YOUNG Slo-Be is an American rapper from Stockton, California, where he got his start playing for others in his neighborhood.
A musical artist brimming with talent, Young Slo-Be went viral for his 2018 song Smurkish Wayz on SoundCloud and YouTube.
Who is Young Slo-Be?
Young Slo-Be, whose real name is Disean Jaquae Victor, has kept much of his life a secret, leaving his age and background partially unknown.
“I tell people [my age] all the time,” Slo-Be told Spin. “I am 2100 years old.”
His dedication to the 2100 block of Nightingale Avenue, also known as The G, in Central California, is evident in his music and spirit.
As a child, Young Slo-Be watched his uncle pursue a music career in San Diego and watched his father rapping frequently, though neither of them exceeded their respective regions.
His relationship with his father never extended beyond sharing a gene pool, Young Slo-Be told Passion Weiss, adding that he was raised by women.
“With my pops, we didn’t have a cool relationship, to be real. He was always the tough nigga with us. He was a street nigga, so he didn’t really know how to be a dad. He m ‘learned shit from the streets,’ he told the outlet.
But for his mother, he said she tried to set a good example and keep him out of trouble.
“She was working a 9-5. She was working, she wasn’t selling dope or anything. She’s street smart, but she wasn’t a street woman. She always wanted her kids to do good.”
It wasn’t until he walked into his father’s studio that Young Slo-Be was inspired to pursue a career in his music, he said.
The studio door was left open and he recorded a song he had written while his father was away.
But it wasn’t until 2018 that he decided it was time to pursue a career in his music.
“I didn’t take it seriously 3 or 4 years ago. That’s why we’re here now,” he said.
“I was just recording and keeping the music; I never released it and I tried to say, ‘I’m a rapper, y’all.
“I didn’t care because I didn’t believe a record company would come and say, ‘Ayo, you’re tough. We will sign you.
How did Young Slo-Be go viral?
The young Slo-Be’s music career finally took off when he went viral on TikTok for his song, I Love You.
He told Passion Weiss he didn’t know it happened, and it was his daughter who told him.
“My daughter had to show me, ‘Look,’ before it hit two thousand, and I was like, ‘What the fuck? I’m on TikTok.’
“She’s like, ‘Yeah, you’re going up. They’ve got your song.’ Then, you don’t know, it kept going up – two thousand, four thousand, ten…”
He didn’t expect the fame, he said, and didn’t expect it to go viral on TikTok, a platform he didn’t have a presence on.
Skyrocketing fame showed Young Slo-Be the power of social media and surprised him at how quickly it happened.
“It showed me that anything is possible, just keep working. On the other hand, I wasn’t aiming for TikTok; it could be a coincidence because they probably won’t move on to the next shit,” he said.
What is Young Slo-Be’s new project?
Young Slo-Be released their latest project, Southeast, on Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud in June 2022.
The inspiration came straight from Stockton and is a tribute to what his life was like there.
“It’s nothing major; it’s self-explanatory – South East,” he said.
“Where in Stockton? That’s what we got. … I’m fucking with this tape. I’m not the best rapper in the world, but I’m doing. I hope they fuck for me.”
He continued, “You just want people to know about you and the art you put out.
“Put in your time and effort and the motherfuckers are going to enjoy this shit.”
As her success grows, Young Slo-Be wants to keep the momentum going. He wants to keep rapping and making music that his fans will enjoy.
“I am a king,” he said. “I handle what I have to handle and I’m always tested. If you know, you know.”