Yung Berg

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Yung Berg
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Yung Berg in Chicago, 2008.
Background information
Birth name Christian Ward [1]
Also known as Iceberg, Hitmaka
Born (1985-09-09) September 9, 1985 (age 31)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, record producer, singer-songwriter
Years active 2001–present
Labels Yung Fly Movement Records Tha Alumini Music Group Epic, Bloodline (former)
Associated acts Bow Wow Jhene Aiko, Ray J Driicky Graham King Los

Christian Ward (born September 9, 1985), better known as his stage name Yung Berg (also known as Hitmaka), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Chicago. His first single was "Sexy Lady", which features R&B singer Junior released in April 2007. Yung Berg had been previously signed to DMX's Bloodline Records as Iceberg. He is featured on the Exit Wounds soundtrack. He then signed to Epic Records. His debut album Look What You Made Me was released on 2008 [2][3]

Music career[edit]

2001–03: Career beginnings[edit]

In 2001, he was signed to DMX's Bloodline Records. He made his debut on the Exit Wounds soundtrack on the song "Dog 4 Life" as Iceberg. However, his parents sent him to a military boarding school in Montana in 2001.[4] He moved to Los Angeles after finishing school in 2003.[4][5] In 2005, Yung Berg worked as a hypeman and recording assistant for Disturbing tha Peace member and Chicago rapper Shawnna. Later that year, he founded his Yung Boss imprint and production team Yung Bosses.

2007–present: Almost Famous EP, Look What You Made Me and Mixtapes[edit]

Berg's debut single "Sexy Lady, which featured R&B singer Junior, became a hit on Los Angeles urban radio, and he signed with Epic Records among many labels that approached him. Berg's six-track EP Almost Famous: The Sexy Lady EP was released in July 2007. Also in 2007 he made a cameo in the music video of singer Kat DeLuna's debut single "Whine Up". "Sexy Lady" peaked at #18 on the Billboard 100.

In 2008, Berg released another single "Sexy Can I", a collaboration with singer Ray J, then his debut album Look What You Made Me.[4] The second single was "Do That There", featuring Dude 'n' Nem, followed by "The Business", featuring Casha, which peaked at #33 on the Hot 100.[6] Look What You Made Me would chart at #20 on the Billboard 200 and at #2 on the Top Rap Albums chart.

On January 7, 2010 Yung Berg would release a mixtape entitled The Show, The Afterparty & The Hotel.[7] On May 5, 2010 Yung Berg would release a collaboration mixtape with his brother/singer K-Young entitled Money Can't Buy Love.[8][9] On September 28, 2010 Yung Berg would release a mixtape entitled Ground Work.[10][11][12]

On January 6, 2011 Yung Berg would release a mixtape entitled The Love Project, the mixtape's cover art would be based on Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak.[13][14][15] On March 17, 2011 Yung Berg would release a mixtape entitled Mr. Ward.[16][17][18] On May 25, 2011 Yung Berg would release a mixtape entitled Yungn.[19] On June 20, 2011 Yung Berg would release a mixtape entitled Mo Money, Mo Condoms.[20][21] On November 11, 2011 Yung Berg would release a mixtape entitled Reality Check.[22][23]

On June 4, 2012 Yung Berg would release a mixtape entitled Chicago Redemption.[24][25][26]

Other ventures[edit]

Yung Fly Movement[edit]

Yung Fly Movement
Founded 2005
Founder Christian "Yung Berg" Ward (CEO & President)
Status Active
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location Los Angeles, California

Yung Fly Movement (YFM), formerly known as Yung Boss Records, is an Los Angeles, California-based record label formed in 2005 by Ward. On February 16, 2013 Yung Berg would release a compilation mixtape from his new label Yung Fly Movement or YFM with singer Mia Rey and Chicago rapper Jordan Hollywood.[27]

Co-Writing & Producing[edit]

In 2009 along with Berg's producer Rob Holladay & his brother/singer K-Young, they formed the production group The Dream Team.

Yung Berg announced in an interview on Playboy Radio July 1, 2010 that the Last Train to Paris album by Diddy would feature songs they co-wrote and produced.[28]

In 2013 it is currently known that Yung Berg is executive producing returning singer Tamar Braxton's third studio album.[29]

In 2014 Yung Berg also co-wrote & co-produced for Nicki Minaj's album The Pinkprint on the tracks "Want Some More", "Buy a Heart" & "Shanghai".

Reality television[edit]

In December 2008, Berg began casting "exceptionally stand out beautiful dark skin/brown skin women to showcase beauty of all races" for a potential dating reality show that he would host.[30] However, as evidenced by the trailer for his new TV Show, titled Back In Business, it will not be a dating show.[31][32] But the reality show was never released as planned.

