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Young Slay, aka Mèt Piwèt, aka Ti Bagèt, is a brilliant and independent artist and rapper from Cap-Haitien, Haiti, who has developed an extensive background in the entertainment industry. Young Slay’s interest in music began at an early age. He moved to the United States as an adolescent a few years following his mother’s demise. With the mentality of a survivor, Young Slay excelled not only musically, but also educationally. He found that he enjoyed writing, especially poetry, and used those skills to further himself.
Young Slay’s love of music was further shaped after experiencing another hardship: losing sight in his left eye during an unsuccessful surgery to repair and re-attach his retina. Music and drawing had been an escape for him for over a decade and still encompasses his lifestyle today. He learned to draw as a child, but he had to readjust, train, and trust his eye as he lost depth perception. Needless to say, his self-esteem plummeted and he succumbed to the firm grip of depression. However, through years of hard work, he regained his confidence and found a balance between his hardships and the things he loved.
Influenced by a multitude of genres, ranging from racine (Haitian roots), reggae, rock n’ roll, country, and blues to heavy metal, classical music, soul, rap, hip hop, and more, Young Slay creates a unique style that provides listeners with a sense of undeniable emotion.
His 2012 album, Faces Got No Race, which was partially funded by fans and friends, has become a success in various colleges in the United States. His track entitled “In My Belly” has been compared to Arrested Development’s “Tennessee.” Wiley Koepp of Coyote Music declared that, “Not since Arrested Development’s “Tennessee” has a song done what “In My Belly (Feat. Jonny Lyrks)” does: laying painful realities, both historical and present-day, over an otherwise positive musical track and sing-a-long melody.”
Kat Cherie of Kreyolicious affirmed the Florida-based rapper could spit bars on twelve albums about overcoming adversities and would still have materials left. Furthermore, Kat reported: “he raps with “unbridled emotion” as if he had lost his mother the night before,” referring to the track “Manman feat. Mona Jean Pierre.” When asked what attracted the rapper to Hip Hop, he said, “I was always into music. I knew that I wanted to be a rapper, and that was mainly due to the lavish lifestyle that was portrayed on TV. I grew up in a country of sheer destitution. I wanted more. I excelled at writing poetry, so the transition was not so hard. However, I made a genuine connection with music following an unsuccessful retinal surgery that left me blind in the left eye. At that time, I discovered the true therapeutic value of music. It was my main coping mechanism."
Young Slay’s songs have been ranked on ourstage.com, earning "Best of 20" twice, "Best of 100", "Top 10" twice, and "Top 4" three times. In addition, he has been on Reverbnation’s "Top 10 of Pompano Beach" for more than 24 consecutive months, increasing his fan base to 150k worldwide. In fact, Young Slay is focusing on supporting World Vision through Reverbnation, in which 50% of his sales proceeds will go to support less fortunate individuals.
In addition to Faces Got No Race, Young Slay released R2KM: Rèd Kon Ke Makak [Stiff Like a Monkey’s Tail] and then GKNM: Granmoun Ki Nom M’ [Grown A$$ Man] on December 13, 2015, to celebrate not only his completion of a rigorous Master’s degree program at Nova Southeastern University [NSU], but to launch his record label Piwet Everything. He has already released 7 videos off GKNM early in 2016, which amassed an overwhelming amount of views in less than a month. The rapper has the only rap Creole album on Pandora Radio. When he is not recording or performing, he enjoys drawing, reading a good book, meditating, playing the guitar, visiting museums, or watching cartoons.