Ya Highne$$ is the latest edition to the ranks of talented hip-hop artists from Brooklyn, NY area. Born Edward Jerome Wiley on September 20, 1987, Ya Highne$$ grew up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. As a toddler, just the experience of wearing his uncle’s headphones captivated him and thus began his love for hip-hop. He would hear stories and see pictures of his influences during the 90’s when hip-hop was arguably at its best. From Big Daddy Kane and Tribe Called Quest to The Notorious B.I.G and Jay-Z, all of these artists had a massive impact on Ya Highne$$. Like many rappers, Ya Highne$$ began writing poetry as a way to escape his surroundings and stay on the right track.
In 2011, Ya Highne$$ recorded his first single “Be Alone”. The following year, Ya Highne$$ released his mix tape entitled Y.H.I.C. (Ya Highne$$ In Charge).
No stranger to the limelight, Ya Highne$$ was the winner in the Coast 2 Coast NYC Industry Mixer Showcase at Webster Hall as well as the winner of the Desert Storm Showcase. Ya Highne$$ was then hand-picked to be the opening act for Juelz Santana’s birthday celebration which was deejayed by Brooklyn’s own The Finisher Mister Cee at Club Bliss in NJ. Adding to his list of honors, Ya Highne$$ claimed first place in the Faces in The Crowd premier showcase held at SOB’s.
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