Yung Reno

The new meaning to Tupac’s “the rose that grew from concrete” is the Queens-bred rap artist Nicholas Hamilton aka Yung Reno. With his rap alias embodying the crime and gang-pervaded streets of East Elmhurst, changing the stereotype of black men drew him to Howard University in 2007 – a background not as common as most hip-hop artists. His music is part party, part conscious and part gritty, creating one sound that contributes to the versatility of him being a music lover of all kind.

Yung Reno’s Crown Royal mixtape is a smooth listen compared to today’s hip-hop. This compilation of music is for what he pictures as a path to the top. “Crown Royal to me is an ode to my upbringing to where I’m at now and where I want to be. I want to be crowned KING,” he says. “I want to be the best at everything I do! This project is me putting in my bid to show people why I should be here and what it took for me to get here.”

His favorite hits on Crown Royal are “Reflection,” “Vintage Feel” and “Only You.” Plus, he has convinced media to praise his music. From The Shade Room to All Hip Hop, Yung Reno is one to look for in 2016.