About Young Chizz
Young Chizz was born Naeem Cunningham May 9th in Jamaica Queens, NY. His mother would say “He was the most responsible out of all my children.” His father wasn’t around for much of his childhood, so he was mainly raised by his mother and his grandmothers. Due to a rough upbringing in the high crime area of his neighborhood, Young Chizz often witnessed drug dealing and violence. Determined to escape the violence, poverty, and drugs that were surrounding him, Young Chizz turned to rap at a very young age. Young Chizz and former classmate Mark “Fame the Great” Lewis joined a group called “Dark Agez” with a few of their other friends. It was during this time that he acquired the stage name “Young Chizz”. Naeem’s stage name is a play on a childhood nickname given to him by his grandmother who often referred to him as “Young Child”. Over the years neighborhood friends referred to him as “Young Child”, “Chizz”, “Chizzle”, and “Young Chizz” which apparently stuck with him. While he was all set with his stage name, his music career did not begin to take off until he and former partner “Fame” decided to leave “Dark Agez” to join together as a duo. With the help and support of close friends (Kevin Butler, Kevin Sancho, Antione Howard, and Michael Larcher), they formed an independent recording label called B.Q.E. Entertainment, which stood for (Brooklyn Queens Entrepreneurs) as some of the founders were from Brooklyn and some were from Queens. That summer Fame & Chizz released their first mixed tape “Sleep While I’m Dead”, which was hosted by DJ Kool Kid. Two years later they released their second mixed tape “The Renovation” which was inspired by their belief that music needed to be renovated with new talent and better music. Although “Sleep While I’m Dead” was a success for this pair, “The Renovation” achieved even more success. This mixed tape, including the single “Can You Feel It”, produced by artist/producer Higyve, landed Fame & Chizz on a college tour with Young Jeezy, Young Money, and Lil Wayne. The tour lasted for three months and was followed by a plethora of interviews and airplay with various magazines and internet blogs. The following year the pair was called upon yet again to tour with Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, and up and coming artist Lil Boosie. The second tour gave Fame & Chizz the opportunity to open for these major recording artists and to headline at several venues as well. Following their second tour the duo released the smash single “Jump On It”, which was a remake of the illustrious Sugar Hill Gang song. The single went to #1 on radio stations all over the world and also made it to the top 100 charts on iTunes in several countries. The success of this single came to a screeching halt when Young Chizz became seriously ill, forcing him to take a break from his music career to focus on his health.
Despite any obstacles he may have faced, Young Chizz is back and ready to work. When asked what one of the hardest challenges he’s had to face in the industry is, he replied “The hardest challenge was coming to accept what the industry really is. It’s a business. Talent is the bare minimum of what you need to get by. When I first started rapping in the 9th grade I thought it was all about talent, but now I know. If I knew then what I know now I would have reached this point years ago.” Young Chizz stepped out on his own and is currently working on his solo debut “Why Not”. His first single “Swagger on a Million” has garnered immediate attention from all over the globe. This intense lyrical assassin you now know as Young Chizz is stomping through your neighborhood. Determined to make his mark, this hard hitting, slick tongued artist is sure to be the one “Everybody’s Talking Bout” “All Around The World” so stay tuned…