Young Black Teenagers

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Young Black Teenagers
Also known asYBT
OriginLong Island, New York, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1989–1994
Labels
  • Sound of Urban Listeners
  • MCA
Associated acts
Past members

Young Black Teenagers (YBT) was an American hip hop group from Long Island, New York that consisted of ATA, First Born, Tommy Never, Kamron, and DJ Skribble. Despite their name, none of the group's members were black.

YBT had the support of the prominent rap group Public Enemy and their producer Hank Shocklee signed them as the first act of his label Sound of Urban Listeners (SOUL).[1] They released their second album with MCA Records.

History[edit]

Their debut album Young Black Teenagers (1991) featured the singles "Nobody Knows Kelli" (about the character Kelly Bundy from the sitcom Married... with Children), "Proud to Be Black", and "To My Donna" (an attack on Madonna for taking the rhythm track of the Public Enemy song "Security of the First World" for her single "Justify My Love"). After the first album, Tommy Never left the group, and YBT became a foursome, with A.T.A. contributing more vocally. Their second album, Dead Enz Kidz Doin' Lifetime Bidz (1993), featured the song "Tap the Bottle", their biggest single. The group broke up in 1994.

Young Black Teenagers were listed among VH1's "Least Hiphop Moments" for their name and premise.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Young Black Teenagers among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions
US US Hip-Hop
1991 Young Black Teenagers
1993 Dead Enz Kidz Doin' Lifetime Bidz 158 56
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions[3] Album
Billboard Hot 100 US Hot Rap Singles
1991 "Loud and Hard to Hit" 25 Young Black Teenagers
1992 "Tap the Bottle" 55 6 Dead Enz Kidz Doin' Lifetime Bidz
1993 "Roll with the Flavor" 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview: DJ Kamron of the All-White Young Black Teenagers Talks Being Rap's Rachel Dolezal". Complex. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  2. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.