Although you're likely not familiar with the name Johnny Yukon, that will soon change.
Born and raised in Warrington, PA and based in Los Angeles, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter, rapper and producer has already composed an impressive resume, earning songwriting credits for his work with Jeremih, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Leon Bridges, among others, and penning five of the 14 tracks on the Furious 8 soundtrack, but playing the background forever isn't his goal.
Following the April release of "Roll Up," a wavy R&B record that's perfect for—wait for it—rolling up with someone, and his assist on G-Eazy's "Eyes Closed," Yukon is gearing up to brave the industry spotlight as a lead artist, regardless of the box his music might be placed in.
"I guess I would consider myself a singer who raps but I wouldn't really say there's much of a difference these days," he explained via email. "My music is a blend of everything. I'm inspired by so many different sounds. It really comes down to what I'm feeling each day."
A sublime example of Yukon's special blend can be heard on his self-produced single "Snooze," which is premiering exclusively on DJBooth.
Created in his home bedroom studio, "Snooze" is what the kids call "a vibe." Far from a sleepy SoundCloud loosie as its title might suggest, the record simultaneously oozes 40 and Drake's influence and Blackbear's vocal approach, while also being shaped by what sounds like a sped-up version of Dot Da Genius' production from Kid Cudi's breakout single, "Day 'N' Nite." Think a smooth trap version of Cudi minus the humming or 6LACK with a stronger rap cadence.
Yukon is currently working on his first full-length project and hopes to deliver an accompanying set of visuals in the near future. "Lots of new music," he said.
We're looking forward to it.