In 2014 Yung Berg would appear in the first season of the VH1 show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. The show loosely follows events in his and fellow cast mate, Hazel E's personal lives.[33] On November 9, 2014 it was announced by VH1 that they had fired Yung Berg from Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood due to arrest for allegedly assaulting his fellow castmate and girlfriend Masika Kalysha Tucker.[34][35]

Personal life[edit]

Legal issues[edit]

Yung Berg is considered a delinquent parent by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which has published information on Yung Berg's failure to pay child support. As of this date Yung Berg's amount owed in past-due child support is $104,962 for one child.[36]

Robbery victim[edit]

On August 23, 2008, it was reported and confirmed[by whom?] that Yung Berg had been ambushed by Detroit, Michigan, rapper Trick-Trick and his entourage in his club and had his signature "Transformers chain" taken at Detroit. But on August 26, 2008, Trick-Trick denied having anything to do with the altercation, and claimed to have saved Yung Berg from the altercation.[37] On December 16, 2011, Berg explained the altercation by stating he didn't want to go to Trick-Trick's club since a member of his entourage had a problem with him, but somehow ended up there. "I was like 30 deep, I went in the club & I went to the back because I had the number one record at the time", he said, stating that he wanted a free bottle. "The coowner come back & he said, My partner Trick-Trick said ain’t no love for you on those bottles. I was like, your partner? Hold on. So now we’re in Trick-Trick's club, I come to find out, the same club that I didn’t wanna go to & perform. Now, I’m in the club. I’m like 5’6, 150 pounds. I come out there and the whole club security surrounds me. They whooped my ass through the club, the security, he continued. My entourage was all around us and they were getting their asses whooped too!"[38]

On October 5, 2010, United Kingdom rapper Rowdy T announced that he had taken Yung Berg's "Batman chain" and called Yung Berg a snitch for reporting it to police.[39] But during an interview Yung Berg announced that he had done no such thing and the chain wasn't anything important to him.[40]

On March 20, 2011, during an interview Yung Berg announced that he was done with wearing flashy jewelry stating,

On some real shit back in the day when I was buying those big ass chains and shit, I felt like that was a part of me being Yung Berg. But me growing up & being Christian, being Mr. Ward, and who I really I am, I toned down. I'm not going to be with the big gaudy chains because people would look and they would say 'Well, this nigga still ain't learn his lesson.' I learned my lesson. I'm going to have jewelry but it's going to be more upscale & common. It's not going to be catching just the n**** eye.[41]

Controversy[edit]

Bow Wow[edit]

On March 25, 2008 Yung Berg released his single entitled "Do That There", which was a direct diss towards fellow rapper, Bow Wow. However, during an interview, Berg stated that the two had settled their differences.[42]

Brisco[edit]

On July 10, 2008 Yung Berg made a controversial issue with rapper Flo Rida when speaking about his upcoming album Look What You Made Me when he stated "my album got pushed back like Flo Rida's hairline", though he later apologized for his remark stating he was just playing. Flo Rida's Poe Boy Entertainment label mate & longtime friend Brisco took offense to the remark stating "You talking too much, Imma beat yo lil red ass".[43] On March 7, 2008 Yung Berg insulted Miami rapper Brisco on a video podcast.[44]

Teairra Marí[edit]

On February 21, 2012 during an interview, singer Teairra Marí stated that she did not like Yung Berg & would get Yung Berg ambushed again due to comments made by Yung Berg about her during one of his interviews.[45] On May 10, 2012 during a recent interview Yung Berg spoked about the situation stating "On the Teairra situation, first & foremost, I did the interview with The Breakfast Club in 2011, & I left that in 2011," he said in an interview. "After I did the interview, I called Ray J & I said, 'Yo, this is what I talked about in my interview,' because I spoke candidly about our relationship and I felt my loyalty is to Ray, it's not nowhere near to Teairra. I don't even know her like that, and at the end of the day, why are we gonna go back and forth about how you tried to holla at me...you know what you did...I've got bigger things to worry about than being trivial over some pussy, especially when there's so much pussy out there. I've been called worse by better people than her".

In 2014 during the first season of the VH1 show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, it would reveal that Yung Berg & Marí had resolved their former issues towards each other. Later in the season, he produced her song "Deserve".

Discography[edit]

Main article: Yung Berg discography

2017: Love Project 2 With King Los

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2014 Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Himself Supporting Cast

