HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: Hempstead senior rapping with the stars
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By Mitch Bryson, Dubuque Hempstead senior
DUBUQUE - Many people dream of talking to the people who they listen to on their iPods or rapping and performing with them.
What may seem like a fantasy to some of us, Hempstead senior Demondre Washington, better known as Young Red, is making a reality with perseverance and dedication.
At just 17, Young Red has made a name for himself and is putting Dubuque on the map.
“I started writing real young and I started recording and actually doing music at 13,” Red said. “I looked up to the rapper Biggie Smalls because he had music for everyone, but I get my most inspiration from the supporters, fans and people who actually take time to play videos, come to shows and buy clothes.”
Around the time Red began writing, he and his brother, Omar, started calling themselves GMS.
“It stands for Get Money Squad,” Red said. “I just stuck with it.”
Red has performed in front of many large crowds, recorded music videos with famous artists and started his own clothing line. Red also has opened for many artists on tour around the Midwest.
“I’ve opened for Juicy J, Kid Ink, Twista, Dizzy Wright, Big K.R.I.T., Fat Trel, Ying Yang Twins, Asher Roth and Tyga,” Red said.
Along with performing, Young Red considers starting his own clothing line, Young & Filthy, one of his greatest accomplishments. It has been a huge success.
“It started two years ago and they’re made by Urban Fashion,” Red said. “We had a shop over the summer and we’re opening a new one soon. It’s cool to see high schoolers at every school wearing them, and now I see people that I don’t even know wearing them.”
Young Red is in the process of making his second mix-tape, hoping to show how much he has improved as an artist.
“It features Wacka Flocka Flame, Bo Deal and Yo Gotti,” Red said.
With thousands of YouTube views and Twitter followers, the future is looking brilliant for Young Red.
“My goal is to be successful and continue with music,” Red said.
Nowadays, the music industry is extremely competitive. There are numerous one-hit wonders, and many people out there trying to make a name for themselves. There's no way to tell the future, but for Young Red, it appears he’s heading in the right direction.