There’s always so much talk in New York about who will wear the crown next. A lot of that chatter focuses on who the next King of New York will be, but maybe it’s time to shift the conversation to the possibility there will be a Queen of New York coming through to sit on the throne.
Enter Young Devyn. The 19-year-old Brooklynite is the embodiment of what the new New York sounds like. She channels her Caribbean background in her soca-infused tracks but also hangs tough on gritty drill beats. Her sound is diverse enough that there will undoubtedly be something for everyone on her project.
Her debut EP, Baby Goat, dropped on June 18 on 4th & Broadway, the iconic label recently relaunched by Island Records. The EP arrived just in time to light the summer up. The eight-track offering showcases her stellar rapping ability and melodic voice throughout the entirety of the Baby Goat EP.
The previously released “Straight To It,” which started out as a viral freestyle video, has already racked up over half a million views and was featured on VEVO’s CTRL Live Performance Series. Young Devyn followed that up with “Act Bad,” the Brooklyn drill-infused track, which has amassed over two million video views on WORLDSTARHIPHOP to date.
Other songs lean more into Caribbean roots, like on "Secret," or the relatable "Entangle." "I don't need no relationship, I just want some entanglements," she sings. A feeling we can all relate to.
When asked at a virtual press conference by Lady D of In the Field Radio what sets her apart, Young Devyn responded: “Well yeah, like I said, being from the Caribbean, that’s a whole plus. My vocabulary. Me not cursing. Just being able to find different ways to resonate with people. I think that’s going to be what makes my music transcend worldwide, beyond a certain genre or certain age group, because it’s something you could play out in the streets with your friends, riding around being lit, but at the same time you could play it around your mother.”
She added, “You don’t go on my videos and see me half naked or anything of the sort. I love the girls that do that because they’re representing for girls who love that. But I also feel like it’s missing that everyday girl. That’s going to be the relatability that sets me aside from everybody else.”
Young Devyn clearly knows who she is and she doesn’t try to be anything other than her authentic self. She carries herself with the class and confidence of a veteran emcee while making it all look effortless.
The self-proclaimed “Baby G.O.A.T.” makes it clear that she is coming to take the crown.