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yung Berg. last.fm. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  2. ^ Yung Berg, Arrested: Rapper Charged In Brutal Beating Of Girlfriend. Inquisitr.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  3. ^ Upmalis, Jordan; Reid, Shaheem (July 11, 2008). "Yung Berg Raps – And Sings – With Eve, Trey Songz, Lloyd On Star-Filled Debut". MTV News. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Cordor, Cyril (2008). "Yung Berg > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Biography". YungBerg.net. Sony Music Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 7, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Artist Chart History – Yung Berg – Singles". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  7. ^ Yung Berg – The Show, The Afterparty & The Hotel Hosted by DJ Ill Will, DJ Rockstar Mixtape – Stream & Download. Datpiff.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  8. ^ The Dream Team – Money Can't Buy Love Hosted by DJ Ill Will, DJ Rockstar Mixtape – Stream & Download. Datpiff.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  9. ^ Yung Berg & K-Young – The Dream Team (Money Cant Buy Love) (Hosted by DJ | Download & Listen [New Mixtape]. Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  10. ^ Yung Berg – Ground Work Hosted by DJ ill Will, DJ Woogie, DJ Rockstar, Mixtape – Stream & Download. Datpiff.com (September 28, 2010). Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  11. ^ Yung Berg – Ground Work (Hosted by DJ ill Will, DJ Woogie & DJ | Download & Listen [New Mixtape]. Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  12. ^ Yung Berg – Ground Work – DJ Woogie, DJ Rockstar, DJ Ill Will. Livemixtapes.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  13. ^ Yung Berg – The Love Project Hosted by DJ Woogie Mixtape – Stream & Download. Datpiff.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  14. ^ Yung Berg – The Love Project (Hosted By DJ Woogie) | Download & Listen [New Mixtape]. Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  15. ^ Yung Berg – The Love Project – DJ Woogie. Livemixtapes.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  16. ^ Yung Berg – Mr. Ward Hosted by DJ ill Will, DJ Rockstar, DJ Woogie Mixtape – Stream & Download. Datpiff.com (March 17, 2011). Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  17. ^ Yung Berg – Mr. Ward (Hosted by DJ ill Will, DJ Woogie & DJ Rockstar) | Download & Listen [New Mixtape]. Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  18. ^ Yung Berg – Mr. Ward – DJ Ill Will, DJ Woogie, DJ Rockstar. Livemixtapes.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  19. ^ Yung Berg – Yungn (Hosted By DJ Brandnew & DJ Noize) | Download & Listen [New Mixtape]. Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  20. ^ Yung Berg – Mo Money, Mo Condoms Hosted by DJ Woogie Mixtape – Stream & Download. Datpiff.com (June 20, 2011). Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  21. ^ Yung Berg – Mo Money Mo Condoms (Hosted by DJ Woogie) | Download & Listen [New Mixtape]. Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  22. ^ Yung Berg – Reality Check Mixtape – Stream & Download. Datpiff.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  23. ^ Yung Berg – Reality Check | Download & Listen [New Mixtape]. Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  24. ^ Yung Berg – Chicago Redemption Hosted by DJ Moondawg Mixtape – Stream & Download. Datpiff.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  25. ^ Yung Berg – Chicago Redemption (Hosted by DJ Moondawg) | Download & Listen [New Mixtape]. Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  26. ^ Yung Berg – Chicago Redemption – DJ Moondawg. Livemixtapes.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  27. ^ Yung Berg, Mia Rey & Jordan Hollywood – Genesis Mixtape – Stream & Download. Datpiff.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  28. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (July 6, 2010). "Yung Berg Books Ticket For Diddy's "Last Train To Paris"". Sohh.Com. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  29. ^ Tamar Braxton and Yung Berg???.....Tamar Braxton In The Studio With Yung Berg Working On Her New Album Saying' Tamar Album is Gonna Ba Crazy'. hiphopnews24-7.com. October 21, 2012
  30. ^ Osorio, Kim (December 1, 2008). "Yung Berg Casting Dark-Skinned Women For His Reality Show". BET. Archived from the original on December 5, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  31. ^ "Video: Yung Berg Back To Business [Reality Show Trailer]". Worldstarhiphop.com. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  32. ^ “”. "Young Berg and his Bitchassness (black girl diss)". YouTube. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  33. ^ Yung Berg on Love & Hip Hop Hollywood. Vh1.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  34. ^ Yung Berg Fired From 'Love & Hip Hop Hollywood' Following Assault Arrest. MTV (November 9, 2014). Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  35. ^ Yung Berg Fired From VH1's 'Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood' After Assault Arrest. Billboard (November 7, 2014). Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  36. ^ Christian J. Ward aka Yung Berg Delinquent Parent. Deadbeatsillinois.com. Retrieved on April 19th, 2016.
  37. ^ Trick Trick Speaks On Yung Berg Beatdown, ’I Saved That Nigga’s Life’ | The Vibe Source. Vibesource.wordpress.com. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  38. ^ "Yung Berg Explains Trick Trick & Maino Altercations | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHopDX. December 16, 2011. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  39. ^ Yung Berg Robbed Of Another Chain | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales. HipHopDX (October 5, 2010). Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  40. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (October 4, 2010) Yung Berg Breaks Silence On Batman Chain Jacking. sohh.com
  41. ^ Yung Berg Abandons Flashy Jewelry, "I Learned My Lesson" – For The Best In Hip-Hop News. SOHH.com (2011-03-20). Retrieved on 2015-10-11.
  42. ^ Video: Yung Berg Interview: Responds Back To Brisco's Comments "I Was Just Jokin" LOL [AUDIO ONLY][dead link]
  43. ^ Brisco Vs.Yung Berg: Round 1. 24 Hour Hip Hop. Retrieved on October 11, 2015.
  44. ^ Chery, Carl (July 7, 2008). "Yung Berg On Brisco, "I'm punching that nigga in his fucking mouth when I see him" He had his chain stolen". XXL. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  45. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (February 21, 2012) "I'll Get His A** Jumped Again. I Don't Like Yung Berg. I'm Sorry". sohh.com

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