go” by Yoshi is available online for listening from the artist’s official website now [link provided below]. It becomes available for purchase at over 750 online music outlets worldwide circa Aug. 22, 2015.
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