By Stephanie Woods
Jeffrey Alexander Gomez Ogbonna is not your average hip hop artist from the streets of Harlem, at the age of 15, this highly motivated artist has already traveled the world-well at least a part of the world.
Rapper Yvng HyBrid, a student at Democracy Prep in Harlem was selected with other fellow scholars to travel to Ecuador, in which his group collectively taught the Ecuadorians how to speak English and vice versa. This trip was not your normal “study abroad” travel, the students fed, interacted and assisted with building a school while abroad only learning and teaching each other of their culture, but they assisted with building a school while abroad.
…he has the ingredients to be one the best to come out of Harlem World.
Now back at hand-this young guy caught my eye as I strutted across 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. It was his Public Enemy vest that stuck out, let alone his entourage or host of friends who took pride in telling me, “he’s the hottest rapper out”. Now they really have my attention. They continue to boast- “…he has over 100,000 listeners on his Sound Cloud,” all this while he stands there chilling and brushing his hair. Now I’m even more intrigued as he reminds me of my favorite co-star of a co-star “Chicago” in one of my many favorite flicks – Poetic Justice. Already he has the ingredients to be one the best to come out of Harlem World.
Here’s his “Valentines”:
I was later given the opportunity to get more detailed information on this up and coming artist who has a passion for community service, completing his education and attending college as an engineering major. While he was quick to let me know the importance of community service and utilizing that experience in order to attend a good college, Yvng HyBrid demonstrated an understanding of the business as he did not hesitate to let me know hip hop will give him the opportunity and will open doors but he knows to plan for a business after graduating college. His admirations include Drake, Juice World, YBD Cordea and most definitely – Public Enemy’s “Fear of A Black Planet and Fight the Power”.
Jeffrey’s plans include continuing to have a positive influence on others with his music and staying focused on the importance of continuing his education without forgetting to help service his community and abroad.
What do you think?
For more info on this artist, check his accounts:
Sound Cloud: Yvng HyBrid
Photo credit: By Stephanie Woods.